Dia de los Muertos Souls of the City

Free activities in October at multiple locations and festival in November in Old Sacramento

  • 10/8-11/15, 2016

    Sol Collective and the Sacramento History Museum have teamed up to present a series of the 5th Annual “Souls of the City” Dia De Los Muertos events and activities that take place in October and culminate on November 5, 2016. The annual tradition — a national holiday in Mexico – is showcased by friends and families building elaborate altars to honor loved ones who have died then gathering in remembrance and celebration. A series of fun and free pop up art labs and special activities will be held at Sol Collective that showcase the traditions and/or demonstrate how to create some of the special items used in “Day of the Dead” celebrations. The grand finale Dia De Los Muertos celebration will take place outdoors on the 1849 Scene in Old Sacramento State Historic Park (which is the big grassy area in front of Sacramento History Museum). This celebration includes a traditional procession and lighting of the altar led by Kalpulli Maquilli Tonatiuh (Aztec Dancers), interactive community altars, live music, a pop up art exhibit, family activities and games, food, face painting, live music and more. This symbolic “gathering of the spirits” celebration offers Sacramento area residents and Old Sacramento visitors a chance to experience and learn more about the cultural tradition that is highlighted by traditional Aztec dancing, the building of the altar with personal items, intricate offerings of orange marigolds on the altar, and much more. More information about the “Souls of the City”/Dia De Los Muertos events and activities happening in Old Sacramento is available at www.historicoldsac.org or www.solcollective.org.
    Where:   
    Multiple Locations
    – Free Workshops:  Sol Collective – 2574 21st Street
    – Evening Lecture Series: Sacramento History Museum – 101 I Street
    – Finale Celebration: 1849 Scene – big grassy area in front of Sacramento History Museum

    When: 
    10/8 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Mini Altars Workshop
    10/15 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Barrio Art Edition Workshop
    10/20 – 6:30 to 9 p.m.: Honoring Our Past Community Lecture Series “Honoring Our Culture & Tradition”
    10/22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Plaster Masks Workshop
    10/29 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Skulls and Skeletons: Day of the Dead Printmaking Workshop
    11/5 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.*:  Dia De Los Muertos Celebration on the 1849 Scene
    *Traditional altar will remain lit until midnight