Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is observed by many Latino cultures to commemorate and honor loved ones who have passed on. Building altars and adorning them with colorful paper flowers, decorating sugar skulls, parades of lavishly dressed skeletons and candles, are a few special ways to remember those we have loved. Officially, The Day of the Dead falls on November 1 and 2, but in the Bay Area events are spread throughout October and early November.
Saturday, October 22: Dead Paper Arts, 1pm, learn about some of the traditions behind the cultural celebration, build your own ofrenda to remember your loved ones, and create fun take home items like calavera, jaguar and butterfly masks, dancing skeleton puppets and paper marigolds, San Rafael Library.
Saturday, October 29: Dia De Los Muertos Celebration, 10:30a-1p, free, decorating sugar skulls, face painting, snacking on traditional pastries and creating our own memory box, Mill Valley Community Center.
Saturday, October 29: Day of the Dead/ Dia de los Muertos, 3:30 PM, Join in the colorful procession with Aztec Dancers and Day of the Dead pageantry! March from Gallery Route One to the Dance Palace for an evening of song, ceremony, food, and treats, Dance Palace, Pt Reyes.
Monday, November 1: Dia de los Muertos Craft for Children, Fairfax Library.
Monday/Tuesday, November 1 & 2: Dia de los Muertos, celebration of a traditional Latin American holiday that combines pre-Colombian festivals and indigenous traditions with European rituals for honoring the dead, Bolinas Community Center.
Friday, November 4: Día de los Muertos Altar Making, Age 5+, Advance sign-up required, create a shoebox altar to honor a loved one, bring a shoebox and a photo of a loved one if you wish, Mill Valley Public Library.
Saturday, November 5: Dia de los Muertos, 4-9pm, alters, art, face painting, parade, music, and more! Albert J. Boro Community Center, 50 Canal Street, San Rafael.
October 7-November 5, Día de los Muertos Exhibition, SOMARTS.
Tuesday, October 25, Dia de los Muertos, 3-4pm, Sunset Library.
Wednesday, October 26-November 2, Dia de los Muertos Altar, 12:15-1:15pm, Bernal Heights Library.
Saturday, October 29, Dia de los Muertos, 10am-3:30pm, Create marigolds, light-up skeleton cups, and write or draw messages as this holiday focuses on gathering of families and friends to remember loved ones who have passed, Children's Creativity Museum.
Wednesday, November 2, Day of the Dead Celebration, 12:15-1:15pm, Ocean View Library.
Wednesday, November 2: San Francisco Day of the Dead, Procession and Festival of Altars, 4-11pm, art, music, performances and a walking procession, which help us contemplate our existence and mortality -- a moment to remember deceased friends and family, and our connections beyond our immediate concerns, Garfield Park, 26th & Harrison Streets.
Saturday, November 5: Día de los Muertos Community Concert, 11am, 2pm, & 8pm, Arrive an hour early for refreshments, live music and dancing, colorful altars, traditional crafts, and more, San Francisco Symphony.
Sunday, October 16: Days of the Dead Community Celebration, 11am–4:30pm, Craft activities, tasty food, dance and music groups, colorful ofrendas, ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition, and more, Oakland Museum.
Saturday, October 23: Skeletonfest, 12-3pm, ages 3+, make sugar skulls, screen print a T-shirt or flag (bring your own clothing or fabric), make a cool or scary mask, and enjoy the Dia de Muertos decor and snacks throughout the Art Center! New this year: Make pom-pom skulls and eyeballs with artist, Dawn Gonzalez! Richmond Art Center.
Sunday, October 30: Dia de los Metros, 10am-5pm, enjoy the flavors of Latin American cuisine and enjoy a day filled with entertainment on two stages, art and community, Fruitville Village, Oakland.
Saturday, October 29: Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets, 6-10pm, Starts at Water Street Bistro, 100 Petaluma Blvd. North, and ends up at Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 4th Street.
Saturday, October 29: The Day of the Dead Celebration, tricks and treats, pumpkins and skulls, bats and bones, the Safari West Halloween Spectacular is an event the whole family can enjoy together! Safari West, Santa Rosa.
Sunday, November 1: Día de los Muertos Community Celebration, 6-8pm, Everyone is welcome to bring photos to place on the altar, Maloney Memorial Waterwise Garden, Sonoma.
Saturday, October 22: Día De Los Muertos, also called Day of The Dead, is a celebration of life. Día San José is a culmination of family, entertainment and most of all fun! Throughout the night, we sing, dance, laugh and celebrate our loved ones.
Sunday, November 6: Day of the Dead, 5pm, music, kids activities, traditional food, vendors and altars contest at the San Mateo County History Museum. Procession, music and crafts will be FREE activities for children, Downtown Redwood City.
Altars, multi-dimensional art installations, live music and performances honor personal and collective losses and acknowledge the cycles of life and death