Day of the Dead / Los Días de los Muertos is a Mexican custom honoring and remembering those who have died. The celebration begins on midnight on October 31, the night of Halloween in the U.S. The following events will be celebrated in honor of the Day of the Dead in the Washington, DC area:
Day of the Dead Family Festival
National Museum of the American Indian
October 20–21, 2012, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW. Washington, DC. The family friendly event will feature hands-on activities for adults and children, take-home crafts, demonstrations and performances. Throughout the weekend, visitors can visit and observe four ofrendas on display and learn the history and art of making paper-mache calavera or skull sculptures. Cooking demonstrations will be held in the outdoor fire pit, weather permitting, of Day of the Dead foods, including mole and tortillas. Performances include the Dance of the Jaguars (La Danza de los Tecuanes) by the dynamic dance group Los Tecuanes.
Día de los Muertos Costume & Dance Party
November 2, 2012, 8-11 p.m. Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, Virginia. Festivities include live music, dancing, costume contest, miniature altar project, bubble gum painting and more.
The Torpedo Factory will also display "The Art of Remembrance," an exhibition of artist-made Altar installations and Day of the Dead inspired artwork made by local and regional artists from October 29th through November 4th.
Wake the Dead Party. November 2, 2012, 10 p.m. to midnight. 3241 M Street, NW Washington DC.
The Georgetown restaurant celebrates Day of the Dead with a DJ on the first floor and a popular-vote costume contest. Prizes include lunch and dinner at Bandolero. Reservations are not necessary.
Smithsonian Day of the Dead Festival (Virtual)
October 31 - November 2, 2012. This three-day online event will feature activities that celebrate this popular Latin American holiday. This year’s Día de los Muertos festival will feature ofrendas to late Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, actress Lupe Ontiveros and artist Carlos Alonzo. Visitors will have the opportunity to tweet messages and offerings during the ceremony, which will be delivered in the Nagual language.
Mexican Restaurants in the Washington DC Area
Local restaurants celebrate Day of the Dead with food and drink specials.