The Missouri History Museum, in collaboration with Hispanic Festival Inc., will host the annual Día de los Muertos Festival on Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, from 11 am to 5 pm.
The public is invited to join the free celebration which features beautifully decorated altars representing a variety of Latin American traditions, live music and dance performances, an art display, food and drink vendors, souvenir printmaking, a procession through Forest Park, and a number of other activities for the whole family.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Hispanic Festival Inc. to host the Día de los Muertos Festival at the Museum for the fifth year,” said Lindsay Newton, youth and family programs manager for the Missouri History Museum. “It’s such a unique and meaningful way to engage the St. Louis community. Many people come back to celebrate their loved ones year after year, but the celebration also keeps growing with more visitors and events.”
New additions to this year’s festival include:
• An Altar and Art Preview from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.
• The Missouri Historical Society’s Teens Make History Team will host a story sharing station where individuals can interview each other and record their personal stories. Presented in partnership with OASIS. Available Saturday and Sunday.
• An adult coloring station and scavenger hunts for visitors of all ages. Available Saturday and Sunday.
• A panel discussion about the rich history and traditions of the holiday will take place Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Museum.
•Paper mache Día de Los Muertos artifacts on loan from Laumeier Sculpture Park will be on display on the lower level of the Missouri History Museum through Nov. 12, 2018.
• Children will enjoy face painting, creating art while watching Disney Pixar’s Coco, and learning fútbol skills with Saint Louis Club Atlético.
• A quarter mile long procession through Forest Park will take place Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Metro Theater Company will perform Frida Libre in the Museum’s Lee Auditorium at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday of the festival.
Día de los Muertos is an annual holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other Hispanic cultures. The annual Día de los Muertos Festival at the Missouri History Museum is a high-spirited affair that shares the rich history and traditions of Hispanic/Latino culture and this holiday by highlighting contributions made by Hispanic artists, musicians, dancers, artisans, and chefs.
This is the fifth year the Missouri History Museum and Hispanic Festival Inc. have collaborated on the popular event. Last year more than 7,800 people of all ages attended the festival.
For more information, visit mohistory.org/dia-de-los-muertos.
Via Press Release