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12th Annual Día de los Muertos Free Community Festival

November 6, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

12th Annual Día de los Muertos Free Community Festival at Tacoma Art Museum coming on November 6

Tacoma, WA – Grab your friends and family and visit Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) on Sunday, November 6 from 10 am to 4 pm for the colorful and lively Día de los Muertos celebration. The museum’s most popular free festival of the year offers an array of cultural activities including live mariachi music, dancing, hands-on art making, face painting and more. New features this year include a free youth workshop (limited capacity, sign up at event), lighted alebrijes (Oaxacan-Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures) and a metal folk-art activity. Nearly thirty community altars will be on view. The mesmerizing centerpiece is a tapete─traditional sand painting─created by local Tacoma artists. With complimentary admission all day, visitors have ample opportunity to see TAM’s exhibitions and participate in a day of cultural exchange.

The community altars will be on view beginning Sunday, October 23, through the festival on Sunday, November 6. See Tacoma Art Museum’s website for details, or follow the Día de los Muertos Facebook event page.

Schedule of activities:

Ongoing from 10am – 4pm:

  • Metal Folk Art Activity
  • Paper Flower Making
  • Face Painting by Centro Latino
  • 30 Community Altars

10:30 am – Welcoming Remarks by Consul Dondisch

11 am – 12 pm (noon) – Youth Artmaking Workshop facilitated by internationally recognized artist Ruben Castillo. Open to the first 75 youth participants to sign up on the day of the event. Make colorful mini altars or small tombs. This workshop is made possible by the Consulado de México en Seattle.

12:00 – 12:30 pm – Ceatl Tonalli Aztec Dance Performance

1 – 2 pm – Mariachi Ayutla Musical Performance


November 6, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, 98402
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