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Dia De Los Muertos

Oct 04, 2017 09:58AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Dia de los Muertos Festival of the Altars

Saturday, October 28, 4-8pm, at the Main Street Plaza

Through art, music, food and community altars, this event is a celebration of life that honors those who have passed away. Artists create personal altars to be displayed during the festival. For the second year in a row, we are presenting Martha Gutierrez’s Baile Folklorico, a cultural dance representing the various regions of Mexico.

Visitors attending the festival are encouraged to dress in Dia de los Muertos motifs and bring photographs of loved ones who have passed away to place on community altars.

In honor of Dia de los Muertos, there will be a Mexican Folk Art Workshop on Saturday, October 7,  1-4pm, at the Martinez Library, 740 Court Street. Learn to make small altars or “nichos” to honor your ancestors. Create papel picado or cut paper decorations and more. This is a free workshop.

The event is sponsored by Artcelerator and Martinez Arts Association. Face painting sponsored by Citrus Salon. For more information, please visit @DiaDeLosMuertosMartinez on

Call for Altar Artists

Proposals due October 25th, 2017

We are seeking proposals for large-scale altars (up to 10x10 feet) to be shown in a one-day outdoor altar festival at the Main Street Plaza (street will be closed between Castro and Estudillo) on Saturday, Oct. 28th , 2017.

Artcelerator invites traditional, contemporary and experimental altar proposals that address grief and loss on a social, spiritual and personal level. We encourage and support altars that engage community participation. Your altar should evoke the community to come together, celebrate and express emotions associated with those who have passed away.

Please contact Lorena Castillo at [email protected] for guidelines and submission procedures.