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Where to celebrate Día de los Muertos in Indianapolis

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a somber occasion but rather a celebration of life featuring colorful festivals, music, and food.

People dressed in traditional outfits and face paint for Dia de los Muertos

People dressed in traditional outfits and face paint for the Día de los Muertos celebration at The Eiteljorg Museum.

Photo by @miaonthemap

Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday traditionally observed Nov. 1-2. During this time, families and friends make ofrendas (altars) to honor ancestors and loved ones who have died.

Here are a few ways that you can still get involved in Indy.

  • Day of the Dead | Thursday, Nov. 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis | Free | Check out cultural music, dance performances, and storytelling, and create Mexican-inspired crafts. Traditional outfits and face paint are encouraged.
  • More Día De Los Muertos Fun | Thursday, Nov. 2 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | Museum admission | Come in during the last day of this exhibit featuring beautiful community-created ofrendas, and add a note for your own departed loved one.
  • Tres Souls: Celebrating Día De Los Muertos | Saturday, Nov. 4 | 8 p.m. | The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts, 3 Carter Green, Carmel | $25 | Relive the vintage sounds and songs of the 1940s-1960s, as stylized during the Golden Era of Mexican Cinema.