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Día de Los Muertos Celebration

Posted 9/21/22

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, discover the ongoing and evolving traditions of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Pinal County Historical Museum’s Second Annual …

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Things to do

Día de Los Muertos Celebration

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, discover the ongoing and evolving traditions of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Pinal County Historical Museum’s Second Annual Día de Los Muertos Celebration.

Bring the entire family to the museum from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15th at 715 S. Main St., according to a press release.

Dance to the music of Mariachi Nueva Era, enjoy Ballet Folklorico Del Sol’s dancing and participate in several hands-on activities.

Special guest Zarco Guerrero, a well-known performer, storyteller, musician and artist, also will tell the story of Día de Los Muertos.

Tickets for the Día de Los Muertos Celebration are $10 early bird for adults 19 and older; $12 at the door; and children 18 and under get in free.

Follow early-bird registration visit the link https://bit.ly/3Bp8iZU or call 520-868-4382.

Día de Los Muertos is a highly celebrated and significant family holiday throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Southwest.

Dating back 3,000 years to the time of the Olmecs, it is a day when homage is paid to one's ancestors with prayers, offerings of food and the building of altars (ofrendas) to the beloved departed.

Each region has its unique style of celebration. In Arizona, the annual Día de Los Muertos is a Celebration of Life.

Join Guerrero and his unique masked characters as they celebrate Día de Los Muertos with hilarious and moving storytelling. Among the characters making appearances are: the poetry-spouting “El Vato Poeta,” the flirtatious “La Comadre,” the clueless “Special Ed,” the wise “El Abuelito,” and other beloved roles that Zarco has created to express the humor and sadness of our lives.

Musical accompaniment is provided by Carmen Guerrero. 

Additionally, a special museum exhibit highlights Día de Los Muertos traditions.

Enjoy several hands-on activities for the entire family at this celebration, including coloring masks, paper crowns, candle wrappers, Día de Los Muertos facial stickers, rock art activity, pottery puzzles and more.

Local vendors will also participate in the festivities.

The 2nd Annual Día de Los Muertos Celebration is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The event also is supported by the Pinal County Tourism Sponsorship Program, Happy Adobe, LB Cantina, Florence Copper and EPCOR.  All Día de Los Muertos participants will receive a 10% discount at LB Cantina on October 15th.

Listen to Mariachi Nueva Era throughout the afternoon at the museum; LB Cantina, 695 S. Main St.; and Happy Adobe, 189 S. Main St. Stay all day for Día de Los Muertos festivities. Performers set to attend are: 

  • 1-1:30 p.m., Mariachi Nueva Era at PCHM
  • 1:30-2 p.m., Mariachi Nueva Era at LB Cantina 
  • 1:30-2 p.m., Ballet Folklorico Del Sol at PCHM
  • 2:15-2:30 p.m., Mariachi Nueva Era at PCHM
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m., Día de Los Muertos Storytelling with Zarco Guerrero
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m., Mariachi Nueva Era at Happy Adobe
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m., Ballet Folklorico Del Sol at PCHM
  • 4:30-5 p.m., Mariachi Nueva Era at LB Cantina 

Founded in 1958, the PCHM is the oldest historical organization in Pinal County. The museum shares Florence and Pinal County’s rich history through exhibits and educational programming. Additionally, the museum houses a large and diverse research collection from which exhibitions and programs are created as well as opportunities for academic and community-based research. PCHM serves 5,000 visitors annually.

Día de Los Muertos, Pinal County Historical Museum, Florence