Day of the Dead / Los Días de los Muertos is a Mexican custom honoring and remembering those who have died. The celebration begins on midnight on October 31, the night of Halloween in the U.S. The following events will be celebrated in honor of the Day of the Dead in the Washington, DC area:
Day of the Dead Family Festival
National Museum of the American Indian - October 30-November 1, 2016. 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW. Washington, DC. The family friendly event will feature a concert, talks and demonstrations celebrating everyday imagery of the lives of Mexican Americans. Additional activities include culinary demonstrations from the museum’s Mitsitam Native Foods Café and a cultural dance presentation.
Day of the Dead Fiesta- November 4, 2016, 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Mexican Cultural Center, Embassy of Mexico, 2829 16th Street, NW Washington DC. Experience a world filled with the wonders of the Mayan legends and the beauty Cancun’s beaches as we celebrate the holidays with our unique International Touch. Featuring Mexican Food, Open Bar, Day of the Dead Alter and Ceremony., Mariachi music, Day of the Dead Dance Presentation and dance lessons, Masquerade contest, late night DJ, Art gallery, film, and much more. Drawing to win a trip to Mexico. Black Tie and Masquerade Optional.
Smithsonian Day of the Dead (Virtual) - The website features activities that celebrate this popular Latin American holiday. This year’s Día de los Muertos festival will feature ofrendas to late Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, actress Lupe Ontiveros and artist Carlos Alonzo. Visitors will have the opportunity to tweet messages and offerings during the ceremony, which will be delivered in the Nagual language.
Mexican Restaurants in the Washington DC Area - Local restaurants celebrate Day of the Dead with food and drink specials.