Shake off the spookiness of Halloween horror and honor the lives of the departed this Dia de los Muertos (an annual celebration that originated in Mexico and commemorates the dead with lively festivities) with the neighborhood-wide Day of the Dead celebration in the Southwest Detroit area, which includes displays and activities on select days in October and special events on Nov. 1-3, 2019.
In 2019, many local restaurants, churches, community centers and shops carry on the tradition of building and hosting their own private altars. A few can be viewed as early as Oct. 19, and more will be on display in the following days. Some will be up all the way through Nov. 5.
The main days of the celebration are Nov. 1-3, 2019. On these days, families find workshops, musical performances, special treats and more at select times.
You can also take a self-guided tour of all the great ofrendas set up around town, participate in the annual Run of the Dead on Nov. 2 and enjoy the Day of the Day festival on these days, too. .
Most events are free to the public though some fees may apply. For a complete list of all of the happenings during this celebration visit the Southwest Detroit website – and don’t forget to check the Metro Parent calendar for other family fun things to do this weekend.
This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.