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 Dia de los Muertos festival. See the Dia de los Muertos video playlist.


Call for Proposals


We’re seeking proposals that honor the traditional engagement of Día de los Muertos while also incorporating contemporary elements where attendees can pay respect to passed loved ones and family members.  You are invited to submit your ideas for a temporary Community Altar that activates the Mesa Arts Center campus and engages the community in celebrating this important and culturally significant holiday. The temporary Community Altar will be showcased during Mesa Arts Center’s Día de los Muertos Festival on October 22-23, 2022.  


Click here for more information in English.

Click here for more information in Spanish.


Apply here!





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 Dia de los Muertos festival at Mesa Arts Center! The Mercado vendor application period is now open and the deadline for submissions is July 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM. Thank you again for your interest in the event and we hope to see you at Dia de los Muertos! 


Mercado Vendor Application Packet


Join the fun as a volunteer! Mesa Arts Center is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Día de los Muertos Festival on Saturday, Oct 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd! 


Mesa Arts Center is looking for volunteers (16 years old+) to help with festival tasks such as assisting with set-up and clean-up, greeting and directing the public, line monitoring, assisting with volunteer hospitality, providing crowd control, answering questions and assisting with artist interactives.


Volunteers shifts will be available on Oct 22 between 10am-5pm and Oct 23 between 12pm-5pm.


Volunteer sign-up is coming soon!


Please email with any questions!