Celebrate Evansville’s Día de los Muertos on Saturday, November 4, at EVPL West! Learn about this ancient celebration with performances, crafts, and displays.
We’ll have activities for all ages inside EVPL West and in the surrounding park area, including music, dancers, crafts, face painting, an art parade, food vendors, and a chance to see the incredible ofrendas created by our community to honor their loved ones.
The ofrenda is the centerpiece of any Día de los Muertos celebration. It is a decorative array of objects, thoughtfully selected and arranged to honor and evoke memories of a departed relative, friend, or public figure. Tradition holds that the ofrenda attracts and guides the spirit home, to linger once a year in the love and companionship of the living. The heart of Evansville’s Day of the Dead celebration is its ofrenda room, which this year will be downstairs at EVPL West, a reverent, magical island of calm right in the center of the party going on outside. Here the music and crowds disappear, and visitors are surrounded by ornate, glowing displays from individuals and organizations around the community.
The four elements:
If you would like to create and share an ofrenda at Día de los Muertos, please reach out to email@example.com with your name, when you’d like to set up your ofrenda, and if you need one of our tables or will be bringing your own.
The fun begins at 2:00 pm at EVPL West. There will be several activities for all ages throughout the event:
Winners of the annual EVPL Piñata Contest, in which there were 52 entries, will be announced at 3:00 pm during Evansville’s Día de los Muertos. One winner will be chosen from each category, 0-12 and 13-18. Voting continues through 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 1, and can be done in-person at EVPL Central or online.
Let your imagination run wild! Everything in the parade is home-made and human powered. Bolt together a couple of thrift shop bikes and make a rolling ofrenda. Build a skeletal bride and groom to pull on a wagon, or make yourself an oversized papier maché head. Just keep in mind that this isn’t Halloween; designs are meant to poke fun at death, not to glorify it. Your group is welcome to display its name for community exposure, but the focus should be on the holiday and not advertising.
A couple of things to remember:
Thank you to our community partners for working with us to offer this event: Montessori Academy & Signature School.
With 8 locations throughout Vanderburgh County, EVPL is ready to discover, explore, and connect WITH you! We encourage you to uncover new things, revisit old favorites, and to engage with us along the way.
200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Evansville, Indiana 47713