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Guide to Seattle’s Dia De Los Muertos Events 2012

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From singing and dancing, to sugar skulls and art work, come celebrate and honor your loved ones that have departed at one of these Puget Sound Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) community events.

Seattle Public Library Dia De Los Muertos for Kids & Family

The Seattle Public Library invites children and their parents or caregivers to learn about and celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at several Library locations in October and November:

Calaca Pincushions – Create calaca (skull) pincushions using basic stitches and fun decorations. For ages 7 and up.
Saturday, October 13
Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98164

Saturday, October 20
South Park Branch
8604 Eighth Ave. South
Seattle, WA 98108

Saturday, November 3
Southwest Branch,
9010 35th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98126

Sunday, November 4
Greenwood Branch
8016 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103

Decorate coffins made out of recycled cardboard with gems and paint. For ages 6 and up.
Sunday, October 21
Lake City Branch
12501 28th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98125
(Registration is required)

Decorate a sugar skull with sequins, paint and paper flowers. For ages 5 and up.
Sunday, October 28
Beacon Hill Branch
2821 Beacon Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98144

Dia de Muertos at Seattle Center
Saturday and Sunday
October 27 and 28
12:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuesday, October 30
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

In the Mexican culture, to remember the departed is to remember what has been its history. It is to keep alive the very deepest of the Mexican roots, where indigenous and Spanish cultures intertwine in traditional community altars, sugar skulls, sand painting, special foods, candles, processions, music and dance.

Dia De Los Muertos at Olympic Sculpture Park
Monday, October 29 through Sunday, November 11
9:00am – 5:00pm
PACCAR Pavilion
2901 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Seattle Art Museum is excited to welcome back its 14th annual celebration of el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Olympic Sculpture Park. View a tapete (sand painting) inspired by Oaxaca’s beautiful traditions for celebrating el Día de los Muertos. Join us for a family-friendly artist reception with a live music performance on Friday November 2 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Dia De Los Muertos
Friday, November 2
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

It’s the 14th annual FREE Dia de los Muertos Festival! The event will begin with a procession lead by Sound Wave (the Seattle Sounders band) and continue at the PNA with performances by Marco Cortes and Bailadores de Bronce, sugar skulls, a traditional altar for remembrances, Mexican hot chocolate, activities with the Polly-Glots, a raffle benefiting PCPE, face painting and more.

Dia De Los Muertos
Friday, November 2
The Healing Center Seattle
6409 1/2 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

During this time of year, people come together to dance, eat, share stories, and remember loved ones. Register online.

Dia De Los Muertos Free Community Festival
Sunday, November 4
10:00am – 4:00pm
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402

For the eighth consecutive year, join thousands of friends and neighbors to celebrate Day of the Dead at Tacoma Art Museum with art-making, performances, and exhibitions of a tapete (sand painting) and community altars as we honor the cycle of life. Museum admission is free.

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