Celebrate Missoula’s Festival of the Dead Activities

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“Festival of the Dead is an all-inclusive, annual multicultural event that honors life and death through community involvement in the arts”


Celebrate Missoula’s Festival of the Dead by transforming into a sugar skull to walk or spectate at the Festival of the Dead Parade.  Come to the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC), Missoula’s only community art center, this Saturday, November 2nd, to learn the art of traditional Dia de los Muertos face-painting.

This workshop is generously sponsored by Hospice of Missoula celebrates traditional Mexican art and culture, while remembering loved ones who have passed. This workshop is free, but your donations are greatly appreciated.

Drop in anytime between 2 and 5 with your friends, family, kids, and community to the ZACC, located next to the Northside Kettlehouse, 235 North 1st Street West.  Before and after your face painting transformation enjoy making bouquets of crepe paper marigolds, a perfect adornment to any Festival of the Dead outfit.  We will have fun getting ready and then head to the parade together.

If you have any questions please contact the ZACC at 406.549.7555.  We look forward to seeing you before and at the Parade!

The ZACC so proud to again offer workshops celebrating Missoula’s Festival of the Dead., but you still need to call ahead and register!

Festival of the Dead Events 2013

Thursday, October 31: Halloween! Cabaret Follicular and Forward Montana present: “What Are You Afraid Of”, Halloween Variety Show at The Crystal Theater, performance, costume contest, dancing. $15.00Friday, November 1: All Saints Day! Dying to Know About Death With Dignity With Dr. Eric Kress, 7pm, The Crystal Theater. Join Compassion & Choices Montana for a tasteful All Saints Day presentation about end-of-life choices. Music by Blue Moon to follow. Free

Saturday, November 2: ZACC Facepainting prior to Festival of the Dead Parade, 3-6pm at ZACC, co-sponsored by Hospice of Missoula

Saturday, November 2: Facepainting stations sponsored by the Missoula Community Foundation at Caras Park and Circle Square (3-6p?). Get your Festival bling (shirts, pint glasses, stickers, etc.) at these tables!

Saturday, November 2: Festival of the Dead Procession 5:30p at Circle Square Performances by Headwaters Dance Co. and the Hypsy Gypsies 6:30pm at Circle Square PARADE STARTS! 7:15pm Caras Park Performances by the UM African Dance Class and Unity Dance & Drum

Saturday, November 2: Day of the Dead! Cabaret Follicular presents “The Subterranean Performers’ Ball”, 9PM at The Crystal Theater, $15.00, Day of the Dead performance and dancing (parade participant ticket discount).

Saturday, November 2: Latin Dance Nights at Monks Nov.2, 8pm-2am–steamroller prints, capoiera drumming and dress, in addition to the usual DJ and Latin dance lessons. $10/ person, $16/ couple. Portion of proceeds to benefit Xtreme Sports 4 Vets.

Saturday, November 9th: First Annual Die Local Ball, Missoula Community Foundation fundraiser. Come as your favorite dead celebrity. Dinner, dancing, costume contest. 7-10pm, UC Ballroom. $55/$100 for 2. VIP tickets $25 extra.