The Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., will be hosting their 17th Annual Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, exhibit Oct. 14 – Nov. 7 offering all guests FREE admission. The Longmont Museum’s Day of the Dead exhibit allows you to learn more about the cultural tradition of celebrating and honoring deceased loved ones by viewing community-made altars, participating in exhibition tours, seeing one of many music and dance performances and joining the Family Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Longmont’s annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration is the Longmont Museum’s signature event and the largest Day of the Dead celebration in Colorado, attracting more than 6,000 people to the exhibit, family event and related programming. The celebration demonstrates how a diverse community can come together to share a common desire – to honor our ancestors and keep their memories alive.
The free exhibit will open to the public beginning Saturday, Oct. 14, however, Friday, Oct. 13, the Museum will hold a free Opening Reception from 6-8 p.m. The opening is also open to the public and will offer a complimentary, deluxe nacho bar courtesy of CyclHops Mexican Cantina and a cash bar. This year’s exhibit will showcase traditional gigantes, giant puppets made by local artists. Altars for the dead, created by members of the community, will also be a central part of the exhibit.
A key part of Day of the Dead is preparing an altar where photographs, favorite foods, and personal mementos of deceased loved ones are arranged. Altars often are displayed in the home and at the cemetery. Skeletons and skulls made of sugar, bread, ceramics or papier-mâché provide final touches, and neither expense nor effort is spared when building a Day of the Dead altar.
The Family Celebration, Colorado’s largest celebration of Día de los Muertos, is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. This is truly a community celebration that includes music, dancing, sugar skull decorating, community altars, paper flower making, face painting, Lady Catrina and more. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in your finest “calaca” (skeleton) apparel. The Family Celebration is free, so bring the whole family!
In addition to the Museum’s programs, a gigantes procession, the 5th Annual Catrina Ball hosted by the Firehouse Art Center and trolley tours are all part of this community-wide celebration. Visit downtown Longmont to see altars created and displayed by many of the downtown businesses. Find out more about the Guided Trolley Tours and the Downtown Creative District’s 2nd Friday Día de los Muertos activities, here.
The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. For more information on Día de los Muertos or the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, click here.