Día de Los Muertos, a traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead, is widely celebrated in Phoenix, Arizona, with various events taking place from late October into early November. These include museum exhibitions, community altars, art installations, traditional performances, food and drink celebrations, and dance parties. Some of the events highlighted for 2023 are Día de los Muertos Ofrenda Exhibition at the Tempe History Museum, Altares Y Ofrendas at the Old Adobe Mission, a community celebration at Global Water Resources Inc., and a festival at Steele Indian School Park.
Día de Los Muertos Celebrations in Phoenix: Nine Unique Experiences in 2023
The annual Día de Los Muertos observance in Phoenix, taking place in late October through early November, offers a blend of cultural traditions, entertainment, and holiday-inspired activities. Here are nine recommendations for Día de Los Muertos celebrations in Phoenix in 2023.
Día de los Muertos Ofrenda Exhibition
Experience the Día de Los Muertos ofrenda presented by Mexican Consulate General in Phoenix and artist Monica Gisel Crespo at the Tempe History Museum. The free exhibit runs through Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.
‘Altares Y Ofrendas’
Scottsdale’s Old Adobe Mission houses an artistic display celebrating Día de Los Muertos. Visit this Scottsdale event for a rich cultural experience, open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Nov. 2. Admission is $15, free for children under 10.
Día de Los Muertos Display
The city of Scottsdale’s display features outdoor fine art installations, sculptures and traditional altars. Visit for free from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 to 30.
Ofrenda: A Día De Los Muertos Community Celebration
The inaugural community celebration in Maricopa on Oct. 28 offers altars, traditional music, dance performances, face-painting, sugar skull decorating, and food. The event is free to attend.
‘Fiesta De Muertos Y Danza’
On Oct. 28, the Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company presents a show at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts celebrating Día de Los Muertos. Tickets range from $49 to $69.
Mikiztli: Día de Los Muertos PHX Festival
On Oct. 29, the Cultural Coalition hosts the Mikiztli: Día de Los Muertos Festival featuring a community altar, cultural performances, art vendors, and food trucks. The event runs 2 to 7 p.m. and is free to attend.
Día de Los Muertos Pachanga
Xico Inc. hosts a pachanga party downtown on Nov. 4 with lowrider cars, live music, food trucks, and a costume contest. General admission is $35, including one drink, while VIP tickets cost $125.
Día de Muertos
On Nov. 4 and 5, the Desert Botanical Garden offers a community altar, festive processions, food, music, and more from noon to 6 p.m.
Día de los Muertos Festival
The 10th annual Día de Los Muertos Festival at Saint Mary’s Basilica on Nov. 5 features a community altar, live entertainment, food trucks, and an artisan market. The festival is free, but guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for a food drive.