Where to Celebrate Día de los Muertos 2020 in the Northwest: Seattle and Portland Ofrendas, Tamale Specials, and More

October 27, 2020
The Tacoma Art Museum's virtual Día de los Muertos celebration (which kicks off on Halloween and lasts through November 15) is one of many opportunities in the Northwest to share your own commemorative altar this year. (Tacoma Art Museum via Facebook)

The first day of November marks the beginning of Día de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday when people honor loved ones who have died by bringing them to life with colorful ofrendas (altars) adorned with memorabilia and calaveras (sugar skulls), and taking part in many other traditions. Though many events have moved online, there are still lots of opportunities to learn more about the holiday through performances, food, music, and more—from El Centro de la Raza's virtual community display to Frelard Tamales' to-go celebration, and from a Milagro Theater fundraiser to the Mercado Pop-Up in Portland. Find all the ways to celebrate in the Pacific Northwest below and on our Día de los Muertos calendars for Seattle and Portland


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Events are online unless otherwise noted.

SEATTLE

Burien
Our neighbors in Burien will extend their one-day Day of the Dead event into two whole weeks of cultural activities, including calavera craft kits that you can pick up at Burien Town Square Park on November 5 and 12, a community ofrenda set up all around town that you can view online, a drive-in screening of Coco, and more. 
(November 1-15)

El Camino
The Fremont Mexican restaurant is selling margarita kits featuring skull mugs, festive calaveras cupcakes from Cupcake Royale, and dinner for two.
(October 30-31, pickup)

El Centro de la Raza
El Centro de la Raza will continue its 16-year-long tradition of honoring the Mexican tradition of Día de Muertos online this year with a community ofrenda celebrating the memory of those who have died from COVID-19. 
(Monday, November 2)

Festál
Join Seattle Center on Facebook Live for a day of online activities in lieu of their in-person Día de Muertos festival. 
(Sunday, November 1)

Frelard Tamales
Stop by the beloved, gay-owned tamale window on Halloween to pick up tamales and handmade sugar skulls to decorate at home. While you're there, the first 40 kids will get free bags of Mexican candy, the first 40 adults will get tastes of champurrado (a warm, chocolate-based drink), and you'll have a chance to win items like AirPods and tamales. You're encouraged to order your tamales ahead of time for pickup, as well as to wear "face paint and costumes that are not culturally insensitive" — as long as you're wearing a mask!
(October 31, pickup)

Growler Guys
Stop by Growler Guys to add photos and trinkets to a community ofrenda. 
(Through November 1; in person)

Macrina Bakery
The local bakery chain has pan de muerto, the sweet Mexican bread traditionally eaten to celebrate Día de Los Muertos, available for a limited time.
(Various locations, pickup & delivery)

Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Pick up cute cards, pins, and other holiday memorabilia and check out a Día de Muertos exhibit at this White Center gallery focused on communities of color. 
(Through November 8, in-person)

The Outlet Collection - Auburn
Kids can grab everything they need for some Día de Muertos-themed crafts to make at home. Be sure to check out the community ofrendas and decorations on display on your way out!
(November 2, in-person)

Shoreline
Our nearby Shoreline neighbors will celebrate Día de Muertos with a variety of in-person and online events, including a scavenger hunt and sugar skull craft activity at Kruckeberg Botanical Gardens (Sun Nov 1), a virtual community altar, and a virtual Latinx art exhibition (Nov 1-Dec 31).
(Through December 31)

Taco City Taqueria
Welcome Columbia City's new taqueria and celebrate Día de Muertos at the same time with food and drink specials, music from DJ Polo, $5 margaritas and an $8 shot-and-beer deal, and a costume contest promising a $250 prize.
(Saturday, October 31; in person)

Tacoma Art Museum
The Tacoma Art Museum's annual Día de los Muertos celebration will take place virtually over the course of two weeks. Families are invited to share their commemorative altars and enjoy those submitted by others.
(October 31-November 15)

Savor Seattle
Savor Seattle is offering a "Hispanic-inspired box with a Halloween twist," which comes with empanadas, slow-roasted pork tacos, Mexican quinoa salad, black kettle corn, salted caramel sauce, apple cider, cupcakes, and more treats, plus ingredients and recipes for mole tacos and guacamole.
(Through October 30, pickup & delivery)

PORTLAND

Alberta Street Gallery
Join Eugene artists Melissa Sikes and Aunia Kahn for a presentation of Día de Muertos-inspired clay skulls.
(October 28 & November 5, in-person)

Portland Center Stage
Portland Center Stage is teaming up with Maria Garcia of Revolución Coffee House to offer appointment-based viewings of folkloric art and altars, artist interviews, food for purchase, and more in the Lobby and Mezzanine​.
(Through November 1)

Portland Mercado
A few Portland arts and crafts vendors will pop-up in the Mercado's parking lot to kick off the Winter Mercado Fair (which will take place every Saturday through February). Scoop up some homemade wares and check out the community altar, to which you can contribute photos of your passed loved ones online. 
(October 31-November 1, in-person) 

¡Viva Milagro!
Show some love for the local Latinx performance art theater Milagro with an evening of poetry, a bendición (blessing), and a sneak-peek into Milagro’s annual Día De Muertos production. Before you log onto Zoom, you'll get to enjoy a virtual happy hour with guest artists and breakout games, including a costume contest, a live auction, and Milagro trivia. The $100 ticket option also includes Tamale Boy dinner boxes delivered to your door.
(November 10)