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Celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Arts Council of Princeton! This year’s schedule of events will extend uptown to beautiful Dohm Alley where artists will create a beautiful, interactive display of traditional Day of the Dead artwork, flowers, and decor. Additionally, a traditional altar will be installed for public viewing in our Sands Lobby Gallery for visitors to experience and learn about Day of the Dead from November 6 – 20. 

El Día de los Muertos is observed in Mexico and throughout the world this time of year, where family and friends gather to remember and honor those who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods of the deceased to celebrate their lives!

This series is generously supported by the Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies, the Global History Lab of Princeton University, Princeton University Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Tacoria. Special thanks to community partner Cherry Grove Organic CSA.

Join the Arts Council for free workshops celebrating the traditional folk arts of Day of the Dead, taught by Veronica Olivares Weber and ACP Artistic Director Maria Evans.

Mexican Tin Art | Saturday, October 9
Papel Picado and Paper Flowers | Saturday, October 16
Nichos and Calaveras | Saturday, October 23
Workshop Sampler for Child and Caregiver | Saturday, October 30

Workshops are full. Registration is closed. 

Thursday, October 28 | 6-7pm
SUGAR SKULL! Watch Party with McCarter Theatre and ACP
The Arts Council of Princeton and McCarter Theatre invite you to celebrate el Día de los Muertos with an in-person, family-friendly screening of the virtual online theater experience SUGAR SKULL! A Virtual Día de Muertos Adventure.

SUGAR SKULL! is a joyous, heartfelt, colorful, and captivating bilingual/bicultural adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of the Day of the Dead and features a company of gifted musicians and dancers. This delightful 30-minute virtual theater performance is appropriate for ages 3+.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required and will be limited to 75 people. Register here!

Tuesday, November 2 | 7-9pm
Indigenous Influences on Día de los Muertos in Mexico
Join us for a fascinating presentation with visiting Art Historian, Trent Barnes whose research explores the art and architecture of Teotihuacan. A rare opportunity to learn about the origins and aesthetics of ancient American cultural practices. Register here!

Trent Barnes is a Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University.

Saturday, November 6 | 3-5pm
Day of the Dead Community Celebration

Our community is invited to celebrate Day of the Dead with strolling mariachis, sugar skull decorating, folk arts and crafts, and delicious food. Enjoy a performance by Grupo de Danza Folkorica La Sagrada Familia and learn about this rich cultural holiday at this free, family-friendly afternoon event. Register here!

November 1-20
Dohm Alley Public Art Installation
The Day of the Dead will come alive in Dohm Alley with the help of local artists and the students from our Princeton Young Achievers art outreach program. Students will learn about the holiday and help create traditional tin Calaveras which will be displayed in Dohm Alley. This public art installation will be free and open to the public to explore from November 1-20.

November 1-20
Community Altar
Day of the Dead altars, or ofrendas, are set up to honor loved ones who have passed. Altars are the most prominent feature in the celebration because they show the souls the way to their home. Traditions vary by region — our altar features seven levels, each representing the seven heavenly virtues: faith, hope, charity, prudence, temperance, justice, and courage. A traditional altar will be installed for November 1-20 for the public to add a relic or favorite item of lost loved ones to our altar and honor their memory.