Bring your family and friends to celebrate this colorful, heart-felt tradition at the Gardens. This year’s annual celebration connects people, places and community through a series of public art, virtual activities for kids, a film series and more.
Finalized festival schedule to be announced in October.
Short Film Competition
Celebrate Día de los Muertos with our 2nd annual short film competition.
- Denver Botanic Gardens invites you to create a short film that illustrates what Día de los Muertos means to you.
- All entries must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 7.
- Top three winners will receive prizes and be featured on this web page.
- For entry information, Review the Participant Eligibility Guidelines.
Shop our Mercado, showcasing artists from Colorado selling their original art pieces, prints, folk art, jewelry, t-shirt designs and more, and will be available for purchase.
El Mercado applications for 2022 are now closed.
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Altars of Remembrance
Denver Botanic Gardens invites artists, community groups and individuals to create and display a nicho (altar or shrine) to pay homage to someone special, a group of people or a cause. The nichos will be displayed during our Día de los Muertos Festival.
Altars of Remembrance applications for 2022 are now closed.
Related Events and Programs
Call for Artists: La Loteria Plantería
The Gardens is creating a version of the traditional Mexican card game, la Loteria. The theme for this version, La Lotería Plantería, centers around the natural world, plants of the Southwest and iconic Mexican plants like maguey, arnica, cempaschil and the ahuehuete tree. We hope that families can enjoy playing while connecting to plants. Full details about this project and how to participate will be available in September.
Family Make and Take: Traditions of Día de los Muertos – Papier Mache Calaveras
Explore the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos as you paint and decorate your own papier mache calaveras sculptures created by contemporary Mexican artists Oscar Becerra and Ruben Mica
Various dates and times in October
Project fee $12, $15 non-member
Register for Papier Mache Calaveras
Calacas Art Exchange – OFFSITE
September – October
Aurora Public Libraries
Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual Día de Los Muertos celebration extends to Aurora Public Library this year, welcoming seven larger-than-life papier mache calaveras hand-painted by several Colorado artists. The Calacas Art Exchange Project is a community art initiative in partnership with Aurora Public Library, as part of its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, created to bring artists, organizers and community members together to promote and share the rich cultural and artistic traditions of Día de Los Muertos.
Be sure to visit all Aurora Public Library branches as each will host a Calaca painted by a different artist. To locate your favorite branch, visit AuroraLibrary.org.
Trips and Travel
Denver Botanic Gardens and Reefs to Rockies are offering two unforgettable trips to Mexico.
Volunteers for this event help with early prep for the event, children's activities and festival logistics. For more information, email email@example.com or call 720-865-3565.
For information about becoming a sponsor for this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create-it: Día de los Muertos Crafts
Quick and easy videos on how to make Día-related crafts at home with your family, such as papel picado, paper marigolds, mini altars and more.
- Sugar Skulls (También en español)
- Ofrenda (También en español)
- Marigold (También en español)
- Butterfly (También en español)
- Papel Picado (También en español)
Coloring Sheets by Artmando
Children 15 and under are free
- Last entry is 3 p.m., grounds cleared at 4 p.m.
- You must purchase a ticket online for a specific date and time to visit. Tickets will not be available onsite.
- Group pricing is not available for special events. Become a member for discounted ticket prices.
- Ticket purchase subject to availability; membership does not guarantee ticket to event.
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.
- Free shuttle service from East High School parking lot to the Gardens entrance. Shuttle will run continuously from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Last vehicle will leave East High School at 2:30 p.m. Last vehicle will leave the Gardens at 4:30 p.m. Take the shuttle and get entered to win a Friends and Family Yearly Membership to Denver Botanic Gardens.
What kind of food is available?
Offshoots Café and the Hive Garden Bistro will be open during the event.
The Gardens’ UMB Bank 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.
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.