Day of the Dead


Save the dates for Día de los Muertos!

Download an application to create an altar. Submit your application by October 15.

In keeping with Day of the Dead tradition, we ask that your altar honor humans only. Animals and fictional creatures may be part of the display—especially if they were beloved by person you honor—but they are not appropriate subjects for this holiday.

Thursday, October 31 – Sunday, November 3
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.

Saturday, November 2
11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Ryerson Auditorium, Level 3
Kids and families can come to the library to decorate sugar skulls, get their face painted, and enjoy a variety of other activities. Light refreshments will be served.

1:00 pm | Vander Veen Center, Level 4
Grand Rapids History and Special Collections will be
hosting a workshop on Hispanic Genealogy.

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