Dia de Muertos in Lake County

Cultural Events

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos in Spanish, is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, Contrary to popular belief it is not Mexican Halloween. The multi-day holiday is a gathering of family and friends to pray and remember those that have died and help them on their spiritual journey. It’s a day of celebration filled with colorful flowers, food, and family.

dia de muertos events in lake county

Dia de Muertos Celebrations in Lake County

Ongoing A Celebration of Souls Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico
Included with Admission
Dunn Museum, Libertyville
Developed by the Field Museum in collaboration with Mars, Incorporated, the exhibit features 26 framed color photographs taken in and around Oaxaca, Mexico.  The photos take you inside the multi-day celebration. In addition to the photos, there is a replica ofrenda, al elaborate alter, and life-sized catrinas, or calaveras – the cultural symbol of a skeleton.

26 October 10:00 a.m. Family Celebration Day
Included with Admission
Dunn Museum, Libertyville
Experience the exhibit, A Celebration of Souls, through crafts, activities, and demonstrations and learn more about the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico. Activities include crafts, Mariachi Performance, Dance and more.

26 October 2:30 p.m. Art Explorations: Day of the Dead
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Glencoe} Guest artist Bernadette Foch returns with new classes featuring oil pastels, Sharpies, chalk paper, and color diffusing paper. You’ll create your own masterpiece to bring home. For children in grades 1-6.

29 October 6:00 p.m. –Dia de los Muertos – Sugar Skulls
Registration Required FREE INDOORS
{Fox Lake} Enjoy a presentation from the Academia Cultural Xilotl on the cultural significance, history, and modern practices behind Dia de los Muertos throughout Mexico and other Latin American countries. Following the presentation, you’ll have the chance to decorate your very own Sugar Skull! All materials will be provided.

30 October 10:00 a.m. Bilingual Storytime: The Dead Family Diaz
$6 for adults, $3 for children. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Dunn Museum, Libertyville
Learn about the Mexican traditions about the Day of the Dead! We will have fun with stories, songs and crafts.

30 October 5:00 p.m. Sugar Skulls
Round Lake Area Public Library
All Ages – Come learn about the history and traditions of Dia de los muertos and leave with a sugar skull of your own. Must attend the presentation at 5:00 p.m to reserve a sugar skull session. Times of sessions are 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00.  Spaces limited. First come, first serve.

2 November 12:00 p.m. Dia de Muertos in Waukegan
Jack Benny Center for the Arts, Waukegan
Enjoy this family fun-filled cultural festivity where you will learn about Dia de Muertos and its Sugar Skull symbolism. Bring the family and friends! There will be altar exhibits, Loteria, art vendors, Mariachi, Folkloric dancing, decorated sugar skulls, face painting, Aztec danza, Pan de Muerto, and food/drink for purchase. 

3 November 10:00 a.m. Dia De Muertos Celebration
$5 per sugar skull free admission
Belvidere Mall, Waukegan
Join ACADEMIA CULTURAL XILOTL and DONE DEAL EVENTS for the annual Dia de Muertos event! Come and decorate your very own Calaveritas de Azucar/Sugar Skulls while supplies last! The cost is $5 per sugar skull. Includes all decorative materials.

8 November 10:00 a.m. Small Discoveries: Funny Bones
$6 for adults, $3 for children. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Dunn Museum, Libertyville
Discover the story of how calaveras, humorous skeleton drawings associated with Day of the Dead, came to be through crafts, activities, and more. For ages 2-5 with an adult.

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