It'd be easy to think that a holiday called Day of the Dead would be a bit of a downer. But Día de los Muertos, as it's called in Spanish, is a festive holiday celebrated in Mexico and some other Latin American countries on November 1 and 2. It does focus on deceased ancestors, but in the spirit of family, happy memories, and connection. Whether this holiday is part of your family tradition or not, we all have departed relatives and roots worth honoring. Join a family Día de los Muertos celebration this coming weekend. We've rounded up some virtual and in-person offerings to check out this year. If venturing out, remember to mask-up and keep your 6-feet distance!
- Oct. 25 – Nov. 8, anytime: Take a stroll around the South Park Branch Library while reading "The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos" StoryWalk which is displayed in the windows. Even the littlest walker will learn to appreciate the customs and traditions described in this colorful book. Then, learn how to draw a Day of the Dead skull of your own with the Seattle Library's YouTube tutorial; free, all ages.
- Oct. 31– Nov. 15, anytime: See how others in our community create an ofrenda (altar) to honor their departed kin. The Tacoma Art Museum is celebrating Día de los Muertos with a 2-week long virtual ofrenda exhibition. Gather around the computer anytime during the two-week period to view meaningful altars created by people just like you; free, all ages.
- Sunday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.: Enjoy some fresh air at this outdoor Día de Muertos celebration at Kruckeberg Botanical Gardens hosted along with Shoreline Arts Council. See the Botanical Garden in all it’s fall glory while going on a Day of the Dead scavenger hunt. View the community altar, then pick-up a craft pack and a sugar skull to decorate at home. If you can't make an in-person event, view the Día de los Muertos online exhibitions showcasing artwork by Latinx artists and local youth (Nov.1–Dec. 31); free admission; donations appreciated, all ages.
- Nov. 1–15, anytime: Burien has a mix of virtual and in-person offerings to celebrate the Day of the Dead this year. Jump on Facebook for storytelling, Day of the Dead how-tos, and more. Stop by the Burien Winter Market to pick up a free skeleton mobile craft kit on Nov. 5 and 12, then watch the provided tutorial to make your own Day of the Dead decor. And/or, get out and about to view the ofrendas displayed around town; free, all ages.
- Sunday, Nov. 1, 1–2:30 p.m.: Gather the whole family and honor deceased love ones with movement and dance. Join Henry Art Gallery for a virtual, all-ages ArtVenture program with dance artist, Alicia Mullikin; Free, registration required, all ages.
- Sunday, Nov. 1, 12.–2 p.m.: Seattle Center's Festal series welcomes all for a virtual rendition of their annual Día de Muertos Festival. Learn to paint your face in the traditional Day of the Dead fashion, watch how to make and decorate a sugar skull, explore an elaborate altar and more. Plus, join for amazing performances and music; free, all ages.
- Monday, Nov. 2, Showtimes at 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.: The Shoreline Arts Council is providing yet another way to celebrate Día de Muertos this year, a pandemic-friendly drive-in movie! Grab the snacks and pillows for a drive-in showing of the beloved Disney movie, Coco; $25 per car, two showings offered, registration required, film is rated PG.