Dia de Los Muertos honors those who have passed from this world into the next, but despite its morose name, the holiday is, without a doubt, a day of celebration. Activities, including decorating sugar skulls, face-painting and dancing the night away, are a few of the ways families can engage in this festive Mexican holiday.

Dia de Los Muertos

 photo: Dia de Los Muertos skulls by mario via flickr creative commons

Dia de Los Muertos Procession and Concert
Everyone is welcome to join in the traditional, musical procession, starting at the PSU Urban Center (SW 5th Ave. and Mill St.) and ending at the Crystal Ballroom, with other participants dressed in black and painted faces. Don’t forget your umbrellas! At the destination, there will be Aztec dance performances, kids’ crafts, and so much music. All events are open to the community and welcome children.

Sun., Nov. 2nd, 4 p.m. (procession), 5 p.m. (show at Crystal Ballroom)
Procession is free, the show is $10/person advance, $12/person at the door, free for ages 12 and under
Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St.
Online: crystalballroompdx.com

Dia de Los Muertos NW

photo: Dia de Los Muertos NW via Facebook page

Una Celebracion De Tradicion y Innovación
Kids will find plenty to do and see at 6th annual celebration from Dia de Los Muertos NW: “A Celebration of Tradition & Innovation”. This year, Audio Cinema will host face-painting, muertos calaveras (sugar skull) decorating, storytelling with the Multnomah County Library, live music, including a performance by Grammy Award-Winners, Los TexManiacs, and a Catrina parade winding through the event. This is also a food drive for SnoCap Community Charities, so be sure to bring a non-perishable food item with you.

Sat., Nov. 1, 1 p.m.- midnight
$5/person at the door, free for children 12 and under
Audio Cinema
226 SE Madison St.
Online: facebook.com/diadelosmuertosnw

Dia de Los Muertos at Roots Salon
In cahoots with the aforementioned Dia de Los Muertos NW celebration, day two’s festivities will take place on All Soul’s Day at Roots Salon. There will be food, kids’ activities, storytelling and more music. Participants can also bring something for the altar, as a gift to those who are no longer with us.

Sun., Nov. 2, noon-8 p.m.
Roots Salon
5400 NE 30th St.
Online: facebook.com

Kids’ Crafts at Beaverton Library
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with a themed crafting session with sugar skulls in the library’s Storytime Room. Kids ages 2-11 are welcome with a grownup.

Sat., Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Beaverton Library
12375 SW 5th St.
Beaverton, Or
Online: beavertonlibrary.org

How does your family celebrate Dia de Los Muertos? Let us know in the Comments!

— Kelley Gardiner