Though the holiday known as Day of the Dead -- Día de los Muertos -- sounds mournful, its festivities are rooted deep in a traditional celebration of life. After tonight, Halloween will be finished for the year and the merrymaking turns honoring the souls who have passed, with an array of commemorative altar displays, parades, art, food, dancing and music. Below are ten of the best Day of the Dead happenings around town, many of them free and family-friendly. For a full list of events happening across the city this weekend, be sure to check out our online calendar
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See also: Slideshows - Dia De Los Muertos at Pirate: Contemporary Art 2012