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Dia de los Muertos Celebrations in the Albuquerque Area

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In Albuquerque, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebrations take place over several weeks in October and November, although the holiday is traditionally celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd.

Families remember deceased loved ones and honor them by building offering altars (ofrendas) where sugar skulls are placed, along with offerings of pan de muertos. The holiday is festive although the subject may not be, as spirits are welcomed back into peoples' lives for another year.

Updated for 2013.

Congratulations of a fantastic Marigold Parade! The 2014 parade will take place Sunday, November 2, 2014.

The Marigold Parade and Festival takes place in Albuquerque's South Valley on Sunday, November 3..

Papel Picado
Learn how to make papel picado for Dia de los Muertos at the Los Jardines Institute. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
For 2013: September 7

Woodcut Block Printing
Learn how to create your own Dia image on a wood block to print on posters and cards. The workshop is at the Los Jardines Institute. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
For 2013: September 14

Silkscreen T-Shirts
Learn how to make official Dia shirts for Dia de los Muertos at the Los Jardines Institute. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
For 2013: September 21

Paper Mache Workshop
Create large scale calavera heads, masks or marionettes with this medium at the Los Jardines Institute. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
For 2013: September 28

Sugar Skull Workshop
The National Hispanic Cultural Center will be at the Rio Grande Community Farm to teach how to make and decorate sugar skulls.
For 2013: October 5

Paper Mache Creations/Paper Flowers
Finish paper mache and make paper marigolds at the Los Jardines Institute. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
For 2013: October 5

Sugar Skulls and Face Painting
Learn to make sugar skulls and learn calavera face painting at the Los Jardines Institute. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
For 2013: October 12

Marigold & Harvest Festival
La Parada Mercantile will have its own Dia festival in October, with yoga, composting, cooking demos, live music, fresh foods and of course marigolds.
For 2013: October 19.

Dia de los Muertos Arts
The National Hispanic Cultural Center will work with families making sugar skulls, papel picado banderitas, ofrendas and more. The event is free; call 246-2261, ext. 150 to reserve a spot.
For 2013: October 19

Altars: History, Traditions and Symbols
Learn how to make altars or ofrendas at the Los Jardines Institute. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
For 2013: October 19

Sugar Skull Workshop
The National Hispanic Cultural Center will be at the Rio Grande Community Farm to teach how to make and decorate sugar skulls.
For 2013: October 19

Papel Picado Workshop
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at a free papel picado workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bachechi Open Space educational center. RSVP at 468-1279.
For 2013: October 19

Sugar Skull Workshop
The National Hispanic Cultural Center will be at the Rio Grande Community Farm to teach how to make and decorate sugar skulls.
For 2013: October 26

Papel Picado Workshop
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at a free papel picado workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Valley library. RSVP at 468-1279.
For 2013: October 26

Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead in Santa Fe
The International Folk Art Museum will host a Dia with hands-on art such as sugar skull decorating. Make a memory box, leave messages for the dearly departed, and hear live music at this event. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
For 2013: October 27

Open Space Dia de los Muertos Altar
Find a special Day of the Dead altar at the Open Space Visitor Center. This year's altar is dedicated to local, national and international heroes of the environment who have passed on.
For 2013 - October 30 - November 19

Old Town Dia de los Dulce
Enjoy safe trick or treating at this annual, free event.
For 2013: October 31

Dia de los Muertos Despedida
The National Hispanic Cultural Center's annual community gathering celebrates Dia with poetry, music, and chocolate. Participate in the despedida, a synthesis between Mesoamerican beliefs and European influences. This is a free event.
For 2013: November 1

Atrisco Heritage Dia De Muertos
The Atrisco area of the south valley becomes a place of community for one evening every year. There will be face painting, games, sugar skull painting, music and more. Dress in calavera attire! The celebration is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the San Jose de Armijo Cemetery, 2957 Arenal SW.
For 2013: November 1

Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Honor the ancestors with poetry, music and art offerings. Hear spoken word, poetry and music and see altar artists. Jimmy Santiago Baca, Hakim Bellamy, Damian Floresz are just a few of the artists on hand. The celebration will be at the KiMo Theatre at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.
For 2013: November 2

Dia de los Muertos
South Broadway celebrates the tradition of the Day of the Dead with altars, an art market, and live entertainment. The community celebration features family activities, food face painting and Dia festivities. From noon to 6 p.m.
For 2013: November 3

Dia de los Muertos Marigold Parade
The annual south valley parade presents music, altars, food and art vendors. The event runs from 2 to 9 p.m., beginning with the parade, and ending at the community center where a celebration will be going on. This year, there will be shuttles to get you there. Come out in your best calavera attire. See images of the event.
For 2013: November 3

Exhibitions

Dia de los Muertos Altars
Artists, teachers and students create traditional and contemporary ofrendas which are installed at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Visit the ofrendas at the Disney Center for the Performing Arts and the Domenici Education Center. The beautiful installation changes each year. The public is invited to visit the ofrendas during regular hours and special events.
For 2013: October 14 - November 3

El Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition
The South Broadway Cultural Center will feature local artists in their gallery with works reflecting the Dia theme.
For 2013: November 3 - 23

 

Tome Gallery Annual Day of the Dead Show
Find Day of the Dead folk art at this unique Santa Fe style gallery in Tome (without the prices). Meet the artists! There will be free shrinky dinks jewelry class, spooky snacks, a costume contest and more. Face painting, henna painting and Day of the Dead tshirts are part of the mix. Wear a costume and win a prize.
For 2013: Party on October 27; show October 11 - November 3

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