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Day of the Dead Celebration

October 26, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


October 26, 2023
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University
11 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

A Day of the Dead Dancer

Learn more about this joyful holiday, a national symbol of Mexico. Enjoy craft activities for the young and young at heart. Personalize a sugar skull (extra fee), learn about the natural history of Mexico, watch live folk dance and mariachi performances, purchase traditional pan de muerto,  hot chocolate or specialty cocktails. Contribute your message of love to honor and celebrate the lives of the departed at the museum’s altars.

Starting at 5:00 pm
  • View altars and contribute a message of love
  • Watch Oaxacan wood carver Norberto Fabian demonstration
  • Enjoy pan de muerto and hot chocolate, or specialty cocktails and mocktails (extra fee)
5:30–8:30 pm
  • Mariachi Veritas and Harvard RAZA Ballet Folklorico performances
  • Kids mask, paper flower, and papel picado banner crafts
  • Natural History of Mexico demonstrations
  • Sugar skull decorating (extra fee)

Free admission. Activities are free except where noted. Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. Space is limited; please RSVP by October 25 at 12:00 pm and check in on arrival.


This event is part of ArtsThursdays a university-wide initiative supported by Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA).

Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.