Dia de los Muertos Festival to be held at Pepper Place

Dia de los Muertos Festival

Birmingham’s Dia de los Muertos Festival Numero 18, brought to you by Bare Hands, will be held at Pepper Place for a whole week at Pepper Place from Sunday, November 1 through Saturday, November 7. The celebration will be open daily from 5-9 p.m.

What is the Dia de los Muertos Festival?

Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of remembrance and life that honors the lives of those loved and lost, while enjoying the unique customs of this cross-cultural event. Started in 2003, after a Day of the Dead-inspired installation at Bare Hands Gallery, by artist Tracy Martin, the event has grown as community members have embraced the meaning behind the event, and come together to celebrate the lives of friends, family and even influential Birmingham residents such as noted civil rights photographer James “Spider” Martin and former restauranteur Guillermo Castro.

Dia de los Muertos Festival
(Source: Dia de los Muertos Festival Facebook)

Big Changes This Year

Conventionally, Dia de los Muertos is a large gathering in the streets with music, food vendors and arts. However, the event this year has been altered to accommodate the safety and health of the community without compromising the importance of the event.

Bare Hands will be honoring the heart of the festival with a large altar/art installation that will offer people an opportunity to come together and grieve the many losses that the community has experienced. The exhibit will be open to the public nightly starting Sunday, November 1 through Saturday, November 7 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their own personal remembrances of loved ones to display on the public altar.


This year, with the support of sponsors and the community, the event will be free to the public. Personal remembrances (ofrendas), the memorial roll call and other elements will be a part of the event, but for 2020, large gatherings are not encouraged at the site. Alternatively, the new open environment will allow people to wander through the site at a convenient time to pay their respects. All recommended CDC guidelines, including social distancing, will be honored at this year’s event.

Eat in the Streets

eat in the streets

On Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, the event will team up with Pepper Place and the City of Birmingham as they host Eat in the Streets on 29th St S between 2nd Ave S and 3rd Ave S. On Friday night, they will be showing the film Coco, and on Saturday will feature bands and DJs that will complement the atmosphere of the event that weekend.

For more information visit www.bhamdayofthedead.org.

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