Day of the Dead Florida 2015

LAST YEARS News: Oct. 17, 2014

DAY 1: NOV. 1ST 2014: 7PM-12AM

DAY 2: NOV. 2ND 2014: 2PM-7PM


News: Sept. 30, 2014

EL JARDIN DE LOS MUERTOS CONTENTITOS: A Day of the Daed group show at Bakehouse Art Center in Miami
October 22 – November 2, 2014, FLORIDA DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION is proud to announce a NEW partnership with the Bakehouse Art Complex(BAC) – a fellow Arts Challenge winner – bringing part of this dynamic event to Miami-Dade County for the very first time. Exhibitions and events will be in place from October 5th through November 2nd, starting with an OFRENDA WORKSHOP Sunday, October 5, 2014. 3:00 – 4:00pm. For additional information, see our Attractions page.

Ofrenda exhibition opens October 5th at the beautiful New River Inn, Sponsored by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.
Traditional community remembrance altars or “ofrendas” spring up, covered in photographs, hand painted papier maché skeletons, sugar skulls, marigolds, trinkets, food for the dead and candles. Community members, artists and schoolchildren all present personal memories of those whom they have lost in striking visual presentations. Over fifty ofrendas have been confirmed.

First Broward Workshop takes place Sunday, Oct, 5 at The Bunker.Underwritten in part by Broward County Cultural Division and National Endowment for the Arts.
SUGAR COATED CASTING WORKSHOP Sponsored by Tortuga Tile Works and The Bunker, Sundays Oct. 5, 20, & 27 (3:30-5:30pm) For additional information, see our Attractions page.

Omar Angulo: illustrator behind the Florida Day of the Dead Celebration's iconic skeleton characters.
Since 2012, Omar Angulo has inspired artists and partrons alike with his delightful interpertations of traditional Calavera imagery as part of the vision of each annual celebration. Check out his diverse portfolio of work at his website:

Danse Macabre is coming! Tickets still avaible.
In just 11 days, one of the most exciting events, for the dead or the living, will take place at Bar Stache. The entertainment included in this event's second year will be Cupcake Burlesque, Richard Adler's Circus Side Show, and the gothc darkwave synth pop sounds of The Black Bats, and more! Tickets are $35 in advance through Ticketmaster, the Revolution Live Box Office or buy them direct from Juan Basura at Maker’s Square. (Call 954-816-9191 for directions and hours of operation).


News: May. 26, 2014

Planning has begun for The 2014 Florida Day of the Dead Celebration! Building on our success from last year, this year's event will be expanded to a two day celebration (Nov. 1 and 2) and will include pre-event programming in both Broward and Miami/Dade counties.

2013's event drew almost 10,000 participants of all ages, and included art, music, dance, and even Lucha Libre wresting. Over 2400 costumed marchers joined in the processional along the new Riverwalk route. This playful spectacle honored the Mexican tradition with skeleton clad participants, musicians and giant puppets. A new 15’ Skeleton Frida Kahlo puppet joined the ranks of other towering figures such as the bride and groom (from 2011) and the Katrina (from 2012). Other programming included The Boneyard Bandstand, featuring indie rock, rockabilly and roots bands, and the Folklorico Stage which spotlighted traditional Latin dance troupes from Mexico and Bolivia. There were handmade indie crafts and art in the Craft Crypt, as well as Ofrendas, Dr. Sketchy's "anti-art school", and body painting.

We are extremely pleased to have been named as a recipient of the prestigious Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Award. This grant enables us to expand programming into Miami Dade Country. Check back soon for announcements regarding expanded programming and schedules.


News: Oct. 24, 2013

We are so honored to be a part of the amazing group of candidates chosen for this year's Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice Award! We consider them friends in our goals to enrich the cultural fabric the region.

Thanks for considering your vote Puppet Network and our Celebration. Please vote by texting ARTS4 to 22333 and thanks for your help.

Day of the Dead Celebration - People's Choice Award from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

News: Oct. 23, 2013

Thanks to everyone who made Danse Macabre: A Formal Ball for the Formerly Alive, our fundrasier for Florida Day of the Dead Celebration 2013 such a success. A special thanks to everyone who helped, including Makers Square, Askultura, Stop The Presses, Cupcake Burlesque and our devoted and hard-working corps of volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible.

NOVEMBER 2nd, 2013:

“Memory for the Dead
Party for the Living"

Save the date, Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 for the fourth installment of this ever popular and very spirited festival of remembrance and revelry. With just 750 attendees in 2010, the event swelled to venue capacity of almost 7000 participants in 2012.

The event is a multi-media spectacle that honors Mexican tradition while generating modern interpretations that connects with a broad spectrum of demographics. Rooted in community, this event embraces a universe of ideas from a legion of talented skull inspired artists, mariachi musicians, painted performers and enthusiastic skeleton clad revelers. Because of our ever-expanding event size, this skeleton-inspired event has expanded to include the Riverwalk and various venues throughout downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The Event opens at the Museum of Art – NSU Fort Lauderdale at 2pm with a Dia de los Muertos Family Day, with puppet shows, art workshops and more for the kids alongside cultural lectures and film for teens and adults. New for this year, the community will gather at 6pm in Huizenga Park. At 6:15, the costumed revelers will be led by Event Founder Jim Hammond of the Puppet Network and his giant puppets as they follow the Riverwalk toward the America’s Backyard/Green Room entertainment complex. Downtown will be teaming with a wide range of spectacles and activities for a diverse audience.

There will be Mexican Ofrenda altars for loved ones, indie crafts for sale in the Craft Crypt, live modern music on the Boneyard Bandstand and our newest venue… the Folklorico Stage where Mariachi and Dancers spotlight cultural performing art traditions. Craft projects and face painting will be available for children in Los Angelitos Kids Zone until 9:30pm. Interspersed throughout there will be mariachis, skeleton painted ponies, art installations, mask making workshops, a hearse & low rider meet up, Latin American food trucks and interactive street performers. Although no encouragement is needed, every skeleton may compete in a costume contest with special prizes from our sponsors. As the evening continues, Circus Basura will be in the Green Room offering wild sideshow, vaudeville, burlesque, and arial performances.

Additionally this year, we are developing the Ring Luchadores, interactive wrestlers in true Mexican style; Frida Kahlo’s Mi Muertito, where performers reenact paintings and Galería de Piel Pintado, a body art exhibition. Also this year we are pleased to present the Dance Macabro a gothic ball fundraiser before the event proper.