Día de Muertos — A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed, Oct. 28-29, Seattle Center; Día de los Muertos Day of the Dead Celebration, Nov. 3, Burien; Day of the Dead Festival, Nov. 4, Phinney Center, Seattle; Día de los Muertos Community Festival, Nov. 5, Tacoma Art Museum
Celebrate Día de Muertos, A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed, with performances, a community altar and craft activities, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-29, at Seattle Center.
The holiday, celebrated in many countries in Latin America and gaining popularity in the U.S., honors the cycle of life and death, and loved ones who’ve died. Also known as Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, and based on centuries-old traditions of Mexico’s indigenous people and Catholic traditions, it’s said to be the time of year when deceased loved ones and ancestors are nearest to us, to be welcomed with ofrendas (altar displays), music, food, sugar skulls and festivities. The Seattle Center event includes performances throughout Saturday and Sunday, and a children’s procession at 3 p.m. and closing procession at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art hosts a Día de los Muertos Celebration with an opening presentation, craft activities and public contributions to the olfrenda altar. The olfrenda will be on display through Nov. 5, with another event observing the holiday on Nov. 2.
Día de Muertos — A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed
Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28-29
Location: Seattle Center Armory, Seattle
More info: 206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/festal
Día de los Muertos Celebration, Bainbridge
Time: Opening presentation, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., craft activities 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., ofrenda offering accepted 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28; holiday observation 4-6 p.m. Nov. 2
Location: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge
More info: 206-842-4451 or biartmuseum.org/calendar/dia-de-los-muertos-celebration
Day of the Dead, MOHAI
Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 2
Location: Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle
More info: 206-324-1126 or mohai.org
Día de los Muertos Event
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2
Location: El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S., Seattle
More info: 206-957-4605 or on Facebook at El Centro de la Raza
Día de los Muertos Day of the Dead Celebration
Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3
Location: Burien Community Center, 14700 Sixth Ave. S.W., Burien
More info: 206-988-3700 or burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=900
Day of the Dead Festival
Time: 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 4
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle
More info: 206-783-2244 or phinneycenter.org/calendar/dia
Día de los Muertos Community Festival
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5
Location: Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
More info: 253-272-4257 or tacomaartmuseum.org/event/13th-dia-de-muertos
Día de los Muertos observations continue through the week, starting with Explore the Day of the Dead at MOHAI on Nov. 2, with storytelling, art-making and traditional music and dance performances by Bailadores de Bronce and the Ballard Civic Orchestra. All are welcome to bring mementos of loved ones to add to the community altar.
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El Centro de la Raza hosts its 13th annual Día de los Muertos Event, this year especially honoring people who “fought to build bridges, not walls,” and remembering all who have died fighting for freedom and justice. The community is invited to the Nov. 2 event with entertainment, children’s activities, ofrenda exhibit and a chicken mole dinner. The ofrenda exhibit display continues through Nov. 20.
Burien hosts the Día de los Muertos Day of the Dead Celebration with traditional music, ofrendas, storytelling, craft activities and food on Nov. 3.
The Day of the Dead Festival on Nov. 4 at Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle begins with a community procession and dedication of a traditional altar. All are invited to bring pictures, mementos and other small items for the altar to the Phinney Center before or during the event. The evening includes music and dance performances, decorating sugar skulls and other art activities, food and Mexican hot chocolate, and a raffle to benefit the Center’s Spanish Preschool Co-op.
On Nov. 5, the Día de los Muertos Community Festival features 30 community altars, a colorful tapete (sand painting), traditional foods, Aztec dancing, mariachi and artmaking at Tacoma Art Museum.
All events are free, and everyone is welcome.