Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday traditionally observed on Nov. 1 and 2. A holiday with ancient roots combining Mexican indigenous customs and European traditions, Día de los Muertos is a lighthearted and joyful tribute to the memory of family and friends who have passed away. Families celebrate by creating ofrendas (offerings) – elaborate displays commemorating loved ones – decorating sugar skulls and more.

Bring your family and friends to celebrate this fun and colorful tradition at the Gardens. Día de los Muertos costumes are encouraged. Download a colorable mask to create for the event.

Featured Activities

  • Remember, Honor, Celebrate Days of the Dead altar exhibition: all day
  • Face painting: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., expect lines as this is a popular activity; $10 per person
  • Children’s crafts: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Cultural entertainment and demonstration: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

El Mercado: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Artist vendors from Colorado sell their Día de los Muertos creations
  • Art, prints, folk art, jewelry, t-shirt designs and more and are available for purchase.
  • Located outdoors and is weather dependent.

Click here for craft vendor and food vendor applications. Email dia@botanicgardens.org with questions.

Volunteer Opportunities
For more information, email vol@botanicgardens.org or call 720­-865­-3565.

Sponsorship Opportunities
For information about becoming a sponsor for this event, please email development@botanicgardens.org.

Related Program
Family Workshop: Traditions of Día de los Muertos – Sugar Skulls
Friday, Oct. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. - Noon or 2-4 p.m.
Join us as we explore the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos. Learn how to make and decorate sugar skulls as you discover the cultural significance of these important icons.


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Where do I park?
The Gardens is expecting large crowds during this event. We encourage the use of RTD buses or Denver B­-cycle. There is a bus stop and B­-cycle station next to our York Street entrance.

Limited free parking is available in our parking complex between York and Josephine streets. Street parking is available in Cheesman Park, where posted.

This year we are also offering a free Park 'n Ride service from East High School. Check back in October for more details.

What kind of food is available?
Offshoots Café offers its regular menu plus some special themed items. The Gardens’ amphitheater offers a wonderful spot for picnicking. We encourage you to pack a picnic from home to enjoy at the Gardens. No alcohol will be sold or permitted inside the Gardens.

What forms of payment will be accepted at Día de los Muertos?
The Gardens accepts cash and all major credit cards.  Please note: there is no ATM on site.

Is the event inside or outside?
Día de los Muertos is primarily an outdoor event. Wear good walking shoes and appropriate clothing.