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Day of the Dead Family Events Around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Where to celebrate Día de los Muertos with kids

Published on: October 28, 2019


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. 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 a dozen events taking place Friday–Sunday, Nov. 1–3, 2019.

  • Friday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Stop by the airport arrivals area (outside security) as Sea-Tac celebrates Día de los Muertos with music, food and a community altar commemorating loved ones who've passed on; free, all ages.
  • Friday, Nov. 1, 4–5:30 p.m.: Make a sugar skull and join in family crafts and games during a free community Día de los Muertos gathering at Lake City Community Center; free, all ages.
  • Friday, Nov. 1, 4–8 p.m.: Everyone is welcome to join the Outlet Collection's Día de los Muertos Festival in Auburn with music, ofrendas, face-painting and more. You can also create a decorated calavera (skull) and bring it by 4 p.m. to enter the calavera-decorating contest; free, all ages.
  • Friday, Nov. 1, 5:30–8:30 p.m.: El Centro de la Raza welcomes all for a free chicken mole dinner, kids' activities, live music, raffle and more; free, all ages.
  • Friday, Nov. 1, 6–9 p.m.: Remember and celebrate your departed ancestors at Burien's free family Day of the Dead celebration with crafts, dancing, food, stories, altars and more; free, all ages.
  • Friday, Nov. 1, 7–9 p.m.: Seattle Art Museum opens its doors for music, dancing, hands-on activities and viewing a tapete traditional sand painting; free, all ages.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.–noon: Day of the Dead is the theme for SAM's monthly family story time. Take a spin through the galleries, visit the tapete sand painting and listen to bilingual stories about this holiday; $15 for one adult and up to two children; ages 2–5 with an adult.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 2–8 p.m.: Head to Kirkland Urban shopping center for family activities such as face-painting, balloon animals and glitter tattoos, followed by a free screening of the Pixar hit “Coco;” free, all ages.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 3–7 p.m.: Join a procession celebrating Día de los Muertos and bring a memento of a departed loved one, if you like, for the community altar. Music, youth dance performance, food and Mexican hot chocolate on offer at this Phinney Neighborhood Center event; free entry ($2 cash-only suggested donation for some activities), all ages.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 6–9 p.m.: Join friends and neighbors from Shoreline and beyond for an evening celebration of Day of the Dead with live mariachi music, folkloric dance performance, hands-on activities, a community altar and food truck fare for purchase; admission $0–$25 sliding scale (proceeds cover cost of entertainment and activities), all ages.
  • Saturday–Sunday, Nov. 2–3, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.: Seattle Center's Festal series welcomes all for Día de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed, which includes music, altars and hands-on activities; free, all ages.
  • Sunday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: Join Tacoma Art Museum's 15th annual Día de los Muertos Community Celebration featuring music, dance, food and art vendors, a tapete by local artist Fulgencio Lazo, ofrendas and free access to the museum galleries; free, all ages.

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