12 Methods to Have a good time Dia de Los Muertos and Mexican Tradition close to Denver

Editor’s Note: On Tuesday October 28th, Denver made the three restrictions on ordering at home safer. This limits the capacity of both events and restaurants. Please check with the event to see if any changes have been made. You can find more information about the new restrictions here.

Fall weather sets in and Coloradans are experiencing early winter conditions – meaning it’s time again for the Día de Los Muertos celebrations. Día de los Muertos – also known as Day of the Dead – is a Mexican holiday celebrityon November 1st and 2nd In which celebrants gather to pray for and remember their loved ones who have passed away. The holiday is anything but sad – instead, it is full of celebrations, food, altars and skull decorations. Denver is fortunate to host many events that will honor Día de los Muertos this year. Read on to see how to celebrate this year and learn about the vibrant Mexican holiday.

Day of the Dead at the Longmont Museum

Photo courtesy of Longmont Museum and Cultural Center on Facebook

When: Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont

Costs: $ 8 adults, $ 5 students and seniors

The lowdown: The latest exhibition to celebrate the Día de los Muertos is now on display at the Longmont Museum. It shows offrendas (altars) by members of the local community as well as art by Colorado artist Tony Ortega. The exhibition aims to shed light on the culture and experiences of the Latinx community. This year you can either visit the exhibition in person or take a virtual tour. The city also hosts free online events – from mariachi performances to reading poetry. Visit the Longmont website for more information.

Day of the Dead in Stanley Marketplace

Photo by Brittany Werges.

When: November 2, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora

Costs: Free

The lowdown: The Village Exchange Center has partnered with a number of local organizations to bring a family-friendly Day of the Dead to Stanley Marketplace. The event will include music, performances, a pumpkin patch, and altars throughout the property. The event is free – but make sure you distance yourself socially and always wear a mask. Please visit the Eventbrite page for more information.

Colorado Day of the Dead

Photo courtesy of Facebook of Latin Fashion Week

When: Weekends from October 30th to November 22nd

Where: La Plaza Colorado, 15200 East Colfax Ave., Aurora

Costs: $ 10 for adults and $ 5 for children

The lowdown: Norberto Mojardin – founder of Latin Fashion Week – presents a month-long celebration of the Día de los Muertos at the La Plaza shopping center in Aurora. Visitors can view a large display of altarpieces while visiting local vendors and many food trucks. Reservations are required and tickets are cheaper if you buy them online in advance.

Kachina Cantina

Photo courtesy of Kachina Cantinas Facebook

When: October 29th – October 31st

Where: 1890 Elders St., Denver

Costs: Free admission

The lowdown: Kachina Cantina is known for an annual Día de los Muertos food festival. This year the vacation menu includes Chileatole Verde, Chicken Chile Rellenos and Pato con Mole. You can also enjoy the restaurant’s Christmas decorations and an authentic altar.

Run 3 miles with Cheluna Brewing

When: 1st of November

Where: 2501 Dallas St., Aurora

Costs: 30 USD per ticket

The lowdown: Cheluna Brewing is running a 5K run on the theme of Día de los Muertos. Participants will receive a free craft beer, a pint glass for collectors, the chance to win prizes, and access to live music and activities. The run is open to everyone – families, strollers and dogs are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will go to local charities. For more information and to register, click here.

Sugar skull and margarita party

Photo courtesy of Los 3 Garcias’ Facebook

When: November 2

Where: 5175 W 68th Ave., Arvada

Costs: $ 35 per ticket

The lowdown: The Mexican restaurant Los 3 Garcias is hosting a painting and swallowing party. Participants will receive a sugar skull mug, art supplies, a free cocktail, and live music. If you’d prefer to attend from home, the restaurant offers a take away option with all supplies and drinks. There are only 50 tickets available to allow social distancing. So grab your tickets quickly. Further information and a reservation can be found here.

Make altars and paint skulls with Refresh Studios

When: Various dates in October

Where: 950 Jersey St. Unit C, Denver

Costs: $ 50 per person or $ 90 for two

The lowdown: This local yoga studio hosts several altar-making sessions throughout October. Participants will receive all the supplies they need to make an altar, as well as tacos and drinks from Bertha’s Baja Bistro. You are encouraged to bring photos of loved ones who have passed away to include on your altar. For more information and to register, click here.

View “Xólotl: Dog God”

Photo courtesy of Anythink’s Facebook

When: October 13th – November 14th

Where: Anythink Wright Farms, 5877 E. 120th Ave., Thornton

Costs: Free admission

The lowdown: Anythink Libraries partnered with the Mexico Cultural Center and Adams County to showcase a giant 140-pound sculpture created by contemporary artist Óscar Becerra Mora. The sculpture represents Xólotl – an Aztec deity who represents the lord of the underworld. In addition to viewing the huge work of art, guests can contribute to a communal altar to commemorate loved ones. Please visit the Anythink website for more information.

Take a virtual mole cooking lesson

Photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens’ Facebook

When: 1st of November

Where: Virtual

Costs: $ 120 per kit

The lowdown: Hosted by Denver Botanic Gardens – join Chef Edwin Sandoval as he guides you through a virtual mole cooking lesson. The lesson lasts an hour and a half and the cost includes a kit with all the ingredients needed to make the mole. Kits will be collected from the York Street location of the Denver Botanic Gardens. More information can be found here.

Day of the Dead from Art District on Santa Fe

Photo courtesy of Night Lights Denver on Facebook

When: November 1st and November 6th

Where: Different places

Costs: Free

The lowdown: The Art District on Santa Fe is hosting in-person and virtual events for Día de los Muertos this year. You can contribute to a community altar, experience a dedication by Día de los Muertos, and submit photos of deceased loved ones. As part of the Night Lights Denver program, photos of loved ones are shown atop Daniels and Fisher Towers every night during the week. The district also hosts various virtual events for those who wish to attend from home. For a full schedule of events and locations, click here.

Visit the Hecho en Colorado exhibit at the History Colorado Center

Photo courtesy of History Colorado Center’s Facebook

When: July 6th – January 10th

Where: 1200 Broadway, Denver

Costs: 14 USD per person

The lowdown: If you haven’t seen the Hecho en Colorado exhibit at the History Colorado Center, now is the time. While the exhibit isn’t specifically dedicated to celebrating the Día de los Muertos, it is a great way to learn more about Colorado’s Chicano culture and Mexican-American culture. The exhibition shows works by various artists and recognizes the achievements of the Latino community. In addition, the museum has a communal altar to which you can add your dedications. Visit the History Colorado Center website for more information.

Dia de los Muertos at Lola Coastal Mexican

Lola Coast Mexican. Photo by Alden Bonecutter.

When: November 2

Where: 1575 Boulder St., Denver

Costs: The prices vary

The lowdown: Lola Coastal Mexican is hosting a Día de los Muertos Food Festival. The menu consists of either pork pozole or family tamales. If you order the cocktail special, you will be entered into a raffle to win a free bottle of tequila. The restaurant also features live music by Ricardo Peña. If you want to eat at the restaurant, secure your reservation before seats are full. If you’d rather celebrate at home, you can pick up your order at the restaurant and eat at home. Click here to secure a reservation or a pick-up order.

Dia de los Muertos altar in honor of victims of hate crimes

Photo courtesy The Center on Colfax

When: Until November 2nd

Where: The Center on Colfax, 1301 E Colfax Ave., Denver

Costs: Free

The lowdown: The Center on Colfax has installed an ofrenda in the building windows visible from Colfax. The altar honors lives killed as a result of police violence, as well as 33 transgender people who lost their lives to hate crimes in 2020. Some of the lives to be remembered are George Floyd, Elijah McClain, Breonna Taylor, and Monica Roberts. The Center on Colfax also has virtual events and video series which you can find on its website.

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