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Festival


Día de los Muertos Festival

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Festival


Día de los Muertos Festival

Thursday, November 2, 2017   
4PM - 10PM

SPONSORED BY

Sponsorship Opportunities Coming Soon

THIS NOVEMBER 2ND FALLS ON A Thursday! IT IS SURE TO BE AN ENERGETIC DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL (DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS NUMERO CATORCE). THIS YEAR IS OUR Fifteenth CELEBRATION! IT WILL TAKE PLACE IN BIRMINGHAM, AL.

Location TBD

We look forward to seeing you at the festival. Please do NOT bring your pets or cooler or picnic baskets. Please do bring yourselves and friends and a small altar or memento of remembrance. Dress in bones, as a sugar skull or for a fiesta! 

$10 Everyone age 13 and older   |   $3 Kids age 12 to 7   |   Free under age 7

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Altars


Altars

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Altars


Altars

Bring an Altar

A meaningful way to participate in Birmingham's Day of Dead Festival is to bring a personal remembrance for a lost loved one.  These personal memorials, known as altars or ofrendas, vary from a single photograph of your loved one to an elaborate shrine in honor of that loved one.  Everyone is welcome to bring an altar to the festival.  We have a large covered Public Altar space especially for you and a few spaces for reservation for larger altars. Please read the guidelines below about sizes and remembering to take your altar back home.  


General Information about altars of remembrance

Día de los Muertos is a rich and soulful way to honor our ancestors and to cherish and remember lost loved ones in the company of community.  The ancient belief asserts that the souls of the deceased come to visit during Day of the Dead guided by the familiar sights and fragrances of the items on their altars and the sound of their loved ones gathered round. 

The annual Día de los Muertos arts and culture festival presented by Bare Hands commemorates this artful remembrance celebration, which most commonly takes place on November 1st (All Saints' Day) and November 2nd (All Souls' Day).  

Altars (ofrendas) often contain: Remember to use copies of original items on your altar so that irreplaceable mementos are not lost or damaged

  1. Photos of the departed 
  2. Their favorite things in life, such as foods, books, games, beverages, cigarettes, etc.
  3. Marigolds, coxcomb or other flowers
  4. Prayer candles
  5. Votive candles (battery operated are good for the festival) 
  6. Water and salt to revive the soul after its long journey to visit
  7. The festival provides many prayer candles, votives, and small dishes of water and salt on the public altar spaces.

Other traditional elements which can also be added to altars:

  1. Skeletons depicting the departed going about everyday activities in the hereafter
  2. Monarch butterflies whose fall arrival in Mexico symbolizes the souls returning to visit
  3. Bright colorful sugar skulls decorated with royal icing (dry sugar skulls are not very attractive to ants)
  4. Pan de muerto (bread of the dead) - a special bread baked for the occasion.  
  5. If you bake or buy pan de muerto for the festival we suggest the kind without sugar to draw less ants. 

Guidelines for Public Altars

Small Altars

If your altar is small (size of a milk crate) you can simply bring it to the festival and place it in the Public Altar space.  

 Set-up

Please bring your altar on:

Tuesday, November 1
4:00 pm until 6:00 pm

-  OR  -

Wednesday, November 2
During the festival from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Volunteers at the Public Altar area can help you from opening until 7:00 pm. 

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Pick-up

Please pick up your altar:

When you leave the festival on November 2

- OR -

 Thursday, November 3
3:00pm until 6:00pm

Altars left after Thursday, November 3 will be discarded.
 

 

Large Altar
spaces have
been fulfilled.

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Music & Performers


Music & Performers

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Music & Performers


Music & Performers

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

Gates open at 4:00 pm. Gates close at 10:00 pm. No pets, personal food or beverages. Rain or shine. 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

COMING SOON
 

MUSIC & PERFORMERS SCHEDULE

COMING SOON

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Mercado


Mercado

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Mercado


Mercado

Face Painters

Our amazingly talented face painters that give life and the authentic look to the Dia de los Muertos festival will be available from 4PM - 10PM

Adult Face Painting - 

Child Face Painting -

We want to see your beautiful face painting. Be sure to tag us on Instagram and Facebook. #dotdalabama #ddlmalabama

 

Alabama Artists

Local artists from Alabama will come together to share their Day of the Dead inspired craft. Be sure to visit the Mercado from 4PM - 10PM and take a unique Dia de los Muertos artisan creation with you. "Nuestra casa es su casa." 

2017 Artists to be announced soon

Gates open at 4:00 pm. Gates close at 10:00 pm. No pets, personal food or beverages. Rain or shine. 4500 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

 

Kids' Craft Area

A children's area will be available for those under 7 years of age. Children will be able to learn to create a unique traditional art piece from Guatemala. Kids' Craft area will be open from 4PM - 7PM.

Children's Activity - Free

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Vendors


Vendors

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Vendors


Vendors

Food

The Day of the Dead festival not only immerses you into the spirit of the tradition, it brings artists, musicians, performers and some of Birmingham's most authentic Mexican dishes. Enjoy many of your favorite foods like street tacos, tamales, aguas frescas, tortas, quesadillas, gorditas, corn on the cob, and much more. 

2017 Food Vendors to be announced soon.

Gates open at 4:00 pm. Gates close at 10:00 pm. No pets, personal food or beverages. Rain or shine. 

Flower Market

The flower market mercado will be conveniently located at TBD.

Sprout Flower Market

Accepting Cash and Debit/Credit Card


 

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Sponsors 2016


Our Thanks

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Sponsors 2016


Our Thanks

Our 2016 Proud Sponsors

Frida Kahlo Level Sponsors

Diego Rivera Level Sponsors

Sugar Skull Level Sponsor

 

Friends of the Festival

  • Isabel Rivera
  • Susan Coan 
  • Mary Helen & Ralph Crowe 
  • Robert Hernandez 
  • Lee Howard 
  • Lucy Jaffe 
  • Elizabeth A Kvale 
  • Donna Matthews 
  • Robin Meador-Woodruff 
  • Isabel Rubio 
  • Jan Sharpe 
  • Charles Tortorici
  • Gina Briones
  • Catherine Lewis
  • Vangie Limon
  • Tomas Limon

 

 

Community Partners

  • Do *It* Yourself Crafts
  • Cantina Tortilla Grill
  • City of Birmingham
  • Mi Pueblo Supermarket
  • Pepper Place Market
  • Rojo
  • Sprout A Flower Market 
  • Slice
  • Sky Castle
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Taqueria Mexico
  • Yellow Hammer Creative
  • Naked Art Gallery
  • La Paz Restaurant
  • Little Donkey
  • Morro Loco
  • Divine Construction Roofing Specialists
 

Bare Hands Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community supported arts organization. ©Bare Hands Inc 2014.