8 Ways To Celebrate Day Of The Dead in KC

Photo by Jenny Wheat.

From sugar skulls and sweet breads to parades and concerts, Kansas Citians will be celebrating Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead for more than a month leading up to the official holidays at the end of October to the beginning of November.

Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a multi-day festival celebrated every year from October 31 to November 2, it follows from All Hallows Eve or Halloween and then is observed November 2. Families who celebrate often construct altars and add offerings–also known as ofrendas. Although it is widely observed in Mexico, where the tradition started, it is also celebrated in other Latin American countries and is becoming more common here in the states.

Here’s a list of KC’s most colorful Dia de Muertos celebrations.

The Royals’ ‘Viva Los Reales’ Celebration 

Fans are invited to celebrate Hispanic heritage at the Royals’ ‘Viva Los Reales’ celebration. The hometown Royals take on the Houston Astros to kick off an exciting three-game series. Throughout the ballpark, there will be Viva Los Reales activities, and attendees can obtain a special Hispanic Heritage-inspired Royals hat by purchasing a theme ticket.

September 15. 7:10 pm. Kauffman Stadium. 

Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Royals.
Mid-Continent Public Library – Día de los Muertos 

Explore Dia de los Muertos with the Mattie Rhodes Center. Learn its cultural significance by crafting a meaningful keepsake that captures the spirit of this cherished occasion, blending tradition and creativity.

October 9 — November 2. Times vary. Mid-Continental Library. Registration required.

Mattie Rhodes Art Center & Gallery, Kansas City Museum and Crossroads Hotel – Dia de los Muertos: La Fiesta 

In partnership with the Mattie Rhodes Art Center & Gallery, Kansas City Museum, and Crossroads Hotel, experience an immersive Día de los Muertos celebration at La Fiesta. Live mariachi by Mariachi Corazon de America and puppetry from StoneLion Puppet Theatre will be featured. The event includes adult Day of the Dead face painting, unique cocktails, and special menu.

October 27. 6 pm. Crossroads Hotel’s XR Café. No tickets required, but space is limited.

Ofrenda at the Crossroads Hotel’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Kansas City Museum – 10th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration 

The Kansas City Museum’s 10th annual Día de los Muertos celebration, in collaboration with local partners including the Mattie Rhodes Art Center and Crossroads Hotel, explores Mexico’s cultural traditions. Attendees can enjoy live music, puppetry, dance performances, face painting, kids’ crafts, and contribute to community altars. Ticket sales directly benefit the museum’s educational initiatives.

October 21. 5 —9 pm. Kansas City Museum. Tickets required. Admission is pay-what-you-like.

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Guadalupe Centers – The Original Die de los Muertos Celebration 

Guadalupe Centers presents The Original Dia de los Muertos Celebration, where you can experience a traditional Day of the Dead Celebration designed for the whole family. This free indoor and outdoor event is nestled in the heart of the Westside and Crossroads neighborhoods.

October 27. 5—9 pm. Guadalupe Centers Administrative Building.

Disney Pixar’s Coco in Concert with Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México

Embrace a unique celebration of Día de los Muertos with Coco in Concert. Enjoy the reimagined film Coco, alongside the live musical score by Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México, all under the guidance of original composer Michael Giacchino.

November 3. 7 pm. Folly Theater.

CABA KCK – Día de Muertos On Central Avenue 

Experience Wyandotte County’s third annual Día de los Muertos Parade. Witness monumental skulls, decorated floats, and dancing Catrinas along Central Avenue. With over 30 floats, local participation, spirited performances, and skull face-painting stations, this parade offers a vibrant spectacle.

November 4. 11 am — 9 pm. 1120 Central Avenue, KCK.

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Nelson-Atkins – Día de los Muertos

An annual autumn tradition cherished by Kansas City families is the Nelson-Atkins’ Día de los Muertos celebration—a tribute to the vibrant Mexican culture. This event showcases an altar collaboration with local artists, the Mattie Rhodes Center, and community groups. Pay homage to departed loved ones, enjoy diverse entertainment, activities and, of course, authentic Mexican cuisine.

November 5. 10 am — 4 pm. Nelson-Atkins.

Photo by Jenny Wheat.

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