Penn Museum logo


Día de los Muertos

Saturday, October 23, 2021 |
11:00AM - 4:00PM ET

A girl with face paint and traditional outfit performing a dance.


Penn Museum


View more CultureFest!

CultureFest! celebrates the diversity of our region through tours, performances, discussions, crafts, and more. Join our signature in-person festival at the Museum and connect at home with themed virtual programs. Learn from local artists and community organizations as we explore global cultural traditions and illuminate our shared humanity.

The Penn Museum is thrilled to welcome you back for Día de los Muertos—our first in-person CultureFest! in more than a year! This full-day festival offers fun for the whole family, including an arts activity, altar competition, artisan market, dance and music performances, and an enormous traditional altar installation by local artist Cesar Viveros.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a lively holiday blending Indigenous Mexican beliefs and traditions with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. With roots in rituals dating back 3,000 years to pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, Día de los Muertos is observed across Latin America and in Latino communities worldwide.

Explore the unique history, traditions, and expressions of this celebration of life and death. Learn about the ofrendas (offerings) at the center of the festivities. These ornate and colorful altars honor the dead (and encourage them to join the party!) with bright yellow marigolds, food, drinks, and photos. And discover the origins of the iconic smiling calacas y calaveras (skeletons and skulls) that are seen on candy, masks, dolls, and more across parades, vigils, and gatherings.

Included with Museum Admission

Buy Tickets

Festival Schedule

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Arts & Crafts, Asia Gallery
11:20 AM – 11:45 AM Dance Performance: Aztec Pre-Hispanic Dance: Kalpulli Kamaxtle Xiuhcoatl
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Recorrido Guiado: Galería de México y Centroamérica (Español)
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Catrina's Runaway Presentation
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Dance Performance: Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Storytelling time! by Deyssi Cusba
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Music Presentation: Los Huachinangos
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Global Guide Tour: Mexico and Central America
3:30 PM Altar Contest Winners Announced, Asia Gallery
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Pan de Muerto and Mexican Hot Chocolate

Explore on Your Own

Digital Daily Digs

3-minute videos exploring our remarkable collections and their powerful stories.
The Power of Imaging Spanish English
Metate MEsoamericano Spanish English
Ehecatl Spanish English

At-Home Anthropology Activities

Fun hands-on activities you can do at home!

View more CultureFest!

Mexican Cultural Center logo.
Relaciones Exteriores Secretaría De Relaciones Exteriores, México Consulado En Filadelfia logo.

About Our Partners

The Mexican Cultural Center (MCC) works closely with the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia to promote understanding and awareness of the cultural and artistic diversity of Mexico and its influence in the Delaware Valley. The MCC supports the cultural heritage of the Mexican community in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware and fosters understanding between our nations by promoting cultural expressions, art, and education. Learn more and consider supporting their work.