Where to find Day of the Dead celebrations in Indianapolis

My grandfather was Mexican. I’m a blonde-haired, blue-eyed descendent of distinguished Oaxacan Margarito Martinez. It’s something many of my friends laugh at when they hear, but it’s true. And my interest in the Hispanic culture was cultivated at a young age from the fresh tortillas my bisabuelita made in her kitchen to the magical sound of their native language. Day Of The Dead – or Dia de los Muertos – is a Mexican holiday celebrating the lives of family or friends who have died.

Taking place October 31-November 2 {a span that includes All Saints’ Eve, Day and All Souls Day}, celebrations typically include building ceremonial altars or ofrendas to encourage the souls of the beloved deceased to visit.

Here’s where to find Day of the Dead celebrations in Indianapolis:


Eiteljorg Museum

Saturday, October 28

Admission is FREE for the Eiteljorg Museum Dia de los Muertos celebration. Running from 11 am-4 pm, there are a number of live performances scheduled, artist meet-and-greet, marketplace {“mercado”} shopping, art stations and more. If you can’t wait, the Nopal Cultural’s Día de los Muertos Linocut Prints and Altar Exhibition are already on display and FREE to view now–Nov. 2 in the Lilly Theatre. Info: Call {317} 636-9378 or visit eiteljorg.org.

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Indiana State Museum

Saturday, October 29

The Eiteljorg’s neighbor gives visitors a chance to learn about the traditions and history behind Los Dias de los Muertos, and to participate in the celebration. Visitors can join in hands-on activities, learn about ofrenda or altar building and enjoy lively performances. This event is free and open to the public but admission to museum galleries requires a ticket purchase. Info: Call {317} 232-1637 or visit indianamuseum.org.




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