Day of the Dead and Dia de los Muertos Events in Denver | Westword

The Best Day of the Dead Events in Denver

Exhibits honoring the ancestors continue.
Time to salute the dead.
Time to salute the dead. CHAC
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While the Day of the Dead has officially passed,  there are still many opportunities to celebrate our ancestors. Learn more about Día de los Muertos customs here, and keep reading for all the events — both adult and family-friendly, in chronological order — during which you can pay respect to the spirits:

Carlos Lecanda, Las Catrinas
Daily through April 2024, hours vary
Corky Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving Street

In celebration of Dia de Muertos Recuerdos 2023, the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council is hosting a nine-month exhibition of Mexican artist Carlos Lecanda’s Las Catrinas at the Corky Gonzales Library, in collaboration with MSU Denver Chicana/o Studies Journey Through Our Heritage and the Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho. Six of Lecanda’s masterpieces are in the show that opened October 28 and will be at the library through next April, including “Las Primas,” which is based on award-winning Denver author Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s collection of short stories, Sabrina & Corina. Admission is free; find out more here.
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From The Skeletal World of.José Guadalupe Posada.
Denver Art Museum
The Skeletal World of José Guadalupe Posada
Daily through May 2024, 10 to 5 p.m.
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway

The iconic nineteenth-century Mexican artist and lithographer is celebrated in The Skeletal World of José Guadalupe Posada, whose figures known as calaveras and Catrinas have become an essential part of Día de los Muertos celebrations. The show opened October 29 and runs through May; you can see it with regular admission to the museum. Find out more here.

Cal Duran, El Reino de los Muertos: Realm of the Dead
Through November 23, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Campus Commons Gallery, University of Northern Colorado campus, 1051 22nd Street, Greeley

Local artist Cal Duran could be the region’s honorary Señor de Muertos Colorado, thanks to his industrious ofrenda-building marathon at twelve locations across the Front Range, while he also gives “Ojos de Dios” workshops. In the midst of all this, Duran also has a solo exhibition of his clay and papier-mâché creations at the University of Northern Colorado’s Campus Commons Gallery. Find out more here.
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