Table with Day of the Dead mask and decorative items

Celebrate Day of the Dead at the City of Raleigh Museum

The Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum and the El Quixote Festival are proud to announce that the Day of the Dead will return for two in-person events! 

“What The Day of the Dead Means to Me” Roundtable Discussion 

Monday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

Join us for a roundtable discussion and demonstration for women in Raleigh on why this cultural tradition is much more than just calaveras, makeup, and votive candles. “What The Day of the Dead Means to Me” will feature Vice-Consul of Guatemala Cristina España, Consul General of Mexico in Raleigh Claudia Velasco Osorio, Cultural Producer Vicky Carrillo, Educator Adriana Ruiz, and Visual Artist Lety Alvarez.

5th Annual Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) Altar

Friday, Nov. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

As part of First Friday, Artist Studio Project and Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum invite you to join us for the 5th annual Day of the Dead at the City of Raleigh Museum, as part of the El Quixote Festival. This year, the 5th annual Day of The Dead Altar “voces” (voices) is dedicated to both women and those we have lost to the pandemic. Visual artist Lety Alvarez, along with a close group of friends, will create a wonderful tribute altar in honor of “amigas” (friendship). This group of women includes Vicky Carrillo, Angeles de la Torre, Claudia Casco, Claudia Apodaca, Gaby de la Torre, Rosy Roa, Ana Silvia Martinez, and Paola Tavernier.

Other Activities include:

  • Live musical performances featuring musicians such as Sophia M. Enriquez and Larry Bellorin. Sophia is a Chicana-Appalachian scholar, teacher, and musician. She currently teaches in the department of music and program for Latina/o studies at Duke University. While Larry Bellorin is the former President of the Musical Foundation “Casa Vieja,” Bellorin’s greatest wish is that the music of his country be respected, loved, and most importantly shared by others around the world.
  • Traditional Baile Folklorico dancing from Doña Vicky Carrillo of Baile Folklorico Vicky Academy. Vicky’s main goal is to promote and rescue the traditional values of Mexican culture.
  • Showcase of Jose Manuel Cruz’s artwork in new exhibit, “Raleigh's Living Room: Rest, Reflect, and Respond”. Cruz will be drawing live during the event.

These events are part of the “voces” (voices) series, which is part of the 7th annual El Quixote Festival. They are free and open to the public. Masks will be required inside the museum.