La Mujer Obrera Dia de los Muertos celebration

La Mujer Obrera’s free Dia de los Muertos celebration is this Saturday, October 28 from 3-10 p.m.

The borderland continues to offer an abundance of Dia de los Muertos events, giving locals an opportunity to celebrate the lives of their departed loved ones. Other than this roundup, see our main Dia de los Muertos story, which outlines the symbolism of the sugar skulls, marigold flowers and other altar offerings:

Saturday, Oct. 28

La Catrina y El Catrin Makeup Tutorial

Makeup freelancer and licensed professional counselor Brenda Amador Shultz leads a step-by-step workshop on sugar skull-style face painting. Materials are provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring additional items like eyelashes, glitter, feathers and flowers.

Details: 12-2 p.m., all ages, $25, Namaste Tribe, 1611 N. Mesa, more info at, and 915-213-7187. 


La Mujer Obrera’s 20th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration

The nonprofit La Mujer Obrera’s annual celebration will take over Café Mayapan’s parking lot, bringing Mexican fair trade products from Chiapas, Puebla, Hidalgo, Oaxaca and Chihuahua. The celebration features prayer dances by Danza Azteca Omecoatl and Danza Tlaniztica, a Raramuri muertos ceremony and live music by Frontera Bugalu, Carambola Community Music and other acts. 

“Oh my God, and the food is mouth watering,” added Cemelli De Aztlan, one of the event organizers who works with La Mujer Obrera. “This year, we’re doing the tamales wrapped in banana leaves.”

Other menu items include mole coloradito (Oaxacan red mole), tlayudas con chapulines (cricket tostadas), champurrado, posole and pan de muerto.

Details: 3-10 p.m., all ages, free, Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas Ave., more info at 915-217-1126 and


Dia de los Muertos Festival at Concordia Cemetary

The Cemetery’s annual festival features performers in vintage Mexican clothes, 10-foot mojigangas, scavenger hunt, music performances, food trucks, face painters, dancers, poetry, arts and crafts and ceremonial offerings.

Details: 2-8 p.m., $5 age 17+, $2 senior/military, $1 kids/students, Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell Dr., more info at 915-842-8200.


Dia de Los Muertos in Old Mesilla

The three-day Old Mesilla celebration features altars, Day of the Dead art, food, music and dancers. Saturday there will be a Frida Kahlo costume contest. Donation of non-perishable food item encouraged/

Details: The event runs Oct. 27-29 (2-7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.), free, Old Mesilla Plaza, 2231 Avenida de Mesilla, Mesilla, NM, more info at 575-524-3552,

 Wednesday, Nov. 1

Dia de los Muertos Altar Exhibition

UTEP’s Languages and Linguistics department displays altars for loved ones in the great beyond.

Details:10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., free, UTEP Centennial Museum, University Ave. and Wiggins Rd., Exhibition continues Nov. 1-3, More info at 915-747-5767 and 


Día de los Muertos en Duranguito 

Artists and historians invite the community to celebrate their deceased loved ones with altars, live music, art, kids activities and history tours. 

Details: 5:30 p.m., free, all ages, Firefighter’s Memorial Park, 316 W. Overland Ave., more info at and  


Thursday, Nov. 2

Dia de los Muertos at Namaste Tribe

The celebration kicks off with a sugar skull painting workshop, followed by an altar ceremony. The event includes a Catrina and Catrin costume contest, pan de muerto from Tribe Café, a screening of the award-winning short film, La Catrina and an original dance production. 

Details: 12-6 p.m., all ages, free, Namaste Tribe, 1611 N. Mesa, more info at, and 915-213-7187. 


La Fe’s Día de Los Muertos Celebration

The public is invited to participate in a community altar display and celebrate their departed loved ones with performances by Mariachi Leyenda Azteca, Danza Apache San Judas Tadeo Matachines and Ballet Folklórico Totec de La Fe.

"They are absolutely wonderful, talented kids,” Estela Reyes said about Ballet Folklórico Totec de La Fe. She’s the public information officer for the event’s host, Centro de Salud Familiar la Fe. “They’re mostly here from Segundo Barrio, and they learn about culture and history through dance.”

The event also includes Day of the Dead bread, refreshment booths, face painting, a Catrín and Catrina costume contest and food. 

Reyes said many people participate in the community altars with the help of event coordinator Emmanuel Alfaro. They range from memorials for legendary Mexican artists and activists to family members.

"For as long as I’ve known him, Manuel takes a lot of personal care to build an altar for his father. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War,” Reyes said. “For Manuel to put his father’s combat boots, his helmet, and other regalia of the Vietnam War period on the altar – it says a lot. It’s probably one of the physically smallest altars that we feature year after year, but it’s one of the ones that gets the most people to stop, stand there, and really take it in for a while.”

Details: 5 p.m., free, all ages, La Fe Culture and Technology Center, 721 S. Ochoa (rear building), more info at 915-545-7190. To set up a community altar, call Emmanuel Alfaro at 915-545-7190.


Altar de Muertos

The Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso presents a night of remembrance for the victims of Mexico’s recent earthquakes. 

Details: 6 p.m., free, El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza, more info at 915-533-3644,


 Alamo Drafthouse Presents Dia De Los Muertos

The event includes a screening of “The Book of Life,” an altar honoring celebrities who’ve passed such as Carrie Fischer, Debbie Reynolds, Adam West and Tom Petty, local vendors, face painting and a special DeadFest beer from El Paso’s DeadBeach Brewey.

 Details: 5-10 p.m., all ages, free (except for tickets for “The Book of Life”), Alamo Drafthouse El Paso, 250 East Montecillo Blvd., More info at and


Day of the Dead at The Desert Gypsy 

The Destert Gypsy – which sells apparel, jewelry, furniture and other goods imported from Mexico – will host their annual Dia de los Muertos celebration with tequila, mezcal and mole tasting, a fashion show with Desert Modern Florals, a community altar and music by Grammy-nominated Christina Eurstice. 

Details: 4-9 p.m., The Desert Gypsy, 3800 N. Mesa, More info at 915-227-7014,