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Where to Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Denver and Boulder

The Day of the Dead takes over local restaurants, museums, and galleries all week

La Calavera Catrina at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens

LODO/WESTMINSTER — Throughout the multi-day holiday, both Kachina Southwestern Grill locations will display ofrendas (offerings) and serve specials including posole, mole negro, and traditional pan de muerto. The Westminster outpost hosts a face and pumpkin painting session on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m., while Dairy Block Kachina diners can decorate calavera sugar cookies from 5 to 10 p.m. on the same night. Both events are free. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website. [EaterWire]

BOULDER — Take a date to sample seasonal specials at Centro Mexican Kitchen from Tuesday, Oct. 31 to Thursday, Nov. 2. Order the two-person dinner special for $55 and choose from options such as smoked short ribs, a blackberry margarita, and pan de muerto with ice cream. All drink and dish specials are also available a la carte. To reserve, call (303) 442-7771. [EaterWire]

BOULDER — The Dairy Arts Center partners with El Centro Amistad to collaboratively produce a festive evening of visual and performing arts with some traditional fare on Thursday, Nov. 2. Free food and a Folklorico & Aztec dance ceremony start at 5 p.m. in the lobby, followed by a concert at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the concert are $5. [EaterWire]

ARTS DISTRICT ON SANTA FE — During the free First Friday walk on Nov. 3, Museo de las Américas invites passing patrons to break pan de muerto and enjoy calavera decorating, Aztec dancers, and tasters from Intrepid Brewery. The Día de los Muertos festivities start at 5 p.m. [EaterWire]

CITY PARK — Explore La Calavera Catrina exhibition and other activities at the Denver Botanic Gardens during the all-day Día de los Muertos Festival on Saturday, Nov. 4. Numerous community altars will be displayed, and families can learn, decorate, and create at various events, including bilingual story time, a calavera writing workshop, and a sugar skull workshop with Chef Sosa. [EaterWire]

ARTS DISTRICT ON SANTA FE — Visit Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 4 for the Dia De Los Muertos carnival and fundraiser. Families are invited to play carnival games, listen to live music, and watch a performance to help send the theater’s students on a trip to Scotland. Youth tickets cost $5 and adult tickets are $7. [EaterWire]

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York Street, , CO 80206 (720) 865-3500 Visit Website

Kachina Southwestern Grill

10600 Westminster Boulevard , Westminster, CO 80020