Capitol Square Celebrates Annual Day of the Dead Fiesta, Sunday October 27

Capitol Square celebrates its annual Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Fiesta, on Sunday, October 27, from 4 to 6 pm. The Fiesta shares in the rich Mexican tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed away, with Mexican food, Latin memory altars and festive activities for all ages. Though Día de los Muertos originated in Mexico, people across the Americas have adopted and modified the tradition with their own unique cultural contributions.

“This festival offers us a different way to honor our dead, and create new traditions for our families,” says Jan Whitted of Artbeat, who organized the first Día de los Muertos festival in Capitol Square nine years ago. “Unlike the ‘scary’ traditions of Halloween, Day of the Dead emphasizes love and kinship, and an appreciation of our own family’s history.”

Guests are encouraged to learn about the memory altar (ofrenda) tradition, a special way to honor the dead, which will be interpreted in different ways by various businesses in the Square.

13FOREST Gallery (167A Mass Ave) will highlight the work of guest artist Nayda A. Cuevas, who will install #OnePulse #OrlandoStrong in their window—a memorial for the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

New to the neighborhood, TheObjectofStories (189 Mass Ave) will create an installation piece inspired by the holiday entitled Remembrance of Those Forgotten when History is Erased. According to owner, Sarah Morgan-Wu, “We established our gallery so that every day we would have a platform on which to engage our sense of meaning and creativity through history, storytelling and artistic observation.”

Visitors can make paper flowers as well as color sugar skull (cavalera) images at Artbeat (212A Mass Ave.). And guests can tame their sweet tooth cravings next door at Maxima Gift Center (212 Mass Ave) where they will be sampling Taza Mexican chocolates and at Quebrada Baking Company (208 Mass Ave) where free skull cookies will be offered with purchase, while supplies last.  Under new ownership, Arlington Bakery (187 Mass Ave) will be staying open late and putting their own spin on the holiday.

Neighborhood gathering spot Town Tavern (201 Mass Ave) will be offering specials and preparing seasonal provisions which will be delivered to various participants in the Square.

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled time in Capitol Square in East Arlington, Mass. – conveniently located near Routes 2 and 16, and less than three miles from Harvard Square. Visit unique, artsy shops and galleries and a variety of great eateries along Mass. Ave. For more information visit: Follow us on