The artists will even be wearing their sculptures.
This year, you can celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at the Denver Botanic Garden with Noches Illuminadas from November 1st to November 5th at the York Street location.
The Mexican artists, Rubén Mica and Óscar Becerra, are the minds and hands behind these amazing sculptures, designed like creatures from Mexican zoology. Not only are these sculptures intricately designed and wildly colorful, but they’ll also be illuminated, bringing a new life to these mythical albreijes, or fantastical figures that are hybrid of animals (real or imagined) and characterized by their bright colors and details.
Aside from admiring the sculptures, Noches Illuminades has a fun-filled program to make the most out of your Dia de Los Muertos. In Mitchell Hall, at 4:45pm, you can enjoy traditional Mexican folk dance with ArtistiCO and at 6:15 you can watch folk dance done by Sangre de México. During 4-7pm (which is how long the event runs each day during its 5 day run), you can admire the beautiful Altars of Remembrance display where you can pay your respects at the altars.
According to the website, “Alebrijes will be on view during the evening. The artists will make special appearances throughout the evening where they will wear the alebrijes. Entertainment will move outside on Thursday and Friday to accommodate the Mercado.”
There’s a dual event on October 30th, that can be paired together to give interested guests a rounder, fuller view of these incredible and colorful sculptures. What’s even better is that the event is bilingual in both Spanish and English. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $7 for members of the Botanic Gardens. The main event is priced at $13 for members and $15 for non-members and anyone aged 15 and under can attend free.
Don’t miss this awesome chance to celebrate Mexican culture in Denver.
Where: 1007 York Street Denver, CO 80206