Day of the Dead - New York City - 2019

Day of the Dead - New York City - 2019

Day of the Dead

October 25, 2019 • 5 pm
October 26 - 27, 2019 • 11 am - 6 pm

East Yard of St. Mark's in-the-Bowery10th Street and 2nd Ave in Manhattan 
Free event and open to the publi

East Yard of St. Mark's in-the-Bowery
131 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003
(10th Street and 2nd Ave in Manhattan) 

Free admission

Art • Live Music • Mexican Folk Art Market • Mexican Food

Celebrate our beloved Day of the Dead tradition in New York City with art-marking, live music and more.

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a time to honor and revere our deceased family members and ancestors. This tradition is rooted in the native Mexican belief that life on earth is a preparation for the next world and of the importance of maintaining a strong relationship to the dead.

Join us and dedicate our ofrenda (altar) to your departed loved-ones by placing copies of photographs.

Download the event program


Friday, October 25

5 pm Altar Building
Join us for our traditional altar installation led by Danny Tepi. Members of the public assist in decorating and dedicating the ofrenda to our departed loved family members and friends.  

Saturday, October 26

11 am - 6 pm Mexican Marketplace

Mexican folk art, papel picado, sugar skulls, pan de muerto bread, and Mexican food on sale

2 pm Workshop: Day of the Dead Button Making

Make your button/pin for a loved one inspired on the holiday

4 pm Performance: Son Pecadores

Enjoy the regional folk musical style of Mexican Son from Veracruz

5 pm Performance: Claudia Valentina
Enjoy the beautiful Mexican music that pours forth from the soul


Sunday, October 27

11 am - 6 pm Mexican Marketplace

Mexican folk art, papel picado, sugar skulls, pan de muerto bread, and Mexican food on sale

2 pm Workshop: Marigold Flowers
Make your marigold flowers to adorn the altar or to take with you

4 pm Performance: Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcoatl in Ixachitlan

Ceremonial performance by the indigenous community based circle

5 pm Taking down the Altar & closing

Items from the altar are shared with the public


Volunteer for this event


The Day of the Dead at St. Mark's is outdoors rain or shine. The scheduled activities are subject to change/cancelation in the event of dangerous weather. For updates/changes during the event, follow us on Twitter at   @MexCulture

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the American Museum of Natural History

11 am - 4 pm Day of the Dead Festival 
Join us for this all-day, family-friendly celebration of the Day of the Dead presented by the AMNH.

About Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead has been one of Mexico’s most important festivals since Pre-Hispanic times. It is a time for families to gather and welcome the souls of the dead on their annual visit home. Cempasúchil (marigold) flowers, burning copal incense, fresh pan de muertos bread, candles, sugar skulls, photographs and mementos of the departed adorn special altars. In Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated over an entire week with the preparation of altars, foods, dance, music and special offerings for people who have died. Mano a Mano recreates the magical space of a village churchyard during the celebration and has organized a series of events including altar building, workshops, dance, poetry and music.

Día de Muertos or Dia de los Muertos 

In 2012, we officially dropped the article los from our Día de los Muertos celebration name. The frequent use of Día de los Muertos in the U.S. is a back-translation of Day of the Dead into Spanish. In Mexico, traditionally, this celebration is known as Día de Muertos.

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Thank you to our supporters

DCLA     NYSCA     

Day of the Dead is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Additional support provided by St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, Mexican Folk Art NYC.

Thank you to our community partners

NYRPLogo     MFTA-bw-with-NYC-DCLA     

Marigold flowers are grown in partnership with NYRP and our dedicated team of volunteers.
We greatly appreciate our volunteers who participated during the summer and in October for the preparation of this celebration.
Materials for the Arts provided some materials used for the creation of the altar.

Please be advised:

  • Commercial photography is not allowed
  • Photography by the public is permitted for personal use only 
  • Mano a Mano:  Mexican Culture Without Borders will be photographing this event. Photos may be used in the organization's print, multimedia, and online materials. By entering the event premises, you are consenting to these uses.
  • An adult must accompany children at all times
  • Soliciting, posting, distributing any sign, notice, ad or printer materials is prohibited