Friday, September 23, 2022

Dia de los Muertos 2022

Events in El Paso, Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico

October 1

El Paso Museum of Art
12 PM to 4PM
Exclusive members-only Dia de los Muertos art-making activity. Celebrate by decorating a ceramic pan de muerto magnet with teaching artist Efren Villalobos. Free for EPMA members.

October 29

El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department presents Dia de Los Muertos
11 AM to 9 PM
Dia de los Muertos is back Saturday, October 29 in Downtown El Paso featuring the annual Dia de los Muertos parade. Stay tuned for the schedule, parade map and upcoming activities and programming for the whole family. Event is free to the public.

Day Of The Dead Series
7 AM
La Llorona Park
3440 W Picacho Ave
Las Cruces, NM
Race day packet pickup/registration: 5:30AM on race day, at the start line.
Early Start: YES! (Optional) 6:00 am, bring a flashlight. Late arrivals will need to wait until the 7:00 am start.
Late Start: 8 AM for 5K and 10K only
Course: Fast, flat; paved, with a crushed gravel lane. 
Course is 1.1 miles out, then back. Six laps for half marathon, 12 laps for full marathon.


Dia de los Muertos
Mesilla, NM, on the Plaza
This annual community celebration is normally held in the Town of Mesilla with music, dancing, food, activities for kids, and arts vendors. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Dia de los Muertos Festival, Downtown El Paso, El Paso Arts District, October 23, 2021

Sharing a few photos from the Dia de los Muertos event in downtown El Paso on October 23, 2021!


El Paso, Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead

Monday, October 12, 2020

CDC guidelines for Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead - 2020 - El Paso

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released guideline for celebrating Dia de los Muertos this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage everyone to take these guidelines seriously and do our best to protect our community.

CDC Guidelines for Dia de los Muertos - 2020

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Dia de los Muertos in El Paso - 2020

Dia de los Muertos events in the El Paso and Las Cruces area are proving to be few and far between for 2020, for obvious reasons. If you are aware of any events, please feel free to forward them and I'll get them posted. 

If there are no events in the area this year, please celebrate in the safety of your home. 

Take time to honor those in our community lost to COVID-19. Remember the others we lost so suddenly on August 3, 2019. Let us also remember our loved ones, family, friends and so many others who have passed on over the years. While we may not be able to reminisce in person...we are all together in spirit. 

"Voces de Mixquic" - a wonderful Dia de los Muertos documentary film

I recently viewed "Voces de Mixquic," a documentary about Dia de los Muertos traditions in a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City. I HIGHLY recommend this film. It is by far the most informative film I have seen about Dia de los Muertos. You truly feel like you are welcoming home departed loved ones with the families that are filmed.  

"Voces de Mixquic" is available on Amazon, and is free to view with Amazon Prime. It is well worth the rental price, too.

Find the film here: Voces de Mixquic

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Dia de los Muertos altar for the victims of the August 3 Walmart shooting here in El Paso

This beautiful altar (ofrenda) is on display on the third floor of the UTEP Library. It honors the 22 victims of the August 3 Walmart mass shooting. Dia de los Muertos will be particularly poignant this year in El Paso.

Friday, October 25, 2019

El Paso Symphony Orchestra - Coco in Concert

Disney Pixar 
with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra

DATE: Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7:30pm 

LOCATION: Plaza Theatre

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at the Plaza Theatre with Academy Award-winning animated film Coco in concert with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra performing Michael Giacchino’s beautiful score live to film. This heartwarming film follows aspiring young musician Miguel as he travels to the Land of the Dead.

Information & website

Dia de los Muertos - Art Celebrates Life - Border AIDS Partnership Spotlight

Border AIDS Partnership annual fundraiser featuring  silent art auction work and skull decorating competition by noted artists
Where: El Paso Community Foundation Room, 33 N. Oregon St.
When: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Tickets: 20

Mesilla, New Mexico Dia de los Muertos events

DATE: November 2, 2019
LOCATION: La Mesilla Plaza, Mesilla, New Mexico
CONTACT: 575-639-1385
Altars, Day of the Dead artists, music, dancing, parade, food, activities for kids and arts vendors. Free to the public. Donation of non-perishable food items will be given to the Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry.

Dia de Muertos Artfest - Deming, New Mexico

DATE: November 2, 2019

LOCATION: Historic Courthouse Park, Deming, New Mexico

Website:         Dia de Muertos Art Fest hompage

Pan de Muerto, Copal, Mexican folk art, alebrijes, jewelry, Day of the Dead folk art, embroidery, incense, traditional Mexican dresses, religious items, face painting, traditional Mexican foods and beverages, sugar skull tattoos.

From I-10W: Take exit 82A from I-10 W. Turn Left on S Gold Avenue. Continue south, courthouse park is located on the corner of Gold and Ash Street.

From I-10E: Take exit 82A from I-10 W. Turn Right on S Gold Avenue. Continue south, the courthouse park is located on the corner of Gold and Ash Street.

Parking: Parking is available on Ash Street by the Holy Family Church. Additional parking is located on the south side of the Courthouse Park & the Family Dollar Parking lot. 

Street Closure: Ash street from Gold Avenue to Platinum Avenue will be closed for the festival.

Sixth Annual Dia de Muertos Celebration - Lincoln, New Mexico

Sixth Annual Dia de Muertos Celebration - Lincoln, New Mexico

DATE: November 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

LOCATION: Lincoln, New Mexico
Calle La Placita (12 miles east of Capitan, New Mexico) on Highway 380

Hosted by the Friends of Historic Lincoln and the Lincoln Merchants Association.

UTEP Library Dia de los Muertos Altar

DATES: Monday, October 28 - Friday, November 8
LOCATION: UTEP Library, 3rd Floor Gallery
HOURS: Regular Library Hours
CONTACT: 747-5697

Concordia Cemetery Diá de los Muertos Festival

DATE: November 2
TIME: 2-8 PM
LOCATION: 3700 Yandell Drive

Website:         Concordia Cemetery Dia de los Muertos Festival Facebook page

Resurrection Ball

Resurrection Ball

Location: Club Here I Love You, 115 S. Durango St.

Date: November 1, 2019
Time: 8 PM November 1 to 10 AM November 2 
Admission: $15 + fees

Website:         Resurrection Ball Facebook Page

DJ Amanda Jones, from Los Angeles, will lead the Resurrection Ball. Live art, face painting, drum circle, dancers, altar, food trucks and more. Wear your best Dia de los Muertos attire. Tickets availablle through, Red Door Vintage, 2225 Montana, and The Headstand, 4409 Dyer.

La Fe Dia de los Muertos

La Fe Dia de los Muertos
Date: November 1, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Venue:             721 S. Ochoa (Rear Building)
Admission:       Free

La Fe Día de los Muertos: Join Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe for an evening of dance, music, a community altar display and cultural arts.

Dia de los Muertos - Downtown El Paso

Dia de los Muertos Celebration
November 2, 2019
2 PM
One Arts Festival Plaza
Venue:             El Paso Museum of Art
Admission:       Free
Contact Name:  El Paso Museum of Art
Phone:              915-212-0300

The Downtown Arts District will host Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, November 2, from 2-9 p.m.

Last year, more than 10,000 people celebrated this regional tradition. Celebrate with free hands-on activities, music and artisan vendors located throughout the Arts District from the El Paso Museum of Art to the El Paso Museum of History. Celebrated artist collective from Mexico City, Colectivo Ultima Hora, will once again transform Dia de los Muertos with fantastical splendor and color. You won’t want to miss the Desfile de Alebrijes Parade up Santa Fe and the evening concerts in Arts Festival Plaza.

This year's cempasuchil

I planted my cempasuchil in a new location this year. While it wasn't as big a space, it did quite well, peaking the second and third week of October. Some grew over five feet tall!

Café Mayapan - Dia de los Muertos 2019 Events

Several great events coming to the annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at Café Mayapan!