Colorado’s largest Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration begins Thursday, October 10 with an exhibit at the Longmont Museum and culminates Saturday, November 2, 2019 at an all-day Family Fiesta in downtown Longmont. The annual event attracts more than 6,000 people during this time to honor and celebrate deceased loved ones. The holiday is widely observed in Mexico and other Latin countries. It is a time when the living remember and honor departed relatives. Rather than being a somber time of remembrance, as the name may suggest, Day of the Dead is a time of festive celebration.
This year, the Family Fiesta will move to a NEW LOCATION IN DOWNTOWN LONGMONT outdoors at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Kimbark Street. The Longmont Museum is joining forces with the Firehouse Art Center, Longmont Downtown Development Authority, and El Comité de Longmont to bring you the biggest and best Día de los Muertos celebration Longmont has ever seen—all held downtown. Free shuttles will be available from the Longmont Museum parking lot to the Family Fiesta Downtown.
After the Family Fiesta, attendees can join a procession of dozens of gigantes, traditional giant puppets made by local artists. The procession will depart from the Family Fiesta and walk through downtown Longmont, circling back and ending at the stage on 4th Avenue and Kimbark Street.
To round out the night of Día de los Muertos festivities, Firehouse Art Center will once again hold their Catrina Ball at the Dickens Opera House. The venue will be decorated with candles, marigolds, and traditional papel picado. $15 general admission includes deadly drinks, festive food, live music, and an exhibition of altars.
The Longmont Museum will continue to host its Día de los Muertos exhibition of altars for the dead and art on site at the Museum at 400 Quail Road.
Full Schedule of Día de los Muertos events in Longmont:
October 10 (6-8 p.m.) – Longmont Museum Opening Reception (Free)
October 10 through November 4 (hours vary) – Longmont Museum Exhibit of altars (Free)
October 11 (5-9 p.m.) – Downtown Longmont business altar unveiling and walking tour (Free)
November 2 (2-6 p.m.) – Family Fiesta at 4th and Kimbark in Downtown Longmont (Free)
November 2 (6:15-7 p.m.) – Gigantes Procession through Downtown Longmont (Free)
November 2 (7:30-11 p.m.) – Catrina Ball at Dickens Opera House ($15 General Admission)