Ten Top Day of the Dead Celebrations in Denver This Week

The Día de los Muertos celebration at Pirate: Contemporary Art is a Denver tradition.
The Día de los Muertos celebration at Pirate: Contemporary Art is a Denver tradition.
Kyle Huninghake for Westword.

History, art, culture and tradition come together in Día de los Muertos, which will go down throughout the upcoming weekend. From gallery gatherings and family-friendly celebrations to cultural workshops and cocktail parties, Day of the Dead attracts city-wide attention across multiple days of great events and celebrations. You can find them all in our online Westword calendar, but here are our top ten ways to celebrate this spirited holiday.

See also: Twenty of the Best Adults-Only Halloween Parties; Twenty of the Best Kid-Friendly Halloween Celebrations

Ten Top Day of the Dead Celebrations in Denver This Week
Elyse Mitchell

10)El Dia de Los Muertos -- A Celebration of Life! Chicano Humanities & Arts Center Now through November 1 Although CHAC has already held its Dia de los Muertos parties, the accompanying exhibit will be up through Saturday, and it's a great way to get a look at some of the area's best artists, including Daniel Luna and Bob Martinez.

Jose Guadalupe Posada
Jose Guadalupe Posada
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9) La Muerte Tiene Permiso Exhibit Mexican Cultural Center Now through November 7 Free This exhibit is a rich historical and cultural look at Día de los Muertos through the work of Jose Guadalupe Posada, a well-known Mexican turn-of-the-century printmaker. Featuring Calaveras (skeletons) in a revolutionary and political context, Posada's work is both entertaining and educational. The gallery is also decorated with traditional altars and other symbolic elements of the holiday.

8) Tri-Institutional Día de los Muertos St. Cajetan's Event Center Thursday, October 30 Free The three colleges on the Auraria Campus come together for this free, all ages Día de los Muertos celebration featuring live entertainment, cultural workshops, face-painting, refreshments and more. Traditional dance group Sabor Latino will be performing, and there will also be Lost Tribe spoken word and more entertainment.

7) Día de los Muertos in the Mortuary Goldyn Thursday, October 30 Free Join one of Denver's premiere couture boutiques in a celebration of magic and mysticism. Guests are invited to bring a dish to share during this cocktail hour gathering, where they can enjoy tarot readings, altar displays, new work by artist Axel Geittmann, an installation by Impromptu Company and a special set from psych-rockers Tjutjuna.

Ten Top Day of the Dead Celebrations in Denver This Week

6) La Ofrenda de los Muertos: Honoring Days of the Dead Exhibition and 14th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration Longmont Museum and Cultural Center Saturday, November 1 Free This long-running tradition at the Longmont Museum celebrates Día De Los Muertos with traditional music and dance, sugar-skull decorating, paper flower-making, face-painting and more; food trucks will also be on hand. And guests can also take in the museum's La Ofrenda exhibit, featuring photographs of Día de los Muertos celebrations in Oaxaca, Mexico.



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