Day of the Dead

  • 4700 Grand Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Dates: October 28, 2019
  • Location: Des Moines Art Center
  • Start/End Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview


    The Des Moines Art Center is proud to host the 18th annual Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead celebration. Day of the Dead is a Latinx celebration that honors the lives of members of the community who have recently passed away, as well as a festive day of music, dancing, food and drink, art activities, and remembrances for the whole family.

    This year's celebration will be devoted to the community that has supported our event for so many years. It is our hope that community members will bring in objects and notes to remember their loved ones to be placed on an ofrenda by the Day of the Dead committee, and debut during the celebration on Sunday, October 28.

    Visit the Art Center from Friday, October 19 through Thursday, October 25 to drop off your items for the ofrenda. These objects and notes will be shared on our website as well, to share the stories with a broader audience. Learn more about the ofrenda and how to submit an item.


    Mariachi music

     Art activities in the studios

     Traditional Day of the Day bread

     Mexican hot chocolate

     Food available for purchase by Tamale's Industry

     Cash bar

     Museum Shop open for Day of the Dead merchandise

     Free shuttle from Merrill Middle School

     12:30 pm and 2:30 pm

    Bilingual tours of the Art Center (Spanish and English)

     1 and 3 pm

    Film screening in Levitt Auditorium
    Vince Valdez, director