20th Anniversary Days of the Dead Community Celebration
Join us as OMCA marks two decades of the annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration. Craft activities, tasty food, dance and music groups, colorful ofrendas, and ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition. Watch demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking, and browse Days of the Dead merchandise by local artisans for your home altar from our mercado. Visit the special exhibition Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary, and revisit highlights from the past two decades the OMCA exhibition, as well as new works by local artists, on view in the Gallery of California Art.
Schedule of Events
12–12:30 pm Opening ceremony, procession to garden and dedication of central ofrenda with Luz Alvarez Martinez and Jesús Solorio
GARDEN STAGE Mistress of Ceremonies, Anita De Lucio
1–1:30 pm Los Cenzontles Juvenil (Son Jorocho music and dance ensemble)
1–2:15 pm Mariachi Los Halcones de Oakland (traditional Mariachi)
2:30–3pm Marimba Ixim Tinamit (Marimba ensemble)
3:15–4 pm La Misa Negra (Cumbia)
4–4:30 pm Closing Ceremony with Roberto Vargas & Yolanda Aranda
GALLERY OF CALIFORNIA ART, LEVEL 3: OPEN SPACES 1, 2, 3
10 am–6 pm Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary
10th STREET AMPHITHEATER, LEVEL 1
1–1:20 pm Danza Xitlalli (cultural and spiritual Aztec dance group)
1:30–2 pm Marimba Ixim Tinamit (Marimba ensemble)
2:30–3 pm Mariachi Los Halcones de Oakland (traditional Mariachi)
LECTURE HALL, LEVEL 1
1–2 pm DEAF OMCA Storytelling
ACTIVITIES AROUND THE MUSUEM
Family-friendly calavera (skull) face painting and Mexican tin art — Garden
Hands on Activities — Garden
Tortilla and sugar skull-making demonstrations — Koi Pond and Garden
Artisanal mercado featuring local arts and crafts vendors — Garden
Gourmet food truck market from Off the Grid highlighting the best in local Latin and fusion cuisine — 10th Street
Refreshing Beverages — 2nd Level Terrace
Festive chalk art from Clínica de la Raza's Youth Brigade — Oak Street and 10th Street
Tickets include admission to OMCA galleries, including the special exhibition Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary. Admission for Members is always free.
Limited event parking is available at the Museum for a $5 flat fee all day. Parking is first-come, first-serve. Additional parking is available at the Alco Parking Garage located at 165 13th Street at Jackson Street. Free valet bicycle parking is provided courtesy of Bike East Bay (formerly known as East Bay Bike Coalition).
The 2014 Days of the Dead Celebration is made possible in part by generous support from Kaiser Permanente and the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.
OMCA Family is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.