Día de los Muertos Celebrations in Albuquerque

Día de los Muertos is a time to come together to honor our loved ones who have passed. Although the beloved Marigold parade is suspended this year, and there are plenty of other celebrations around Albuquerque that incorporate both traditional and nontraditional aspects of the holiday including processions, ofrendas, skeleton masks, music and marigolds.

Each year the National Hispanic Cultural Center holds a number of events to honor our loved ones who have passed. On October 27, join artist and author, Ann Murdy, for a discussion of her book, On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of Mexico’s Day of the Dead with Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, Director of the NHCC Art Museum.

The Despedida (Farewell) on November 1 brings together music, poetry and hands-on art for a time-honored community gathering. This is a great event for all ages. Tour the ofrendas around the NHCC campus and enjoy music, poetry, traditional hot chocolate mexicano, pan de muerto, and the sharing of heartfelt memories.

The monthly Salud y Sabor gathering will celebrate Mexico and Día de los Muertos on November 2. Community members gather for cooking demonstrations using fresh, locally grown ingredients, as well as fun art activities for kids and adults, health screenings, and live entertainment. An emphasis is placed on exploring traditional Hispanic dishes, providing basic information/free screenings from local Western and alternative health practitioners, and creating a vibrant atmosphere with art activities and live music.

Marble Brewery is hosting its 3rd Annual Muertos Fiesta on November 2 to honor the dead through art, music, food and libations. This special celebration features live music and performances from Jade Masque, Sol De La Noche, Yeztli Tanzt Y Arte and Red Light Cameras!

Local artist and vendors will host a Muertos Market and respected altars will be displayed for you to add pictures and candles for the loved ones you’re missing.

Medicine Drum Circle presents Then They Came For Me, a benefit calavera dance. The celebration kicks off with an ofrenda opening ceremony at 6 and a special performance at 7, “Yo Soy Joaquin” by Tlacaelel Fuentes. Puppets, piñata, face painting and a DJ. Suggested donation is $10 with all proceeds going to supplies for asylum seeking families in need at the border. Bring a box of diapers, children and adult clothing for winter, blankets, coats, socks, etc.

Although organizers are postponing the Marigold parade this year, they would still like to thank the community, and celebrate of this extraordinary holiday with a Muertos y Marigolds Pachanga & Fundraiser on November 2. The event will include musical entertainment by Burque’s own Lasotras, a silent auction of artwork donated by Burque vendors, t-shirt and tote bag sales (including this year’s design), a Loteria Table and of course Bandidos’ terrific food and drinks.

South Broadway Cultural Center continues the long tradition of celebrating Día de los Muertos with a free, family friendly gathering on November 2 with an art exhibition, performances, history and more.

Work from local artists and family ofrendas in the art gallery, traditional entertainment in the John Lewis Theatre, food trucks and a car show outside.

Duke City Cruisers is hosting a Día de los Muertos Ride on November 2 with cyclists meeting at Tiguex Park and riding to the celebration at South Broadway Cultural Center. Face paint & adorning your bicycle with marigolds is encouraged!

You and your dearly departed can indulge in reverent revelry at the Día de los Muertos Celebration hosted by Before I Die New Mexico at Fairview Memorial Park on November 3. The free, family-friendly celebration includes a traditional procession to welcome deceased loved ones, mariachi music, a procession of vintage cars and lowriders, traditional Mexican fare, face painting, an ofrenda, flowers, healers, artists, and a host of other Dia de los Muertos activities.

Art Fight is Albuquerque’s longest running live art competition and they are celebrating 5 years with a Día de los Muertos themed Art Fight: Extreme Challenge on November 1. The challenge goes like this: artists will spin a wheel of fortune which challenges them with different themes and tasks throughout the night. When do they spin the wheel? When someone buys 5 raffle tickets for prizes which will be raffled off every 15 minutes.

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