Day of the Dead


Save the dates for Día de los Muertos!

Download an application to create an altar. The deadline has been extended to October 15. Apply today to honor a loved one and share in this beautiful tradition with us.

Wednesday, October 29 – Thursday, October 30

School groups can reserve a tour time to look at the altars and learn more about Día de los Muertos. There are a limited number of timeslots available for these two days, so if you are a teacher interested in scheduling a tour, please visit Download our teacher resource guide and use the included lesson plans, activities and resources to help your students understand what Día de los Muertos is all about.  If you schedule a class tour, the resource guide may also be used before, during and after your visit.

Friday, October 31 – Sunday, November 2

During open hours | Main Library

Come celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Grand Rapids Public Library. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on. Loved ones come together to build altars that celebrate the life and memory of the dead. This is a time of celebration and joy, filled with talk and memories of those who have died. Altars from members of the community honoring family and friends will be on display. Every altar is unique and taken together they create a fascinating portrait of what the citizens of Grand Rapids hold close to them.

Family Day

Saturday, November 1 | 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

Families are invited to learn more about the Day of the Dead holiday, explore the altars, decorate sugar skulls, have your face painted and do a craft. Local author and altar creator Roberta King will read from her book He Plays a Harp and discuss her altar she created honoring her son, the subject of her book. Light refreshments will be served.

Día de Los Muertos is funded by the Grand Rapids Library Foundation. Consider a donation today.