Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos in a three-day event here in Petworth

Petworth Arts Collaborative presents threes day of events to celebrate Dia de los Muertos

Petworth Arts Collaborative is preparing for their biggest event since their founding almost a year ago and are seeking participants to share the three day event celebrating Dia de los Muertos. They are looking for people to participate in creating altars and artwork. The deadline to apply in their Call for Altars and Student Themed First Friday is fast approaching on Saturday October 28th. 

"We are excited to have the participants who have applied to showcase their altars in our procession, from families to staff members from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian," said Sara Herrera, co-organizer of the event.

You can take part in this rich cultural event that celebrates your loved ones by applying online.

"As part of the celebration, we will have our first Student-Themed First Friday on November 3rd," said co-organizer Maria Mandle. "DC area students will have the opportunity to express their creativity and strengthen their family ties by honoring a loved one through performance or visual art."

To showcase your creative work, you can apply online.

Have you visited the Petworth Dia de Los Muertos window nural up on Slims Diner? Take a photo in front of the window mural and tag #petworthartsdc! 

Here's a rundown of the events:

SATURDAY OCT 28th 9am-1pm, Petworth Farmers Market - 4198 9th St NW
Join us for an altar making workshop to honor our loved ones and learn the history of this rich cultural event. Bring a small momento ofa loved one, we will provide the crafting material. * Coffee and Mexican hot chocolate samples at our table provided by Ruta Del Vivo. ***

Collaborating with Lalalu Mexican Art & Events by David Rosa who will be selling tickets at our table for their Nov 4 Dia de Los Muertos Benefit Festival (Raising funds for natural disaster relief in US & Mexico).

SATURDAY OCT 28th 5:30pm, Crossfit Petworth - 1240 Upshur St NW
Bring a blanket, a friend, and family for a movie screening at 6:00pm of the family friendly film, The Book of Life. *Mini empanada samples provided by Taqueria Del Barrio.

WEDNESDAY NOV 1st (Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos) 5pm, Qualia Coffee - 3917 Georgia Ave NW
Join us for Calavera (traditional Day of the Dead face painting) on the back patio of Qualia Coffee & enjoy a special Altar Art Installation for photo opps! 

WEDNESDAY NOV 1st 6-7:30pm, on the street outside Qualia Coffee & Homestead - 3917 Georgia Ave NW
Join us for a lively Day of the Dead Street Procession with a Mariachi band, dance, live readings, performances, and viewing of altars/art. The street procession will move north towards the 800 block of Upshur St NW and end at 7:30PM.

FRIDAY NOV 3 6-9pm, Venues along 800 block of Upshur St NW
To wrap it all up, join us for a special themed First Friday showcasing local Petworth Student works honoring their loved ones through performance and visual arts.

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.

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