Day Of The Dead

Casa Círculo Cultural and the San Mateo County History Museum, in partnership with Friends of the Redwood City Library and collaboration with the Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation, are proud to bring to Redwood City a Día de los Muertos Celebration.


The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd. On these days, Mexican families go to the cemetery, visit the graves of their relatives, clean and maybe paint the grave, put flowers (marigold or wonders) and light candles.

While Mexican American communities have celebrated the Day of the Dead for hundreds of years in the United States with personal, often religious, ceremonies, there has been an evolution in how the holiday is celebrated today.

The holiday as we see it today that has transformed into a true blend of cultures and voices to create a holiday that is as unique and powerful as the Chicanx community itself.

While many Mexican American families still celebrate the holiday with personal and sometimes religious traditions, public celebration hosted by Casa Circulo Cultural have become Redwood City’s celebrations of diversity and culture.

Day Of The Dead

Redwood City Courthouse Square is transformed into a play, where musicians, dancers, artists, family altars are on display; sugar skulls, marigolds and more will decorate the Square and bringing it to life. Catrinas will be walking around the plaza greeting visitors, and a procession will walk through downtown Redwood City. Papel picado adorns the Food Court area with an array of traditional foods and the vendor booths that line the streets. Inside of the San Mateo County History Museum is a FREE exhibition of altars, as well as free arts and crafts for kids where they can create traditional art and enjoy hands on activities.

Festival of Altars

Festival of Altars

Create a Día de los Muertos altar at The San Mateo County History Museum!

Casa Círculo Cultural and The San Mateo County History Museum are inviting the community to build a Día de Los Muertos altar for the Altar Exhibit inside of the museum.

Attendees can enjoy the altars created by Redwood City residents, groups, families, and individuals.

Making an altar for a loved one that has passed away can be a cathartic and healing experience that honors both the celebration of life and the grieving of death. Altars range from very simple to very elaborate; they are often full of objects giving life to their dead relatives, including food and favorite drink. The altars dedicated to the souls of dead children include toys, candy, and other goodies.

If you would like to create a personal altar (3x 6 each table) please contact Lydia Hernández or Roxana Escamilla at, no later than Thursday, October 20. Contestants must bring all necessary materials for making their altar.

Spaces are limited, and entries are first come, first serve.