22nd Annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 12–4:30 pm
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join us as OMCA comes alive for the 22nd annual community celebration honoring Days of the Dead traditions. 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 at our mercado. Enjoy performances ranging from contemporary popular music to folkloric dance to mariachi. Join in a procession to open the celebration led by Aztec dancers and Days of the Dead committee members. View community-created altars throughout the OMCA Gardens paying homage to loved ones lost. Enjoy live performances featuring Gabriela Sepúlveda, Mariachi Tapatio, Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro de San Lorenzo, and Bang Data at the 10th Street Amphitheater and the Main Stage at the OMCA Garden. A selection of festive food highlighting the Bay Area’s diversity of cuisines will be available for purchase from Off the Grid food trucks.

The celebration will include:

  • Opening and closing rituals led by Days of the Dead committee members and Aztec dancers
  • A directional altar dedication to passed members of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense
  • Altar installations created by community organizations including: Radical Monarchs, Circúlo de Hombres, Xochipilli, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, La Clínica’s Youth Brigade, Attitudinal Healing Connections, and more
  • Off the Grid food truck mini-market
  • Twelve mercado vendors selling handmade arts and crafts, including the OMCA Store
  • Engaging hands-on activities and Days of the Dead calavera face painting for the entire family
  • Live demonstrations of tortilla making and traditional Mexican paper maché crafts making
  • Main stage performances by Mariachi Tapatio and Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro de San Lorenzo
  • Featured musical performers Gabriela Sepúlveda, known for her appearances on La Voz and American Idol, and Bang Data, an Oakland-based Latino hip hop group

Entry includes Museum admission.

Day-of tickets: $15.95/adult; $10.95 student/senior/youth; $6.95 youth (9–17)

Entry is free for children 8 and under and OMCA Members. Learn more about OMCA Membership.