Day of Dead Arts Festival

An altar to honor fallen soldiers will be featured along with Hispanic food, music and dancing at the 16th annual Day of the Dead Arts Festival Monday, Nov. 1, at Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E. Brady St. The festival, set from 5 to 11 p.m., is open to the public. Admission is $5 per person, but children 12 and under are free.

Dozens of altars will be on display, including the one for the “Fallen Soldier” and many created by area artists During the traditional “Día de los Muertos,” relatives remember those who have died by decorating an altar, often at a grave, with flowers, food and drinks favored by the deceased.

Outdoor performers will include Mariachi Tulsa, 5 p.m.; Sol Azteca folkloric dancers, 5:35 p.m.; Eleganza Musical, 6:30; DJ Kike, 7:15; Salsasabor, 7:30; DJ Kike, 8:30 p.m.; skeleton procession and fire dancers, 8:35; and Banda Sonic, 9:15-10:15.
Performing indoors will be the Tulsa Youth Orchestra, 5 p.m.; guitarist and singer Marcelino Leal, 5:50; Ecuadorian musician Erik Zurita, 6:45; and the Tierra Mestiza folkloric dancers, 7:30 p.m.

Life-size papier-mâché skeletons will be paraded down Brady Street, which will be closed between Elgin and Detroit avenues for the event. Major sponsors of the festival include the Oklahoma Arts Council, Williams and Southwood Landscape and Nursery. For more information, call Living Arts at (918) 585-1234 or visit

Updated 10-25-2010

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