See traditional Día de los Muertos dance performances from the Bailadores de Bronce at MOHAI's celebration on November 1, the Auburn Outlet Collection's festival on November 2, or the Phinney Neighborhood Association's festival on November 3. Bailadores de Bronce

During the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Oct 31-Nov 2), people honor loved ones who have died by bringing them to life with colorful ofrendas (altars) adorned with memorabilia and calaveras (sugar skulls), and taking part in many other traditions. This year in Seattle, there are lots of opportunities to learn more about the holiday through performances, food, music, and more. Find all the options below, or on our Día de los Muertos calendar.


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OCTOBER 19

PARTY

Dia dos Mortos Capoeira Party
Families can play games, carve pumpkins, see a Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial arts) demonstration, decorate sugar skulls, and more.
Fenix Capoeira, $5/$15

OCTOBER 20

ART

Arts Gumbo 2018: Celebrating Mexican Arts & Culture
Honor Día de los Muertos with a screening of "Flor Silvestre," about the Mexican actress and equestrian. Then come back later for a Day of the Dead presentation, dance performances by Joyas Mestizas Youth Group and Bailadores de Bronce, the talk "La Charla de la Gente: Mañana" with Proxima Generacion Youth Expression and Jake Prendez, presented by Folklife, food by Tacos Chukis, activities, art by Prendez, and more.
Rainier Arts Center, $15

OCTOBER 26

GEEK

Dia de los Muertos Bingo!
Wear a costume inspired by Día de los Muertos for the chance to win a cash prize at this special edition of Rainbow Bingo. As always, there will be dinner and live performances.
South Park Senior Center, $15/$20

PARTY

Día de los Muertos Community Night Out
The museum's ancestor-honoring party will include an installation of tapete (sand painting), art activities, music, and dance, all for the whole family.
Seattle Art Museum, free

Unframed: Día de los Muertos Celebration
Revere the dead at this 21+ party with an installation of ofrendas (altars), tapete sand painting by Fulgencio Lazo, performance art with Dos Fridas, a craft for you to memorialize your loved ones, and a cash bar.
Tacoma Art Museum, $10

OCTOBER 27

ART

Sugar Skulls with Fara Arteaga
With the help of artist Fara Arteaga, make authentic calaveras—which are traditionally inscribed with the name of a departed loved one and placed on an altar—using sugar, colorful royal icing, and bright pasted flowers. Plus, learn, about the history of the Mexican folk art tradition through text and videos.
Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen, $65

MARKET

Pop Up Mercado: Dia de Los Muertos
For Día de los Muertos, over 30 local artists and artisans will sell colorful apparel, food, jewelry, and lots more at this pop-up market.
Centilia Cultural Center, free

SPORTS & RECREATION

DEFY Dia De Los Muertos
DEFY tag team champions the Amerikan Gunz, Mike Santiago, and Ethan HD will go up against Mexablood, Bandido, and Flamita in this round of wrestling honoring Día de los Muertos.
Washington Hall, $25-$100

OCTOBER 27-28

PARTY

Día de los Muertos
In honor of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars, and march in a musical procession to remember the dead.
Seattle Center, free

NOVEMBER 1

PARTY

Day of the Dead: Hosting the Underworld/ Día de los Muertos : Invitando al Inframundo
Take part in the many traditions of the Mexican holiday, and learn about the celebration's agricultural history. There will be story time, music and dance performances, sugar skull-making, and food demonstrations.
MOHAI, free

Day of the Dead Party Showcase
Get a taste of Día de los Muertos through a showcase of food, music, performances, visual art, and vendors.
Block 41, free

Día de los Muertos at Sea-Tac Airport
The Mexican Consulate, Latinos Unidos, the Port’s Latino employee resource group, and the Merchants at Sea-Tac will organize a Dia de los Muertos celebration at the airport complete with art installation, sugar skull painting, arts and crafts for kids, food and drinks, and live performances.
Sea-Tac Airport, free

Evenings at Renaissance present: Dia De Los Muertos
Sip a special cocktail (the "Calaveras y Huesos") and celebrate the memory of loved ones who have died.
Renaissance Seattle Hotel, free

READINGS & TALKS

Exalting Life, Embracing Death
In honor of Día de los Muertos and Latinx cultures, the theme of this reading will be "Exalting Life, Embracing Death." Hear work by Kathleen Alcalá, Anna Balint, Jim Cantu, Catalina Cantu, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Maiah Merino, Raul Sanchez, and other special guests.
Third Place Books Seward Park, free

NOVEMBER 2

ART

Dia de Muertos Celebration & Art Show
Immerse yourself in artwork honoring the Mexican holiday, including calavera prints by influential Mexican political printmaker and engraver José Guadalupe Posada, as well as contemporary work by Mexican artist Artemio Rodriguez. Bring photos and other memorabilia of loved ones to add to an altar, and enjoy free drinks and appetizers.
Lake Forest Park Civic Club, $30

MUSIC

Celebrate Dia de Muertos- Day of the Dead!
Seattle-based Mexican folk dance group Grupo Folklorico Guadalajara Wa will perform a traditional Mexican dance and paint peoples' faces like sugar skulls. After their set, guests can settle down for a screening of Coco.
Miller Community Center, free

PARTY

Dia De Los Muertos
Remember departed loved ones by decorating altars at this Día de los Muertos party.
Burien Community Center, free

Dia de los Muertos at El Centro de la Raza
This annual party will return with the theme "Long Live the Struggle, the Resistance, and Hope." Take in ofrendas (altars honoring loved ones who have died), folk dances, and much more.
El Centro de la Raza, free

Dia de los Muertos at the Growler Guys
This Dia de los Muertos celebration promises Mexican food trucks, a mariachi band, arts and crafts, and a community altar where you can place pictures of departed loves ones.
The Growler Guys, free

Dia de Los Muertos Festival TOCS
Enjoy live music and dancing, traditional foods, arts and crafts, community altars, and more.
The Outlet Collection, free

Entre Hermanos Dia De Los Muertos Gala
Local Latinx LGBTQ+ organization Entre Hermanos' biggest fundraising event of the year brings live music and cultural festivities in honor of Día de los Muertos.
Arctic Club Hotel, $150

Muertos 2018 Fiesta
Head to the heated rooftop for patrón specials and festive music from DJ Cesar Sanchez Djyambu.
Mezcaleria Oaxaca, free

NOVEMBER 3

ART

Day of the Dead Paint + Sip
Make a Dia de los Muertos-inspired painting while you sip wine. All materials (including stencils) provided.
Uncorked Canvas Seattle, $40

MUSIC

Electropika - Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Get down to cumbia, tropical bass, baile funk, and dembow beats from Seattle's Jorge Bex and Biaco Chaves and KEXP's DJ Chilly at this Día de los Muertos dance party.
Triple Door, free

PARTY

Día de los Muertos Festival
Commemorate loved ones who have died by bringing small momentos to add to a community altar (which you can retrieve from the center on November 10) to this family-friendly festival. There will also be a performance from the CeAtl Tonalli Aztec dancers, student performances, a silent auction, Mexican folk dancing, raffles, food, and more.
Phinney Neighborhood Association, free

NOVEMBER 4

ART

Dia de los Muertos Free Community Celebration
Check out over 30 traditional altars honoring loved ones, see performances from Aztec dancers, make art with sand paper, taste traditional food, and shop from art vendors.
Tacoma Art Museum, free

FOOD & DRINK

Dia De Los Muertos Brunch
Sip bottomless mimosas and feast on traditional Mexican fare while a live DJ spins festive tunes.
The Factory Luxe, $30/$35