Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday with ancient roots combining Mexican indigenous customs with European traditions. It is a tribute to the memory and family and friends who have passed away. Families celebrate by creating ofrendas (offerings) — elaborate displays commemorating loved ones — decorating sugar skulls and more.
This year’s Dia de los Muertos Festival at the Denver Botanic Gardens is Saturday, November 6. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. celebrate with community altars, dance performances, musicians, Art demonstrations, a kid’s craft corner, an indoor mercado, and, of course, exploring all that the Botanic Gardens have to offer.
Dia de los Muertos costumes are encouraged and contests are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m, with winners receiving $25 gift cards.
The celebration is included with admission to the Gardens ($15/adults, $11.50 seniors 65+, $11/children 3 to 15 and students with ID, Free/children 2 and under). 1007 York St., Denver.