Día de los Muertos Celebrations
Día de los Muertos, also known as “Day of the Dead” is a beloved Mesoamérican holiday that celebrates the memories of ancestors and deceased family members much like a joyful family reunion. The holiday, typically celebrated in Mexico on November 1 and 2, will be celebrated in Greeley on Saturday, October 28th with activities throughout the day and evening.
This will be an inaugural Día de Los Muertos celebration in Greeley. It recognizes the historical, intellectual, cultural, and demographic significance of the Latina/o population.Throughout Greeley, artists and community members will create traditional as well as innovative altar displays, skeleton art, sugar skulls, and much more–to honor the memory of their deceased loved ones. This effort is organized by the Greeley Creative District. (See the full schedule of event below.)
Farmers’ Market Fun
The day starts at the Greeley Winter Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to noon. Enjoy food, face painting, and displays at the Market. The Winter Market is held at Zoe’s Cafe and Events at 715 10th Street.
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. the Colorado Model Railroad Museum will feature Dia de los Muertos activities, including a themed eye-spy game and flower making crafts. Museum admission applies: adults $10, seniors (65+) $8, children (4-12) $5, and 3 and under free.
Learning and Fun at the Libraries
Experience a selection of free activities at two libraries in Greeley.
Centennial Park Library (2227 23rd Avenue)
This library will host Día Demonstrations and storytelling from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes storytelling, altar info, snacks, and crafts.
- Discover Your Latino heritage with Annette Botello – 10:30 to 11:30
- Latino heritage research help with Colorado Society of Hispanic Geneology – 11:30 to 1:30
- Storyteller Bailey Phelps’s Southwest and Mexican ghost stories – 1 to 2
- Día de los Muertos crafts (sugar skulls, paper flowers, beading, Ofrenda’s tribute altars, and make-up) – 1 to 3
Lincon Park Library (1012 11th Street)
The Lincon Park Library should also be on your list of stops between 2 and 4 p.m. You’ll be able to put together crafts and decorations, miniature afrendas, papel picado, calavera masks, and tissue flowers.
Día de los Muertos Altars and Art
Beginning on October 13, Día de los Muertos altars are on display at the Tointon Gallery for Visual Arts. The gallery is located at 651 10th Avenue. A closing artist reception will happen on October 28 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. In addition, face painting and a photo booth will be part of the event.
There is also a Day of the Dead display at the front lobby of City Hall at 1000 10th Street. That altar will be up until November 2.
Dia Dance Party
The evening wraps up with the Día Processional and Dance at the Rodarte Community Center (920 A Street) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to wear their best Día de los Muertos attire. Enjoy and join in on a joyful parade and dance. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for kids.