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Day of the Dead Festival

FREE, no tickets required

Celebrate the culture of Mexico at the annual Día de los Muertos Festival! Experience dance, music, artist demonstrations and poetry readings throughout the day.

FREE parking in garage for museum members; $10 parking for nonmembers. Additional parking and FREE shuttle to the museum available at Kauffman Foundation and Kauffman Gardens, 4800-01 Rockhill Road.


Altar Installation
10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall, Plaza Level
Experience an innovative Día de los Muertos altar with colorful alebrijes, fantastic creatures that represent one’s spirit, that fly over a miniature cityscape complete with traditional Mexican altars. The display is created in collaboration with local artists, Mattie Rhodes Center and community and school groups. Visitors are invited to add their own remembrances.

Live Music & Dance Performances

Danza Mexica Calpulli Iskali
10:30–11:15 a.m. | Atkins Auditorium
Ceremonial performances bring to life ancient dance traditions of Día De Los Muertos and more.

El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco
12:30–1:15 & 2–2:45 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium
Enjoy traditional dances representing various states in Mexico performed by dancers of all ages. Welcoming remarks at 12:30 p.m. performance.

Rose Marie’s Fiesta Mexicana
3:30–4:15 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium
Embrace Mexican culture through traditional styles of folkloric dance by students of all ages.

Los Bailadores de Kansas City
2–2:30 p.m. | Bloch Building, Outside Noguchi Court
See dance performances and intricately handmade clothing celebrating Mexican heritage.

1–2 p.m. | Bloch Lobby
Enjoy the unique Latin sounds of this popular local group.

3–4 p.m. | Bloch Lobby
Experience the acoustic stylings of Aztlan.

Ongoing Activities & Demonstrations

10 a.m.–4 p.m. (except where noted)

68 Voces, 68 Corazones (68 Voices, 68 Hearts)
Rockhill Room, Level 2
Drop by to enjoy an ongoing animated series aimed at gathering the 68 indigenous languages of Mexico and their stories, created under the premise “No one can love what they don’t know.”
Courtesy of the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City.

Photo Opps
Bloch Lobby, Plaza Level
Pose for photos with the Dancing Calacas.

Art Activities
Lens 2, Bloch Building
Create an alebrijes-inspired mask to take home.

Temporary Tattoo
Room 3, Lobby Level
Apply a temporary tattoo featuring alebrijes.

Artists Demonstrations
1–4 p.m. | Room 6, Lobby Level

Live Printing
10 a.m.–1 p.m. | Room 6, Lobby Level
Pick up a free print by local artists led by Erick Felix fresh off the mobile printing press. While supplies last.

Story Time for Preschoolers
10:30–11 a.m. | Noguchi Court
Hear stories inspired by Mexican culture with storyteller Joyce Slater.

11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. & 1:30–2 p.m. | Noguchi Court
Latino writers from Missouri and Kansas, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Miguel Morales, Gabriela Lemmons and current Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina read specially selected poetry.

Book Display and Bookmark Decorating
1–4 p.m. | Spencer Art Reference Library, Level 2
Enjoy a special book display and color a Día de los Muertos themed bookmark.

Educator Resource Center
12–4 p.m. | Nelson-Atkins Building, Lobby Level
View resources about printmaking and Mexican culture and more.

Food for Purchase

Dine in Rozzelle Court Restaurant
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Try Mexican-inspired fare. Prices vary.
11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Bloch Lobby

The Tamale Kitchen
Enjoy tamales that support opportunities to the Hispanic community in the Northeast Kansas City area. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Rooms 4 & 5
Tamales $3.50, sodas/water $1.50.

Panaderia de las Americas
11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Room 5
Find sugar skulls and special Día de los Muertos bread from the local bakery. Prices vary.

Aguas Frescas Bernice
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Room 5
Offerings include homemade Horchata, Jamaica, Tamarindo & iced coffee. Prices vary.

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Thank You
Support for the festival is provided by JE Dunn Construction, Sally and Ramón Murguía and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trustee Donor Advised Fund.

Thank you to our museum volunteers and members–the art and soul of the museum–whose support make festivals like this possible. Learn more, visit artandsoulkc.org