Día de los Muertos in Lexington, KY

Learn about the Living Arts & Science Center’s Día de los Muertos celebrations which are returning are Tues., Nov. 1. after a two-year hiatus.

An altar with pink yellow blue and green inside a room

This elaborate ofrenda was created by hand by the Aragon family. | Photo by LEXtoday

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Next Tues., Nov. 1, the Living Arts & Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., will host its annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration from 5-9 p.m.

The LASC tradition has been a community favorite since its inception in 2001. “It’s a celebration. We’re honoring and respecting those that have passed — a beautiful, celebratory, happy + fun event,” said Gallery Director Jeanette Tesmer.

And after a two-year hiatus, Jeanette said she’s excited to “continue the magic of bringing people together.”

An ofrenda featuring a skull and bright color decorations

Ofrendas are a way to connect with the spirits of those who have died. | Photo provided by LASC

Know before you go

The evening kicks off at LASC at 5 p.m. where the community is invited to bring messages, photos, or an offering in memory of a loved one who has died. A traditional ofrenda, or altar, from longtime supporters Janice and Jacobo Aragon is available for viewing in the Kinkead Gallery.

The family-friendly event will feature food trucks, art, educational projects, and dance performances. Authentic dancers will perform, then lead two processions at 6:30 + 7:30 p.m. to the Old Episcopal Burying Grounds, a ~0.25-mile walk.

There, you’ll be greeted with ofrendas from various community members including schools, families, and businesses. Keeping with the theme of celebration, there will be more food trucks + performances.

Things to remember

Here are some pro tips to ensure a fun + safe time at the Día de los Muertos celebration:

  • There will be no face painting this year. Come adorned with your own sugar skull painting or make your own mask with the onsite art projects.
  • Glowsticks will be provided, but consider bringing your own flashlight as the sun is setting earlier. There will be no candles or open flames.
  • Parking will be tricky since it’s in a residential neighborhood — consider parking in a nearby garage or lot, or even walking.

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