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Free ‘Florida Day of the Dead Celebration’ in Fort Lauderdale

Memory for the dead. Party for the living.

Since 2010 – during this sacred time of year – the gate between Florida and Mictlán, the mythological Aztec “Land of the Dead”, opens as thousands of participants costumed like playful skeletons honor their ancestors in a free signature autumn event for all of South Florida.

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Saturday, November 5, 2022

SKELETON PROCESSIONAL – 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Ceremony begins Saturday, November 5, 2022 beginning at 5 p.m. sharp at Huizenga Plaza (Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Huizeinga Park, Riverwalk, to Revolution Live)

A playful spectacle that honors the Mexican tradition where skeleton costumed revelers animate dozens of 10’-18’ tall giant puppets from Puppet Network and the Puppet Guild of South Florida. Musicians lead the way, as this all-ages processional.

MEXHIKA STAGE – 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

HUIZENGA PLAZA, 32 East Las Olas Boulevard

?Indigenous roots of Dia de los Muertos are showcased prior to the Processional with Aztec and Mayan performing troupes performing ancient dance and music rituals. Performances by Tloke Nuhake and Mesoamerican Danza.

FOLKLORICO STAGE – 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

SW 3rd Avenue just South of Broward Boulevard

As the centerpiece of the festival, the Folklorico Stage showcases hundreds of performers presenting the best of traditional folk dance and music traditions from Mexico and throughout Latin America – closing with an amazing Mariachi concert.

BONEYARD BANDSTAND – 6 p.m. – 4 a.m.

AMERICA’S BACKYARD, 100 SW 3rd Avenue

The Boneyard Bandstand opens with New Orleans styled Brass Bands, reinterpreted with a cool modern twist until 8:30 p.m. Then, the late night party continues until 4 a.m. with sugar skull DJs and high energy international music scapes.

CRAFT CRYPT – 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

ASTA Lot between SW 2nd and 3rd Avenues just south of Broward Boulevard

Over 100 of the top regional handmade independent craft artists converge to present their Dia de los Muertos inspired work at this fanciful bazaar. In Partnership with Indie Craft Bazaar, the Craft Crypt presents one of the best ways to take home personalized unique artisan piece of original art.

LATIN FOOD TRUCK RALLY -4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

ASTA Lot between SW 3rd and 4th Avenues across from Revolution Live

Over a dozen of the finest traditional Mexican and Latin American food trucks and restaurant booths from throughout South Florida. Damn Good Hospitality will host six indoor/outdoor bars to experience your favorite tequila and cerveza.

Parking suggestions:

  • 201 SE 1st St. 
  • 200 E Broward Blvd. 
  • 200 E Las Olas Blvd. 
  • 207 S Andrews Ave. 
  • 350 E Las Olas Blvd. 
  • 450 E Las Olas Blvd. 
  • 100 N Andrews Ave. 
  • 599 NE 1st St. 

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