Dia de los Muertos Festival

The sixth annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival, which celebrates the memory of deceased loved ones, attracts crowds upwards of 10,000 people to St. Mary’s Basilica, a Phoenix Point of Pride and historic building listed on the National Register. This family-friendly event in downtown Phoenix is free to the public. A donation of non-perishable food is suggested to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. 

All are invited to experience the art of life, faith and remembrance with catrinas, mariachi, ballet folklorico, a local artisan market, free kids’ activities, a lowrider car show, and ofrendas (altars that honor the memory of ancestors). There will also be food trucks and live entertainment by the Power Drive Band.  Local artists will create community ofrendas on which the public is welcome to place 5X7 photos (copies, not originals) of their deceased loved ones. Complimentary paper frames will be provided, and devotional candles to set on the altars will be available for purchase.

History of Dia de los Muertos
Download the guide for a brief history and explanation of the symbols of Dia de los Muertos.

General Information:

Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Time: 11 AM to 5 PM
Location: St. Mary’s Basilica Outdoor Plaza / 231 N. 3rd Street – Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cost: Free with a suggested donation of non-perishable food.

Festival Flyer
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Dia de los Muertos Parking
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  • Dia de los Muertos Service – 11 AM
  • Dia de los Muertos Procession with Catrinas, Mariachi and Matachines – 12:30 PM
  • Blessing of Ofrendas (Altars)
  • Live Entertainment and Music
    • Power Drive Band
    • Mariachi Bands
    • Folklorico Dancers
  • Artisan Mercado (Local Artisan Market)
  • Car Show with Trunk Altars
  • Free Kids’ Activities
  • Face Painting
  • Food Trucks
  • Community Altars for the Public

For More Information:

General Information and Food Truck Vendor Contact:
Luci Perez
Phone: 602-354-2100
Email: frontdesk@smbphx.org

Artisan Vendor Contact:
Sylvia Hernandez Moreno
Phone: 602-271-0046
Email: smoreno@smbphx.org

Media Contact:
Babs Harrison
Phone: 602-354-2082
Email: babs.s.harrison@gmail.com

Sponsorship Opportunities for Dia de los Muertos:
Jerome Doris
Phone: 602-354-2069
Email: jdoris@smbphx.org

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