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Day of the Dead is an ancient festivity with origins in pre-Hispanic Mexico. It’s a time to remember the dead and celebrate the continuity of life – but it is not a morbid occasion. Families gather to tell stories and create ofrendas (altars), decorated with earthly pleasures once enjoyed by the deceased. It is a warm social environment with bright decorations and an abundance of food, drink and great company.

Harbourfront Centre, the Mexican Consulate and the Mexican community celebrate this historic festivity with a weekend filled with music, folkloric dance, community-created ofrendas, children’s crafts, artwork, cooking demonstrations and much more.

Discipline:

Venue:

Ofrendas

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Four organizations from the Mexican community create decorative ofrendas for display.

Mexican Craft Vendors

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Shopping

Food

Craft

Vendors offer various Day of the Dead crafts, figurines, jewellery and food.

Mexican Food Vendors

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Food

Shopping

All the flavours of Mexico showcased by two local vendors.

Strolling Musicians and Dancers

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Music

Dance

Strolling musicians and beautiful dancers roam the festival dressed as "la catrina" figures in honour of Day of the Dead.

Café con Pan

12:30pm

Music

A performance of traditional music (Son Jarocho) infused with improvisations, call-and-response singing and dance.

Mexican Folkloric Dance Company

1:00pm

Dance

The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company explores themes of Day of the Dead and harvest.

Kids Crafts

1:00pm – 5:30pm

Craft

Kids get to create Day of the Dead crafts.

Por eso en Mixquic hay tanto perros (That is why in Mixquic there are so many dogs)

1:00pm

Film

Family

Find out exactly why there are so many dogs in Mixquic!

Mexican Food Demo: Mole

1:30pm

Food

Learn how to prepare mole, a Mexican dish that can be as unique as the person who makes it.

Café con Pan

2:00pm

Music

A performance of traditional music (Son Jarocho) infused with improvisations, call-and-response singing and dance.

Por eso en Mixquic hay tanto perros (That is why in Mixquic there are so many dogs)

2:00pm

Film

Family

Find out exactly why there are so many dogs in Mixquic!

Mariachi Fuego

2:30pm

Music

Come feel the heat from Southern Ontario’s best mariachi band.

Mexican Food Demo: Pan de Muerto

3:00pm

Food

Pancho’s Bakery teaches you how to prepare authentic pan de muerto.

Food of the Ancestors

4:00pm

Film

A historical culinary exploration of Day of the Dead, Mexican traditions and ancient ways of life.

Café con Pan

4:00pm

Music

A performance of traditional music (Son Jarocho) infused with improvisations, call-and-response singing and dance.

Ronit Jinich-Weisz

4:00pm

Family

A storytelling session focussing on Mexican mythology and Day of the Dead themes!

La Alianza

4:30pm

Music

A family-friendly performance showcasing the sounds of modern Mexico.

Ofrendas

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Four organizations from the Mexican community create decorative ofrendas for display.

Mexican Craft Vendors

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Shopping

Food

Craft

Vendors offer various Day of the Dead crafts, figurines, jewellery and food.

Mexican Food Vendors

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Food

Shopping

All the flavours of Mexico showcased by two local vendors.

Strolling Musicians and Dancers

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Music

Dance

Strolling musicians and beautiful dancers roam the festival dressed as "la catrina" figures in honour of Day of the Dead.

Café con Pan

12:30pm

Music

A performance of traditional music (Son Jarocho) infused with improvisations, call-and-response singing and dance.

Mexican Folkloric Dance Company

1:00pm

Dance

The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company explores themes of Day of the Dead and harvest.

Kids Crafts

1:00pm – 5:30pm

Craft

Kids get to create Day of the Dead crafts.

Por eso en Mixquic hay tanto perros (That is why in Mixquic there are so many dogs)

1:00pm

Film

Family

Find out exactly why there are so many dogs in Mixquic!

Mexican Food Demo: Mole

1:30pm

Food

Learn how to prepare mole, a Mexican dish that can be as unique as the person who makes it.

Café con Pan

2:00pm

Music

A performance of traditional music (Son Jarocho) infused with improvisations, call-and-response singing and dance.

Por eso en Mixquic hay tanto perros (That is why in Mixquic there are so many dogs)

2:00pm

Film

Family

Find out exactly why there are so many dogs in Mixquic!

Mariachi Fuego

2:30pm

Music

Come feel the heat from Southern Ontario’s best mariachi band.

Mexican Food Demo: Pan de Muerto

3:00pm

Food

Pancho’s Bakery teaches you how to prepare authentic pan de muerto.

Food of the Ancestors

4:00pm

Film

A historical culinary exploration of Day of the Dead, Mexican traditions and ancient ways of life.

Café con Pan

4:00pm

Music

A performance of traditional music (Son Jarocho) infused with improvisations, call-and-response singing and dance.

Ronit Jinich-Weisz

4:00pm

Family

A storytelling session focussing on Mexican mythology and Day of the Dead themes!

La Alianza

4:30pm

Music

A family-friendly performance showcasing the sounds of modern Mexico.