Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration during which the living honor and celebrate the lives of those who have passed. Participants often create colorful calaveras (skulls) from sugar or clay or decorate altars. A number of FREE events highlight the metro Denver calendar. Most events take place on November 4 & 5, but some are scheduled in advance of or after the holiday. If you know of any we have missed, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museo de las Americas
Friday, November 4, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE
861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
Annual celebration — this year during First Friday Art Walk — includes light refreshments, entertainers and a vendor mercado.
Sunny Lawson Park
Friday, November 4, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. FREE
2401 Welton St., Denver
Music by Jesus Diaz Mariachi Band. An ofrenda where you can place a photo. In the children’s park kids can color skull masks and take them home. There be a piñata to delight the children as well.
Thornton Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, November 5, Noon to 5 p.m. FREE
McAllister Park Center, 750 W. 96th Ave.
Art market, face painting, a stilt walker, music, youth dancers, food vendors and a La Catrina costume contest with prizes.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 – $15
Community altars, dance performances, musicians, art demonstrations, a kid’s craft corner, an indoor mercado and all that the gardens have to see.