Day of the Dead celebrations this week!

El Día de los Muertos is a Mesoamerican tradition.

Technically “el  día” in question is November 2, but it’s typically a two day celebration starting on November 1 with All Saints Day (el Día de los Inocentes). In the United States, however, two days have been stretched to three to include Halloween on October 31, resulting in a much anticipated annual affair of memorializing, art exhibitions, live music, performances, and fun aimed at celebrating the life of one’s dearly departed.


Here are our top picks of Day of the Dead events taking place around the area.


Mon., Oct. 30

Day of the Dead: Masks and Music
A joint celebration of Halloween and Day of the Dead, grab a mask or paint one on, bring out the cocktail party clothes, and hit the dance floor at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center in Baltimore! Enjoy an evening of music, costumes, and Halloween-themed cocktails. A GLAMSQUAD representative will be there to vote one person “Best Dressed” of the evening with a $150 hair and makeup package. 21+ event. Tickets $10 online, $15 at the door. Tickets & info

8 p.m.-11 p.m., Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 North Howard Street, Baltimore, Md


Tue., Oct. 31

Día de los Muertos Midnight Brunch
Frightful Fish and Goulish Grits are on the menu for this midnight celebration of The Day of the Dead as spirits alternately haunt and serve customers a custom menu of La Calaca Pasta and The Walking Dead Chicken and Waffles for a delicious witching hour brunch. There will be a costume contest with prizes, unlimited Margarita shots, live art, Hip Hop & Salsa, a sugar skull candy table, and more! Admission $20. Tickets & info

11:30 p.m.-2 a.m., 1360 Okie Street NE


Bring Out Your Dead! Day of the Dead Bash
Featuring traditional Mexican food by Manos de Maiz, intricate altar and flower designs by Casa Delirio, professional face painting, a live DJ, treats and drinks, get decked-out for Day of the Dead at BUREAU surrounded by family and friends. Tickets $20-$50, all proceeds will be matched by corporate sponsors and be donated to the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund. Tickets & info

8 p.m.-11p.m., BUREAU, 1800 Wyoming Avenue NW


Wed., Nov. 1

Day of the Dead face painting, altar  and procession  in Petworth
Día de los Muertos festivities in Petworth continue with  face painting on the back patio of Qualia Coffee followed by a street procession. There will also be a Day of the Dead Altar Art Installation on Display.   For a full list of festivities check out the events page.

5 p.m. face painting at Qualia Coffee, 3917 Georgia Ave NW
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Día de los Muertos Street Procession starting at Qualia and ended on the 800 block of Upshur St NW


Fri., Nov. 3

Day of the Dead art and performances in Petworth
Petworth’s festivities will wrap up, with student art and performances from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at venues along Upshur Street NW and Georgia Avenue NW.

6  p.m. to 9 p.m. along Georgia Avenue NW and Upshur Street NW


Sat. & Sun., Nov. 4 & Nov. 5

Día de los Muertos Benefit Festival
David Rosa & Lalalu Mexican Art host a Day of the Dead festival to raise money to provide relief for the natural disasters that have recently affected the United States and Mexico. All proceeds will go to foundations working to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico City, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico. Live music, food, sugared skulls, artwork and more. Tickets: $5 to $18 apiece. Tickets & info

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 4 & 5, 3 p.m. to midnight, at the Femme Fatale Pop-Up Shop, Union Social, 100 Florida Ave, NW



2017 altar at MCI

Day of the Dead altar, art installation and concert
The Mexican Cultural Institute’s 2017 traditional altar is dedicated to the hundreds of victims of the earthquakes that devastated Mexico last month. In keeping with tradition, this vibrant offering is intended to bring the dead closer to the world of the living, calling forth their souls to join us in celebrating their lives. This altar was inaugurated last Saturday along with a contemporary art installation by Rosalía Torres-Weiner, a Mexican American artist, activist, and founder of Red Calaca Studio, and a performance by the New Orchestra of Washington. The altar will be up through late November.  More info

See more photos of this altar on our Facebook page.

The exhibition runs through Nov. 22.


—Jennifer Fowler


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