Five Fun Day Of The Dead Celebrations In Philadelphia

Enjoy these annual Día De Los Muertos — Day of the Dead — celebrations of Mexican culture...

Celebrate Mexican culture during Día de Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) events, which kick off Friday, October 27 at a number of venues in Philadelphia.

The Day of the Dead honors loved ones who have passed away. Traditionally a Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead celebrations — which typically incorporate festively decorated altars, sugar skulls and the deceased loved one’s favorite foods and drinks — now take place around the world.

So what’s in store around Philadelphia for 2017? A day-long festival, a Day of the Dead procession, bar specials, events and more.

The official holiday begins on October 31 with All Hallows’ Eve and ends November 2 with All Souls’ Day. Philadelphia’s Day of the Dead celebrations begin earlier, though, so get ready to celebrate!

Coyote Crossing Mexican Restaurant

In celebration of Day of the Dead, Coyote Crossing Mexican Restaurant is having a fiesta featuring bar specials, giveaways and more. Patrons who come in costume will receive 10 percent off of their food bill.

Coyote Crossing Mexican Restaurant

When:Friday, October 27 at 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where:Coyote Crossing, 800 Spring Mill Avenue, Conshohocken


Distrito Restaurant

University City Dining Days: DistritoPhoto By M. Fischetti For Visit Philadelphia

Beginning Friday, October 27, Distrito Restaurant in University City will run week-long food and drink deals, including $2.50 tacos and $7 margaritas. On the official Day of the Dead (Wednesday, November 1), diners can enjoy a special Día de los Muertos menu, food and drink specials (reduced price nachos, salsa and tacos), prizes and giveaways.

Distrito Restaurant

When:October 27-November 3
Where:Distrito, 3945 Chestnut Street

Day of the Dead at Penn Museum

Penn MuseumPhoto courtesy Penn Museum

In partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia and The Mexican Cultural Center, Penn Museum presents its annual Day of the Dead Celebration on Saturday, October 28. The all-day festival is steeped in Mexican culture and traditions from Día de los Muertos and features music, dance, a costume parade, puppetry, storytelling, arts and crafts and more.

Day of the Dead at Penn Museum

When:Saturday, October 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Día de los Muertos at Fleisher Art Memorial

Dia de lost MuertosPhoto courtesy Fleisher Art Memorial

With the theme of the Mayan Afterworld, Fleisher Art Memorial and the official Día de los Muertos committee Calaca Flaca bring their fifth annual Day of the Dead celebration to South Philadelphia. Attendees can enjoy workshops centered on the traditions of Día de los Muertos before the celebration concludes with altar celebrations, performances, a vigil and a procession through South Philly. The public is invited to participate in the procession on Sunday, the 29th, too. Folks can dress up as a catrina (female folk skeleton) or don calavera (skull) and join the procession as ut makes its way from Southwark School (starting at 2 p.m.) to Fleisher. BYO costumes and makeup!

Día de los Muertos at Fleisher Art Memorial

When:Sunday, October 29, 4-9:30 p.m.
Where:Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street

SPiN Philadelphia

On All Hallows' Eve, SPiN Philadelphia hosts a Day of the Dead party featuring professional face painters, who will turn guests into traditional sugar skulls. Entry is free with RSVP and includes two complimentary Modelo beers. A costume contest offers guests a chance to win cash and prices worth more than $1,000.

SPiN Philadelphia

When:Tuesday, October 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where:SPiN Philadelphia, 211 S. 15th Street



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