A Day to Remember

Join friends, family, and community members for OMCA’s beloved Days of the Dead celebration

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On October 22, OMCA presents its annual, much-loved Days of the Dead Community Celebration, a joyous, uplifting, and inspiring tradition connected to the Mexican and Central American festival. Designed to recognize the importance of coming together as a community for the purposes of healing and honoring the dead, the celebration, now in its 23rd year, features activities and performances for all ages, from craft activities and colorful ofrendas (offerings) to Aztec dancers and demonstrations of Mesoamerican arts and cooking. The don’t-miss event also includes a mercado, or marketplace, featuring Days of the Dead merchandise created by local artisans, as well as a variety of South American fare from Off the Grid’s food trucks. Don’t skip out on the deeper look into Days of the Dead rituals in the exhibition Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead during this festive day, when OMCA transforms into a sacred space in the tradition of Dia de los Muertos. All are invited to participate in honoring departed loved ones by placing memorial cards and flowers on the community ofrenda (offering altar) and to share in the experiences offered by this festival: ceremony, music, dance, crafts, and comida (food).

The Community Celebration also includes:

•  Face-painting fun for all ages

•  Tortilla and sugar-skull making activities

•  Two stages in the Garden and Amphitheater with live musical performances

•  Deaf storytelling in partnership with Deaf Media


Photography: Shaun Roberts.

Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead​ is supported in part by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.

Metamorphosis & Migration

Celebrate Days of the Dead by examining themes of transformation and ritual through the bright lens of the Monarch Butterfly.

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