Held over a weekend in late October, the free, Día de los Muertos festival is a community celebration of Latin American Art, food and culture related to the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. Check back often as features and activities of the festival are announced!  



Los espíritus se entrelazarán durante la celebración anual del Día de los Muertos en el Mesa Arts Center. Este magnífico festival ofrecerá deliciosa comida y un colorido mercado de artesanías, joyería y diversos artículos relacionados con el Día de los Muertos. Los visitantes se han deleitado cada año con maravillosos espectáculos en vivo por parte de destacados artistas. Entrada y estacionamiento gratis.


Spirits collide during the annual Day of the Dead celebration at Mesa Arts Center! This magnificent festival will offer delicious food and a colorful market of crafts, jewelry and various items related to the Day of the Dead celebration. Visitors have been delighted each year with wonderful live performances and engaging family activities. Free entry and parking.



This Year's Activities include:

- Remarkable artist demos

- Delicious food

- Fun family activities

- Beautifully created Altars by local artists

- Over a DOZEN cultural performances and live music & entertainment

- Incredible Mercado Market Place with arts & crafts, jewelry, furniture, and MORE+

- Participation in the memories of the deceased with the GIANT community altar


Individuals, families and groups may apply to participate in an Altar Contest presented by Mesa Arts Center in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix and the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens.  


2019 Altar Contest Forms

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Elements of the Altar and their Significance 

Arches: Passageways between life and death

Candles: Light, Faith and Hope

Flowers: Remind us that life does not endure

Traditionally: Cempasuchil - Marigolds

Mano de Leon - Cockscomb - Lions Paw

Incense: Cleans the space of negativity

Traditionally: Copal

Ofrendas: General items for the offerings put on the altar

Water: Life and purity, satisfies the thirst of the spirit