Day of the Dead in Philly

Celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, “Dia de los Muertos,” or Day of the Dead, has been celebrated for centuries in Mexico and other Latino American countries.  Known as a very special ritual, it’s a time in which departed, loved ones are remembered and honored through vibrant and beautiful folk art expressions decorated on skulls, skeletons, and through marigolds.  The holiday revolves around family and friends praying for the deceased, as well as being brought their favorite foods, beverages, and their favorite possessions.

In Philadelphia, you can find many areas, like University City, Northern Liberties, and on, honoring the holiday.  Check out the following:

Italian Market

When: Now through November 3
Where: 949 South 9th Street
How much: Free
The Mexican merchants in our Italian Market in South Philadelphia have proudly stepped up and created an immaculate, authentic altar currently on display at El Detalle Florist.  See El Dia de los Muertos the way that it was intended.

El Rey

When: Now through November 4th
Where: 2013 Chestnut Street
How much: Reasonably priced and worth every penny
El Rey, child to another culinary heavy hitter, Stephen Starr, will also feature many tempting treats and drinks in commemoration of the holiday.


When: Friday, November 2nd at 5:00pm
Where: 3945 Chestnut Street
How much: Almost too good to be true
Jose Garces’ Distrito adds a contemporary vibe to the traditional Mexican restaurant.  On Friday, they’ll feature $3Corona cans, $7 tequila flights, and many picaduras deliciosas (yummy bites) like his brand new Tamales con Mole Poblano, Herb-Marinated Hanger Steak Alambres, or Adobo-Rubbed Chicken.

Day of the Dead Celebration at Penn Museum

When: Saturday, November 3rd from 1-4:00pm
Where: Penn Museum, located at 3260 South Street
How Much: Free with admission to the Museum
Join the Penn Museum as they host an afternoon of arts, live music, storytelling, and fun activities, all for free!  Kicking off at 1pm, this day serves to not only entertain, but to educate all ages and backgrounds.  Listen as students from El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan or MEChA tell their personal tales and local experiences with Dia de los Muertos.  And get an up close and personal look at Philly’s own artist Cesar Viveros’ traditional altar, on display until November 7th.


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