Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead will be celebrated in El Paso through the Downtown Arts District now through Saturday, November 4, 2017.

The annual Mexican holiday begins October 31 and runs through November 2nd and honors past family and friends who have passed away and are remembered through prayers, parades, offerings and an overall celebration of their life and to help support their journey into the afterlife.

The City of El Paso along with the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department will commemorate the special holiday with a number of events including:

The Downtown Art and Farmers Market - Thursday, October 26 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Downtown Art and Farmers Market will have a Dia De Los Muertos evening market at the Pedestrian Pathway between Durango and Santa Fe. Local vendors will be selling their handmade arts and crafts and food trucks will also be out under the Durango Street Bridge. The evening will also feature a community altar led by local artists and an installation of a special hummingbird and monarch butterfly habitat by students from Agency Architecture.

The El Paso Museum of Art and the Mexican Consulate - Thursday November 2 – 6:30 p.m.

The Mexican consulate will host a celebration featuring a decorated altar which will be on display through Sunday, November 5th, along with live entertainment with music from mariachis, ballet folklorico, and live Catrina performances. Traditional hot chocolate and pan de muerto will also be served.

El Paso Museum of Art  - Saturday, November 4 – 2 p.m.

The El Paso Museum of Art will conclude the Dia de los Muertos holiday with live music, dancing, wine tastings and much more. Local artists will display their alters and attendees will be able to participate with hands on art making by decorating sugar skulls, experience amate painting with local artist Wayne Hilton, and enjoy a music workshop and entertainment by Carambola. Live music will include Son Fronteras No Mas and Frontera Bugalu beginning at 7 p.m.