Día De Los Muertos


"Between performances from Aztec dance group Cenzontile Cuicatl and altar ceremonies, no cultural stone will be left unturned."

Allison Volpe, Philly.com

Program Overview

Día de los Muertos is a celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday and is planned by Fleisher in conjunction with La Calaca Flaca (Skinny Skeleton).

Every October and November, the committee plans a celebration that spans South Philadelphia including two altar celebrations, a vigil, and a procession through South Philadelphia. In addition, Fleisher hosts a number of free workshops where participants work with local artists to create elements of the altar and learn more about the holiday and its importance in Mexican culture.

La Calaca Flaca (The Skinny Skeleton Committee)

  • Gustavo García
  • Tamara Jiménez
  • Leticia Nixon
  • Carlos Pascual
  • Claudia Lizbeth Peregrina
  • Lluli Iliana Pilar Elías
  • Ivonne Pinto-García
  • José Rodríguez
  • Juan Carlos Romero

Día de los Muertos is Sponsored by

Día de los Muertos Team

In keeping with Fleisher’s mission to make art accessible, nearly all of the Día de los Muertos activities are free of charge and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at Fleisher. Free registration is required for some workshops.

Creating the Ofrenda Workshop / Taller de ofrenda

Tuesdays, September 11 – October 16, 2018
6:00-9:00 p.m.

Join 2018 Día de los Muertos artist, Alexis Nutini, as he leads a printmaking workshop to create elements of this year’s altar installation. Participants will learn woodcut printmaking techniques while assisting the artist and the Calaca Flaca committee in the creation of this year’s ofrenda. Click here to register.

Ven y únete a nuestro artista de la Celebración de Día de Muertos, Alexis Nutini a través de un taller que se encargará de crear los elementos que serán utilizados en nuestra ofrenda. Los participantes tendrán una oportunidad única de aprender técnicas de impresión de xilografía de este excelente maestro. Las piezas generadas a través de este taller serán las utilizadas por el comité de La Calaca Flaca y el artista en nuestro altar de Día de Muertos. Pulse aquí para registrarse.

Lantern Workshop / Taller de Linternas

Thursdays, Oct. 4–18
6:00-9:00 p.m.

Join us for a unique opportunity to create paper lamps for use in the Día de Muertos procession through South Philadelphia. This workshop will be led by Claudia Lizeth Pelegrina and other members of the Calaca Flaca committee and is open to the entire family. Click here to register.

Esta es una oportunidad única para trabajar de la mano de los miembros del Comité de la Calaca Flaca. Durante este taller Claudia Lizeth Pelegrina guiará los parcitipantes en el proceso de construir lámparas de papel. Estas lámparas serán luego utilizadas durante la procesión de Día de los Muertos en el sur de Filadelfia. Pulse aquí para registrarse.

Pachanga de Los Muertos

Friday, October 26, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Purchase your tickets online

Join us for a festive preview celebration of Día de los Muertos at Fleisher and learn more about the culture and traditions of Mexico in this special party planned by South Philadelphia community members. Guest artists will take you behind the scenes and share their creative process in constructing this year’s altar. Enjoy authentic food and sip margaritas as you dance to son jarocho music by guest bands. Complimentary childcare will be provided in our studios.

Altar Celebration and Procession

Sunday, October 28, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Procession rain date: Thursday, November 1, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Join Fleisher and the official Día de los Muertos committee Calaca Flaca (Skinny Skeleton) as we hold our sixth annual Día de los Muertos celebration. On this special night, join the community for a procession through South Philadelphia, ending in the Sanctuary. Explore the elaborate altar installation designed by local artists with help from Fleisher students, browse wares created by local artisans, and enjoy special performances.

Día de los Muertos Vigil

Thursday, November 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

On the final night of Fleisher’s Día de los Muertos celebration, gather in the Sanctuary for quiet reflection and tributes to loved ones who have passed on.