Held over a weekend in late October, the free, Día de los Muertos festival is a community celebration of Latin American Art, food and culture related to the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. Check back often as features and activities of the festival are announced!  



Los espíritus se entrelazarán durante la celebración anual del Día de los Muertos en el Mesa Arts Center. Este magnífico festival ofrecerá deliciosa comida y un colorido mercado de artesanías, joyería y diversos artículos relacionados con el Día de los Muertos. Los visitantes se han deleitado cada año con maravillosos espectáculos en vivo por parte de destacados artistas. Entrada y estacionamiento gratis.


Spirits collide during the annual Day of the Dead celebration at Mesa Arts Center! This magnificent festival will offer delicious food and a colorful market of crafts, jewelry and various items related to the Day of the Dead celebration. Visitors have been delighted each year with wonderful live performances and engaging family activities. Free entry and parking.



This Year's Activities include:

  • Participation in the memories of the deceased with the GIANT community altar display, created by lead artist Kyllan Maney and volunteers.
  • Over 50 vendors in the Mercado Marketplace, featuring arts & crafts, jewelry, furniture and more!
  • Fun family activities, including face-painting and flower-making.
  • Beautifully created Altars by local artists and community members.
  • Remarkable artist demos in Mesa Arts Center’s Art Studios.
  • Delicious food and drink options!
  • Two stages of live music, entertainment and cultural performances.
  • Live painting by muralists Such and Champ, La Morena and Lalo Cota.
  • Mesa Public Schools Mariachi Showcase
  • Storytime and book signings with Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, the author of Miguel and the Amazing Alebrijes, Read Along Storybook & Audiobook for COCO* (Disney*Pixar for the movie COCO), My Tata’s Remedies, My Nana’s Remedies, and Hip, Hip, Hooray, It’s Monsoon Day!

Free Alebrije sculpture installation and workshops by Oscar Becerra Mora and Ruben Miguel Castillo Navarrete, thanks in part to the Mexican Consulate. Space is limited, sign up today!

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Tasty Food & Treats:

  • Paletas Betty
  • Food City
  • Cantaguas
  • Zpotes Food Truck
  • Frutilandia
  • Elote Man AZ
  • Queso Good
  • The Rotary Club



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

Traditionally: Copal

Ofrendas: General items for the offerings put on the altar

Water: Life and purity, satisfies the thirst of the spirit



Thank you for your interest in being part of the Dia de los Muertos festival at Mesa Arts Center! The vendor application period is now closed. If you are interested in being notified of the application period next year for entertainment, vendor, altar, and other opportunities, please submit your information. Thank you again for your interest in the event and we hope to see you at Dia de los Muertos! 


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