Days of the Dead - SF Mission

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2017 in United States of America will begin on

Tuesday October 31 and end on Thursday November 2

Since the early 70s, the SF Mission has been the center of a movement to give Dia de los Muertos an honored position on the American cultural calendar. This traditional Meso-American holiday is dedicated to the ancestors; honoring death, grieving and a grateful sharing of the ebb and flow of existence in the cycle of life. A extraordinary time of community interactive art filled with hope of a time outside of time and open to all with heartfelt participation encouraged. After all, we all share death!

Oye Nike directed by Ruben Texidor has been a celebrated performance group at the Day of the Dead Procession for two decades. His Boranical storefront on 22nd near Mission is now in the East Bay

35th Annual Day of the Dead Ritual Procession Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 Starting at 7:00 P.M. at the corner of 22nd and Bryant St. proceeds on Bryant to 24th St., then down 24th to Mission St., then moves along Mission to 22nd St., then goes along 22nd to Bryant St., for the closing ritual.

COLECTIVO DEL RESCATE CULTURAL The Rescue Culture Collective, invites you to the 35th annual San Francisco Day Of The Dead Ritual Procession No city, state, federal, nor corporate-branding funding is accepted. This has been the case since our inception, more than three decades ago, in order to maintain our integrity of being a true grassroots organization, without being beholden to political or consumerist demands on our mission of producing an authentic Ritual Procession as closest to our Meso American and Mexican roots. We invite all cultures to join us on Nov. 2nd, 2017, to honor and remember those who have passed on. We welcome your contributions, questions and suggestions by contacting us at:Tel. # 415.933.5465 or E-mailing us at: This is a drug and alcohol free, family friendly event.

Altars at Garfield Park - Nov 2nd

Día de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that have passed away.

Please Teach the Universal Symbols of: The DIRECTIONS & ELEMENTS

North- Earth: Elders

East- Air: Children

South- Fire: Young Adult

West- Water: Adult

Center- Ether: Ancestor |

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MCCLA CELEBRATION November 2, 2017 | $7 Admission

"In Heaven as on Earth / En El Cielo Como En La Tierra" Celebrating on Earth the life of those who are already in Heaven Manos Creativas makes an allegory of tradition as well as the celebration of the Day of the Dead. This tradition has been shared by many Mexicans in different places around the world where they establish their home. Among the most spectacular are the colorful altars of the dead that are filled with elements that symbolize the devotion and love of each one. October 10, 2017-November 17, 2017 | $2 Admission | Tues - Sat | 10am-5pm Location: MCCLA main gallery 2nd floor and Inti-Raymi gallery

Mole To Die For 2017 Do you have a Mole recipe that brings everyone to their knees?! If so, WE NEED YOU! MCCLA is looking for Mole chefs for the 12th Annual Mole Tasting Contest! Nov 3rd is last day to register for the contest

Rooms for the Dead at SOMArts


SOMArts’ annual Day of the Dead exhibition, beginning in October and concluding soon after the holiday itself, is a beloved and uniquely San Francisco event. Curated by René Yañez and Rio Yañez with assistance from architect Nick Gomez, the event features work by more than 70 artists each year. The 2017 edition marks SOMArts 18th year, as a beloved San Francisco tradition. Merging traditional Mexican altars with contemporary art installations, the exhibition presents a inspired range of perspectives remembering, honoring, and celebrating the dead with particular emphasis on the last 12 months Besides activist Ebony McKinney, the exhibition is also dedicated to the generation of Americans known as Dreamers — To young people everywhere who are threatened by Trump administration policies, the exhibition will assert “You are welcome here.”.

"Though this will mark 18 years for the exhibit at the SOMA location, René Yañez actually began the tradition 46 years ago. Back then it was only a single altar at the newly opened Galería de la Raza.“People went wild about this little altar,” he says. The practice offered something of a “nondenominational way to honor people who had passed away.” more

Exhibiting artists: 2AM Adriana M. Garcia Adrian Aja Archuleta & Heather Clark Alexandra Blum, Cecile Robles-Blum & Calixto Robles Alicia Cruz Hunt Ana Rivero Rossi Azucena Hernandez Beatriz Vasquez Beth Benson & Brandy McDaniel; Brenda Rasmussen & Luna Olcott; Candi Farlice & Ann Schnake; Carla Caletti & Nikki Pratchios; chicXicana & Adelgadoart presents; Chris Watts, CJ Grossman, Collective in honor of Luís Góngora Pat; Dean MacCannell & Juliet Flower MacCannell; Elizabeth Addison assisted by Mague Calanche; Emma Brown y Mara Lea Brown, Enkhtuvshin Ganbold, Francis Li & Mark Hellar, Gianna Paniagua, John Mayne, Josephine Torio, Kate Rosenberg, Denise Sullivan & Chloe Villegas; Josue Rojas, Jsun Adrian McCarthy, Linda Trunzo, Rosario Sotelo, Michael Daddona, Gera Lozano, Werc Alvarez, and Jeremiah Jenkins; Kathleen McDonald + Carmina Eliason; Katynka Martinez & Mia Gonzalez; Lara Gallardo; Lia Tealdi, John Latham & Alice Latham; Melorra Green & Karen Seneferu; Michael Roman courtesy of Mike Dingle; Nick Gomez and Johnny Gonzalez; Priya Handa; René Yañez; Rio Yáñez; Robin Henderson & Jos Sances; Shizue Seigel & Ben Pease; Staff of the San Francisco Arts Commission & Grants for the Arts; Susan Matthews; Susana Aragón R; Toshia Christal; Veronica A. Rueda; Victor-Mario Zaballa & Las Calacas Atómicas; We are all Janet.; Xavier Viramontes; Ytaelena; WHEN: FREE Exhibition on view Friday, October 6–Thursday, November 9, 2017. Extended gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm & Sunday 11am–3pm.|

BART 16th St. Take the 55 Bus [every 12 minutes] to 16th & Potrero and walk to 934 Brannon /9th [about 8 minutes .4 mile]

Sugar Skull Decorating Workshops! Galeria de la Raza

Come decorate with Michele! Sat 10/28 - Sun 10/29 | 12:00 pm 2857 24th Street at the corner of Bryant

Join Us For ReclaMisión: A Community Día De Los Muertos Nov 2nd at the Procession Beginning and End Point Celebration at Mission Preparatory School: Bryant Street Between 22nd & 23rd community's youth to celebrate by sharing live performance & interactive art-making for all ages. Presented in collaboration with: Loco Bloco, Precita Eyes, Acción Latina, Cuicacalli Dance Company, Mariachi Juvenil "La Misión," SF Running Crew, Brava! For Women in the Arts, the Jamestown Community Center, The Mission Preparatory School

Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta A Day of the Dead opera from the other side

Friday, November 3, 2017 8:00pm 10:00pm Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street A multimedia folk-opera, Imperial Silence explores the cultural norms of silence and death in a fearless, north of the border expression of Mexican and Chicanx traditions. The performance fuses dark humored animation with contemporary interpretations of Mexican folkloric dance and traditional Mariachi and Son Jarocho music. The work is an intervention into the long history of tactics used to silence alternative and dissident viewpoints in the United States of America: the “Imperial Silence.”

More SF Bay Area Celebrations & Processions

East Bay

For 2017 the Oakland Museum of California's Days of the Dead exhibition takes the lifecycle of the Monarch Butterfly as a core inspiration. Known for its mass migration every winter, this regal insect follows the same routes of its ancestors across generations. It’s also a traditional symbol in Mexico of the returning souls of loved ones who have passed away, making it an even more compelling thematic metaphor for the exhibition.

Jet Martinez's painting style for his chalkboard mural takes inspiration from painted enameled plates originating from Michoacán, Mexico, which is also, as the artist notes, where many Monarchs culminate their journey. The marigold flowers Jet chose are also symbolic to the themes of Days of the Dead. Jet Martinez’s mural Resilience is on view now at the Oakland Museum of California. Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead opens October 18, 2017 and runs through January 12, 2018. BART: Lake Merritt Station -just a short 1 minute walk

Dia de los Muertos Fruitvale Festival, Sunday Oct. 29: This Unity Council-sponsored event in Oakland’s Fruitvale district is 22nd year.s old in 2017 The event will feature ballet folklorico, Aztec dancers, live entertainment on three stages, a children’s pavilion with carnival rides, artisans, vendors and food and beverage booths. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring photos of loved ones or other mementos to the Community Altar at East 12th Avenue and Avenida de la Fuente. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in the Fruitvale Village, East 12th Avenue and 33rd Avenue. Admission is free. BART: Fruitvale Station

Dia de los Muertos Procession Downtown Berkeley Celebration, Nov. 2: New Location! Kittredge Street and Harold Way downtown Berkeley will feature the building of community altars, The public is invited to bring photos or stories of loved ones, candles, breads, or flowers to add to the large community ofrenda. A sidewalk candle light blessing of the altar is followed by a procession through the area along a path of strewn marigold petals. Live music, DIY art projects, free skeletal face painting, food trucks, beer and wine garden and a candlelight procession at 9 p.m. Details:5-10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, on Kittredge Street and Harold Way. Free admission. BART: Downtown Berkeley station/Alston Way exit. Free valet bike parking by Spokes.

San Francisco

10th Annual Symphony Hall Concert

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with a special event at Davies Symphony Hall. Join Grammy Award-winning ensemble La Santa Cecilia for their infectious music combining Latin rhythms, rock, tango, jazz, and klezmer along with Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the first and only established all-female mariachi band in New York, and the Women of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Arrive an hour early (1pm for the matinee, 7pm for the evening performance) and enjoy art installations adorning the hall, along with traditional crafts, interactive altars, and more! BART: Civic Center/UN Plaza Station 6 minute .3 mile walk to 201 Van Ness Ave


8th Annual Redwood City’s Day of the Dead at Courthouse Square

Casa Círculo Cultural, in partnership with The San Mateo History Museum, are the hosts of the annual celebration of "Day of the Dead- Dia de Muertos” in Redwood City’s Courthouse Square. Enjoy free music, dancing, an elaborate altars contest, a procession down Broadway, a food court, vendors, as well as free activities for children. Also discover a Chalk Art Mural that everyone is encouraged to participate in. Sunday, November 5 at 3 PM - 9 PM Courthouse Square 2200 Broadway St, Redwood City, California 94063 Tamien Caltrain Station: is just a 3 minute .2 mile wwalk away

South Bay

San Jose Museum Community Day Celebrate El Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a full day of live entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and an eclectic mix of artmaking experiences. Decorate calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls) and engage with your family and community at SJMA. Saturday, October 28, 201711 AM – 5 PM Admission is FREE 110 South Market StreetSan José, California 95113

8th Annual San Jose Día de Los Muertos Festival

The Artist Colony is like no other festival experience you have ever seen marked by the exclusively designed entrance that no other Day of the Dead festival has. These artists represent some of the most talented creatives in the Bay Area. Original art can be purchased bring your credit card and be ready to support Chicano artists. Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 11am -6pm St. James Park2nd St & E St. John's St.San Jose, CA

Día de los Muertos Santa Cruz Community Festival

Experience vibrant dance performances. Get your face painted. Indulge in delicious food. Join in on a procession to enjoy more dance, music and outdoor altars at Evergreen Cemetery. 2:00pm Gather in Cooper St to proceed to Evergreen Cemetery 2:20-3:30pm Procession moves on to Evergreen Cemetery via Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park 3:30-6pm Conclude with music, dancing, Mexican food & drink by Senderos and altars at Evergreen Cemetery Día de los Muertos is presented in partnership with Senderos, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. WHEN: Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 12:30–6 pm COST: FREE

North Bay

The Day of the Dead is an important and unique celebration with roots in the Latin American tradition of commemorating and honoring the death of our loved ones whose spirits visit Earth once a year in November. It is an intrinsic value of Latin American cultures to preserve the unity of the family. By celebrating the Day of the Dead, relatives and friends not only remember those who have already died, but also recreate the importance of family wholeness. Cultural performances, food, and family art activities are highlights of the day. Rooted in the Latin American tradition of honoring the death of our loved ones whose spirits visit Earth once a year, this day is a chance for the community to celebrate life and honor our diversity. Come join with us to celebrate the 29th anniversary on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. at the Albert J. Boro Community Center 50 Canal St, San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 485-3077​ Parking available


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