The Day of the Dead, sounds kind of scary right?  It is anything but that!  Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead has been held to honor and remember the dead since pre-Columbian times some 25-hundred to three-thousand years ago!

Come celebrate this tradition at the Mesa Arts Center, October 24-25th with the Dia De Los Muertos Festival.  

Authentic food, a Mercado and arts and crafts will be available for your enjoyment.  Or maybe you want to compete in the alter building contest held in conjunction with the Mesa Arts center and the Consulate General of Mexico?  The alters are built with the deceased in mind, favorite foods and flowers are common to invite the spirits of the dead to come back to visit. 
Marigolds are considered the flower of the dead and are often used in the alter building as well. Some customs believe Day of the Dead items can bring good luck, and will carry the traditional painted skull or other memorabilia on themselves. 
Two stages of live entertainment will be going all weekend and the event is free.  Stiltwalkers, juggling and beer sampling are also part of the entertainment lineup.  From Mariachi to Jazz catch the fun, excitement and tradition of this holiday. For more information