Dia de los Muertos Festival

St. Mary’s Basilica is once again hosting the 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona.  Join over 10,000 participants to celebrate life, faith, and the remembrance of our beloved ones who have gone before us.  This family-friendly celebration is free to the public.  A donation of canned goods is suggested, which will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.  Attendees are encouraged to bring (non-original) 5×7 photos of their loved ones to place on the altars around the fountain in the center of the plaza.  Frames will be provided for the photos and the altars will be blessed in remembrance of our beloved ones on this special day.  You may also purchase remembrance candles for the altars.

During the event, there will be free children’s activities, face painting, balloon animals, live entertainment from Andres Martinez y Ritmo Latino Band, Mariachi Juvenil de mi Tierra, and Ballet Folklorio Quetzalli, as well as a Dia de los Muertos procession.  Kathy Cano-Murillo (Crafty Chica) is among this year’s participating artists who will showcase a variety of beautiful handmade jewelry, purses, paintings, candles, pottery, Dia de los Muertos themed-goods and more for purchase.  Their will be a car show with trunk altars.  Plenty of food and beverages will be available from award winning food trucks.  Please join us for this wonderful family-friendly celebration of life.  All are welcome.

History of Dia de los Muertos: 
History and Explanation of Dia de los Muertos

General Information:

Date:  Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time:  11 AM to 5 PM
Place:  St. Mary’s Basilica Plaza / 231 N. Third Street Phoenix, AZ
Cost:  Free Admission with a suggested donation of non-perishable food.

Informational Flyer:  Dia de los Muertos Flyer 
Please download and share this flyer with family, friends, and co-workers.

Parking Information:  Dia de los Muertos Parking
For more information on where to park download the flyer and share with others.

Schedule of Events:  Schedule Poster 2018
For a schedule of events please download.

  • Community Procession at 12:30 PM
  • Blessing of Altars
  • Live Entertainment and Music
    • Andres Martinez y Ritmo Latino Band
    • Mariachi Bands
    • Folklorico Dancers
  • Artisan Mercado
  • Car Show with Trunk Altars
  • Free Kid’s Activities and Games
    • Face Painting
    • Balloon Animals
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Bounce Slide, Obstacle Course, and House
  • Food Trucks
  • Roasted Pig Prepared by the Tongan Community
Pictures from Previous Years:














































For More Information:

Dia de los Muertos Co-Chairs
Luci Perez and Theresa Losada
Phone:  602-354-2100
Email:  frontdesk@smbphx.org

Artist Vendors
Sylvia Hernandez Moreon
Phone:  602-271-0046
Email: smoreon@smbphx.org

Media Contact
Br. Scott Slattum, OFM
Phone:  602-354-2082
Email: ssslattum@smbphx.org

16 Comments on “Dia de los Muertos Festival

  1. Will you guys be having a list of names we can put a loved one on to be displayed?

    • We will have free paper frames available to place a photocopy picture of your loved one in that will be displayed on one of our altars. The altar well be blessed during the festival. In addition, you can purchase a candle for a few dollars that you can write your loved ones name on to remember them in prayer. Hope this helps. If you have any other questions call 602-354-2100.

      • How many pictures can one person bring and what size please? Thank you.

        • You are welcome to bring as many 5×7 non-original pictures as you like. We will provide you with a paper frame. If you do not pick up your non-original copy at the end of the festival the pictures will be recycled.

      • If we take a copy of a picture of a loved one to be placed on the altar, what do you do with them after?

        • We ask that you bring a 5×7 non-original picture. We will provide a paper frame. If you do not pick up your non-original picture at the end of the event it will be recycled, thus the reason we ask you to bring a copy of the picture and not the original. Thanks.

    • We will have a book of the dead located inside the Basilica that you are welcome to write the names of loved ones who have passed on. The Franciscan Friars during the month of November will remember your loved ones during each Mass.

  2. Who do we contact for vendors? My son makes beaded bracelets with lava rocks and mexican themed beads. Would this be something that could be sold there?

    • Our vendors slots are already filled, but you are welcome to contact Sylvia Hernandez Moreno to find out information on how you can join us next year. 602-271-0046

    • There will be no alcohol served at this festival. We are not against alcohol and host several events in which we do serve alcohol. However, We are trying to focus on providing a family-friendly event, which models alternative ways for kids to have fun without using alcohol. Hope to see you there.

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