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Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos around Seattle with arts and crafts

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

Learn about and honor this Mexican tradition with food, crafts and more

Dia de los Muertos, updated for 2022:

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 the following events (many King County Library branches also are offering related events and activities):


Photo courtesy of Metro Parks Tacoma

October 29

Nido Familiar: Pregnancy and Parent Support hosts an afternoon of food, music, and stories.  Festivities begin at 1 p.m.
4250 S Mead Street

Seattle Center Festál and Dia de Muertos Festival Committee: Taking place at the Armory Food Hall and Fisher Pavilion, the festival offers performances, elaborate altars, colorful face-painting, sugar skull workshops, visual art, and more. The festival begins at 11 a.m -6 p.m and goes through October 30.

Eastside (Tacoma) Día de los Muertos: This all-day event begins with a traditional blessing of the water at the large Swan Creek Park picnic pavilion (2106 E 44th St, near the pump track) by the Ireta P’urhépecha Indigenous Mexican group. A procession led by Aztec dancers will wind up through the park to the Eastside Community Center (East 56th Street and Portland Avenue), where from 1-7 p.m. there will be traditional dancing, music, free birria (a Mexican stew), a community ofrenda (altar) to remember the dead, and other fun cultural activities. Everyone is invited. Festivities will be conducted in Spanish with English translation.

November 4

Burien Parks, Recreation, and Cultural services offers a day to celebrate the dead with altar offerings, arts, crafts, music, dance, stories and more. All are welcome. Begins at 6 p.m.


November 5

El Centro de la Raza 17th annual Dia de los Muertos
Enjoy a traditional exhibition of ofrendas, a variety of vendors, delicious food, and catrinas fashion show.

2524 16th Ave S.

Day of the Dead Festival
Featuring an altar, music, dance, crafts, a raffle and pop-up shop for dinner. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N.

November 6

Tacoma Art Museum Dia de Los Muertos celebration
This free community event includes community altars, Aztec dancers, sand tapete, food and art-making. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue


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