We have a number of families attending cultural events around the Portland area this weekend in celebration of Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Here are a couple of family friendly events that might be worth checking out:
Friday, October 28 – Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, 6-9pm. A family friendly, free event complete with workshops for kids such as paper flowers, calavera mask making, sugar skulls, aztec dancing and traditional music. One of our families will be playing music at the event, so you’re bound to see some familiar faces! http://www.chehalemculturalcenter.org/dia-de-los-muertos-2011
Saturday, October 29th – Someday Lounge (125 NW 5th Ave, Portland). Festivities begin with an all ages community Altar Build. Altar building is a tradition in which people bring decorations and items and photographs which represent loved ones who have passed, and arrange the items in artistic installations in their memory. Altars are commonly very colorful, engaging, and full of personality. There is no cost, those who wish to build altars may show up during scheduled hours with their supplies. Tables/pedestals and supplies for altars are NOT provided and must be brought in.
Sunday October 30th, the day begins at 11am at the Someday Lounge with Sugar Skull decorating for kids! Home-made Day of the Dead folk art that you can decorate with frosting, beads, materials, anything your heart desires. Please come prepared to ASSIST AND SUPERVISE your children as they participate! This is also a free activity, supplies are provided!
The Dia De Los Muertos DOWNTOWN PARADE assembles at 2:00 pm, at Pioneer Place Mall (On SW 4th Ave and Yamhill). Anyone may join us in this procession! It is ten blocks long, straight up 4th Avenue, across Burnside and over the parking lot at 3rd and Couch, ending at the Someday Lounge 125 NW 5th Avenue for an exclusive afterparty. In past years this parade has seen bejeweled hearses, stilt walkers, ghouls, mummies and zombies, bicyclists, marching bands, roaming musicians, pirates, unidentified monsters, ethnic dancers, drummers and most of all tons of children with painted faces and costumes!