Dia de Muertos to be staged in outdoor setting

Garfield Park’s celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday, Día de Muertos, will be celebrated at the Corporate Shelter right outside the Garfield Park Arts Center from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. The “Day of the Dead” festival was originally set for the Arts Center, as was reported in the October edition of Urban Times, but moved for health and safety concerns.

This traditional holiday celebrates deceased family members and lost loved ones through music, storytelling, and ofrendas (altars). The free, family-friendly event offers guests the chance to create Mexican-inspired crafts through take-home kits, learn more about Mexican history, and share a photo, drawing, or story about their deceased loved ones by adding to a community wall that evening. 

Guests are encouraged to dress up in traditional outfits and face-paint to join the community event in the park. Garfield Park welcomes everyone to celebrate this holiday of remembrance. Limited take-home craft kits will be available to pick-up before the event, with some available at the event (check back for pick-up locations and dates at gpacarts.org). All programs are subject to change as new information becomes available regarding COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information, visit gpacarts.org or contact GPAC@Indy.Gov.