El Dia De Los Muertos Petaluma

El Día de los Muertos is a ritual celebration from México, Latin and South America in which the spirits of dead loved ones are invited to visit the living as honored guests. Observed in Mexico on Nov 1st and 2nd, this tradition reflects the belief that death is part of life, and so, instead of sadness this is a time of remembering and rejoicing. Central to the celebration is the creation of ofrendas or altars, bearing pictures, lighted candles and traditional items including marigolds, bread, water fruit, favorite foods of deceased family members. The ofrenda honors the loved one who has died and welcomes them back for the celebration. As celebrated in Petaluma for the past 17 years, the observance presents an opportunity for cross-cultural sharing and a unique partnership between the Latino and Anglo communities.

For more information please contact Margo Gallagher at:  mwgallagher@comcast.net


Theme: Love Transcends/El Amor Trasciende

October 6th

Opening Day

St. Vincent’s Church plaza

35 Liberty Street

Aztec Dancers, Ballet Folklorico Paquiyollotzin, food vendors, a health fair, and more.

12:00 – 4:00


October 12th

Artist Reception

Petaluma Mail Depot

40 4th Street

El Dia de Los Muertos art collective with local artists, food vendors, and live music.

6:00 – 9:00

October 18th

Poetry of Remembrance

SRJC Petaluma campus

6:00 – 8:00


October 19th

SRJC Petaluma El Dia de Los Muertos Community Celebration

SRJC Petaluma campus

Visit the SRJC Petaluma campus for a fun-filled day of free entertainment and activities, including Ballet Folklorico Paquiyollotzin, lectures, art, and informational booths.  Booths and activities will be continuous. Decorate sugar skulls, make tissue paper flowers, eat good food, and more! lumafest.santarosa.ed u

10:00 – 3:00

October 20th – 26th

Downtown Altar Walk

Over 60 altars are placed in windows and stores of downtown businesses, community altar is located at Heebe Jeebe, 46 Kentucky St. (altar walk map will be posted on our facebook page)


November 2nd

Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets and Closing Event

Procession starts at St. Vincent’s Church plaza and continues downtown to 4th and B Streets where festivities will include Ballet Folklorico Paquiyolloyzin, Aztec dancers, live music by Group Gitano, Danza Los Diablos Unidos, food and art vendors, and so much more!

 4:00 - 10:00

We offer all of our events to the community at no charge. Donations are greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs.

Find El Dia De Los Muertos Petaluma on facebook to gather more information.

Past Events Included, food tasting, giant puppets, candle light procession and more!


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