Día de los Muertos is a celebration of Latin American Art and culture related to the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. This free event will feature a giant community altar celebrating the memories of the deceased and community altar contest on our beautifully decorated campus. Check back for more details!
Elements of the Altar and their Significance
Arches: Passageways between life and death
Candles: Light, Faith and Hope
Flowers: Remind us that life does not endure
Traditionally: Cempasuchil - Marigolds
Mano de Leon - Cockscomb - Lions Paw
Incense: Cleans the space of negativity
Ofrendas: General items for the offerings put on the altar
Water: Life and purity, satisfies the thirst of the spirit
Please be advised: the main parking lots at Mesa Arts Center will be closed to accommodate the Mercado vendors and the food court for the festival, and street parking will be busy. Nearby parking options are available throughout downtown Mesa. Please review the parking map to find parking options. The Light Rail also offers nearby park and ride options. We recommend parking at the park & ride near Main Street and Mesa Drive and riding the Light Rail to the Main and Center Street stop. Find more Light Rail information here. Please note that the Light Rail ride does have an associated fee.