Dia de los Muertos Festival
Mesa Arts Center is pleased to celebrate Día de los Muertos with an annual event created in collaboration with the community. Día de los Muertos is a celebration of Latin American Art and culture related to the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. The annual free event offers a variety of features, performances and more in celebration of the memories of the deceased.
Saturday, Oct 23: 10am-5pm
Sunday, Oct 24: Noon-5pm
The festival will offer a nonstop schedule of live entertainment, participatory hands-on artmaking activities, traditional face painting, a wide variety of food options, studio demonstrations, and a Mercado Marketplace, featuring traditional and contemporary merchandise, jewelry, and Mexican arts and crafts from local artisans and vendors.
In the spirit of traditional Día de los Muertos festivities, a community altar designed by artist Monica Gisel Crespo will be the centerpiece for the festival, where attendees can leave mementos in honor of their loved ones who have passed.
Festival participants of all ages are invited to participate in the free hands-on activities, including making paper flowers, wood skull decorating and Marigold planting with MABEL. To honor and remember over 19,000 people lost to the COVID-19 pandemic in Arizona, an immersive installation of paper marigolds, created by the community, will be installed on the Mesa Arts Center campus. Festivalgoers can also enjoy face painting inspired by the Day of the Dead and live art studio demonstrations.
Upcoming Dates For This Event:
- Saturday, October 23
- Sunday, October 24