Don't miss out on the plethora of events happening in Cheyenne to celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Día de los Muertos is a two-day religious holiday that originated in Mexico and is traditionally celebrated across Latin America and beyond. Thanks to the the Wyoming State Museum, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, and the Cheyenne Depot Museum the community can partake in some fun festivities from November 1st through the 5th.
Throughout the week the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens will present a flower display and community ofrenda, where community members are invited to bring their own items to add to the ofrenda. On November 3rd at 4:30pm a free class on how to make tamales taught by Gloria Roldan will be offered. To register call 307-637-6458. On November 5th, you won't want to miss the performances by Las Angelitas Unidas y Los Rayos del Sol. They will be performing at 1:00pm and 2:30pm in the gardens. There will also be local vendors, and a take-home activity kit for kids.
On November 3 at 4:30 PM, take a free class to learn how to make tamales with Gloria Roldan (space is limited, register by calling 307-637-6458). Then, on Nov 5, enjoy a Family Event with performances by Las Angelitas Unidas y Los Rayos del Sol at 1pm and 2:30 p.m., food from local vendors, and take-home kids activity kits.
On Wednesday, November 2, a lecture by Virginia Sanchez: “Día de los Muertos: A History of Migration and Legacy” will take place at 6:30 pm at the Cheyenne Depot Museum. Performance by Las Angelitas Unidas y Los Rayos del Sol will also take place.
The Wyoming State Museum will be hosting their annual Día de los Muertos Family Day on Saturday, November 5, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Make sugar skulls, enjoy games and crafts, get your face painted, learn about monarch butterflies, get food from local vendors, and take in dance performances by Las Angelitas Unidas y Los Rayos del Sol at 10:30am and 11:30am. Make sure you go to www.wyomuseum.wyo.gov to register online.
As an added bonus the Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley will be providing transportation between the Wyoming State Museum and the Botanic Gardens on November 5 from 10:30am to 1:00pm, so families can easily enjoy both events. While riding the trolley, community member Carol Matteson Pascal will be discussing the history of Día de los Muertos and the meaning of items families placed on the ofrendas.