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.
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.
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!