Día de los Muertos events around town

Help celebrate Día de los Muertos and honor those who have passed at one of these events happening in town.

A ballerina dressed as a skeleton and traditional Mexican clothing kicks her foot up.

Día de los Muertos reunites the living and dead for a two-day celebration. | Photo courtesy of Bluegrass Youth Ballet

Today through tomorrow, Nov. 2 marks Día de los Muertos (aka Day of the Dead), a holiday that remembers and honors the lives of loved ones who have died. It originated in Mexico, with roots tracing back 3,000 years to Aztec and pre-Aztec Indigenous peoples. To this day, it’s celebrated in communities with Mexican heritage and all over Latin America.

If you’re interested in commemorating the day, here’s a few celebrations happening around town:

Ghost Post Mailbox, Today, Nov. 1
Third Street Stuff & Coffee is giving you a chance to honor the departed. Head to the coffee shop and remember loved ones who have died by dropping off a letter in the Ghost Post mailbox.

Annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration, Today, Nov. 1
Join the Living Arts + Sciences Center for an evening of food trucks, traditional performances, an art exhibit, as well as community-created Ofrendas on display.

An altar decorated with marigold blowers, images of skeletons, and photos of family members who have died.

An Ofrenda or “offering"— like the one seen here at LASC — is an altar decorated with marigolds and photos of loved ones who have died. | Photo by LEXtoday

Day of the Dead Festival, Thursday, Nov. 2
Head to Valley Park to honor those who have died. There will be traditional dance performances, an Ofrenda contest, food trucks, live music, and more. Don’t forget to dress as a Catrin or Catrina.

Bluegrass Youth Ballet Presents: Día de los Muertos, Friday, Nov. 3 + Saturday, Nov. 4
Follow the story of Estella’s family as they face a death in their village + prepare for the Day of the Dead through the art of ballet.

Día de Muertos at Bluegrass Distillers Elkwood Farm, Saturday, Nov. 4
Venture to Midway to celebrate the memory of loved ones who have passed through food, music, and dance, while sipping on the distiller’s newest release, the Philanthropy Single Barrel. Proceeds will benefit Casa de la Cultura.

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