Escucha, Denver: You know the drill. El Día de los Muertos means something in this city, and the first rule to remember is that it’s not Halloween. It’s a wonderful time of year when families communicate with their deceased ancestors who are said to be dropping by for a short visit with the living. They will be hungry so you must leave them an altar with delicious morsels and things they have loved in life and then everyone will be dancing in the streets in Calavera makeup cherishing this time with the loved ones they love have lost.
Never heard of it? electricity coconut.
Well, here’s how to celebrate the dead in Denver in 2022:
Día de los Muertos in the Olingen highlands
Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Olinger Highland Mortuary and Cemetery, 10201 Grant Street, Thornton
What better place to celebrate Los Muertos than a cemetery? Thornton’s Olinger Highland hosts families with live dance and music, face painting, sugar skull decorations, food trucks, bouncy castles (who knew ancestors loved to bounce?) and stalls. Admission is free.
Día de los Muertos, Olinger Kronen Hügel
Sunday, October 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary and Cemetery, 7777 West 29th Avenue
Olinger Crown Hill’s annual free Family Day of the Dead begins with live dancers and mariachi music, face painting, kids’ crafts, sugar skull decorations and food trucks. If your ancestors are there, bring some marigolds or other Muertos gifts to decorate the property.
Noches de Catrinas
Saturday, October 29, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m
Rise Westwood, 3742 Morrison Road
The Hecho en Westwood community group is on the second day of the Día de los Muertos celebrations. Muertos en Westwood invites the community to gather for a free afternoon festival, complete with a vendor’s market, live Mexican dancers, children’s activities, a community feast and all the usual Muertos-inspired paraphernalia.
Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, October 29, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m
The LGBTQ Center, 1301 East Colfax Avenue
Denver’s Latino LGBTQ+ community will have their own Day with the Beloved Dead, courtesy of The Center, where the celebration honored LGBTQ+ victims of violence and other Colorado friends lost over the past year with a giant lit Altar in the Window and a video series of her contributions to the community. That will be on view until November 8th, but Saturday is dedicated to the fun of Día de los Muertos, including tamales and buñuelos (doughnuts) for nibbling, crafts, storytelling, Ballet Folklorico Baile Caliente and some very cool drag performers. Admission is free.
El Centro Amistad, Day of the Dead
Saturday, October 29, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m
El Centro Amistad, Commemoration of our dead
Saturday, November 2, 4 to 7 p.m. RSVP online
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
The nonprofit El Centro AMISTAD for Latinx families in Boulder County is hosting a traditional Día de Muertos commemoration of our dead with all the trimmings: an altar display, raffle prizes, pan de muerto, lotería, face painting, folkloric dancing, and food Truck dishes to name a few. But there’s more, including a Catrina and Catrin costume contest with cash prizes. On November 2nd, the organization will be back with live music and a “Matachines” dance, as well as film screenings about the art and traditions of the Day of the Dead, followed by a discussion. All events are free.
Noche de Museo: Celebrating Day of the Dead: An intergenerational evening of music and dance
Saturday, October 29, 7 p.m
Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Street, Longmont
Tickets: $5 to $10 online in advance or call 303-651-8374
Longmont has been partying all month and is now giving its final hooray for the Day of the Dead. Saturday’s Noche de Museo: Celebrating Day of the Dead also brings the community out to a final night of live mariachi bands, song and dance at the museum, with a focus on intergenerational performances.
Ofrenda’s 2022 workshops
Various dates and locations, through November
Such was the demand for the Latino Cultural Arts Center’s Ofrendas make-and-take workshops for Día de los Muertos that it keeps adding artful, multi-generational sessions where people of all ages decorate sugar skulls and saint candles, or Catrina- Can make worry dolls. Alebrijes, sheet metal frames and more at participating schools, libraries, leisure centers and other community facilities. The free workshops will continue into November; A schedule of the remaining sessions can be found here.
Catrina: Exhibition Day of the Dead
But you can see it on November 6th
380 Main Street, Longmont
Longmont’s participation in el Día de los Muertos is a month-long affair of citywide celebrations, workshops, art exhibitions and special events co-sponsored by staff from the Longmont Museum and the city’s Firehouse Art Center. It features community artworks depicting graphic artist José Posada Aguilar’s satirical print of “La Calavera Catrina,” a female skeletal character dressed in the latest fashions to hide her indigenous roots. Admission is free.
Art exhibition Día de los Muertos
On view until November 18th
The Armory, 300 Strong Street, Brighton
The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) – along with the arts and culture of Día de los Muertos – is spreading across the city, even as far as Brighton, where artists from CHAC put on a Muertos show earlier in the autumn that remains until today November 18th. Admission is free.
Do you know of an event that belongs on this list? We’ll update it by the actual Day of the Dead; Send information to [email protected]