Day of the Dead - New York City - 2018

Day of the Dead - New York City - 2018

Day of the Dead - New York City - 2018

Update: Due to the heavy rain and high winds predicted for Saturday, Oct. 27, the annual Day of the Dead festival, scheduled for Oct. 26 - 28 has been rescheduled. See updated schedule below.

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders


Day of the Dead

in remembrance of

Andrés Flores

1974 - 2018

Oct 28 - 30, 2018 • 12-6pm

East Yard of St. Mark's in-the-Bowery
10th Street and 2nd Ave in Manhattan 

Free event and open to the public

Art • Live Music • Mexican Folk Art Market • Mexican Food

Celebrate our beloved Day of the Dead tradition in New York City with art-marking, live music and more.

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a time to honor and revere our deceased family members and ancestors. This tradition is rooted in the native Mexican belief that life on earth is a preparation for the next world and of the importance of maintaining a strong relationship to the dead. Join us and dedicate our ofrenda (altar) to your departed loved-ones by placing copies of photographs.

About Andrés Flores

Andrés Flores Rosas was a renowned master of the jarana and pandero, and the Mexican folk music, Son Jarocho. He shared his mastery with others by teaching dance workshops and jarana lessons in Mexico and abroad. Andrés was one of the founders of the renowned Chuchumbé group.


Sunday, October 28

9 am   Altar Building

Mano a Mano team builds the altar.

12-6 pm   Marketplace

Mexican folk art, papel picado, sugar skulls, pan de muerto bread, and Mexican food on sale.

1pm     Workshop: Button Making

Make your own button or for a loved one inspired on the holiday.

3 pm     Performance: Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcoatl in Ixachitlan

Ceremonial performance by the indigenous community based circle.

5 pm     Performance: Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino

Enjoy the rowdy, upbeat, and at times melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, mixed with the sounds of New York’s urban life.


Monday, October 29

12-6 pm   Marketplace

Mexican folk art, papel picado, sugar skulls, pan de muerto bread, and Mexican food on sale.

3 pm     Workshop: Paper Flowers

Create your own paper flowers and place them as an offering at the altar or take them home with you.

4 pm   Son Pecadores

Enjoy the regional folk musical style of Mexican Son from Veracruz.

5 pm   Fandango

Join us for a vibrant, joyous community celebration with music, dance, poetic improvisation and all the trimmings.


Tuesday, October 30

12-6 pm   Marketplace

Mexican folk art, papel picado, sugar skulls, pan de muerto bread, and Mexican food on sale.
1 pm   Workshop: Decorate a Mexican skull mask
Decorate your own Calavera with paint and collage
3-6 pm   Workshop: Cards by De (sponsored by REIMAGINE)
Join Cards by De as we create handmade cards with intention, love and community. You can place your card on the ofrenda and honor your deceased family members and ancestors during the festival and beyond. 
Reimagine is a citywide conversation from October 27 to November 3 exploring big questions about life and death.

5 pm     Performance: Claudia Valentina

Claudia Valentina presents Cempoalxóchitl: the flower with 20 petals - Mexican music that pours forth from the soul with a very special repertoire prepared for Día de Muertos with a special homage to Andrés Flores Rosas.

6 pm     Taking down the Altar & closing

Items from the altar are shared with the public.


Day of the Dead at St. Mark's is outdoors rain or shine. The scheduled activities are subject to change/cancelation in the event of dangerous weather. For updates/changes during the event, follow us on Twitter at   @MexCulture

Friday, November 2, 2018

2:30-5 pm Day of the Dead at the Museum of the City of New York

Saturday, November 3, 2018

11-5 pm Day of the Dead Festival at the American Museum of Natural History

About Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead has been one of Mexico’s most important festivals since Pre-Hispanic times. It is a time for families to gather and welcome the souls of the dead on their annual visit home. Cempasúchil (marigold) flowers, burning copal incense, fresh pan de muertos bread, candles, sugar skulls, photographs and mementos of the departed adorn special altars. In Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated over an entire week with the preparation of altars, foods, dance, music and special offerings for people who have died. Mano a Mano recreates the magical space of a village churchyard during the celebration and has organized a series of events including altar building, workshops, dance, poetry and music.

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Thank you to our supporters

DCLA     NYSCA     St.Marks

Day of the Dead is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Additional support provided by St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, Mexican Folk Arts NYC, Danny Tepi, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Reimagine End of Life.


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