With the sexy nurse costumes and half-price Party City wigs put away till next year, the Day of the Dead (Día de Los Muertos) can now finally bask in its afterlife glow, sans any Halloween hoopla.
Whether you’re inclined to add an offering any at one of the Mission District's community altars, or you're more apt to sit back and watch a live-symphony-soundtracked screening of Pixar’s Coco, here are a few Day of the Dead foray ideas for you.
StoreFrontLab’s Day of the Dead Crafting Workshop
When: November 2nd from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 337 Shotwell Street (Mission District)
The Deets: Get crafty tomorrow at StoreFrontLab’s open (and free!) Day of the Dead workshop. Expect to make flowers, embellish skulls, write letters to deceased loved ones, and more. StoreFrontLab will provide all the needed materials and tools, and all the made creations will go to a community altar, unless you'd rather place yours elsewhere. RSVP on their Eventbrite page, here.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts’ Day of the Dead Celebration
When: November 2nd from 2pm to 11pm
Where: 2868 Mission Street (Mission District)
The Deets: Hitting every proverbial note, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) yearly Day of the Dead happening is a well-known — and deservingly, so — favorite in the Mission District. Attendees can peruse the center’s various Day of the Dead galleries, be blessed by Aztec Dancers, vibe-out to the likes of preformers Cajón Percussion and Latin Dance Rhythms, you name it. (MCCLA’s Altar presentation, though, will be held from 8pm to 9pm, so make sure to find yourself near the lobby around that time.) Tickets are on a $5 to $10 sliding scale at the door, with more hour-by-hour info to be found on their website, here.
Festival of Altars
When: November 2nd from 4pm to 11pm
Where: 2827 Cesar Chavez (Mission District)
The Deets: This year’s Day of the Dead Festival of Altars follows the same celebrated outline as years prior, and will, again, be held at the Potrero Del Sol Park (La Raza Park) throughout the day. People from all walks of life are encouraged to add to community altars and/or simply view them and revel in the day’s festivities. Traditional altar add ons – like flowers, 8-inch glass prayer candles, and mementos of loved ones – are recommended to contribute to the various community altars. For more specific altar addition guidelines and information on the various community altars, click here. (Also note that it’s too late now to construct your own individual altar, but park-goers are more than welcome to adjoin their own respectful touches to the communal altars.)
Día de los Muertos Community Concert and Coco Screening at the SF Symphony
When: Coco screenings are today and tomorrow (November 2nd) at 7:30pm and 7:30pm with Día de los Muertos Community Concert’s two showtimes at 11pm and 2pm tomorrow (November 2nd)
Where: 201 Van Ness Avenue (Hayes Valley)
The Deets: San Francisco Symphony’s Día de los Muertos Community Concert – which limelights traditional Latin American music and culture, per an array of performing guest artists, neon pre-show entertainments, and fun-filled (and family-friend) events – is again slated to take up the music hall's Saturday programming. Attendees, too, can expect Colombian stars Monsieur Periné, who won the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist, to perform selections from their catalogue of jazz-pop beats. If you and the family are keen on participating in crafting folk art and other like-themed activities, opt to arrive to your chosen concert time an hour earlier. Tickets vary in price from $22 to $160, not including VIP packages, and are available online, here.
Also, if you’re keen on watching the Academy Award-winning Pixar darling Coco, backed by a live-soundtrack played by the SF Symphony, those $165-plus tickets can be purchased, here.
SOMArt's Día de Los Muertos 2019: City of Souls
When: 12pm to 7pm (5pm on Saturdays), Tuesday through Saturday, Now until November 8th
Where: 934 Brannan Street (SOMA)
The Deets: Celebrating its 20th year running, SOMArts’ Día de Los Muertos exhibition is known as one of the most multiculturally diverse Day of the Dead celebrations anywhere in the country, showcasing contemporary installations with more traditional, to-era altar constructions. In all, the SOMArt’s staple is a multigenerational ode to those who’ve transitioned to the other realm. This year’s main exhibit, titled the City of Souls, was curated Rene Yañez’s and references his 2001 exhibition City of Miracles; Yañez’s most current installment begs onlookers to question such hot-button issues like gentrification and community displacement. Tickets to the exhibit – which features the works from over 30 artists – are free, with more information on the meditative exhibit, here.
Día de Los Muertos Outdoor BART Plaza Festival
When: November 2nd at 6pm
Where: 24th and Mission Streets (Mission District)
The Deets: The Bart Plaza at 24th and Mission Streets will come alive with Day of the Dead performances, including live music and dancing, starting at 6pm. BART riders, or anyone passing the Plaza, will also be treated to a blessing ceremony, as well.
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