The Larimer Arts Association will be hosting a free event: Dia de los Muertos in the City—an Adult Celebration of Life! The celebration will take place on Friday, October 27th from 5:00-9:00 pm in the alley between Market and Larimer Street near historic Larimer Square. All souls 21 and up are invited to participate in the party. The Dia de los Muertos celebration will bring people together for a night of dancing, music and great food.
The History of El Dia de los Muertos
El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration to remember and honor those who have passed away. In Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are decorated with papel picado, candy skeletons and skulls, flowers and more. Families prepare altars and special foods like pan de Muertos that are shaped as skulls to honor the departed. They place photos of their loved ones and candles on the alter. Instead of fearing death, Mexicans learn to accept it within their lives. This is why they celebrate El Dia de los Muertos with happiness and joy.
What to Expect…
To properly honor the holiday, Dia de los Muertos in the City—an Adult Celebration of Life! will have many fun and festive activities. The event will host two food trucks: Comida and Chuey Fu’s. Guests will be able to walk around and taste some of the best Mexican food in Denver. In addition, there will be four live salsa guitarists who will be giving us a taste of traditional Mexican music. Throughout the course of the evening, guests will be able to dance and immerse themselves in Mexican culture.
For those who are looking to perfect their dance moves, salsa lessons will be offered above the alley in our event space, Larimer Social. Learn from one of the best salsa dancers in the city and check out the tequila tasting while you’re up there. The tasting will feature Dulce Vida, Don Julio, Milagro among others. Tickets for the tequila tasting can be found here.
If you’re looking for some DIY crafts, check out our arts station. You can make your own flower crown or decorate a skull mask. For those who are looking to go all out, there will be professional face painters doing sugar skull face painting throughout the alley and in L-Style Bar, located in the walkway on Larimer Square. Before you leave, make sure to check out the alters and the live artists who will be painting throughout the night. Don’t forget to pick up a custom screen-printed T-shirt on your way out. The original skull design is a perfect way to commemorate the evening.
For more information regarding the event, check out the website. We’re looking forward to seeing all you spooky souls there!