In the Coachella Valley, Día de los Muertos is CV Days of Los Muertos – and it lasts from early October through early November.
Celebrate life, community and the tradition of remembrance with Sunnylands and other valley organizations. A listing of cultural events and activities is posted below. Calaveras sculptures from Raices Cultura are featured at every venue. Visit each organization’s web site for detailed information on free events and registration fees.
Cabot’s Pueblo Museum
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cabot’s Pueblo Museum celebrates Day of the Dead with music, art, and traditions. Listen to Mariachi Azteca de Oro, watch a performance by Grupo Folklórico Tonantzin, and participate in Day of the Dead art-making activities: papel picado, paper flowers, and Posada printmaking. Free.
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
Saturdays in October, 2:00-2:45 p.m.
Discover the culture of Day of the Dead through hands-on workshops on sugar skulls, papel picado, skull masks, and paper flowers.
Coachella Valley History Museum
Sunday, November 6, 1-4 p.m.
Día de los Muertos altars designed and created by various groups throughout the valley will be on display.
Free Admission is free.
Friday, October 14, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, October 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m (2 day workshop)
Friday, October 28, 5-7 p.m.
Join Raices Cultura for two free workshops leading to its 11th annual Día de los Muertos celebration on Nov. 5. Enjoy free music, a calavera art walk, community altars, and activities starting at 6 p.m. Visit our website for workshop details.
Run with Los Muertos
Saturday, November 5, 6 p.m. – midnight
This unique health and culture event in the Pueblo Viejo District of Coachella features a 5K night run with live performances, food vendors and art installations.
Palm Springs Art Museum
Sunday, October 30, 10 am-5 pm
Enjoy a day of art-making, music, dance, and ritual as the museum comes to life with the spirit and traditions of Day of the Dead.
Art activities throughout the day include mask-making, face painting, flower crowns, offering drawings. Admission is free.
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
Friday, November 4, 4–9 pm
Galen First Fridays celebrates Day of the Dead/ Día de los Muertos with a family friendly celebration. Participate with a Remember Garland Activity, a Ballet Folkloric Sabor a Mi Tierra Performance, listen to a visiting artist discussion, see alter installations and enjoy live performance by Machin’ in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden. Free admission
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Sunday, October 9, 2:00 p.m.
Sounds of the Day of the Dead: Musician and educator Martin Espino will lead families with children on a musical journey inspired by Day of the Dead celebrations.
Fee: $5 – reservations required
Sunday, October 23, 2:00 p.m.
Ofrendas Workshop: Families are invited to learn about the cultural history and significance of making ofrendas – altars celebrating loved ones who’ve passed away.
Free – reservations required
Thursday, October 27 – Sunday, October 30, 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
CV Days of Los Muertos Altar Viewing & Activities: Visitors to Sunnylands will find altars and calaveras created by several Coachella Valley organizations placed around the Great Lawn. Evening hours offer guests music and performances as they enjoy the lighted altars and stroll the Gardens.
Thursday, November 3, 5 p.m.,
Art Experience: Glass Sugar Skulls: Participants will create glass “sugar” skulls under the direction of glass artist Tamara Coatsworth.
$30 – reservations required
Sunnylands.org, or call (760)202-2254