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Dia de los Muertos Events in the Puget Sound

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Day of the Dead is a Mexican festival that gathers family and friends to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed away. Dances, sugar skulls, art work and more are part of the holiday. You and your family can participate and learn at these fun and educational events around Puget Sound!

Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.684.7200
http://www.seattlecenter.com

Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, beginning at 12:00pm. Create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore expressive community altars and march in a musical procession lit by candles to remember the dearly departed. The celebration joins together tradition and art to keep alive the very deepest of Mexican culture, where indigenous and Spanish roots intertwine through spectacular sand paintings, special foods, face painting, exquisite rituals and music and dance.

Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
253.272.4258
http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Tacoma Art Museum is partnering with Centro Latino and Proyecto MoLÉ for the seventh year to present a celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). There will be two traditional tapetes (sand paintings) filling the museum’s lobby and almost 20 altars crafted by a variety of local community members, schools, and organizations. Plus there’s exciting programs and events between October 16 and 30. And on Saturday, October 30 there’s a FREE Día de los Muertos Community Festival between 10:00am – 4:00pm. Art-making, performances, music, traditional food, sugar skull decorating, and exhibitions of tapetes (sand paintings). Museum admission free that day!

DIA de los Muertos Literary Reading
South Park Community Center
8319 Eighth Ave. South
Seattle, WA 98108
206-684-7451

On Wednesday, November 2, between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, come to the center as Los Norteños presents a Day of the Dead reading. Before the reading, a community altar will be built. Feel free to bring an ofrenda or offering to the dead. Pan dulce, juice, coffee and tea will be served.

Celebrate Dia del los Muertos
Seattle Public Library
206.386.4363
http://www.spl.org

Bring the kids to your local participating Seattle public library to learn about Dia de los Muertos activities around Mexico and the United States. Between October 22 and November 12, participating libraries will offer crafts at like making Dancing Calacas (skeletons), luminarias, and sugar skulls. Click HERE to find a participating library near you.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Seattle Art Museum
Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
206.654.3100
seattleartmuseum.org

SAM is excited to welcome back the 13th annual celebration of el Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Visit a tapete (sand painting) inspired by Oaxaca’s beautiful traditions for celebrating Día de los Muertos. On Friday, November 4, try a free drop-in art activity and join in the family-friendly artist reception with live performances from 6:00pm – 8:00 pm!

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206.783.2244
http://www.phinneycenter.org

FREE festival on Friday, November 4th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm! The festival will include a parade, dancing, music, story telling, and facepainting. You are invited to dress in costume and join the dancing. The celebration will begin with a remembrance at the community altar. Please bring photographs and remembrances of your relatives and loved ones for the altar. Enjoy Mexican Folkloric dancing by Bailadores de Bronce, hot chocolate, sugar skulls, and more!

El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98144
206.957.4602
http://www.elcentrodelaraza.org

On Opening Day, Tuesday, November 1, please join in a FREE festival. Dinner at 5:30pm, reception at 6:30pm.

Burien Day of the Dead Celebration
Burien Community Center
14700 6th Avenue SW
Burien, WA 98166
http://www.burienparks.net

Come in costume on Friday, October 28! Carnival games, crafts, bonfire, Day of the Dead altars, music, storytelling, 6:00pm. $4/person.

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