Celebrate the Day of the Dead in the Land of the Skulls on November 4, 202 3in Murphys, CA. Join us for our annual celebration of those who have passed on but are with us in memory and spirit on this Day. Local businesses will display ofrendas, we’ll have artisan vendors, food, drinks, the community altar, and entertainment in our beautiful Community Park along the banks of Murphys Creek from 11-5. The event will end with a blessing of the items left on the community altar at around 5:15 pm. Check out our Day of the Dead page for more information. That page will be continually updated as more information is available.

This is a family-friendly event, and we welcome your children.  The park will host dancers, musicians, and El Catrin/La Catrina pageants during the day.  There is a $10 fee for adults to compete for a chance to win bragging rights and a cash prize. Adults should sign up at our information booth in the Park by 2pm. We encourage everyone to get in the spirit by dressing up or getting their face painted.  Browse our Facebook page and Day of the Dead page for images of previous winners and traditional garb.

The Park will be the place to browse our artisanal vendors, get your face painted, enjoy dancers, live music, view the Catrin/Catrina contest, take a picture of the kids, contribute to our community altar or get some food and drink.  It will also be the location of special final performance and the blessing of the messages to those we have lost.

In addition, businesses on Main Street will have entertainment, special menus, kids’ activities, and many ofrendas honoring family, friends, and community members.  Grab a printed program on the morning of the event at the Wine Information Center at Main Street & Big Trees Road, the information desk in the Community Park, or at select participating businesses to see a map of the event area and a list of all the participating businesses.

 

10.01.2023 Vendor Update:  We are full for our 2023 event.  We want to remind everybody that this is a juried event with very limited vendor space, and we accept only those vendors who are a good fit for our event with Dia de Los Muertos-themed and culturally authentic artisan offerings.  Halloween-themed items are not accepted at this event. If you would like to be considered for next year, please email us a description and photos of your vendor booth or items to us now, and we’ll put you on a waitlist for next year.  We welcome your interest in our event.

Want to download the program guide? Click below.

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Want to get involved with this event?  We always need volunteers to help out on the day of the event.  It’s just an hour or two, you’ll be in the Park where most of the action is, and you’ll get the satisfaction of helping us make this event happen as well as our gratitude!  You’ll be helping at the information desk or helping us set up and take down the Community Altar. Sign up here.

There is additional information being added to our Day of the Dead event page regularly so make sure to take a look at in the days leading up to the event.

Thank you to our sponsors, participants, volunteers, and all those who attend this event.

We hope to see you here in Murphys!