Día de los Muertos Introduction

Opening Night (Calavera Rendezvous): Friday, October 31, 2014 7:00 p.m.  

Admission:  $30 pre-sale online$40 at door.  Includes appetizers, open bar and entertainment.  Ages 21 and up.

Saturday, November 1, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 2, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (FREE)

 MECA proudly presents Dia De Los Muertos: Honoring our Past, Celebrating Our Future. Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Latin American holiday that honors and celebrates the lives of family and friends who have gone before us. Different countries celebrate Dia de los Muertos in their own unique way. The common theme that runs through the two-day celebration, traditionally held November 1 and 2, is the belief that the dead return home, visit loved ones, and feast on their favorite foods. A playful mockery of death and a reaffirmation of life are demonstrated through music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. MECA's event features Dia de los Muertos celebrations from throughout Latin America, with an altar exhibit competition, foods from the Americas, vendors selling authentic Latin American Dia de los Muertos arts and crafts, and a Calavera Fashion Show. This festival is truly a community cultural event celebrating our ancestors and Latin American traditions. MECA Dia de los Muertos: Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future is held at MECA's colorful, art-filled campus located at the nationally recognized historic Dow School in Houston's Old Sixth Ward. 

The event will provide a unique opportunity for those unfamiliar with this tradition to learn how countries throughout the Latin American world celebrate this day, which is commonly known in other cultures as All Souls Day.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Dia de los Muertos with us at MECA.


Alice E. Valdez, Executive Director;   Mardi Mayerhoff, President

MECA Dia de los Muertos publicity plan available upon request.


Altar and Visual Art Exhibit:

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Time: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Monday-Friday, October 13 - November 21, 2014.

Student Altar Exhibit Tours through Houston Arts Partners open October 13 - November 21, 2014 ($5/person).  Click here for more information.


Artists and Past Participants:

Registration will begin September 1, 2014 and close September 19, 2014 to build an altar.  
To create an altar for the altar exhibit, please download the entry form by clicking here and returning to Grace Zuniga by mail or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Artist/Artisan Vendor

MECA is no longer accepting applications for vendors or artisan booths.  Registration is closed.  To become a sponsor starting at the $500 level on up, please download the sponsor packet and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to Alice Valdez.


Call for Acts:

 MECA is no longer accepting applications for performing artists.  


Interested in volunteering?  Please click here to download the volunteer application and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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