Día de Muertos (AKA: the Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated in honour of the deceased, and it falls on November 2.
While traditional celebrations entail alters and storytellers to help remember those that have passed, here in Toronto there’s also plenty of colourful, taco-fuelled fiestas.
Here’s where to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Toronto this year.
The festivities at this Ossington tequila bar include food and drink specials, live music, and a makeup artist on site to help you really get into the spirit. Hit up this authentic spot for a taste of the good stuff.
When: November 2 from 8 pm
Where: 136 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
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The festivities running at stackt will be welcoming for all ages, and include face painting, Disney Pixar’s Coco film screenings, tasty eats from La Brea Street Food, Frisaca, ConMiTaco, live music and even Lucha Libre Wrestling.
Where: 28 Bathurst Street (at Front Street)
When: November 2 from 2 pm to 10 pm
Don’t miss the celebrations at Chotto Matte. Enjoy exclusive canapés and cocktails, dancing, and the chance to get your makeup done by theatrical face painters on-site. Plus, you can indulge in Dia De Meutos Ceviche and a Sugar Skull Sundae.
When: November 1 from 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Chotto Matte – 161 Bay Street
Tickets: Available online
Now in its 16th year, Harbourfront Centre presents this Día de los Muertos, which is “an exploration of the ancient and contemporary traditions of Mexico’s oldest cultural celebration of life, heritage and family histories.” Look forward to contemporary art and music, cooking demos, skull painting, Mariachi Azteca, and a Mexican marketplace.
When: November 9 from 11 am to 8 pm and November 10 from 11 am to 7 pm
Where: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto