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
November 1-2, 2014, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
4th St. and Independence Ave., SW. Washington, DC. The family friendly event will feature a creative exploration of the nine levels of Mictlán. The levels will be revealed though traditional and contemporary ofrendas, papel picado, traditional dances, music, food, giant kites, hands-on activities and more. On Saturday at 2 p.m. author and artist Sandra Cisneros discusses A Room of Her Own, a Day of the Dead-inspired installation opening on Oct. 31 at the National Museum of American History. On Sunday at 2 p.m. SeeLa Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead, a 50-minute documentary shot in Mexico and California exploring the various meanings, both joyous and sad, of the Day of the Dead, and the place of this celebration in Mexican and Chicano heritage.
GraveYards (Day of the Dead at the Yards)
November 1, 2014, 6-10 p.m. The Yards, 300 Tingey Street, SE Washington DC. Enjoy live music, roaming street performers, fortune tellers, and face painters. Kick back in the beer garden and tour a celebrity "graveyard"
and pay your respects to the likes of Elvis. This event is free and open to the public.
Day of the Dead Fiesta
November 1, 2014, 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.
Dia de los Muertos Bike Ride
November 1, 2014, 3 p.m. La Clínica del Pueblo, a non-profit organization in Washington DC is hosting a 2 mile bike ride around Rock Creek Park. (from Pierce Mill to Beach Dr NW) Children of all ages are welcome.
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.