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illumiNATIONS: Día de los Muertos Party
November 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0Free
Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the National Museum of the American Indian with performances by Latin Grammy-winning all-women mariachi group Flor de Toloache. Visit ofrendas made by Indigenous artists, enjoy food and drinks, take part in all-ages hand-on activities, dance to local DJ Kristy la rAt, and register for a special screening of Disney/Pixar’s Coco.
Coco follows an aspiring young musician named Miguel on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. The movie will be screened in the Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Theater. Theater doors open at 6 PM; seating is limited.
Hands-on activities include painting sugar skull magnets and crafting paper marigolds and masks to share or wear throughout the evening.
Visit the Mitsitam Cafe for a special Día de los Muertos menu. Bite-sized food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the museum.
Explore the exhibitions and gift shops after-hours with exclusive access to the galleries.
The Day of the Dead is a festival celebrated by people in Mexico, parts of Central and South America, and many Latino communities across the United States as a way to honor family and friends who have passed away. The tradition originates from the Indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica, including the Mexica (Aztec) and Maya.
This program is presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center with generous support from The Walt Disney Company.
This event is free and open to all ages, but tickets are required.