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6 free Seattle-area events to celebrate Día de los Muertos

Photo: Santa Cruz Museum of Art/Flickr


Behind the abundant skulls and skeletons of Día de los Muertos is a notion that’s more tender than macabre. This Mexican holiday is a time to remember and honor loved ones who have died, through special foods, offerings, artwork and other traditions. Families can experience this centuries-old celebration at any of the following events: 

Friday, October 12

Day of the Dead Celebration

Come to a story time, decorate sugar skulls and do other crafts at this public library event.

Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE

Friday, October 26

Community Night Out: Día de los Muertos

Come to Seattle Art Museum and see a sand painting inspired by Oaxaca’s traditions for celebrating Día de los Muertos, plus enjoy dancing, music and hands-on art activities. 6 to 9 p.m. FREE for the first 500 guests.

Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave

Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28

Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember our Departed

Live music, an altar, food, crafts and more in a free two-day celebration at the Seattle Center Armory.

Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St


Friday, November 2

El Centro de la Raza 14th annual Dia de los Muertos

The theme for this year's event is: "Viva la Lucha, la Resistancia y la Esperanza! - Long live the Struggle, the Resistance, and Hope!" Dinner and entertainment. Admission free. 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

2524 16th Ave S


Saturday, November 3

Day of the Dead Festival

A neighborhood procession will begin this celebration, featuring an altar, music, dance, crafts, sugar skull decorating. You can buy Mexican hot chocolate and Pan de Muerto. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N


Sunday, November 4

Tacoma Art Museum Dia de Los Muertos celebration

This free community event includes community altars, Aztec dancers, sand tapete, food and art-making. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave



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