Dia de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos Celebration

Celebrate Day of the Dead with online activities, Virtual Mercado, related events and programs.


Virtual Celebration

Since we all can’t gather in person on the actual day, we invite you to join us in October for a virtual celebration of Denver Botanic Gardens’ observance of Día de los Muertos.

This traditional Mexican “Day of the Dead” celebration offers at-home fun for the whole family. Download coloring pages, learn how to make sugar skulls and shop our virtual mercado.


NEW: Short Film Competition

Check out this year’s winners!

1st Place: Stray Spirits

2nd Place: Remembrance

3rd Place: Assurances, A Love Story

Runner Up: : Fond Remembrance


Online Activities

Create-it: Día de los Muertos Crafts
Quick and easy videos on how to make Día-related crafts at home with your family.

Coloring Sheets by Artmando 


Related Events & Programs

Día de los Muertos Virtual STEAM Outreach Events - ONLINE
Join Denver Botanic Gardens and Jacobs Engineering in fun, virtual workshops. Get the whole family involved to learn a little bit about Mexico and challenge yourselves with two interactive STEAM projects.

Día de Mole Negro - ONLINE
This class takes cooking to the next level, with attention to cultural detail. In the Latino culture, hard labor is associated with love for others. The amount of labor that goes into mole shows the guest how a long cooking process can be rewarding and full of sentiment. The cost of this program includes a take-home kit with the necessary ingredients for two people, available for pick-up at the Gardens' York Street location.
Sunday, Nov. 1, 4:30-6 p.m.
$110, $120 non-member
Register for Día de Mole Negro

Family Make and Take: Día de los Muertos Miniature Ofrendas
Explore the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos as you create a miniature ofrenda in remembrance of a loved one. 
Various dates and times in October
Project fee $12, $15 non-member
Register for Miniature Ofrendas

Denver Arts Weekend 2020: Día de los Muertos Collaboration - ONLINE
What is papel picado? In this hands-on workshop hosted by the Mexican Cultural Center and Denver Botanic Gardens, discover the importance this colorful Mexican folk art to Día de los Muertos and learn how to create your own papel picado using simple materials.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. - noon
Register for the papel picado workshop
Program is free, preregistration is required

Día de los Muertos Nichos NoCo Tour - OFFSITE
September – November
Greeley, Sterling, Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins
The Gardens’ annual celebration of Día de los Muertos extends to the Northern Colorado Creative Triangle this year, which welcomes several large colorful nichos created by Los Angeles-based artist Ricardo Soltero. This marks a continuation of the Nichos Art Exchange Project, a community art initiative in partnership with the Greeley Creative District. The nichos – which served as the centerpiece for the 2016 Days of the Dead exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens – have been decorated by Creative District committee members, community members and local artists.
Learn more about the Nichos NoCo Tour

Raices Brewing Company - OFFSITE
Visit Raices Brewing Company during the month of October and get 10 percent off your Raices brew when you say "Gardens."


Virtual Mercado

Our first-ever Día de los Muertos Virtual Mercado features vendors from Colorado selling original art pieces, prints, folk art, jewelry and more – all available for purchase through their online storefronts.


Trips & Travel

Denver Botanic Gardens and Reefs to Rockies are offering two unforgettable trips to Oaxaca, Mexico during its two most important celebrations of the year – La Guelaguetza and Día de los Muertos.
Oaxaca’s La Guelaguetza
July 17-23, 2021
Día de los Muertos - Mexico
Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2021


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