Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration during which the living honor and celebrate the lives of those who have passed. A quartet of FREE events highlight the metro Denver calendar on this afternoon and evening, Thursday, November 1 and a fourth tomorrow, Friday, November 2.
La Raza Park (once known as Columbus Park) hosts a big event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today, the first, including a procession around the park, a dinner and more. Guests may bring candles and to help the dead celebrate with the living. 1501 W. 38th Ave., Denver.
The University of Denver’s Center for Multicultural Excellence at the University of Denver invites guests to participate in building a community altar. Guests may bring items that remind them of the dead to celebrate their lives in a happy setting, also today from 4 to 8 p.m. 2055 E. Evans Ave., Denver.
The People’s Building in Aurora presents an evening of creating altars to honor Dia de los Muertos, music, workshops and more. It also takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Guests can sip on drinks and nibble on food while honoring the dead. 9995 E Colfax Ave., Aurora.
Finally, Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center hosts a carnival tomorrow, Friday, November 2 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Traditional altars to honor family and friends who have passed and Mariachi Sangre Mexicana perform in a Mexican-style cemetery. Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate and Pan de Muerte while celebrating the Day of the Dead. 721 Santa Fe Dr., Denver.