Above: The Muertos y Marigolds Parade in Albuquerque. Photograph by Gabriella Campos.

Since migrating from Mexico, Día de los Muertos has spread across the Southwest. Traditionally a post-Halloween event that honors loved ones who’ve passed on, it’s also a celebration with parades, sugar skulls, and seriously detailed costumes. In the South Valley of Albuquerque, the free Muertos y Marigolds Parade, November 4, features exquisite face paintings of calavera-style characters, over-the-top floats, art workshops, and materials you can use to build an altar for anyone you wish still walked among us.

Here are a few other celebrations throughout the state: 

Santa Fe

Día de los Muertos at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, October 28


Día de Muertos Art Fest in Deming, November 3


Día de los Muertos, Mesilla, November 2-4


Art Show for the Lost Places Exhibit at the National Hispanic Culture Center, October 26.

Día de los Muertos Party, October 31

26th Annual Día de los Muertos Marigold Parade and Celebration, November 4