16th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente

October 26 & 27, 2019
Fine art and unique crafts, Mariachi music and Folklorico dancing, colorful and elaborate ofrendas (altars), insightful heritage programs, and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids.

2019 Festival Information

Celebrate cultural traditions at the 16th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente, a lively Day of the Dead festival. Rooted in community, this weekend-long event is presented in partnership with Flagstaff’s Nuestras Raíces. Don’t miss fine art and unique crafts, music and dancing, colorful and elaborate ofrendas (altars), insightful heritage programs and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids.

Admission
Weekend Pass: $18 adult, $12 youth
Daily Admission: $12 adult; $8 youth (11-17), student & American Indian (with ID); children under 10 free.

Courtyard After Dark Saturday, October 26, 5-8 pm
Enjoy an evening viewing of the community ofrendas (altars) against a backdrop of candlelight and strolling mariachi music. Mexican hot chocolate and pan dulce (sweet bread) available for purchase. Dress warm!
Courtyard After Dark Admission: Included with festival admission or $6 per person. Children under 10 free.

Schedule of Events

Saturday

10:00 am - Sugar Skulls Decorating with Nuestras Raices

10:45 am - Ballet Folklorico de Colores

11:30 pm - Mariachi Sol Azteca performance

12:00 pm - Colton Community Garden Activities

12:10 pm - Comparza Texalpan

12:30 pm - An Extraordinary Journey with Amanda Blanco

1:15 pm - Ballet Folklorico de Colores

2:00 pm - Ofrenda Tour with Nuestras Raices

2:45 pm - Cumbia, Salsa, and Merengue: Oh My! with the Latin Dance Collective

3:30 pm - Mariachi Sol Azteca performance

4:00 pm - Comparza Texalpan

4:30 pm - Ofrendas 101 with Delia Ceballos Muñoz

5:00 pm - Courtyard After Dark

Sunday

10:00 am - Sugar Skulls Decorating with Nuestras Raices

10:45 am - Ballet Folklorico de Colores

11:00 am - Mariachi Marisol performance

11:45 pm - Mariachi Sol Azteca performance

12:30 pm - An Extraordinary Journey with Amanda Blanco

1:00 pm - Cumbres Performance

1:15 pm - Ballet Folklorico performance

2:00 pm - History of Families with Nuestras Raices

2:45 pm - Cumbia, Salsa, and Merengue: Oh My! with the Latin Dance Collective

3:30 pm - Cultural Commonalities with Ed Kabotie

4:15 pm - Mariachi Sol Azteca performance

4:45 pm - Closing Processional

Heritage Insights Presentations

Ofrendas 101 with Delia Ceballos Muñoz 

A centuries-old tradition, ofrendas are an integral aspect of Day of the Dead. In this interactive discussion, Muñoz will discuss the origins of these ritual alters, the symbolism behind them, and demonstrate the process of building a refuge for the tired souls of lost loved ones.

An Extraordinary Journey with Amanda Blanco

In 1963, Amanda Blanco moved her fledgling family from El Salvador to the United States, where she became an award-winning photographer. Learn about her extraordinary journey of 55 years in the United States as she’s interviewed by Dr. Bennett Edgerly.

Cultural Commonalities with Ed Kabotie

Artist-in-resident Ed Kabotie will explore the cultural commonalities between the Puebloan and Latin@ celebration of Day of the Dead. In this ‘edutainment’ style presentation, a fusion of music and the spoken word of his own design, Kabotie will foster understanding for the shared traditions of southwestern Pueblo Tribes and Latin@ peoples.

History of Families with Nuestras Raices

Nuestras Raíces, Flagstaff’s organization dedicated to promoting Hispanic culture and history, will present the history of families and the significance of family structure.

 

Performances / Activities

Sugar Skull Decorating With Nuestras Raices

Design, decorate, and make your own sugar skulls to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

Ballet Folklorico de Colores

Ballet Folklorico de Colores is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching traditional Mexican folk dance. Join us by a performance by this festival favorite.

Colton Community Garden Activities

Warm up with hot cider and sweet treats from the garden and celebrate the life of past gardeners in the Colton Community Garden. Bring offerings and memories for the community garden ofrenda (altar) to honor the beloved gardeners from your life who have passed on. Shuttles will be provided throughout the day.

Ofrenda Tour with Nuestras Raices

Join Nuestras Raices for an insightful look at the ofrendas (altars) and learn about the many aspects of the celebration of past loved ones.

Cumbia, Salsa, and Merengue: Oh My! With the Latin Dance Collective

It’s your turn to take the stage with this interactive performance. Join professional dance instructors for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn how to step and sway the Latin way!

 

Participating Artists & Organizations

alphabetical by last name

Amanda Blanco, Photography (GG)

Lucia Cartes, Jewelry / Fashion (GG)

Melany Colamarino, Sculpture (BG)

Irene Dominguez, Pottery (BG)

Hermanas United for Change, Non-Profit (BG)

Denise Pacheco, Fine Art / Pottery (GG)

Rick Pacheco, Fine Art / Pottery (GG)

Jess Rick Rodriguez, Fine Art (GG)

Umbrella Project, Non-Profit (AG)

Location key:

GG= Geology Gallery

JMG=Jamie Major Golightly Courtyard

BG= Babbitt Gallery

AG= Archaeology Gallery