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12th Annual

Día de los Muertos


Now - November 2, 2014 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Garden is celebrating its 12th annual Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with a variety of activities. Join us for this colorful tradition, celebrated throughout the American Southwest, Latin America and Mexico, that honors departed loved ones in a festival setting.

Take part in entertainment that will bring the history of the holiday to life through song, dance and storytelling. Visit the Ofrenda exhibition constructed by local artists, try delicious food and pastries, and browse through beautiful art and jewelry for purchase in the Garden’s Mercado, all while enjoying the incredible atmosphere of the Garden.

Artist in Residence: Juan Solis
Catrina-JuanSolis-150x199.jpgEach year as part of the Garden’s Día de los Muertos celebration an artist is commissioned to oversee a community mural and build an interactive altar. This year, Juan Solis will be the Garden’s artist in residence guiding the production of these pieces. Solis will also speak during Cuisine & Culture of Día de Los Muertos on Thursday, October 30. Finally, his artwork will be available for purchase throughout the weekend in the Mercado. Solis has been recognized for his portraits and murals and focuses on beautifying his community through art. To learn more about Solis and his art work, visit his website.

Attending the Celebration

  • Entrance to  Día de los Muertos is included with paid Garden admission. Become a member for unlimited annual admissions.
  • Free for members with current member ID card.

Entertainment & Activities



Exhibition of Ofrenda 

October 24 - November 2 / 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Daily
Webster Auditorium

Ofrenda, or Offering, is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. A special spot in the home is customarily selected to put photographs, flowers, decorations, lit candles and favorite food and drink of those who have passed away. This act of preparing an altar of offerings to the dead helps transform grief into acceptance. View original Ofrenda installations by local Arizona artists that have been created specifically for this exhibition. Learn more.

Ofrenda - 2013

Cuisine and Culture of Día de los Muertos - SOLD OUT

October 30 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $55 | General Public: $69

RositasPlace_Restaurant.jpgJoin us for a delicious evening as we unveil the secrets and cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos. This event features Zarco Guerrero, acclaimed multimedia artist and community art advocate, discussing the history and customs of the holiday, followed by a sit-down dinner catered by Rosita’s Place—called by reviewers the most authentic Mexican food in Phoenix. A folkloric dance presentation will conclude the event in grand style.

Guests will receive a welcome margarita upon arrival. Cash bar available serving beer, wine and margaritas. This program is sponsored by Rosita’s Place Fine Mexican Food.

El Mercado

Throughout weekend

1.1 DDLM Festival_2.jpgVisit with local and international artists and vendors at the Garden’s Mercado. From paintings, sculptures, and photographs to traditional pastries – discover elements of the American Southwest, Mexico, Latin America and beyond. 

La Procesión

November 2 | 5 p.m.

Dia de los Muertos.jpgThe Día de los Muertos festivities at the Garden concludes with La Procesión or Procession. La Procesión represents the ancient tradition of marching as a community to burial sites in order to honor those who have passed on. This year, La Procesión will feature new elements as well as the traditions of placing candles at the memorial triptych, honoring loved ones, and enjoying traditional music and dance.


  • Call 480.481.8188, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office 8 a.m. -8 p.m. daily

All activities are subject to change. This event will be photographed/videotaped for promotional purposes.

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