Dia de los Muertos Berkeley
Monday, November 2, 5:00-9:00PM
1400 block of Shattuck Avenue, North Berkeley
Build a Community Altar 5:00-9:00PM
Blessing of the Altars 7:45PM
Candle Light Procession 8:00PM
DIY Art Projects, Free Skeleton Face Painting, Food Trucks, Beer and Wine Garden
At this time of year, when the veil between the living and dead is thought to be at its most diaphanous, you are invited to gather for the seventh annual Dìa de los Muertos Celebration on Shattuck Ave. between Rose and Vine Streets in Berkeley on Monday, November 2, 5:00-900PM to celebrate and remember those who have passed on.
The event hosts food booths and trucks, a wine and beer garden, free skeletal face painting, and art and craft vendors. DIY art projects for kids and adults including ceramic or sugar skull painting, pet altar creations, and more. The hauntingly beautiful violin of Kippy Marks makes the evening magical. Costumes and traditional Dìa de los Muertos papier maché giant heads are encouraged.
This year several altars will be created by local artists - Patricia Bulitt will install an altar honoring trees that have died using branches composed of words that may be added by the attendees; Francesca Borgatta’s installation consists of puppets and masks; Sue Kearney’s ancestor’s altar includes a way for the community to honor them with writings; Christine Rossi offers a means for honoring the souls of the innocents and those forgotten due to social acts, violence in war, or climate change.
The Berkeley Art Center is holding a workshop, Familia Arte!, on Sunday, November 1, 1:00-4:00PM inside Live Oak Park where you can join artists Oscar Aguilar Olea, Azalea Aguilar, and Michelle Wilson for a free family day of art making for Dìa de los Muertos. Delve into the Mexican traditional art of form of Repujado, where families can emboss and color a design on soft metallic foil or play with Papel Picado, a Mexican craft of elaborate paper-cutting. The works will be compiled into an altar to be installed at the November 2 event. Registration required at email@example.com
Bring photos or stories of loved ones, candles, breads, or flowers to add to the large community ofrenda. Cuauhtli Mitotiani Mexica dancers will bless the altars with drums and dancing then lead a sidewalk candle light procession through the district following along a path of strewn marigold petals.