30th Anniversary

Pirates Celebration of

Dia de los Muertos  

Day of the Dead

October 25 to November 3, 2013

Altars, Pinatas, Aztec Dancers and Art



Día de los Muertos officially is held on November 2nd, with celebrations beginning on November 1, Día de Muertos Chiquitos--The Day of the Little Dead also All Saints Day, and continuing on November 2, All Souls Day. It is a joyous occasion when the memory of ancestors and the continuity of life is celebrated. It is believed that at this time the souls of the departed return to visit the living. It is not a time of mourning since "the path back to the living world must not be made slippery by tears". Its roots are in ancient Mexico but it is celebrated in many North, Central, and South American countries. Specifics of the celebration vary with region, but one of the most common customs is the making of elaborate altars to welcome departed spirits home. Alters ofrecetas are set up in the home with offerings of sweets and the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased. These offerings may later be given away or consumed by the living after their essence has been enjoyed by the dead. Marigolds are the traditional decorative flower and copal is the traditional incense made from the resin of the copal tree. Festivities also frequently include traditional foods such as pan de muerto (bread of the dead), which can conceal a miniature skeleton. It is a mixture of indigenous and Catholic traditions and includes gathering at cemeteries for the cleaning and decoration of the grave sites and socializing. The manner of celebration varies regionally with folkloric traditions being particularly strong in Oaxaca where there is a substantial indigenous population.

Entry Form

Important Dates & information
Show dates are October 25 - November 3, 2013

Schools (ASAP)~ Get hold of us early to reserve a space


All works of art other than altars will be juried this year by Jaime Carrejo

Chair of Foundations at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

for complete call for entry go here

early entry begins on now

Call for Entry closes October 3

Accepted artists notified October 13 - midnight mst  

October 22 ~ Drop off art work and install altars from 5 to 7 pm
Individual art pieces are $20 for up to three pieces
Altars are free

November 2 ~ Saturday November 2, 5-9pm Big Opening Reception! with adult and children pinatas, candlelight procession and Aztec dancers

Times are approximate

Sometime after 5:00 - Aztec Dancers
6:00 - Kids Pinata
7:00 - Procession to Lady of Guadalupe Church
8:00 - Adults Pinata

Pirate hours are Friday 6 to 10 Sat & Sun Noon to 5pm

November 3, 5:00  to 7:00pm pick-up work