Located in the Front Garden
As the capstone to a month of programming in celebration of this time-honored Mexican tradition, the Center’s annual Altar-Lighting ceremony takes place November 1 on our front lawn.
Our 12’ public altar, constructed by local sculptor Jim Callahan, has ample room for photos and other items that honor lost loved ones, and every year we invite community members to contribute their mementoes to the ofrenda in a shared celebration of those who have passed on.
Every October, the Center offers a variety of programs and other activities in conjunction with Día de Muertos, inviting our community to join us in exploring the cultural practices and traditions surrounding this holiday. Please check our event calendar for more information about upcoming Día de Muertos programming and events.
There are lots of ways to get involved in our annual Día de Muertos programming, including volunteering, in-kind or financial contributions, and sponsorships.
Schedule of Events
Dia de Muertos Altar Lighting Ceremony – November 1 from 5 pm – 9 pm
Opening Ceremony with Tezkatlipoka Aztek Dance and Drum 5:30pm
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalen 6:00pm
Mariachi Jalisco 6:30pm-8:30pm
Tamales, churros and kids’ art activities
FREE and open to the public
You may submit a photo of your loved one for the public altar prior to the event or feel free to bring your photo to the event.
Photos (no larger than 8.5 x 11), name of loved one and date range can be emailed to scc@sonomacommunitycenter and we will laminate the image. It can also be dropped off in the SCC office Mon – Fri 10 AM – 4 PM. Deadline to submit to SCC is October 28th, 2022.