Cheekwood’s 16th Annual
EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Saturday, October 24, 10:00am – 5:00pm
ADMISSION I Adults $14 I Children 17 and Under FREE
Cheekwood Members FREE
Parking $3 per car
The festivals of Mexico and Latin America are world renowned for their colorful decorations, energetic music, and cultural significance. El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is no exception! The holiday is one of the most important celebrations in Latin America and demonstrates the culture’s strong sense of love and respect for one’s ancestors while celebrating the continuance of life. Join in the festivities and learn more about this unique holiday as you tour the altars, shop in the marketplace, explore traditional arts and crafts, and enjoy live music and dance.
ART & ACTIVITIES
PAPEL PICADO I Take part in the Mexican art of paper cutting.
MOLD-A-SKULL I Learn the importance of the skull as a symbol of the holiday and mold your own out of clay.
PAPER MARIGOLDS I Make a colorful marigold, the traditional flower of the holiday.
MEMORY TREE I Add your thoughts to the colorful tree of memories.
CALAVERAS MASKS I Make a colorful skeleton mask to wear during the festival.
DANCING CALACAS PUPPETS I Make your own skeleton move and celebrate with this dancing and music-inspired craft!
SUGAR SKULLS I A Día de los Muertos tradition! Decorate a sugar skull to honor your ancestors.
POSADA PRINTS I Be inspired by legendary Mexican printmaker Jose Posada. Draw and print your own design!
Colorful open air markets line the streets of Latin America during the celebration. Local merchants sell food, flowers, art, and handmade items which people buy to decorate their altars and tombs. Visit the vendors at the festival to discover the talent of local artists, shop for unique gift items, and taste traditional foods!
ART & GOODS
Ecohandmade I Original Jewelry, bags, & apparel
CINDY DAVID DESIGNS I Handmade Jewelry
EL BAUL I Handmade Jewelry
EV MEX FOLK ART I Original & Imported Art & Jewelry
LUCKY CHARM JEWELRY I Jewelry and More
GIRL STUDIO I Handmade Arts & Crafts
INCLINED TO IMPROVISE I Mixed Media & Collage Art
JACKIE CHEUVRONT ART I Original Paintings, Prints & Cards
JACQUELINE ALMAGUER I Day of the Dead Masks & Paintings
MAKE-UP NINJA I Sugar Skull Face Painting
BOWS BY NICI I Handmade bows & apparel
TERRY KORNMAN I Handmade Paper Arts
VERA’S INNOVATIONS I Mexican Arts and Crafts
CASA SEGOVIA-PAZ I Empanadas, Alfajores & More
CONEXIÓN AMÉRICAS I Café Rumba Roast Fair Trade Coffee
DELICIAS COMLUMBIANA – RUTH RICO I Empanadas & fresh fruit juice
KARLA’S CATERING I Food Truck | Empanadas, Churros, & More
LA HACIENDA RESTAURANT I Traditional Mexican Buffet
LA HACIENDA BAKERY I Bread of the Dead | Pan de Muerto
LAS FAJITAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT I Sopapillas, Tamales, Champurrado & Fajitas
LAS PALETAS I Gourmet Mexican Popsicles
NELLY’S PERUVIAN SWEETS I Alfajores & Empanadas
QUE DELICIAS CATERING I Ayiaco, Patacon, & more
SANTA NINO DE ATOCHA TORTILLERIA I Fresh Corn Tortillas & Chips
YAYO’S O.M.G I Food Truck | Original Mexican Gourmet
TAPETE DISPLAY & COMPETITION
What is tapete? Tapete is the Spanish word for carpet. Usually made with colored sand, these “carpets” are a tradition for Día de los Muertos because, like life, they are temporary. At Cheekwood, participants will use a similar temporary medium, chalk, to create the large-scale colorful murals to honor the deceased. Experience the brilliance of these custom designs before they wash away!
Graves County High School
Harpeth Hall School
Lane Ridge Latino Achievers
Oakland High School
Station Camp High School
St. Bernard Academy
St. Cecilia Academy
University School of Nashville
V.G. Hawkins Middle School
Whites Creek High School
One of the most important aspects of the Days of the Dead is the creation of a memorial altar for the departed, known as an ofrenda. All across Mexico and beyond, families honor their ancestors by creating altars decorated with items that the deceased enjoyed in life. Learn more about this tradition as you tour the creative ofrendas designed by local groups and organizations!
CASA DE LA CULTURA LATINO AMERICANA, NASHVILLE
CATHOLIC CHARITIES of TENNESSEE
LATINO ACHIEVERS at CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL
METRO PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT / TennCare Kids
NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL of NASHVILLE
VANDERBILT CENTER for LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
YMCA LATINO ACHIEVERS
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