6 Ways to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Milwaukee

Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – is quite different from Halloween even though the holiday falls within the same time frame.

Unlike Halloween, Dia de los Muertos lasts two days – in 2022 it runs from November 1-2 – and is above all a celebration of life and joy. It is also a time to honor deceased family members and some believe it is the time when “the veil” between life and death is thinnest and therefore provides the opportunity to communicate with loved ones. deceased.

Here are six ways to celebrate:

1. Day of the Dead at Mitchell Park Domes
The Desert Dome is the setting for a Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring flowers and candlelight. This festive event takes place on Friday, October 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $8 per person.

2. Latin Arts Gallery Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda Exhibition
Check out this gallery, 1028 S. 9th St., full of colorful and meaningful ofrendas (altars) honoring the dead. This year’s ofrenda installations come from the Mexican Consulate, Milwaukee University School and local artists. It runs until Sunday, November 20. and hours are Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There is an opening reception on Friday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m.

3. Dia de los Muertos Festival and 5K Run/Walk
Run through Forest Home Cemetery, 2405 W. Forest Home Ave., Saturday, October 29 at 9 a.m., then stay to enjoy a family-friendly Day of the Dead celebration with food trucks, local vendors, arts and crafts, music and dancing, altars to the dead, face painting, community resource booths and more. The festivities last until 5 p.m.

4. 30th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Celebración/Celebration
Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th St., has the longest tradition of celebrating this cultural practice in Milwaukee. This exhibition of offerings made by artists and community members runs until Friday, November 11.

5. Dine at a Mexican restaurant
There are a million muy bueno Mexican restaurants in Milwaukee. Stop at one of your favorites or try a new spot. Here are five to try.

6. Visit Ofrenda House
Jason Gonzales of Milwaukee and his 4-year-old daughter created this stunning yard ofrenda, 4149 S. 1st St., to honor his grandmother, mother, and anyone else mourned by someone in the community. The visit is free, but collects donations for a local recovery center.

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