Celebrate Day of the Dead in Denver


Escucha, Denver: You know the drill. El Día De Los Muertos means something to this town, and the first rule to remember is that it’s not Halloween. It’s a wonderful time of year when Latino families commune with their deceased ancestors, who are expected to check in with the living for a short visit. They will be hungry, so you must leave them an altar with delicious bites and things they have loved in life, and then everyone will be dancing in the streets in calavera makeup, this time cherishing with the loved ones they have lost.

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Now, here’s how to celebrate the dead in Denver in 2022.

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Celebrate Día de los Muertos with the community of Westwood.

Courtesy of Rise Westwood

Nights of Catrinas
Friday, October 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Deaths in Westwood
Saturday October 29, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Rise Westwood, 3742 Morrison Road

Community group Hecho en Westwood is hosting two days of Día de los Muertos celebrations on Morrison Road this year, starting with Noches de Catrinas, a program by Julio García’s Ballet Folklorico Sangre de México that celebrates traditions through dance, l craftsmanship and sharing the stories behind Día de los Muertos. Muertos en Westwood follows Saturday afternoon, inviting the community to come together for a full afternoon festival, complete with a vendor’s market, live Mexican dancers, children’s activities, a community feast and all the usual accessories inspired by Muertos.

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CASC and Brighton Armory collaborate on Day of the Dead celebration.

Courtesy of CASC

Dia De Los Muertos Exhibition
Reception: Friday October 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., visible until November 18
The Armory, 300 Strong Street, Brighton

The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) is spreading – along with the art and culture of Día de los Muertos – across the city, even as far away as Brighton, where CHAC artists staged a Muertos show earlier this fall . But the Brighton Armory saved the reception for the Día de los Muertos season, turning it into a free celebration with entertainment, refreshments, face painting and decorating sugar cookies.

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The fire station will not have a Catrina procession at the ball in 2022, but there will be a Catrina ball.

Courtesy of Firehouse Art Center

Catrina Ball and Catrina Art Auctions
Friday, October 28, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
380 Main Street, Longmont
$15 in advance at Eventbrite, $20 at the door
Online auction: until 10 p.m. on October 28

Longmont’s participation in el Día De Los Muertos is truly a month-long affair with celebrations, workshops, art exhibits and citywide special events, both led by collaborators from the Longmont Museum and Firehouse Art Center in the city. But Catrina’s ball and auction are all focused on the fire station, starting earlier this month with an exhibition of community artwork featuring engraver José Posada Aguilar’s satirical print, “La Calavera Catrina.” , a skeleton female character dressed in the latest fashions to hide her Native roots. The likenesses are now being auctioned off to raise money for Firehouse’s free art education for marginalized communities, and the art center is hosting a gala ball to celebrate the end of the online auction. You still have time to bid, until 10 p.m. on October 28, and dance the night away in your Día De Los Muertos-best.

Noche de Museo: Celebrating the Day of the Dead: A multigenerational evening of music and dance
Saturday October 29, 7 p.m.
Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont
Tickets: $5 to $10 online in advance, or call 303-651-8374

Like Firehouse, the Longmont Museum has its own Last Hurray celebration for Day of the Dead. Saturday’s La Noche de Museo: Celebrating Day of the Dead also brings out the community for a final evening of live mariachi bands, song and dance at the museum, with a focus on multi-generational performances.

Dia De Los Muertos at Olinger Highland
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? Olinger Highland in Thornton welcomes families for live dancing and music, face painting, skull decorating, food truck meals, bouncing houses (who knew the ancestors loved bouncing? ) and vendor stands.

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One of five altars created by Centro AMISTAD’s Compañeras program and community members, on display at the Dairy Arts Center.

Dairy Arts Center

El Centro Amistad, Dia de Muertos
Saturday October 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
El Centro Amistad, Remembering Our Dead
Saturday, November 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., RSVP online
Dairy Arts Centre, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder
All free

The nonprofit El Centro AMISTAD resource organization for Latinx families in Boulder County is hosting a traditional Día De Muertos Remembrance of Our Dead celebration with all the trimmings: an altar display, raffle prizes, a pan de muerto, a lottery, a catrina contest, face painting, Folklórico dancing and food truck fare, to name a few. But there’s more, including a Catrina and Catrin costume contest with cash prizes. On November 2, the organization will be back with live music and a “Matachines” dance, film screenings on Day of the Dead art and traditions, followed by a discussion.

Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, October 29, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The LGBTQ Center, 1301 East Colfax Avenue

Denver’s Latinx LGBTQ+ community will have its own Day with the Beloved Dead, courtesy of The Center, where the celebration will honor LGBTQ victims of violence and other Colorado friends who have been lost during the last year with a giant illuminated altar in the window and a series of videos about their contributions to the community. This will be on view until November 8, but Saturday will be all about Día de los Muertos fun, including tamales and buñuelos (doughnuts) to snack on, arts and crafts, storytelling, Ballet Folklorico Baile Caliente and some very cool drag performers.

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People enjoying themselves during Día de los Muertos at Olinger’s Crown Hill Cemetery.

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Dia de los Muertos, Olinger Crown Hill
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 Family Day of the Dead begins Sunday with live dancers and mariachi music, face painting, kids’ crafts, sugar skull decorating and food trucks. If your ancestors rest there, bring marigolds or other muertos gifts to decorate the plot.

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Make worried dolls and other free Día de los Muertos crafts with the Latino Cultural Arts Center.

Courtesy of Center for Latino Cultural Arts

Workshops Ofrendas 2022
Various dates and locations, through November
Demand for the Latino Cultural Arts Center’s ofrenda-making workshops for Día de los Muertos has been so high that it continues to add crafty, intergenerational sessions where people of all ages can decorate sugar skulls and holy candles, or create marigold Catrina dolls, alebrijes, faux tin frames and more at participating schools, libraries, recreation centers and other community locations. The free workshops will continue until November; find a schedule of remaining sessions here.


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