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.  


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. 


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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.


Request for Proposals: Art/Design Services

Mesa Arts Center is looking to commission a printmaker or graphic artist to create four (4) stamp designs for the Día de los Muertos Festival in October 2024. These stamps will be used for a hands-on printmaking activity for youth and families. The selected artist will also be invited to help lead the printmaking activity as a paid festival participant.


Submission Deadline - Sat, June 1, 2024.


View Application Requirements

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2024 Día de los Muertos Altar Contest! This invitation is open to the general public until Fri, Sep 20 at 5:00 PM (or until spaces are filled).


Due to limited space, a maximum of 20 altar applications will be accepted.



  • Remarkable artist demos
  • Delicious food
  • Fun family activities
  • Altar Contest with submissions from the community
  • 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 community altar

Please be advised: the main parking lots at Mesa Arts Center will be closed to accommodate the Mercado vendors and the food court for the festival, and street parking will be busy. Nearby parking options are available throughout downtown Mesa. Please review the parking map to find parking options. The Light Rail also offers nearby park and ride options. We recommend parking at the park & ride near Main Street and Mesa Drive and riding the Light Rail to the Main and Center Street stop. Find more Light Rail information here. Please note that the Light Rail ride does have an associated fee.  

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.


Sign up here!


Please email with any questions!