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CultureFest!

Experience the rich traditions of Mexican culture in our month-long celebration of Día de los Muertos! Throughout October, you can watch special talks with Mexican artists and makers, download at-home crafts and activities, and much more! CultureFest! Día de los Muertos is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center.

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Live Programs

Oct

6

Global Voyagers

Expedition to Mexico and Central America

Tuesday | October 6th | 11:00 am


Oct

12

Between the Lines

The Nine Guardians by Rosario Castellanos - Meeting 1 of 3

Monday | October 12th | 5:30 pm


Oct

15

Ofrenda Workshop

Thursday | October 15th | 5:00 pm


Oct

19

Between the Lines

The Nine Guardians by Rosario Castellanos - Meeting 2 of 3

Monday | October 19th | 5:30 pm


Oct

20

Museum Insider

Obed Arango Hisijara

Tuesday | October 20th | 10:00 am


Oct

21

World Wonders

Journey to Mexico

Tuesday | October 21st | 4:00 pm


Oct

22

Living Room Lecture

Chat with Consul Carlos Obrador

Thursday | October 22nd | 5:30 pm


Oct

26

Between the Lines

The Nine Guardians by Rosario Castellanos - Meeting 3 of 3

Monday | October 26th | 5:30 pm


Oct

27

At-Home Anthro LIVE

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): A Complex and Colorful Celebration of Life

Monday | October 27th | 1:00 pm


Resources

Daily Digs

Explore our remarkable collections and their powerful stories in our 3-minute Daily Digs! Now in English and Spanish!

The Power of Imaging Spanish English
Metate Mesoamericano Spanish English
Ehecatl Spanish English

Arts & Crafts

Enjoy Day of the Dead-inspired activities perfect for all ages! Keep it simple with printable coloring sheets, or get crafty with DIY projects. Share your family’s completed projects by tagging @PennMuseum on our Facebook or Instagram! And find even more activity ideas, recipes, and crafts on our Pinterest!

  • Download coloring sheets inspired by our Mexico & Central America Gallery and sugar skull mask templates here.
  • Make your very own paper flowers at home! The flowers symbolize remembrance and are shared as bouquets alongside marigolds and mums, adorning ofrendas, or laid on the graves of loved ones who have passed. Follow this step-by-step tutorial linked here.
  • Nichos are shadow box-style frames that are often featured on Mexican altars. They are traditionally made of tin or wood and decorated with sequins, glitter and beads. Usually featuring a key object or central figure for whose honor or memory the nicho has been created. Follow these directions linked here to make your own at home!

Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center: Maker Talks

Learn about the incredibly talented artists and makers right here in Philadelphia through the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center ongoing Maker Series.


Partner Programs

Oct

7

Catrina Face-Painting Workshop

La Catrina is an essential part of the symbolisms of Día de los Muertos. With this kind of face-painting, Mexicans both remember loved ones who have passed away and celebrate life! Learn the facts about this iconic character as well as how to create a Catrina face, guided by an experienced instructor.

Free, Streamed on the Mexican Cultural Center’s Facebook

Wednesday | October 7th | 5:00 pm


Oct

30

Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead)

Mexican families celebrate Day of the Dead with delicious traditional food and beverages. Pan de Muerto is a sweet bread baked during the weeks leading up to this celebration. A local Mexican bakery will give us a taste of how Pan de Muerto should be done—don’t miss out!

Free, Streamed on the Mexican Cultural Center’s Facebook

Wednesday | October 30th | 5:00 pm


Nov

2

Live Dance Performance by Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi

Join us for the culminating performance of our month-long celebration of Día de los Muertos as part of our CultureFest! series. Watch Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi for a special virtual dance performance and the announcement of our Altar Contest winners! Widely recognized throughout Pennsylvania, Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi is a studio and school based in Norristown focused on teaching traditional Mexican dances and routines. Presented in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center.

Free, Streamed on the Mexican Cultural Center’s Facebook

Monday | November 2nd | 5:00 pm


Culturefest! Presenting Partner

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Join us for these upcoming CultureFest! celebrations

  • January
    Lunar New Year
  • February
    Fêtes des Masques
  • March
    Holi
  • April
    Spring Equinox

Contact

Learning and Public Engagement Department
215.898.2680