What is Día de los Muertos and 3 ways to celebrate it in Birmingham

Photo via Día de los Muertos Alabama on Facebook

We all know it’s Halloween week, but have you heard of Día de los Muertos?  Learn more about this important and popular holiday and where you can celebrate in Birmingham.

What’s Día de los Muertos?

Although it’s the same week as Halloween, this holiday is not Halloween, y’all. Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that honors those who are deceased. It started with indigenous people in Mexico thousands of years ago. In present day, Día de los Muertos starts October 31 and ends November 2 in the U.S. You can celebrate all week in Birmingham–here’s how. 

Día de los Muertos at Cahaba Brewing

Día de los Muertos at Cahaba Brewing. Photo via Facebook

The Alabama Multicultural Organization (AMOR) is hosting a Día de los Muertos event all week at Cahaba Brewing. The outdoor pop-up features community altars to remember loved ones, local dance and music performances, and Latin food, crafters and artisans.

When: October 26–November 2 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily 

Where: Cahaba Brewing, 4500 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Cost: Free

Coco in the Courtyard

Disney Pixar’s Coco. Photo via First Presbyterian Church on Facebook

Did you know Día de los Muertos coincides with All Saints Day? First Presbyterian Church is hosting a screening of the Academy Award-winning movie “Coco” for the occasion. 

When: November 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 2100 4th Ave N, Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Cost: Free

Día de los Muertos Alabama

Photo via Día de los Muertos Alabama on Facebook

Bare Hands Inc., a community supported arts non-profit, is hosting their 17th annual Día de los Muertos festival at Pepper Place on November 2. This is a huge event to celebrate those who have passed on with music, a parade, dance and more. Just leave Fido at home–no pets allowed. 

When: November 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Where: Pepper Place, 2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Cost: Adults $10 in advance, $15 day of event. Kids $5 in advance, $8 day of event. Kids 6 and under free. Buy tickets here

Where are you celebrating Día de los Muertos? What did we miss? Let us know @BhamNow.