Where to celebrate Día de Muertos in Toronto this year

Oct 31 2018, 2:20 pm

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 and tequila-fueled fiestas.

Here’s where to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Toronto.

Day of the Dead at Reposado

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The festivities at this Ossington tequila bar include tequila and mezcal samples, live music, and a makeup artist on site from 8 pm to 11 pm to help you get into the spirit.

When: November 2
Time: 8 pm
Where: 136 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Price: No cover

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Day of the Dead at Barrio

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The Queen East cantina celebrates with a live Mariachi band, special cocktails, prizes and giveaways, dancing, and more.

When: November 2
Time: 7 pm
Where: 884 Queen Street East, Toronto
Price: No cover

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Day of the Dead Tequila Tasting and Fiesta

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This Distillery District eatery is celebrating its loved ones in style with a Day of the Dead Fiesta. From 7 pm to 10 pm, Herradura Tequila will be hosting an exclusive VIP tequila tasting while a DJ provides warm lounge sounds. There will also be complimentary salsa dance lessons.

When: November 2
Time: 7 pm to 1 am
Where: El Catrin, 18 Tank House Lane
Price: $10

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Dia de los Muertos at Carlotta Bar

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Come and celebrate friends, family and life at Carlotta’s Dia De Los Muertos party. There will be special cocktails, traditional decorations, a DJ, and prizes for the best-dressed guest.

When: November 2
Time: 8 pm
Where:  335 Queen Street West (Inside the Beverley Hotel)
Price: No cover

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Day of the Dead at Harbourfront Centre

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Now in its 15th 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 3 and 4
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 7 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: Free

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