Day of the Dead Festival | Día de los Muertos Festival
The Center of Help and City of Annapolis invite you to a Day of the Dead Festival on the front lawn of MD Hall.
We welcome the City of Annapolis' Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Festival at Maryland Hall. The event is being organized by Mayor Gavin Buckley’s Hispanic Community Services office. The outdoor festival will include a kid’s zone, vendors and artists, face painting booths, and a full program on stage including Bolivian Dancers, Latin American musicians, salsa classes and a DJ throughout the event.
The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
What is Day of the Dead?
The Day of the Dead celebration typically involves gathering to celebrate friends and family members who have passed and is also known as All Saint’s Day or All Souls’ Day.
Attendees are encouraged to dress up to celebrate Day of the Dead, a traditional holiday celebrated in Mexico and many Latin American countries. One of the favorite traditions at Day of the Dead celebrations is sugar skull makeup, a Day of the Dead face painting technique. Come early to get a colorful sugar skull face painting at one of multiple booths at the event.
As part of the celebration, participants are encouraged to be vaccinated and, regardless of vaccination status, to follow all COVID-19 public health precautions. Wearing of face coverings and physical distancing is encouraged. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the event. Face masks are required to enter Maryland Hall and use indoor facilities.
In Mexico and many Latin American countries, Day of the Dead is a celebration to remember friends and family who are no longer with us. It is typically a joyful celebration, not a mournful one. The date generally falls the day after Halloween and coincides with the Anglo “All Saint’s Day” observance.
In Annapolis, this will be the City’s third Day of the Dead celebration, where it has gained increasing attention from around the region.
Day of the Dead will not only be a celebration, it is also a fundraiser for Center of Help, a charitable non-profit organization helping the Annapolis Hispanic Community. Center of Help has been a comprehensive resource center for immigrant families and has proven to be an essential resource during the COVID-19 crisis.
This year’s Day of the Dead festival will be held outdoors at Maryland Hall starting at 5 p.m. on October 30, with a DJ and live music, dancers, dance classes, an art and artisan fair, a kid’s zone, and food and drinks. Social distancing and face covering guidelines will be in place.