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Dia de Muertos Festival Seattle is part of the Seattle Center Festál series and produced in partnership with Dia de Muertos Festival Seattle Committee.

In 2022, Seattle Center Festál is celebrating 25 years of stories and traditions. The theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities.

COVID-19 Protocols:
In terms of COVID requirements, Seattle Center is a City of Seattle department. Thus, we are following the guidance from the City of Seattle as well as King County Public Health. Learn about Seattle Center's health and safety protocols at our events. To protect the public, City staff and contractors are asked to be fully vaccinated.

The festival will take place in-person: Saturday & Sunday, October 29-30, 11am-6pm at the Armory Food & Event Hall and Fisher Pavilion. It is free and open to the public.

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) honors the spirits of departed loved ones, reconnecting with them through celebration and remembrance. Join the festival in a celebration of the lives of loved ones and an affirmation of the cycle of life and death. From its ancient origins in indigenous culture from what is now Mexico, it has changed through Spanish influences to become what we celebrate today.

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Seattle Center Festál presents Dia de Muertos Festival Seattle in partnership with the Dia de Muertos Festival Committee. The festival offers performances, elaborate altars, colorful face-painting, sugar skull workshops, visual art, and more!


In 1998, a group of volunteers gathered to plan the first Day of the Dead in South Park. The celebration expanded from Concord Elementary School to other venues in the same area until 2003, when the festival moved to Seattle Center. Volunteers who believed in preserving the celebration as a legacy to our children worked hard to produce the festival. In 2013, a new committee was formed and continued the mission of enriching the cultural value to the community and the Puget Sound at large. The committee members are proud to share their history and traditions with all.


  • Dia de Muertos dates back prior to the arrival of the Spaniards in the Americas. Historians say it could be as old as 2,000 years old, among different civilizations from Aztecs to Toltec.
  • It is a time to celebrate, not a day to mourn. People celebrate by placing an offering with food, fruit, and other items the departed liked when they were alive. Also, music and colorful ornaments placed around the offering welcome the spirit of the deceased.
Learn more about Dia de Muertos Festival Seattle (DDMFS) Committee.
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