Mesa: Dia de los Muertos Festival at the Mesa Arts CenterThe Mesa Arts Center hosts a two-day Dia de los Muertos Festival that features food, entertainment and a Mercado filled with an assortment of arts and crafts. Perfect for families, this free event includes many local artisans.
Oct. 27-28 10 – 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 Noon – 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 Mesa Arts Center One East Main St. Mesa, AZ 85201 https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/events/dia-de-los-muertos-festival Free
Phoenix: The Desert Botanical Garden’s Dia de Los Muertos CelebrationThe Garden hosts a two-day family-oriented festival that uses music, dance and storytelling to explore the beauty and meaning of this special holiday. The event includes crafts, face painting, entertainment and La Procesión at the end of each day, where guests and performers will march as a community through the Garden to honor the departed.
Nov. 3-4, 10 – 5 p.m. Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008 https://www.dbg.org/events/dia-de-los-muertos-celebration Free with admission to the garden or membership
Phoenix: The Dia de los Muertos Phoenix FestivalThis is an interactive, multi-generational event. It is free and open to the public. Families are welcomed. The festival aims to instill a sense of history, pride and knowledge about our multicultural roots to the community at large. Presented by Cultural Coalition, the festival features hundreds of masked entertainers with performances in music, dance and theater to honor ancestors and celebrate our heritage and traditions. This year the festival will also feature a Community Altar. Bring a picture or memento to place on it.
Oct. 28, Noon – 6 p.m. Candlelight Procesión at 5:30 pm. Steele Indian School Park 3rd Street and Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ http://diadelosmuertosphx.com/ Free
Tucson: All Souls ProcessionTens of thousands of people celebrate in elaborate costumes for the All Souls Procession and Finale Ceremony in Tucson in November. It’s one of the nation’s largest processions honoring the deceased, one week after other cities hold Day of the Dead events with similar themes. Participants paint their faces, dress in costumes, carry art and candles and wear towering paper mache puppets as they walk through Tucson streets. According to the Arizona Republic, despite the event’s similarities to the Day of the Dead, organizers stress that the All Souls Procession is a uniquely Tucson event that was launched 26 years ago as a way for people to publicly grieve their lost ones in an artistic way.
Nov. 2-4 Tucson, AZ Details: http://allsoulsprocession.org/about/ Free