El Día de los Muertos is upon us: Traditionally a time for families to remember the deceased, create ofrendas with photos of their loved ones and take to the cemetery to lay out feasts for their muertitos, festivals and shows have sprung up in the Triangle to keep people busy all day long. From charity fundraisers in cemeteries to concerts held to honor the day, here are some of the events the Triangle has to offer this Sunday.
Like rock music and itching to show off your face painting skills? Paint your face like a sugar skull and your cover drops to $7 for the rock en español showcase at The Pour House. Featuring Argentina’s positive rocker Hernán Fortuna, DC’s party favorites Zakke and High Point’s Acoustic Guys, this Día de los Muertos celebration promises to keep everyone grooving until the wee hours.
For the philanthropic soul who likes to hang out with the dead, El Día de los Santos Storytelling at the Cemetery will be held at 7 p.m. at the Oakwood Mausoleum in Raleigh to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. $50 will get you wine, beer and food catered by Centro. Art of Cool’s Al Strong will provide the soundtrack to this spooky event.
If you have ever had the hankering for duck and foie gras tamales, Damn Fine Food has you covered. With Café de los Muertos hosting, DFF’s Evening with the Dead pop-up event features veal marrow bone, mole chichillo and a squid ink-and-sea-creature ceviche. At $65 a pop, the price tag is hefty, but for real foodies, the six courses might prove irresistable.
And if you want to bring the whole family, Mesa Latin Kitchen in Durham will be holding an all-day festival from noon to 8 p.m. At $17 for adults and $10 for children over the age of 5, each ticket provides all-day access to a generous buffet along with activities and live music. A percentage of proceeds will go to Duke Medicine Orchestra.
This year, the Triangle’s Día de los Muertos festivities offer something for everybody, at every price range. So take a post-Halloween chance on the day of the dead.