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Sacramento’s La Raza Galería Posada Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Festivities; Transformational “Panteon de Sacramento” Saturday-Sunday, Oct.29-30. Theatre, Music, Poets, Workshops.

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Culminating the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos festivities this year, La Raza Galería Posada, Sacramento’s not-for-profit Latino art and cultural center, brings the Panteon de Sacramento (Sacramento’s Cemetery) to life.This is a two day/night outdoor display of fifty large, colorful altares. The altares will be available for public viewing on

Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30.
Families, individuals, area artists and local not for profit organizations will build the altares for public display.Theatre, music, poets and children’s workshops are all part of the two-day event. In Sacramento, Día de los Muertos has been celebrated since the early 1970s, commensurate with the Galería’s founding in 1972, 39 years ago.

Date: Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30.

Times: Saturday ( 11 am-10 pm, Sunday: 8 am -8 pm)

Location: Behind the KlickNation parking lot at J St. near 20th St. (east of the MARRS Building)

The creative altars – 12 feet long and 6 feet wide – will display the traditional flower of the dead, Cempazuchitl (Marigold), papel picado, candles, photos of the deceased, Pan de Muerto (Mexican sweet bread) and personal artifacts.

"We created the free Panteon de Sacramento (Sacramento’s Cemetery) to replicate a small town environment in Mexico during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead),” says Marie Acosta, Executive Director of La Raza Galería Posada. “In the open air, with the church bells in the background, visitors will be transported to a commemoration similar to a small pueblo with colorful displays created as "altares" to honor those we loved in life that have passed on. Everyone is welcome!"

One of the very special guest performers is Eduardo Lopez Martinez, who is coming in direct from Mexico. "I call him our "Calaca-in-Residence" says Acosta. Martinez is in the tradition of the legendary and irreverent Cantinflas, and in the popular Mexican theatre tradition, La Carpa. He will bring song, dance and original performance to the Panteon on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 pm.

Whether in the day, or bathed in the light of the moon, upon entering LA RAZA GALERIA POSADA’S Panteon de Sacramento at J St. & 20th St. in midtown Sacramento, one immediately feels that it is a place of memories and, the presence of those who have passed. 

New this year, the Galería will create a community altar for the public to place offerings. The public is invited to bring photographs, bread, other foods, flowers, toys and other symbolic offerings for loved ones who have passed away. This is free, all are welcome.

Panteon de Sacramento Event and Workshop Programming*

Saturday, Oct. 29 (11am-10pm)

11am Panteón opens to the public

Opening Ceremony- Danza Azteca-Xantotl(Unification)

12-2pm Workshop*-Cempazuchitl-Flower Making


Noon -4 pm  DJ-Albert Garnica playing oldies, rancheras, viejitas, and other requests($1/song)

2:30pm-4pm Workshop*- Mask-painting


4:30pm Workshop*- Mask-painting


4:45pm Marco Ferrero presenting “Hidden Truth-La Viuda de Don Marcos”

5:30pm Poetry Reading by Escritores del Nuevo Sol

“Recordando a Nuestros Antepasados” and open mic to follow

6:30pm Performance by Eduardo López Martínez-Direct from México!


10 pm Panteón closes for the night. Re-opens at 8am tomorrow.


*All workshops are on the first come first serve basis and while supplies last.


Sunday, Oct. 30 (8am-8pm)

8 am Panteón re-opens.

2pm-5 pm- DJ Larry Rodriguez (Flower Vato)

12-2pm Workshop*-Cempazuchitl Flower Making


2:30pm-4pm Workshop*- Mask-painting


4:30pm- Workshop*- Mask-painting



7:30pm Closing Ceremony

The complete program of events at the gallery is at : www.larazagaleriaposada.org.



La Raza Galería Posada hours: Tuesday-Friday 1pm to 8 pm, Saturdays 11am-6pm, Second Saturday 1pm-9pm.

About La Raza Galería Posada: LRGP is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary cultural center and public space serving the Sacramento community, offering Latino/Chicano and Native arts exhibitions, art education programs, workshops, films and concerts and serves as a community gathering place. La Raza Galería Posada is located at 1022-1024 22nd St. between J & K Sts. in Sacramento, California. School tours and group tours are offered Monday- Saturday by reservation.Office: 916-446-5133.

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