Take a journey through the customs, traditions and meaning of Dia de los Muertos with educational activities, cultural experiences all weekend long.
Dia de los Muertos DC (DDLMDC) and the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs are collaborating to host an overnight festival to celebrate The Day of the Dead beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 4 through 4 a.m. on Sunday Nov. 5. The event will take place along the north east quadrant of the National Mall (1600 Constitution Ave NW) and in Franklin Park (1332 I St. NW).
Kick off Saturday with a community gathering at Franklin Park at 1 p.m. Dancing, live performances and calavara face painting will be available. At 3 p.m., the Calavera Procession for Eternal Peace will begin on 14th and I Sts. NW down to the National Mall. Bands, organizers and participants will march together in community and to honor and pay tribute to those who have passed on.
At 4 p.m., the festival grounds will open to the public and feature a mechanical bull, live vocal, musical and artistic performances, a candlelit vigil, mental and physical health workshops, a community drum circle and more.
Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.