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Your Guide to all Día de Los Muertos Events and Ceremonies in Sonoma County and Beyond

Oct 6, 2018


Petaluma Regional Library Day of the Dead Art Series 

Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ~ Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma
Join us every Monday in October at 4:00 pm for a Day of the Dead art activity, brought to the library by the California Hope Program. for Kids K-5th Grade
Oct 3 ~ Frida Kahlo Paint Party 3-4pm
Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 
Windsor Regional Library, 
Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma
Oct 3 ~ Hispanic Heritage: Mexican History in an Hour
~ Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Sonoma County Library presents an informative and interesting seminar, "Mexican History in an Hour." The historical highlights of our neighbor to the south will be presented in an easily digestible manner in order to gain some insight into the country with whom we share a 2,000 mile border. Laura Gonzalez is an educator with over 27 years in the classroom, and a former elected official to the Santa Rosa School Board. An avid history and genealogy buff, Laura has traveled extensively throughout her ancestral homeland of Mexico. 

Petaluma Día de los Muertos

Oct 7 ~ Opening Event and Health Fair
12-3pm ~ St. Vincent’s Church Plaza,35 Liberty Street, Petaluma
Aztec Dancers, Ballet Folklorico Paquiyollotzin, food vendors, a health fair and more.
Oct 13 ~ Artist Reception
~ Ice House Gallery,405 East D Street, Petaluma
El Dia de Los Muertos art collective, with local featured artist Sammy Sanchez-Monter, music and refreshments.
Oct 6 - Nov 2 ~ Altars throughout downtown
Over 60 altars are placed in windows and stores of downtown businesses, community altars are located at Heebe Jeebe,46 Kentucky Street and at Ice House Gallery, 405 East D Street, Petaluma (Altar walk map and distribution locations will be posted on our facebook page)
Oct 17 ~ Petaluma Mail Depot Artist Reception and Gathering
~ Petaluma Mail Depot,40 Fourth Street, Petaluma
Live music featuring La Rondalla, tamales, tacos, art and altars.
Oct 19 ~ Poetry of Remembrance
~ Our House Intercultural Center,116 Jacobs Hall, SRJC Petaluma, 680 Sonoma Man. Pkwy.
Hosted by Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla, our featured readers will include bilingual poet Beatriz Lagos, bilingual poet/artist Katie Numi Usher from Belize, poet Jodi Hottel (3rd generation Japanese American). Those who wish to honor the memory of a loved one are encouraged to bring a photo or item for the community altar, or a poem to read.
Oct 20 ~ SRJC Petaluma El Día delos Muertos Community Celebration
~ SRJC Petaluma, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma
Visit the SRJC Petaluma campus for a fun-filled day of free entertainment and activities, including Ballet Folklorico Paquiyollotzin, screening of the movie Coco, Windsor Bloco, lectures, art, and informational booths. Coco will screen at 10:30 and again at 2:00, Windsor Bloco at 12:30, and Ballet Folklorico Paquiyollotzin at 12:15.  Booths and activities will be continuous 10:00-3:00. Decorate sugar skulls, make tissue paper flowers, eat good food, and more!
Oct 27 ~ Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets and Closing Event
~ Petaluma Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma 
Starts at the Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St, Petaluma, and continues at the Petaluma Fairgrounds where festivities will include Ballet Folklorico Paquiyolloyzin, Aztec dancers, live music by Group Gitano, Danza Los Diablos by Grupo Los Mixtecos Unidos, food and art vendors, and so much more!

History Museum of Sonoma County

Oct 9 - Nov 4 ~ Día delos Muertos exhibition
History Museum of Sonoma County - 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Our annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibition, running from October 9 – November 4, 2018. This year’s exhibition will feature altars and artwork designed and created by Peter Perez, Mario Uribe, Rubén Guzmán, and Martín Zúñiga, and will feature curated items from Liz Camino-Byers' collection of Mexican folk art. The exhibition will also include works by students who participate in the Memory Portrait Competition, and murals painted by students from ArtStart, Community Action Partnership, and museum volunteers from the Youth+Art summer program, sponsored by Creative Sonoma. We are grateful for their participation in the exhibition. Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1 and 2 throughout Latin America, but is more closely associated with Mexico, where it originated. A joyous remembrance of the lives of family members and loved ones who have died, the holiday is a celebration of the cycle of life. Traditionally, it is said the souls of the dead return to visit the living for a few brief hours during the celebrations. In Mexico, Día de los Muertos is marked by festive celebrations to honor the deceased. Cemeteries are cleaned and decorated, special food and candies made, and home altars are designed with offerings (ofrendas) to the dead of the things they enjoyed most in life, including food, drink, and music. Día de los Muertos is a melding of traditions, Catholic and indigenous. Mexico’s indigenous people preserved their traditions within the accepted practices of the colonial authority, sustaining them through the generations. What has been preserved across time is the message that death is a part of life and the dead live on through our rituals of remembrance.
Oct 11 ~ Remembering Our Loved Ones: The Ancient Aztecs & Systems of Remembrance
(doors 6:30pm)~ History Museum of Sonoma County - 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Professor López will discuss how the Nahuas used pictograph writing in order to record their history and genealogies. She will also discuss the Day of the Dead traditions and importance of memory in the oral storytelling tradition of the ancient Aztecs and how to use storytelling methods for modern times. Malinalli López is an entrepreneur, filmmaker and professor at Sonoma State University. Her film production company XQL media is dedicated to producing films that have a positive social impact. Doors open at 6:30pm, the TALK begins at 7:00pm. Members are free; Non-Member tickets are $10 prepaid or $15 at the door. Preregistration ends at 5pm on the day of the lecture. 
Oct 21 ~ Día de Muertos Family Day
~ History Museum of Sonoma County - 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Join us for a fun day of activities for families! Learn about the festival of Día de Muertos from exploring our exhibition. The exhibition is a visual feast that combines the traditional with the modern. This year, we are featuring ofrendas and artwork by Peter Perez, Martín Zúñiga, Mario Uribe, Rubén Guzmán, and Liz Camino-Byers. Included in the exhibition will be juried artwork by 5th-12th grade students from our Memory Portrait Competition. The artwork by Peter Perez includes the combined efforts of students from Community Action Partnership, ArtStart, and museum volunteers, through the Youth+Art Summer Program, sponsored by Creative Sonoma. Decorate your own sugar skull and have your face painted for Día de Muertos. Bring a photo of a deceased loved one and make an offering to the community altar (optional, please use photocopies or digital printouts). Winners of the Museum's Memory Portrait Competition will be announced. Artist Peter Perez's coloring books will be for sale and Mr. Perez will be available to sign them. performers and special guests: Aztec Dance Ohtli Yoliliztli, Bloco Novo, 2018 Miss Sonoma County Tyler-Avery Lewis and 2018 Miss Sonoma County’s Outstanding Teen Pinkeo Phongsa will make an appearance. Free event; pre-registration not required, but encouraged. One sugar skull per person, please (while supplies last; recommended donation $5). Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Oct 11 ~ Museum of Sonoma County - Dia de Los Muertos: ancient Celebrations and Traditions of Life and Death. 
7-8:30 ~ History Museum of Sonoma County -425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Laura Larqué, professor of history at Santa Rosa Junior College, will give an overview of the philosophy of life and death, the concept of duality and the belief of equality in the universal realm of the Indigenous civilizations. The heart of the lecture will be on the Aztec/Mexica celebration of dead and how the ancestors of Mesoamerica view death as only one state of the infinite cycle of life and death. Although practices and details vary from one indigenous community to another, there is almost a universal belief that the spirits of the dead reach, in one way or another, the spirit world once the body goes to nurture mother Earth. Members: $ FREE; Non Members: $10 after 5pm $15. Doors 6:30p Talk Begins: 7pm

Oct 28 ~ Día de Los Muertos Healdsburg Plaza
12- 6pm
 ~ Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg
Corazon Healdsburg and the City of Healdsburg announce a day of a community gathering in the Healdsburg Plaza; "An Event of the Heart". Event includes Live music, Aztec dancers, baile Folklorico, pozole, traditional altars, children's activities and more. All are welcome. 

Nov 2 ~ Compassion Without Borders - Day of the Dead fundraiser
6:30-9:30pm ~ Muir's Tea Room,330 Main Street, Sebastopol
Special plant-based fixed dinner $75 to benefit Compassion Without Borders
Buy tickets at or call 707-474-3345 Visit us on Facebook 

Nov 2 ~ Rio Nido Roadhouse Day of the Dead Celebration
 ~ Rio Nido Roadhouse, 
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with our Community Altar Project. All are welcome and encouraged to create your own altar!! Making an altar (or ofrenda as it's sometimes called in Spanish) for the occasion can be a way for you to honor the life of someone who was important to you, or remember your ancestors. There are no hard and fast rules about how the altar should be made -- it can be as simple or as elaborate as your creativity, time and materials allow. We will have a community altar going, so feel free to add photos, flowers or offerings to the community alter is something more elaborate for a stand-alone altar. Anything goes! Drop off or work on your altar at the Roadhouse anytime the week of October 29th. Friday evening, November 2nd at 6:00PM we will celebrate with lighting the altar candles, listening to music and providing traditional snacks.
INFO. 707-869-0821 or

Nov 2 ~ Windsor El Dia de Los Muertos - Viva Los Muertos!
Day of the Dead procession of light & Celebration
5-8pm ~ Windsor Town Green -McClelland Dr. & Market Street, Windsor
5-7pm ~ Lowrider Car Show, & judging, Market Street. Food vendors, Town Green.
Sunset: Blessing and opening drums, Aztec Dance, followed by the Muertos procesión around Windsor Town Green. Bring an electric candle and follow Bloco Novo, Ballet Folklorico, and Aztec drummers and dancers and Giant puppets in a procession around the Town Green honoring your departed friends and family - Los Muertos! Mariachi music, dance, and entertainment. FREE, alcohol-free, family-friendly event. Multicultural guests welcome!



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