Festival of Altars Farewell Celebration

Saturday, December 3, 2022 • 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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Celebrate the ancestors and art as we bid farewell to our temporary exhibition Festival of Altars, closing December 4. Connect with beautiful ofrendas (altars) from Día de los Muertos celebrations in San Francisco’s Mission District. Enjoy hands-on activities, meet the artists who created the altars, hear live music, and dance!

Ofrenda Family Activities
With the Marigold Project

1:00–3:00 p.m.

Join the Marigold Project for activities that explore the altars and the elements—air, water, earth, and fire. Grind spices with molcajetes (mortars and pestles), write messages to loved ones, build a family tree, play with flying objects, and dive into the exhibition with artists and volunteers. 

Meet the Artists
1:00–3:00 p.m.

Meet the artists who made the ofrendas. Learn about their inspirations and techniques as they walk you through their pieces. Altaristas include Adrián Arias, Mara Brown, Désirée De Lara, Susan Matthews, Gil Mendez, Andrea Paz and Raúl Rauda, Cindy Predock, and Danielle Revives. Artifact displays by Danielle Revives and Marigold Project Executive Director Rosa De Anda. 

Live Music
With Anaís Azul

3:00–3:30 p.m.

Listen to the beautiful music of Anaís Azul. They’ll open our farewell ceremony with a performance that incorporates looped vocal harmonies, Latin American singer-songwriter traditions, and the charango, a stringed Andean instrument. 

Farewell Ceremony
With the Marigold Project, Wakan Wiya TS Drum, and the Bay Area Mexica Queer and TS (BAMQTS) Collective

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Celebrate with us as we bid farewell to this year’s Festival of Altars. Join Marigold Project Executive Director Rosa De Anda, drumkeeper Zamora, and Tlahuizpapalotl and the BAMQTS Collective as they lead us through the ceremony with ritual, prayer, danzas, Wakan Wiya Two Spirit Drum, and procession among the altars.

Festival of Altars was created in partnership with the Marigold Project.