Mesa Arts Center is pleased to celebrate Día de los Muertos with an annual event created in collaboration with the community. Día de los Muertos is a celebration of Latin American art and culture related to the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. The annual free event offers a variety of features, performances and more in celebration of the memories of the deceased. Check back for more details! 


Los espíritus se entrelazarán durante la celebración anual del Día de los Muertos en el Mesa Arts Center. Los visitantes se han deleitado cada año con maravillosos espectáculos en vivo por parte de destacados artistas. Entrada y estacionamiento gratis.




Visit our YouTube channel to enjoy the performances, art, demonstrations, family activities and more from our 2020 virtual Día de los Muertos festival. See the Día de los Muertos video playlist.



Mesa Arts Center invites families, artists and community organizations to submit altar proposals for competition at our annual Día de los Muertos Festival!


Deadline to apply: Fri, Sep 23 at 5:00 PM


Learn more here.


Apply here!



¡El Mesa Arts Center invita a las familias, artistas y organizaciones comunitarias a participar en el Concurso Anual de Altares que se lleva a cabo durante el Festival de Día de los Muertos!


La fecha límite para enviar enviar su propuesta es el 23 de septiembre a las 5:00 p.m.


Más información aquí.


¡Participen aquí!


Day of the Dead altars, also known as ofrendas (offerings), are constructed and adorned to remember, honor and please the dead, are a central symbol of Día de los Muertos.


In the spirit of traditional Día de los Muertos festivities, a community altar will be the centerpiece for the festival, where attendees can leave mementos in honor of their loved ones who have passed. Photographs will be collected and added on the altar each year.




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

Thank you for your interest in being part of the Día de los Muertos festival at Mesa Arts Center! The Mercado vendor application period is now closed. Thank you again for your interest in the event and we hope to see you at the Día de los Muertos Festival! 


We are still accepting applications for FACE PAINTERS! Please email for more information.


Join the fun, earn a swag bag and give back to the community!


Volunteer activities include assisting with set-up and clean-up, artist interactives, greeting and directing the public, line monitoring, providing crowd control and assisting with volunteer hospitality.


Volunteers must be 16 years old or older


Volunteer Sign-Up!


Please email with any questions!

Mesa Arts Center: Sensory Friendly Spaces for Families with members (both children and adults) with Sensory Processing Disorders and (SPD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).


Multi-Sensory Room at Festivals and Major Events

A sensory room is a multi-sensory space to help individuals feel calm, supported, and focused. These spaces are designed to have a calming effect that reduces anxiety and improves focus. Both calming and stimulating items are provided in sensory rooms to help support an individual’s sensory needs in the moment. The sensory room is also a space for families to connect and find an aligned community.

Mesa Arts Center provides designated sensory spaces at all festivals and major events to create a more welcoming, safe, and comfortable Sensory-Friendly Environment to make attending events less overwhelming and more enjoyable for the entire family.

Our sensory room is located on the 2nd floor of the Studios South Building, see our festival map to locate or ask our information booth for directions.


Mesa Arts Center Sensory Room accommodations include:

  • Reduced volume levels and noise-redacting headphones
  • Modifications to lighting
  • Weighted blankets
  • Comfortable seating (pillows, plush rugs)
  • Wholesome Snacks (gluten, dairy, and dye free options)
  • Tactile games, fidgets, toys, and squishes
  • Coloring and drawing station
  • An ancillary "calm room" for any child or adult seeking a break from stimulation to regulate their emotions and relax.


Calm Spaces at Mesa Arts Center

A calm space is a quiet room for any child or adult seeking a break from stimulation to regulate their emotions and relax in a low-sensory environment.

Calm Spaces are always available at Mesa Arts Center upon request. To request access to a calm space:

  • Please see the house manager in the theater building.
  • Please see the receptionist in Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.
  • Please visit the information booth at community events and festivals.
  • Please visit the box office.
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