Even though Dia de los Muertos is the day after Halloween, it is not meant to be a spooky holiday! Instead, it’s a day to cheerfully remember loved ones who are still with us in spirit.
What is Dia de los Muertos?
Dia de los Muertos — also known as the Day of the Dead — is celebrated each year on November 1. A day filled with tradition, this Mexican holiday is a time for families to remember the people who have departed from their lives and share memories. To celebrate the lives of their loved ones, friends and family participate in a variety of activities. These can include building altars with food and mementos that their loved ones used to enjoy, or having parades to honor the departed.
Dia de los Muertos Events and Activities in Indy
Interested in celebrating Dia de los Muertos, or learning more about it? Here are some family-friendly events happening around Indianapolis!
Dia de Muertos Community Celebration at Eiteljorg Museum
Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Eiteljorg Museum, 500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis
Enjoy FREE admission during a day of celebration with performances, art-making, Mercado vendors, community groups, and a community-curated art and altar display. Reserve your free tickets here.
Day of the Dead at Nickel Plate Arts District
Monday, Nov. 1, 3-7 p.m.
Nickel Plate Arts Campus, 107 S. 8th St., Noblesville
Day of the Dead is a colorful cultural celebration of life and creativity. This festive Mexican holiday with ancient roots honors and celebrates the memory of friends and family members who have passed away. Our version amplifies the artistic aspects of Day of the Dead to appeal to the young and young at heart. Families will explore Mexican art and culture by learning about the holiday’s traditions and participating in hands-on crafts and activities. Many crafts are $5 each but there are also free activities.
Dia de Muertos at Garfield Park Arts Center
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr, Indianapolis
Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday that celebrates deceased family members through music, storytelling, food, and ofrendas (altars). Join GPAC to learn more about this Mexican holiday and partake in the traditions. Register for the event here.