Día de los Muertos on Calle 24

Día de los Muertos is day a when we are reunited with our family and friends who have left Earth for the spirit world.

We ask that you respect the traditions that our elders have left us by not treating this evening as a second Halloween, it is not for debauchery – it is a solemn day that deserves respect.


November 1

Altar for Leonard Cohen @ Adobe Bookstore – 3130 24th street, 6 to 8 pm

Add a poem, small artwork, or trinket. Open mic to share a poem or play/sing a favorite Cohen piece.

More info here.


November 2nd

Public Altars in Garfield Park

26th & Harrison, 4 to 11 pm.

Bring flowers, candles, and mementos of loved ones to place on altars. This is an alcohol-free event.

More info here.


ReclaMisión: A Community Celebration

Mission Prep, Bryant Street Between 22nd & 23rd, 5 to 8 pm.

Bringing together Calle 24 Artists & our community’s youth to create:
Sacred Space – Education – Culture – Art
Live Performances & Interactive Art Making For All Ages

FREE – SAFE – no drugs/alcohol, violence or cultural appropriation

Presented By: Loco BlocoPrecita Eyes MuralistsAcción LatinaGalería de la RazaCuicacalli Escuela de Danza, Mariachi Junvenil “La Misión”, MAPA at BravaJamestown Community Center & The Mission Preparatory School.

More info here.


Mission Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos

Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett Street, 6:30 to 8pm.

Mission Branch will have an altar and a limited number of sugar skulls to decorate outside of our door to celebrate with the Mission community.

More info here.


En El Cielo como en la Tierra

Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission Street, 6 to 11pm.

An opportunity to impact the senses along with the mind through a journey of a special place where legends, images, textures, aromas, and colors promise an intimate participation of tradition in this celebration.

More info here.


35th Annual Day of the Dead Ritual Procession

The procession begins at the corner of 22nd & Bryant, 7 pm.

Heads toward 24th & Bryant and moves down 24th to Mission, back to 22nd & Bryant. The procession is hosted by the Colectivo Del Rescate Cultural.

This year’s Day Of The Dead Ritual Procession lead will constitute of 13, 10 foot bamboo Ritual Standards honoring today’s day which in Aztec culture is OLLIN, (Movement), which is governed by Xolotl as its provider of tonalli (Shadow Soul) life energy. This is an auspicious day for the active principle, a bad day for the passive principle. Ollin is a day of the purified heart, signifying those moments where human beings may perceive what they are becoming. A good day for transmutation, which arrives like an earthquake that leaves in its wake the ruins of rationality, order and the preconceived.

The 2017 Ritual Procession honors the life & work of MICHAEL ROMAN, Chicano artist, printmaker, designer & cultural worker. Also honored is the life & work of MARIA ROSA GALDAMEZ, Salvadorean activist & cultural worker. As well as the life & work of DALE WAYNE McCULLOUGH, writer, artist & cultural worker. Also honored are the victims of racial terror & unprecedented catastrophic events.

More info here.


November 3rd

Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta

Brava Theater, 2781 24th St, 8 pm.

A multimedia folk-opera, Imperial Silence explores the cultural norms of silence and death in a fearless, north of the border expression of Mexican and Chicanx traditions.

More info here.



Fundraiser Art Auction benefitting Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Cuba.

Alley Cat Bookstore, 3036 24th Street. Ends November 3rd.

Nearly 70 local artists participating. And, Michael Roman altar – the public is invited to participate.


Remembrance & Resistance: Dia De Los Muertos Exhibitions

SomArts 934 Brannan Street (Not in the Latino Cultural District but you should check it out!)

October 6th to November 9th, 2017

Inspired by cherished relationships, current events, and personal and collective histories, more than 25 altars by over 60 participating Día de

los Muertos artists build a dense environment of creativity that creates space for meaningful reflection and community engagement.

More info here.


En El Cielo como en La Tierra

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street.

October 10th to November 17th, 2017

Come and enjoy the “Monumental Altar” of Huaquechula Puebla, Mexico; an elaborate altar in collaboration with “Manos Creativas”, and interact with the altars created in honor of our “Heroes of the Mission” by Adrían Arias.

More info here.


Oda a la Muerte

Accion Latina, 2958 24th Street

October 21st to December 2nd, 2017

The show explores Día de los Muertos, its origins in Mexico as well as its historical and cultural significance there and in the United States. Showcasing work from more than 20 artists—accomplished and emergent—from both sides of the border, who have produced work inspired by their own different conceptions of death, using relief prints on linocut and woodcut techniques.

More info here.