The Day of the Dead, or el Dia de Los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday in which families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion. The holiday is celebrated every year from October 31-November 2. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened October 31 at midnight and the spirits of children are able to rejoin their families for 24 hours. The same happens for adults on November 2.
Living family members treat the dead as honored guests in their celebrations. They leave the deceased’s favorite foods and other offerings at gravesites or on ofrendas built in their homes. Ofendas are often decorated with candles, bright marigolds, and red cock’s combs.
Living in New Mexico, we get to see cultures meld together. We get to have both modern celebrations and see century’s old traditions intertwine. Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos, we get to honor our ancestors and celebrate our culture.
There are so many great events in Albuquerque to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos this year. Check them out below. Events are listed by date.
We are grateful to the Frida Kahlo Immersive Biography for sponsoring this Guide to Dia de Los Muertos events in Albuquerque.
One of the first things you’ll see when you enter the Frida Kahlo Immersive Biography is an ofrenda or an altar honoring the memory of this talented Mexican, feminist icon.
This immersive biography presents a journey through the life of Kahlo through collections of historic photographs, original films, artist instillations, collector’s items, and music that represent the most relevant moments of her life. Read more here.
This exhibit is located in the Immersive Pavilion at Sawmill District and continues throughout the month of October. The hours are Wednesday-Friday from 12:00-6:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 10:00am-7:00pm. Purchase tickets here.
October 1-29: Recurring Tuesday and Saturday: Multiple times
The Craftroom 2809 Broadbent Parkway, Albuquerque
This might be a better date night or girls’ night out activity. A ticket gets you a ready-to-paint skull, all supplies needed to decorate, a pint of your choice, and $5 off your meal. Ticket cost is $40.
October 7-November 12: Thursday-Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm Gutierrez-Hubbell House Alliance 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque
Bring your family to check out ofrendas created by eleven community organizations and schools.
October 28 & 29
Santa Fe Plaza
Commemorate the iconic Día de Muertos tradition of Mexico in a free two-day Day of the Dead celebration on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Enjoy colorful decorations and festive mariachi music 4 – 10 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022. On Saturday, October 29, the 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. celebration continues with music, decorative ofrendas –-commemorative altars –– and a Candlelight Parade.
October 29: 12:00-3:00 pm
Gutierrez-Hubbell House 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque and on Zoom
Join this workshop to learn about the cultural significance and meaning behind the altar (ofrenda). Watch and assemble a traditional altar for your lost loved ones.
October 29: 10am-4pm
3915 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque
Bessie’s is proud to host our 4th annual Dia de Los Muertos event. There will be a walking parade along Central. Live music by Felix y Los Gatos. Food, raffles, and local vendors. Every booth will be giving out candy to your little ones in costume. There’s also a Dia de Los Muertos costume contest with cash prizes!! $100 for 1 adult and $50 prize for 1 child. Gather up the family and come join us for this amazing event in our community.
Sunday, October 30: 10:00am-4:00pm
8917 4th Street NW, Albuquerque
Bring your family for a celebration of life. Celebration will include local folk art vendors, free sugar skull workshop, festival food on Farm and Table patio, live music, pet blessing, and community altar.
October 30: 11:00 am-dark
Historic Fairview Cemetery 700 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque
Bring your own picnic foods, drinks, chairs, tables, and decor and come dressed in your best Steampunk finery. Activities include scavenger hunt, sugar skull T-shirt painting, and onsite vendors of Muerto-themed items. Cost is $15 per person.
November 6: 1:00 pm
Gutierrez-Hubbell House 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque
A walking parade in the South Valley.
November 6, 11am-3pm
National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque
Do you know of any other Dia de Los Muertos events in Albuquerque? Email us [email protected] and let us know!