Dia de los Muertos - 2017 Festival of Altars, sponsored by Martinez Arts Association and Artcelerator
Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a one-day outdoor festival that is a celebration of life through art, music, food and rituals. Traditionally, Dia de los Muertos altars are created to honor those who have passed away. Creating an altar for a loved one can be a positive and healing experience that engages the community. For the second year in a row we are presenting Martha Gutierrez’s Baile Folklorico, a cultural dance representing the various regions of Mexico.
Visitors attending the festival are encouraged to dress in Dia de los Muertos motif and bring a photograph of loved ones who have passed away to place on community altars.
A variety of Dia de los Muertos events and workshops will be offered in Downtown Martinez throughout the the month of October all leading up to the main event on Oct. 28th.
Sep 30-Nov 4: Art Exhibition, Martinez Library, 740 Court St. Dia de los Muertos art exhibit. Free exhibit.
Sat. Oct. 7: Mexican Folk Art Workshop, 1-4pm Martinez Library, 740 Court St. Learn to make small altars or “nichos” to honor your ancestors. Create papel picado or cut paper decorations and more! Free workshop.
Sponsored by Artcelerator and Martinez Arts Association. Face painting sponsored by Citrus Salon.
Call for Artists: We are seeking proposals for large-scale altars (up to 10x10 feet) to be shown in a one-day outdoor altar festival at the Main Street Plaza (street will be closed between Castro and Estudillo) on Saturday, Oct. 28th , 2017. Click here for more info.
2016: Martinez celebrated the third Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at the Main Street Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 29th, from 2-8 pm.