Día de los Muertos

November 5, 2022 all-day

Join us for this joyful family celebration that honors the lives of departed ancestors and loved ones!


Día de los Muertos

Saturday, November 5
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join us for this joyful program where we honor the lives of departed ancestors and loved ones. Create a stunning sand painting with stencils, learn about the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos, and delight in the bigger-than-life skeleton puppets and the Calaveras parade led by Teatro Familia Aztlán. The museum’s procession is uniquely exciting – it includes a stop at Lupe, the 14,000 year-old “muerto” mammoth.

At each session’s performance, visitors will be invited to write down names of loved ones who have passed and say those names aloud to the audience. It’s a touching way for parents, children and family members to celebrate traditions and customs together. Visitors are also invited to bring a personal memento to share on a community altar created for the day and visit a spectacular altar created by artist Lissa Jones in the Oaxacan tradition that will be on view October 26 through November 6, made possible by San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild (SJMAG).


Special thanks to our presenting sponsor:

This program was made possible, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose.

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Día de los Muertos Ofrenda

This celebration is created in partnership with the Museum’s Latino Cultural Advisors


The museum is committed to promoting the region’s diversity through the Cultural Celebration Series so that families of all backgrounds can explore the many cultures and traditions in Silicon Valley. Cultural celebrations offer opportunities for building global awareness for people to explore and understand their cultural differences and similarities.

The series includes: Mid-Autumn Moon Festival,  Diwali Festival, Dia de los Muertos, Menorahs & Miracles, El Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos, Lunar New Year, Children of the Dragon, Proud of My Family, and Juneteenth.