Day of the Dead Dancers

Día de los Muertos: Honoring Our Ancestors

Saturday, November 5, Noon - 6 p.m. at The Beverley Center for the Arts

Southern Utah's largest Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration returns with music, dance, food, art, and more to honor our ancestors. Día de los Muertos is formally celebrated from November 1st to November 2nd in honor of loved ones who have passed away. Though there are many variations of Day of the Dead traditions, it is common to clean and decorate graves; build ofrendas (altars dedicated to loved ones); and honor the dead with calaveras (sugar skulls), cempazúchitl (aztec marigolds), and traditional foods and beverages.

Mariachi Rosas Divinas

Event Schedule 

12:00 p.m. Welcome and Student Art Awards Ceremony in Seminar Grove
12:15 p.m. Mariachi Rosas Divinas in SUU Auditorium
1:00 p.m. Ballet Folklórico Herencia Hispana in SUU Auditorium
1:30 p.m. Storytelling in Seminar Grove
2:00 p.m. Mariachi Rosas Divinas in SUU Auditorium
2:45 p.m. Latino Student Alliance Dance in SUU Auditorium
3:00 p.m. Ballet Folkórico Herencia Hispana in SUU Auditorium
3:30 p.m. Storytelling in Seminar Grove
4:00 p.m. Mariachi Rosas Divinas in SUU Auditorium
4:45 p.m. Ballet Folkórico Herencia Hispana in SUU Auditorium
5:15 p.m. Latino Student Alliance Dance in SUU Auditorium
5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
6:00 p.m. History of Mariachi talk and performance in Sterling Church Auditorium 

Honoring Our Ancestors

This event is free and open to everyone to learn and celebrate the Mexican and Latin American holiday, Día de los Muertos.

Community Ofrenda with photos of loved ones

Community Ofrenda

Remember your loved ones through our Community Ofrenda (altar) on display from October 29 - November 5.

Email photos to or bring a framed picture with your name, email, and phone number to the museum between October 10 - 26. You'll also have the opportunity to contribute a loved one's name to the altar during the event.

Special Performances

Celebrate with music and dance through performances by Mariachi Rosas Divinas, Dallas Fort Worth's first and only all female Mariachi, Southern Utah's Ballet Folklórico Herencia Hispana, and SUU Latino Student Alliance. 

Mariachi and Dance performances will take place in the SUU Auditorium. 

Mariachi Rosas Divinas
Day of the Dead Storytelling


Learn more about Día de los Muertos through stories told by Sigma Delta Pi - Spanish Honors Society, Literary Club Cazapalabras, and students from SUU's Spanish Department. 

Storytelling is located in Seminar Grove at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

Art Activities

Create art with your family and friends through sugar skull cookies, paper marigolds, and Calavera Masks!

Father and Son decorating sugar skull cookies
Day of the Dead Food

Food and Drink

Try traditional Mexican foods associated with Día de los Muertos! Complimentary pan de muerto, prepared by El Bolson, and Abuelita's Hot Chocolate will be shared with guests. 

Event attendees can support local Hispanic food trucks and restaurants: Gordito's Tacos, Brody's Mexican Restaurant, La Bontana, and more! 

Face Painting

Celebrate through the common tradition of skull face painting symbolizing the eternal cycle of life, from birth to death and then re-birth. 

Complimentary face painting will be provided by Cool Beans Clowning and Crazy Lady Balloons. 

Day of the Dead Facepainting
Ceramic Turtle with wings

Art Exhibition

Visit SUMA to view artworks by SUU Students inspired by the theme of ancestors. 

This event was made possible by the following partners and sponsors:

Beverley Center Logo Southern Utah University Logo Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement SUU Art & Design Logo SUU Languages and Philosophy Logo Visit Cedar City Brian Head logo Southern Utah Museum of Art Logo Sorenson Legacy Foundation