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Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos around Seattle with arts and crafts

6 Seattle-area events to celebrate Dia de los Muertos

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

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 14

Dia de los Muertos at the Seattle Symphony: Celebrate with vibrant Mexican music, guest artists, and colorful festivities. Pre-concert activities include instrument exploration and sand painting. 11 a.m. performance, tickets $20-$25.

October 28

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 28 and 29.

Eastside (Tacoma) Día de los Muertos: The Día de los Muertos celebration originates in pre-Hispanic Mexico. A procession from Swan Creek Park to the center starts at 12 pm, and the event at Eastside Community Center runs from 1-5 pm. At the celebration, there will be local artists and Mexican food in addition to the traditional procession and community altar. To honor its roots and be accessible to the community, this commemoration will be in Spanish with interpretation in English so that other communities can enjoy it as well.

November 4

El Centro de la Raza 18th 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. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N.

November 5

Tacoma Art Museum Dia de Los Muertos celebration
This free community event includes community altars. Free and open to the public.

Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue


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