Event

25th Annual El Día de los Muertos Community Celebration

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 12–4:30 pm
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join us as OMCA comes alive for the 25th annual community celebration honoring Day of the Dead traditions. Craft activities, tasty food, dance groups, live music, colorful ofrendas, and ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition. Celebrate this special two-day El Día de los Muertos extravaganza with our newest exhibition ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos and learn about Chicano activists who introduced Día de los Muertos traditions to the United States in the 1970s.

Watch demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking, and browse Day of the Dead merchandise by local artisans for your home altar at our garden mercado. Enjoy live music and dance performances ranging from contemporary popular music to folkloric dance to mariachi, and join in the opening procession led by Aztec dancers and Day of the Dead committee members.

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SCHEDULE

OPENING CEREMONY
12–12:30 pm: Join the Opening Ceremony, procession to Garden and dedication of Central Ofrenda led by the Día de los Muertos Ritualist Committee, Patricia Juarez, and Huey Papalotl (start at Level 1 Koi Pond)


GARDEN STAGE (Mistress of Ceremony: Maricela Gutierrez)
12:30–12:55 pm: Huey Papalotl
1–1:30 pm: Ballet Folkorico Mexico Danza
1:45–2:15 pm: Mariachi Los Toritos
2:30–3 pm: Fogo Na Roupa
3:15–4 pm: Dr. Loco’s Rockin Jalapeno Band
4-4:30 pm: Closing ceremony with Día de los Muertos Ritualist Committee Members

EXHIBITION TOURS (on view in the Gallery of California Art, Level 3)
1 pm: Exhibition tour led by Curator Erendina Delgadillo and Experience Developer Christine Lashaw
2 pm: Docent-led Snack Size tour (meet at Level 2 ticketing desk)
3 pm: Docent-led Snack Size tour (meet at Level 2 ticketing desk)

ACTIVITIES 
Level 1 Garden: Sugar skull demonstration and hands-on activities (embossed skeleton images, fanciful skeleton magnets, and paper marigolds)
Level 1 Hallway: Face painting
Level 1 Lecture Hall: DCARA Storytelling (1–2 pm; voice interpretation provided)
Level 2: Curanderas
Level 2 Garden Terrace: Tortilla demonstration
Level 2 Blue Oak café: Food and beverages
10th Street: Off the Grid Food Truck Market

MERCADO VENDORS
Bakery el Sol, Irma Ortiz, Azteca Negra, Tafolla Art, Carlos Villez, Devika’s Palacio, Ofrenditas, Mi Drella Creations, Stella Boutique

OFF THE GRID FOOD TRUCKS
Coolinaria, Judie’s Tacos Locos, Lamas Peruvian

OFRENDAS
Xochipilli Latino Men’s Circle
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
Sueños Sin Hogar
Richmond High School
The Unity Council–Fruitvale Senior Center
Omnira Institute
Oakland Workers’ Collective (Street Level Health Project)
First Exposures
Creative Growth Art Center
The Latina Center
George Mark Children’s House
La Clínica de la Raza, Mental Health Dept.
Berkeley Mental Health
Bret Harte Middle School
Día de los Muertos Volunteer Ofrenda Committee

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This year's celebration is a two-day event held Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20.

General admission tickets include access to the community celebration and museum, including the exhibition ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos in our Gallery of California Art.

You may also choose to add the special exhibition, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, for an additional $5. Special exhibition admission tickets include access to the community celebration and the museum as well.

Event parking is available at the Museum Garage with a $7 flat fee. Parking will be limited. Check out our directions page for more transportation information. Visit our Museum Guidelines to help you make the most of your visit while keeping you, our community, and our building safe.

OMCA Festivals are made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation.