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Día de los Muertos Celebration

DATE: November 3, 2018 – November 4, 2018
TIME: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
PRICE: Included with membership or paid Garden admission


10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
La Procesión 5 – 6 p.m.

Celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Garden at this two-day festival filled with music, dance and storytelling that explore the beauty and meaning of this special holiday. Children will love the crafts and face painting, and the whole family will enjoy the entertainment and browsing the Mercado filled with art, jewelry and other wares.

Each day ends with La Procesión, a procession through the Garden by all the performers and audience members, concluding with a traditional burning of troubles. La Procesión represents the ancient tradition of marching as a community to burial sites in order to honor those who have passed on and is a treasured highlight of this annual event.

  • El Mercado: Visit 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.
  • Ofrenda Exhibit: Ofrenda, or Offering, is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. The altars are original pieces specifically created for this celebration by local artists.

Programming is subject to change. 

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