Day of the Dead Celebrates Love

Join us for Alive’s Inaugural Art Exhibit and Celebration on Nov. 1 in a COVID-safe format.

Day of the Dead. If you aren’t familiar with the tradition, it may sound morbid or scary, yet this beautiful Mexican celebration is anything but. The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) is a time to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed. Families build altars using photos of loved ones, flowers, and their favorite foods to feel close to them. Grave sites are cleaned and tended.

Day of the dead decorations on a table Monarch butterfly decoration Woman moving decorations around on the table

This is not a sad, spooky or Halloween style event. It is a sacred community practice to remember individuals and our ongoing love for them. In fact, there is even an element of fun and humor to it all, which you will see in artwork depicting skeletons dancing, drinking, and enjoying “life” as a reminder to us to do the same. Cities around the world are adopting this tradition with parades, art exhibits, and community festivals.

We will follow all safety and social distancing protocols in Nashville to bring you a festive night of celebration, including altars, live music, food, drinks, art-making, memorial activities, a fire pit, and more!


FREE Zoom info session on how to build your own altar (all ages)

When: October 14, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Zoom link provided after RSVP

We will walk you through the simple steps to create a cigar box altar. Boxes will be provided by Alive. Or use your own structure. RSVP:

FREE Day of the Dead Celebration:

When: Sunday, Nov 1. 4-5:30 (kids), 5:30-7 (adults and 13+)

Where: Center 615. 615 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206

Two time slots are offered. Register now to reserve your spot!

Click here to register for this FREE event and to learn more about building your own altar.