Día de Los Muertos celebration at the Pinal County Historical Museum

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To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, learn about the ongoing and ever-changing traditions of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Pinal County Historical Museum’s second annual Día de Los Muertos celebration.

Bring the whole family to the museum from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at 715 S. Main St., according to a news release.

Dance to the music of Mariachi Nueva Era, enjoy dancing by Ballet Folklorico Del Sol, and take part in several hands-on activities.

Special guest Zarco Guerrero, a well-known performer, storyteller, musician and artist, will also tell the story of Día de Los Muertos.

Tickets for the Día de Los Muertos celebration are $10 for adults 19 and older; $12 at the door; and children 18 and under enter free.

Follow the early bird registration, visit the link https://bit.ly/3Bp8iZU or call 520-868-4382.

Día de Los Muertos is a widely celebrated and important family holiday throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Southwest.

Dating back 3,000 years to the time of the Olmecs, it is a day when one honors one’s ancestors with prayers, offerings of food and the building of altars (ofrendas) to the deceased loved one.

Each region has its own style of celebration. In Arizona, the annual Día de Los Muertos is a celebration of life.

Join Guerrero and his unique masked characters as they celebrate Día de Los Muertos with hilarious and moving storytelling. Characters who make appearances include: the gushing of poetry ‘El Vato Poeta’, the flirtatious ‘La Comadre’, the distraught ‘Special Ed’, the sage ‘El Abuelito’ and other beloved roles that Zarco created to express the humor and sadness of our lives.

Musical accompaniment is provided by Carmen Guerrero.

Additionally, a special museum exhibit highlights the traditions of the Día de Los Muertos.

Enjoy several hands-on activities for the whole family during this celebration, including coloring masks, paper crowns, candle wrappers, Día de Los Muertos face stickers, rock art activity, puzzles pottery and more.

Local merchants will also participate in the festivities.

The 2nd Annual Día de Los Muertos Celebration is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The event is also supported by the Pinal County Tourism Sponsorship Program, Happy Adobe, LB Cantina, Florence Copper and EPCOR. All Día de Los Muertos attendees will receive a 10% discount at LB Cantina on October 15.

Listen to Mariachi Nueva Era throughout the afternoon at the museum; LB Cantina, 695 S. Main St.; and Happy Adobe, 189 S. Main St. Stay all day for the Día de Los Muertos festivities. The expected artists are:

  • 1-1:30 p.m., Mariachi Nueva Era at the PCHM
  • 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Mariachi Nueva Era at LB Cantina
  • 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Ballet Folklorico Del Sol at the PCHM
  • 2:15-2:30 p.m., Mariachi Nueva Era at the PCHM
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m., Día de Los Muertos Tales with Zarco Guerrero
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m., Mariachi Nueva Era at Happy Adobe
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m., Ballet Folklorico Del Sol at the PCHM
  • 4:30-5pm, Mariachi Nueva Era at LB Cantina

Founded in 1958, the PCHM is the oldest historical organization in Pinal County. The museum shares the rich history of Florence and Pinal County through exhibits and educational programs. Additionally, the museum houses a large and diverse research collection from which exhibits and programs are created, as well as opportunities for academic and community research. PCHM serves 5,000 visitors per year.

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