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Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead Celebrations and Processions in Minneapolis


Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is celebrated on November 1 and 2. Minneapolis' Dia de los Muertos celebrations and St. Paul's Dia de los Muertos celebrations, parades and candlelit processions are smaller than in other major cities, but there are many ways to celebrate Day of the Dead in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Altered Aesthetics: Dia De Los Muertos Art Show and Candlelit Vigil

Northeast art gallery Altered Aesthetics holds a one-day art show and candlelit vigil at the gallery from 7 pm - 10 pm on November 1.

Guests to the gallery are invited to bring items to add to a public ofrenda honoring the deceased.

The silent candle light vigil will be held at 7.30 pm.

The Dia de los Muertos Art Show event is free, and participation in the vigil is open to all.

MIA Young People's Ofrenda Project

The Minneapolis Institute of Art collaborates with Austin High School, Thomas Edison High School (Minneapolis), El Colegio High School (Minneapolis), and Humboldt Secondary School (St. Paul) for this annual project and exhibition. Students create ofrendas, offerings made for the deceased for Dia De Los Muertos celebrations, which are displayed at the MIA.

The Young People's Offrenda Project exhibit is on display at the MIA from October 22 until November 24, in Gallery 110 at the MIA. Entry to the exhibit and to the MIA is free.

Day of the Dead Art at Centro

Family and social services agency Centro in Minneapolis has a Dia de los Muertos art exhibit on display from October 29 until November 2. Opening hours for the art exhibit are 1 pm - 6 pm. At Centro, 1915 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis.

Midtown Global Market

The Midtown Global Market is celebrating all week. Opening with a Festival on Sunday October 27, from noon until 2 pm. Live music, free food and beverage samples, and a traditional blessing with Aztec dancing to celebrate the holiday Dia de los Muertos.

On Wednesday October 31, the long-running Wee Wednesday event, the weekly program for pre-schoolers, will have a Halloween and Dia de los Muertos theme, with mask making.

And then on November 2, Dia de los Muertos Closing Ceremonies from noon until 6 pm. Cooking demonstrations will include a Pan de Muertos demonstration, and there will be plenty of other activities too, including live music and dancing in the Central Plaza.

St. Paul's West Side, Dia de los Muertos

St. Paul's West Side celebrates on November 9 with a day of construction of offrendas, a procession at 5 pm, followed by an festival, Aztec ceremony, food, music, and dancing. At Neighborhood House and El Rio Vista Recreation Center, 179 E. Robie S. in Saint Paul.

Baile de la Calaveras: Day of the Dead Concert

 The Zenteotl Project celebrates their 5th anniversary with a party at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis on November 2.

The Baile de las Calaveras will have live music by Malamanya, Alma Andina, Son del Lago, and Axolotl, plus DJ Simone Steppa DuJour and Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli Aztec Dance.

Spoken word by Teresa Ortiz y Marion Gomez; Community ofrenda; Multi-media animation by Line Break Media, artwork for sale, and face painting.

In The Heart of the Beast Puppet Show

In The Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater in Midtown Minneapolis has a long-running tradition of Saturday morning puppet shows. On November 2, their puppet show is Skeletons in the Closet, a story for children which remembers grandparents who have passed away. Two performances, at 11am and 1pm on Saturday 2 November.

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