Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, marks a celebration of the life of the deceased and recognizing death as a part of the cycle of life. Although it takes place the day after Halloween, the two holidays are completely separate. Celebrate this rich cultural tradition at these Milwaukee events this week.
While the Tropical Dome transforms into a haunted festival, the Desert Dome will house a Dia de los Muertos celebration, bright with candlelight, colors and orange marigolds. Despite occurring around the same time as Halloween, this completely separate symbolic tradition celebrates the dead returning to visit for one special day. Admission is $8 per person.
Where: 524 S. Layton Blvd.
When: Oct. 27, 6-9 p.m.
Join Dia de los Muertos Milwaukee for a day of remembrance and celebration. Face painting and an art market will take place in Walker Square Park, and the parade will begin at 2 p.m. after the run/walk.
Where: 1031 S. Ninth St.
When: Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Latino Arts celebrates life with this annual exhibition, featuring ofrendas (altars for the dead to come to visit) made by local, regional and international artists. An opening reception will take place Friday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.
Where: Latino Arts Gallery, 1028 S. Ninth St.
When: Oct. 26-Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Honoring the Mexican and Latinx cultural traditions that run deep in the community, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts celebrates its 30th Anniversary. The anniversary celebration will feature live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, art, a raffle and a silent auction. Admission is $50 per person, but those who cannot make it are welcome to donate.
Where: 838 S. Second St.
When: Nov. 2, 6-11 p.m.
This exhibition has hosted hundreds of ofrendas to honor those who have passed. In addition to the ofrendas, a 33-image photo series by Mexican artists will present a wide array of Mexican traditions and customs. This year’s theme is “Traditions.”
Where: 839 S. Fifth St.
When: Oct. 20-Nov. 18