Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations in the Albuquerque Area

••• Courtesy City of Albuquerque

In Albuquerque, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebrations take place over several weeks in October and November, although the holiday is traditionally celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd.

Families remember deceased loved ones and honor them by building offering altars (ofrendas) where sugar skulls are placed, along with offerings of pan de muertos. The holiday is festive although the subject may not be, as spirits are welcomed back into peoples' lives for another year.

Updated for 2016.

The Marigold Parade and Festival takes place in Albuquerque's South Valley on Sunday, November 6.

Sugar Skulls
Learn how to make sugar skulls at Los Jardines Institute.
For 2016: TBA

Woodcut Block Printing
Learn how to create your own Dia image on a wood block to print on posters and cards. The workshop is at the Los Jardines Institute. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
For 2016: TBA

Silkscreen T-Shirts
Learn how to make official Dia shirts for Dia de los Muertos at the Los Jardines Institute. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
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Papel Picado
Learn how to make papel picado for Dia de los Muertos at the Los Jardines Institute. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
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Paper Mache Workshop
Create large scale calavera heads, masks or marionettes with this medium at the Los Jardines Institute. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
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Sugar Skull Workshop
The National Hispanic Cultural Center will have a HAH! Happy Hour workshop, teaching how to make and decorate sugar skulls, at 5:30 p.m.
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Paper Mache Creations/Paper Flowers
Finish paper mache and make retablos. The workshop is free and open to all ages.
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Altars: History, Traditions and Symbols
Learn how to make altars or ofrendas at the Los Jardines Institute.

The workshop is free and open to all ages.
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Atrisco Heritage Dia De Muertos
The Atrisco area of the south valley becomes a place of community for one evening every year. There will be face painting, games, sugar skull painting, music and more. Dress in calavera attire! The celebration is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the San Jose de Armijo Cemetery, 2957 Arenal SW.
For 2016: TBA

Dia de Muertos
Join the community at the International Folk Art Museum in making sugar skulls and decorative picture frames. Bring a picture or memento you do not need to add to the altar. There will be live music and refreshments at this free event from 1 to 4 p.m.
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Dia de los Muertos Workshop
Make mini ofrendas and sugar skulls at the National Hispanic Cultural Center from 3:30 - 5 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required.
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Dia de los Muertos: Despidida
The National Hispanic Cultural Center will hold its annual Despedida to celebrate Día de los Muertos. There will be music, poetry and hands-on art-making at this event, as well as a tour of the ofrendas on display. Stop by from 5 to 7 p.m. at this free event.
For 2016: TBA

Dia de los Muertos
South Broadway celebrates the tradition of the Day of the Dead with altars, an art market, and live entertainment.

The community celebration features family activities, food face painting and Dia festivities.
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Dia de los Muertos Marigold Parade
The annual south valley parade presents music, altars, food and art vendors. The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m., beginning with the parade, and ending at the community center where a celebration will be going on. This year, there will be shuttles to get you there. Come out in your best calavera attire. See images of the event.
For 2016: November 6

Exhibitions

Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda Exhibit
Artists, teachers and students create traditional and contemporary ofrendas which are installed at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Visit the ofrendas at the Disney Center for the Performing Arts and the Domenici Education Center. The beautiful installation changes each year.

The public is invited to visit the ofrendas during regular hours and special events.
For 2016: TBA

Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda Installation
The National Hispanic Cultural Center invites students, teachers and the public to create and display ofrendas (altars) in honor of those who have passed away. 
For 2016: TBA

Tome Gallery Annual Day of the Dead Show
Find Day of the Dead folk art at this unique Santa Fe style gallery in Tome (without the prices). Join them on October 30 for their Day of the Dead fun day.
For 2016: October 2 - November 6