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11th Annual Dia de los Muertos
November 1, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Be part of TAM’s most popular free community festival, the 11th Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival! New this year: a Calavera Costume Contest, traditional foods, and outdoor memorials. See community altars honoring loved ones, listen to lively mariachi music, and leave your own creative mark.

  • Tapete (Sand Painting) by Artist Rene Julio  will be located in the lobby
  • Create  your own outdoor chalk memorials under TAM’s Grand Awning
  • Free face painting in the Cheney Classroom (upper level)
  • Community and partner-made altars throughout the museum
  • Traditional foods from the TAM Cafe
  • Sugar skull making in the Murray Event Space
  • Calavera Costume Contest

Enter the Calavera Costume Contest to win the $100 Cash Prize

  • Come to the festival dressed in your best Calavera costume (view examples)
  • To be eligible for the cash prize,  visit the judges outside TAM  under the grand awning (main entrance) at 2:30 pm
  • At 3 pm all contestants will need to assemble on the main stage where the winner will be announced
  • You must be present to win

Schedule of Events

11 am–12 pm
Mariachi performance by Mariachi Lucero

2 pm
Performance by Danza Quetzacoatl de Olympia

3 pm
Winner of the Calavera Costume Contest announced

Throughout the day
PBS series screening: Latino Americans, showing  in the video space (located near the entrance to the Haub Family Galleries)


Dia de los Muertos Free Community Festival is presented in partnership with:

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This program is supported by Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), which is part of a NEH initiative, Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Space.  Programs are presented in partnership with: Centro Latino, University of Puget Sound, and Pacific Lutheran University.

Free Community Festivals are supported by: