From October 31 until November 2, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans will commemorate Día de los Muertos, a holiday that pays tribute to our beloved deceased. Day of the Dead celebrations usually involve the building of ofrendas, plenty of spirits and food, and colorful, vibrant decorations like marigolds and papel picado. Looking for a community to help you commemorate the holiday? Here's where you can celebrate in cities across the country:
1. New York, New York
From October 24 to November 1, The New York Botanical Garden will present "Viva La Vida," a Día de los Muertos ofrenda created in celebration of the life of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Created by Andrea Arroyo, the altar will be presented during the last two weeks of the exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life," a recreation of Kahlo's beloved garden from her home in Mexico City, La Casa Azul. Learn more about the exhibition at the official website.
2. Austin, Texas
From September 12 to November 22, Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas, invites community members to celebrate Día de los Muertos and honor their deceased loves ones with an exhibit of artist-created ofrendas. The exhibit features altars in the style of each state of Mexico. Learn more at the official website.
3. Los Angeles, California
Angeleans have a plethora of Día de los Muertos' events to choose from, but one of the most famous takes place in historic Olvera Street. The Olvera Street Merchants will host their annual celebration from October 25 to November 3 at El Pueblo Historical Monument. Activities include children's workshops, nightly candlelight Novenario processions, and a weekend festivals that include face painting, theater performances, mariachi bands, Aztec dancers, folklorico, piñatas, and of course, a display of community made ofrendas.
On Saturday, October 31, fitness-minded revelers can participate in the inaugural Carrera de Los Muertos 5K. Learn more at the official website.
4. Albuquerque, New Mexico
On Sunday November 1, you can celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Muertos y Marigold Parade in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Don your best calavera attire, and get ready for music, comida and ofrendas. For more information, visit the official website.
5. San Antonio, Texas
On November 1, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas, will host a free Galería Altar Exhibition of Day of the Dead altars. In the afternoon, they will also host an outdoor event with art-making workshops, face-painting and pan de muerto y chocolate. Get more information at the official website.
6. San Francisco, California
Until November 7, SOMARTS in San Francisco, California, will host its 16th annual Day of the Dead exhibition. This year's theme, "Today Is The Shadow Of Tomorrow," pays tribute to Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano and poet-activist Alfonso Texidor. The exhibit features artist-created altars and interactive installations. Get more information at the official website.
7. Chicago, Illinois
Revelers in the Chicago area can head to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen for the Día de Los Muertos Ball: Love Never Dies on Friday, November 6. Get your calavera on, enjoy some spirits and dance the night away. Get more information at the official website.
8. San Diego, California
San Diego has plenty of activities lined up for the weekend of Halloween and Day of the Dead. From October 31 til November 2, Old Town San Diego's Day of the Dead will host dozens of events at historic locations in the district, including the infamously haunted Whaley House Museum. For a full listing of events, visit the official website.
9. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
On November 2, the City of Fort Lauderdale will host a Skeleton Processional, a tribute to traditional celebrations where masked revelers meander through villages to visit the graves of their loved ones. Mariachi musicians will lead the parade, and at the finish, the celebration will continue with ofrendas, crafts and folklorico dances. Learn more at the official website.