​​Festival de Calaveras celebrates the tradition of Day of the Dead, highlighting calaveras literarias, also referred to as calaveritas and translates as literary skulls in English. The Festival de Calaveras will also highlight Day of the Dead cuisine, music, community altar, and store (tiendita).

Day of the Dead Cuisine - the evening begins with a tasting of Day of the Dead cuisine, traditional food prepared and served for the deceased and eaten in their honor.

Calaveras Literarias are written to poke fun at friends. famous people, or elected officials. Calaveras literarias are never written about the deceased. Master Calavera Poet/Artist Nephtali de Leon will be the star of the evening. He will be reading from his extensive collection of calaveras literarias. Our very own local poets will also be reading their calaveritas.

Day of the Dead Music - traditional Dia de Muertos music for remembering your loved ones.

Community Altar - guests are invited to bring a photo of their loved one/ones to place at the community altar.

Tiendita / Store - guests will also be able to purchase items for their personal home altar and Day of the Dead celebration.

About Calaveras and Day of the Dead.
“The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31- November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 1 is “el Dia de los Inocentes,” remembering/honoring the deceased infants/children, and also called All Saints Day. November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families on Nov.1. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.” (From IMBD.com) Calaveras are skulls that are created in several forms such as sugar skulls, skull painted faces, skull poems, Day of the Dead cuisines (pan de muerto, calavera cookies) and more.

​​ { PROGRAM 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. }

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tasting Day of the Dead Cuisine

8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Songs for Remembering

Marta Salazar, Singer/Entertainer

​Placing Photo at Community Altar


* 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. *

Calaveras Literarias
Poet Nephtali De Leon

& local poets dressed as Catrin and Catrina

Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts

Coming soon - Canciones/songs of Dia de Muertos - Day of the Dead