A Three-day commemoration of Day of the Dead featuring hands-on workshops, face painting, art installations and community-made altars on the Arts District campus.
Click Here for the Full Schedule in Spanish
Effective September 15th, all BCA managed venues – Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge Theater, Eclipse Theater, and all of the venues and studios within the Breckenridge Arts District – will require either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 96 hours of the event. Beginning November 1st, all BCA venues will require proof of vaccination for all guests 12 and older. Children ages 2 to 11 must wear masks at all times. Guests 12 and older are not mandated to wear masks, although we strongly encourage it whenever guests are not actively eating and drinking. You may read the full policy here.
BCA CURATES: COMMUNITY OFRENDAS
Tue, Oct 19-Tue, Nov 2
Restaurants + Businesses throughout Breckenridge | FREE
See ofrendas in restaurants and businesses throughout downtown Breckenridge featuring papel picado, cempasuchil flowers and other offerings created by local small business employees with community spirit.
BCA CURATES: CALAVERAS EN MI CIUDAD
Exhibit Runs Oct 22- Nov 7 | Gallery@OMH | Old Masonic Hall| FREE
Calaveras en Mi Ciudad is a mobile art exhibit curated by art leaders Alexis Newton and Rachel Garcia to bring larger than life papier-mâché calaveras (skulls) to Colorado. The calaveras exhibit is a collaboration with local Latino artists that were invited to participate and hand paint the calaveras. Julio (Jwlç) Mendoza and Karma Leigh are two of the participating artists whose calaveras will be on display at BreckCreate. Inside the gallery, Día del los Muertos and its heritage are celebrated with a mural by Julio (Jwlç) Mendoza alongside traditional decorations.
FRI, OCT 22 | 6-9pm | FREE
Gallery@OMH | Old Masonic Hall
6pm | Artist Talk: Calaveras en mi Ciudad (In Spanish and English)
6:30-8pm | Performance: Adolfo Romero, Chilean artist + musician
Adolfo Romero is a multifaceted artist from Chile (visual artist, musician, poet and cultural arts project developer) As a musician, he is able to interpret a variety of Latin American styles in Spanish and Portuguese such as Bossa Nova, Boleros, Tango, Afro Peruvian, Candombe, Caribbean music, and more. He is the Musical Director of Su Teatro and an active performer in Colorado, having shared the stage with important folk singers like Susana Baca from Perú .
SAT, OCT 23 | 10am-5pm | FREE
10am, 11:30am, 1pm | Upstairs OMH Gallery
Mexico possesses a rich and complex relationship with death that extends far beyond the Day of the Dead holiday and its iconic sugar skulls. In this workshop you will receive an introduction to the customs of Día de los Muertos and the symbolism of the sugar skull. Participants will be taken through the sugar skull making process step by step, and then create their very own skull art. All materials provided.
Skeleton + Katrina Masks
10am, 11:30am, 1pm | Breckenridge Theater Patio
Inspired by sugar skull face painting, you will learn how to decorate your own unique Day of the Dead mask. But unlike face paint, you won’t have to wash your mask off at the end of the celebration. Mask making is an ancient form of celebration and reverence in Mexico. Choose from either a Skeleton Face or the iconic Katrina made famous by Jose Posada in 1913. This workshop is part of a two-day celebration of Día de los Muertos that features a variety of classes and family activities with bilingual instructors from MSU Denver.
10am, 11:30am, 1pm | Quandary Art Cabin
Loteria is a game of chance, similar to bingo, but using images on a deck of cards instead of plain numbers on ping pong balls. Every image has a name and an assigned number, but the number is usually ignored. Each player has at least one tabla, a board with a randomly created 4 x 4 grid of pictures with their corresponding name and number. Create your own Dia de Los Muertos Loteria card in this fun-filled workshop.
Grupo Huitzilopochtli Performance
11:30am + 2pm | Blue River Plaza
Día de los Muertos demonstrates a strong sense of love and respect for one’s ancestors, celebrates the continuance of life, family relationships, and community solidarity, and allows people to talk about and find humor in death. The Aztec Dance grupo Huitzilopochtli has created a special Aztec show, based on Aztec mythology, to celebrate Día de los Muertos. The dancers perform the Battle Dance which features two Aztec warriors. When one of the warriors perishes, his soul is greeted by another soul who leads him to his next life in the Aztec underworld of Mictlan, where the dead dwell. The sequence ends when the souls who reside in Mictlan perform the Día de los Muertos Dance.
Grupo Huitzilopochtli Dance Workshop
2:30pm | Breckenridge Theatre Patio
Learn the history and significance of the danza to Dia de Los Muertos. The Mexica Grupo Huitzilopochtli has been in the Denver area for 40 years and is under the direction of Capitan Raul Chavez a 5th generation danzante from Mazatlan Mexico. This hands-on dance workshop will prepare families for the candlelight vigil on Saturday night and the Altar dedication on Sunday. Participants will be able to join in one of the grupos sacred dances for these two events if they wish.
3pm | Old Masonic Hall Patio
Creating oferendas is one of the most important traditions during Day of the Dead in Mexico—and in Mexican-American & Latinx communities worldwide. Oftentimes a photograph of the deceased is placed within the oferenda which is usually built in a three-tier pyramid type structure. A traditional ofrenda includes the four elements of wind, fire, water and earth, represented through papel picado (wind), candles (fire), beverages (water) and flowers (earth). Instructions/demo & history of the altar will be given, so that families can recreate their own oferenda at home.
In partnership with Metropolitan State University Of Denver Department of Chicana/Studies, CHAC Gallery & Cultural Center and Cal Duran
FILM: La Leyenda de Chupacabra
4pm | Breckenridge Theater Patio
In the fourth installment of the Mexican animated ‘Leyenda’ sagas, Leo San Juan and his gang will take on the legend of the Chupacabras. Register HERE
SUN, OCT 24 | 11am-2pm | FREE
Pan de Muerto Workshop
11am, 1pm | Old Masonic Hall Upstairs Gallery
This year’s Pan de Muerto workshop is presented by Silvia Hernandez, the owner of La Catrina Grill. Hernandez was born in Mexico City and went on to study gastronomy in the city, encouraged by her mother who was part of the industry herself. Silvia later came to Denver looking for new horizons, having dreamed of opening her own business, and in 2016 La Catrina Grill was born. She always offers dishes or workshops with a touch of Mexico in mind.
11am-2pm | Old Masonic Hall Patio
Payasita Paletita also known as Lolipop, will provide face paintings and can pose for photos with other Catrinas and Calaveras for Día de los Muertos.
Ofrenda Installation: Adrian Marban
10:30am-2pm | | Old Masonic Hall Upstairs Gallery
To Adrian the altar is the sacred place that we decide on to honor our beloved people who passed away. The altar is the combination of our Christian faith and Prehispanic traditions where we place the offerings for our deceased. Besides the favorite requests of the deceased, the altar must have the primary items which are: bread, water, candles and cempasúchil flowers –the traditional yellow flower for the death. The altar also is ornamented with sacred images, colorful papel picado known as cut paper and incense.
Mexican Cultural Center Market
10:30am-2pm | | Old Masonic Hall Upstairs Gallery
The MCC will be selling traditional Dia de los Muertos gifts and ornaments as well as other traditional Mexican goods, including Pan de Muerto.
The Mexican Cultural Center (MCC) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, established in April 1992. The Mexican Cultural Center’s mission is to promote the Mexican Culture in the State of Colorado. The MCC is dedicated to conveying the richness of Mexican culture through arts and education and working in collaboration with other institutions in the State and beyond to enhance the effectiveness of its programs and have a greater impact within the community.