Day of the Dead Celebrations in Philadelphia With Festivals, Museums, Food and More

Day of the Dead Celebrations in Philadelphia

‘Celebration In Honoring Those Who Have Passed Away’ 

The Day of the Dead, known as Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican Holiday on November 1st of each year, honoring those that have passed away.

Officially, Day of the Dead begins on Thursday, October 31 with All Hallows’ Eve and runs through Sunday, November 2 when it ends with All Souls’ Day. Individuals and families honor friends and family members who have passed away with festive altars, traditional dance and song, the use of sugar skulls and the deceased’s favorite food and drinks.

We have many celebration happenings taking place all throughout the City of Brotherly Love! You’ll be able to experience Day of the a Dead at museums with traditional Day of the Dead altars, in restaurants and bars with special menus, a parade and much more.

Our Guide to Day of the Dead Celebrations:


  • Distrito Restaurant

October 27 to November 3: Located at 3945 Chestnut Street in University City, Distrito will have food and drink deals to include $2.50 tacos and $7 margaritas. On the official Day of the Dead (Wednesday, November 1), diners can enjoy a special Día de los Muertos menu, food and drink specials (reduced price nachos, salsa and tacos), prizes and giveaways. For more details, Click Here.

  • 4th Annual Day of the Dead Art Show at Eye’s Gallery

October 26 to November 3: Held at Eye’s Gallery, located at 402 South Street in the South Street Headhouse District, enjoy artwork that explores themes of death, remembrance, and celebration. The works will be integrated into an immersive display built in the upstairs gallery, inspired by traditional ofrendasFor more details, Click Here.

October 28: 11 am to 4 pm: Explore many types of celebrations at the Penn Museum, to include a Day of the Dead Altar, song and dance, face panting, crafts & more. For more details, Click Here.

October 29FREE - 4 pm – 9:30 pm at 719 Catherine Street – Join Fleisher Art Memorial and the official Día de los Muertos committee Calaca Flaca (Skinny Skeleton) as they hold their fifth Día de los Muertos celebration. With a theme of the Mayan Afterworld, it begins with a series of workshops focused on the traditional Mexican holiday and concludes with two altar celebrations, a vigil, and a procession through South Philadelphia. For more details, Click Here.

  • SPiN Philadelphia

October 31: 9 pm – 2 am at SPiN Philadelphia (211 S. 15th Street). FREE to attend (but must RSVP). The night will include music by amazing Philly DJs as well as professional face painters to paint you in traditional Catrina Sugar Skull Art! Come dressed to impress – there will be a costume contest with cash and prizes over $1,000! Your RSVP will include two complimentary Modelo Beers. For more details, Click Here.

November 1: From 6 pm – 9 pm at Dim Sum House, located at 914 N 2nd Street in University City, this event will feature $5 Dad’s Hat cocktails and you can meet the team from Dad’s Hat. There is a pool table as well. For details, Click Here.

Photo Courtesy of Penn Museum

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