El Dia de los Muertos Celebrations at Nevada State Museum

Las Vegas, NV – The Nevada State Museum at Las Vegas will celebrate El Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, on Thursday, November 2 through Saturday, November 4, with a variety of cultural activities for all ages. Complete with a sacred altar display, children’s activities, a move screening, and tequila tasting. 

El Dia de los Muertos a unique celebration of life, love, and loss — a harmonic blend of spiritual traditions between the ancient Aztec civilization and Catholicism (introduced to Mexico by Spanish missionaries) that celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed on. During the festival, families memorialize loved ones with music, dancing, feasts and decorative altars, Ofrendas, that honor their memories with offerings meant to welcome departed spirits. 

“Between Nevada Day, Halloween, and El Dia de los Muertos, the area is rich with traditions and culture in a weekend. I hope the public can come by with the family and celebrate all we have in Nevada,” said Nevada State Museum Director Hollis Gillespie.  

Event Schedule: 

November 2 – Dia de Muertos 

  • 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., free 
  • Craft activities and concessions for sale.  
  • 6:00 p.m., Chat about traditions surrounding Dia de Muertos and screening of movie Coco 
  • 6:30 p.m., Free tequila tasting for those 21+ 

November 2, 3, 4 and 5 – Community Offrenda 

  • Public is invited to bring non-perishable items to contribute to our community offrenda in the museum’s lobby.  
  • We ask that the public collect their items by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6th.  

 November 4 – Special Discover Saturday Workshop: Mini Tecuani Masks 

  • 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Free, $5.00 suggested donation 
  • RSVP required. All ages, children should be accompanied by an adult.  
  • Participants will learn about the traditions of the Tecuani mask and then create their own.  

The museum is at 309 S. Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas 89107, on the grounds of the Springs Preserve.  
Admission is free for everyone.