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Día de los Muertos


Now - November 3, 2013 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Events Plaza

Come to the Garden for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This colorful tradition celebrated throughout the American Southwest, Latin America and Mexico, honors and celebrates departed loved ones in a festival setting.

Enjoy entertainment that will bring the history of the holiday to life with song, dance and storytelling. Experience an Ofrenda exhibit constructed by local artists, enjoy delicious food and pastries, and browse through beautiful art and jewelry for purchase in the Garden’s Mercado—all in the Garden’s bustling new events plaza.

NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! All Día de los Muertos activities will take place in the festive atmosphere of the Garden’s new event plaza.

Attending the Celebration

  • Entrance to  Día de los Muertos is included with paid Garden admission. Become a member for unlimited annual admissions.
  • Members are free and must show Member ID to be admitted.

Entertainment & Activities


Exhibition of Ofrenda 

October 31 - November 3

Ofrendas_2011_Adam Rodriguez-100x100.jpgOfrenda, or Offering, is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. View Ofrenda installations by local and renowned artists. All installations are original pieces that have been created specifically for this exhibition. Learn more.


Ofrenda - 2011

Cuisine and Culture of Día de los Muertos

October 31 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cuisine and Culture -2011-175x175.jpgJoin us for a deliciously interactive evening as we unveil the secrets and cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos. This event features Zarco Guerrero, acclaimed multimedia artist and community art advocate, discussing the history and traditions of the holiday and a meal prepared by Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, owner of Barrio Café and named one of the Top Latino Chefs in the country. A folkloric dance presentation will conclude the event in grand style. Guests will receive a welcome margarita upon arrival. Cash bar available serving beer, wine and margaritas. Must be 21 or older and show proper identification to purchase alcohol from the cash bar and to receive the welcome margarita.


El Mercado

Throughout weekend

1.1 DDLM Festival_2.jpgVisit with local and international artists and vendors at the Garden’s Mercado. From paintings, sculptures, and photographs to traditional pastries – discover elements of the American Southwest, Mexico, Latin America and beyond. 

La Procesión

November 3 | 5 p.m.

Dia de los Muertos.jpgThe Día de los Muertos festivities at the Garden will culminate with La Procesión or Procession. La Procesión represents the ancient tradition of marching as a community to burial sites in order to honor those who have passed on. This year, La Procesión will feature new elements as well as the traditions of taking part in a unique and interactive memorial by placing candles at the triptych, toasting loved ones, and enjoying continued traditional music and dance.


  • Call 480.481.8188, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office 8am-8pm daily


All activities are subject to change. This event will be photographed/videotaped for promotional purposes.

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