Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead

The History Museum will join with Casa Circulo Cultural and the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library to present a Day of the Dead celebration.  All activities are free.  On Courthouse Square, just in front of the Museum, there will be music, traditional food and a processional (7:00 p.m.)  Within the Museum will be kids' crafts (5:00-8:30 p.m.) and a Festival of Altars (5:00-8:30 p.m.) 

Craft activities from 5:00-8:30 p.m.:

Decorate a calavera. This representation of a human skull is made from either sugar or clay.

Create paper flowers like those used to decorate altars or graves on Dia de los Muertos.

Design papel picado by cutting paper into elaborate designs. 

Community members will create the Festival of Altars in Courtroom A. The altars traditionally salute family members who have passed and include some simple and some elaborate creations. They are often full of objects giving life to dead adult relatives, including food and drink.  Altars dedicated to dead children include toys, candies and other goodies.


Those that miss the Day of the Dead celebration will still be able to see the altars during the week. On Tuesday, November 7 through Friday, November 10, the altars will still be on display.  Regular admission charges apply ($6 for adults, $4 for children, free for kids under five). Admission will be free on November 10.