Dia de los Muertos Festival @ Downtown Walla Walla
October 21-22: Gesa Credit Union presents the Fifth Annual "Dia de los Muertos" Festival in downtown Walla Walla.
The Dia de los Muertos Festival is a collaboration between many local businesses and community partners, and is inspired by the “Day of the Dead” holiday where people throughout Latin America gather to celebrate the lives of departed friends and family.
Saturday (Procession & Concert):
The Dia de los Muertos Festival begins on Saturday, October 21 at 4:30 PM, with a procession through downtown ending in a free concert at 6 PM at the Downtown Farmers Market. All are invited to take part in the procession which includes regional students, musicians, and fans parading with painted faces or masks they created ahead of time. A police escort will be provided.
Sunday (Community Festival):
The main festival day is Sunday, October 22, from 11AM to 4PM. At the center of the festival is the popular “Steamroller Print Project” led by Whitman College Art Professor Nicole Pietrantoni. Reliefs are carved into wooden blocks depicting iconic Dia de los Muertos images (skulls, skeletons, harvest, and nature), and a steamroller is used as a printing press to create giant prints which will be on display and for sale after the festival.
Other free activities will include face-painting, a Shakespearean-themed "Pageant of the Dead", Mariachi, ballet folklorico dance performances, food vendors, and free activities for kids and adults. Community altars (ofrendas) will also be on display.
Admission to the Fifth Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival and all activities are free and open to the public. Food vendors will be setup nearby.
Sunday, October 22 at 11:00am to 4:00pm
Downtown Farmers Market 106 W Main St, Walla Walla, WA 99362