Dia de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos Celebration

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

Saturday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 10th anniversary of the Gardens’ celebration of the holiday will include both onsite and offsite/virtual offerings. Check back in October for more details. 

Due to COVID-19 constraints, face painting will not be offered this year.  

Onsite Activities

Check back in October for more details.


El Mercado

Shop our Mercado, showcasing artist vendors from Colorado selling their Día de los Muertos original art pieces, prints, folk art, jewelry, t-shirt designs and more!

Interested in being a vendor, email dia@botanicgardens.org.


Altars of Remembrance

At the heart of Día de los Muertos are Altars of Remembrance. Individuals and organizations are invited to create nichos to be displayed during the Día de los Muertos celebration on November 6th. For consideration, please review the Nicho Eligibility Overview and complete an application below.

Día de los Muertos Individual Nicho Application

Día de los Muertos Group Nicho Application

Alebrijes Iluminados

Oct. 27 – Nov. 5
Included with Gardens admission
Denver Botanic Gardens’ observance of Día de los Muertos will be celebrated this year with Alebrijes Ilumniandos – colorful illuminated sculptures made by Mexican artists Rubén Mica and Óscar Becerra. View these elaborate artworks during the day and stay for special programming on select evenings (Noches Iluminadas, see below).


Noches Iluminadas

November 1-5
On evenings beginning Nov. 1, visitors to the Gardens during this festive week will have the opportunity to experience Alebrijes Iluminados. These colorful illuminated sculptures made by Mexican artists Rubén Mica and Óscar Becerra will be showcased as a complement to our Día de los Muertos Family Celebration. 

York Street

Artist Talk: Oscar Becerra and Ruben Mica

October 30, 2021 | Adults, Art & Exhibitions

Join artists Oscar Becerra and Ruben Mica in-person as they discuss the creation of artworks featured in Alebrije: Xólotl and Alebrijes Iluminados

Volunteer Opportunities

Help support Día de los Muertos by volunteering. For more information, email vol@botanicgardens.org  or call 720-865-3565.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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




  • Included with admission
  • Children 15 and under are free
  • Tickets limited; advance reservation required
  • Tickets will be available in October 

Alebrijes Iluminados are thanks in part to Alexis Newton, who assisted the Gardens in bringing these colorful sculptures to Colorado.


Where do I park?

  • The Gardens expects large crowds during this event.
  • Limited free parking is available in our parking complex between York and Josephine streets. Street parking is available in Cheesman Park, where posted.
  • Please consider these alternate modes of transportation to avoid parking issues: 
    • RTD: Use routes #24 (York and Josephine Streets) or #10 (12th Avenue) to access the Gardens.
    • Bicycle Colorado and Bike Streets: The Gardens joins Bicycle Colorado and Bike Streets in encouraging cycling as a form of transportation. Bike racks are available at the York Street main entrance.

What kind of food is available?

Offshoots Café will be open during the event. 

The Gardens’ amphitheater offers a wonderful spot for picnicking. We encourage you to pack a picnic from home to enjoy at the Gardens. 

Are costumes permitted?

Yes! Día de los Muertos costumes are encouraged. 

  • Weapons (real or fake) are NOT permitted.
  • Costume masks covering the entire face are not permitted for guests over the age of 17.

When should I buy my tickets? Will any be available at the door?

Tickets must be purchased or reserved online in advance and are not available onsite.

Is the event inside or outside?

Día de los Muertos is primarily an outdoor event. Wear good walking shoes and appropriate clothing to keep you warm and dry during the event.

How much does face painting cost?

To keep everyone healthy and safe, we will not be offering face painting this year.

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 onsite.

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