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“Gran Fiesta De Los Muertos” Day of the Dead Celebration & Workshop at FDR Park

The Day of the Dead is coming to South Philly with sugar skulls and shining cycles!


Thursday, November 3, 2022


6:00pm - 9:00pm


FDR Park Boathouse
1500 Pattison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19145

[ español abajo ]

Fairmount Park Conservancy and Cesar Viveros invite you to “Huey Mikailhuitl – La Gran Fiesta De Los Muertos” – Day of the Dead art workshop and festivities!

Participants will learn about traditions and artistic practices of Mexico‘s Día de los Muertos, including a performance from an Aztec dance group, a special sugar skull making workshop, and an alter building demonstration using architectural elements of the historic FDR Boathouse. This event will also break the mold of tradition with some exciting new elements never before seen in Philadelphia, including a parade of artistically illuminated bicycles.

The festive evening includes a wide variety of activities, including:


  • Sugar skulls workshop with altarista and community-based artist Ivonne Pinto
  • Día de los Muertos face painting with Sophia Mogollan-Pinto
  • “Tzompantli” altar installation (pre-Hispanic style) by community-based artist Cesar Viveros, assisted by artist Rosa Ruiz


  • Aztec dancing with “Canpatlaneci Danza Azteca Del Anahuac”
  • Illuminated bicycle performance by “Champions Lowriders Club” de Tomas Flores and friends presenting “Sorpresas de la Noche”
  •  Appearance of “La Catrina” portrayed by Rosa Ruiz
  • Muertos music from DJ Sonido Ganzo


  • Grande pot of pozole (free!)
  • Hot ponche – with spices and fruits (free!)
  • Made to order Mexican food – tacos, burritos, and nachos (pay as you go)

Plus mercado mexicano with vendors selling their handmade crafts! 

El Día de los Muertos llega al sur de Filadelfia con calaveras de azúcar y ciclos brillantes!

Fairmount Park Conservancy y el artista Cesar Viveros te invitan a “Huey Mikailhuitl – La Gran Fiesta De Los Muertos” – ¡Taller de arte y festividades del Día de los Muertos!

Los participantes aprenderán sobre las tradiciones y prácticas artísticas del Día de los Muertos de México, incluida la actuación de un grupo de danza azteca, un taller especial de elaboración de calaveras de azúcar y una demostración de construcción de un altar utilizando elementos arquitectónicos del histórico FDR Boathouse. Este evento también romperá el molde de la tradición con algunos elementos nuevos y emocionantes nunca antes vistos en Filadelfia, incluido un desfile de bicicletas artísticamente iluminadas.

La velada festiva incluye una gran variedad de actividades, entre ellas:


  • Taller de calaveritas de azúcar con la altarista y artista comunitaria Ivonne Pinto
  • Pintacaritas del Día de los Muertos con Sophia Mogollan-Pinto
  • Instalación de altar “Tzompantli” (estilo prehispánico) por el artista comunitario Cesar Viveros, asistido por la artista Rosa Ruiz


  • Danza azteca con “Canpatlaneci Danza Azteca Del Anáhuac”
  • Espectáculo de bicicletas iluminadas por “Champions Lowriders Club” de Tomás
    Flores y amigos presentando “Sorpresas de la Noche”
  • Aparición de “La Catrina” interpretada por Rosa Ruiz
  • Música de los muertos de DJ Sonido Ganzo


  • Pozole grande (¡gratis!)
  • Ponche caliente – con especias y frutas (¡gratis!)
  • Comida mexicana hecha a la orden – tacos, burritos y nachos (Pague sobre la marcha)
    ¡Además del mercado mexicano con vendedores que venden sus artesanías hechas a mano!

TICKETS: This event is FREE*, but RSVP is required as space, snacks, and supplies are limited. Please RSVP only if you plan to attend!

(*Please consider making a donation at checkout to support future park programs) 

ENTRADAS: Este evento es GRATIS*, pero se requiere RSVP ya que el espacio, los refrigerios y los suministros son limitados. ¡Por favor confirme su asistencia solo si planea asistir!

(*Por favor considere hacer una donación al finalizar la compra para apoyar futuros programas del parque)

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: If Philadelphia’s parks make a difference in your life – consider becoming a member of Fairmount Park Conservancy and help ensure that Philadelphia’s parks are enhanced for generations to come. PLUS members register first for events and enjoy discounts on park experiences including Treetop Quest, Shofuso and more!


  • Feel free to dress up in a manner respectful of tradition. Please keep in the mind that the face painting and sugar skull painting activities may get a little messy with washable paint.
  • All ages and experiences are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult and have tickets.
  • Boathouse is covered so the event takes place rain or shine
  • Boathouse is open air — please dress according to weather conditions.
  • There are nearby bathrooms (porta-potties) available
  • In addition to the complimentary soup (pozole) and hot beverage (ponche), more Mexican food and beverages are available for purchase (there are no nearby drinking fountains).

Due to increased traffic for the rescheduled Phillies game, we recommend PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION (SEPTA subway Broad Street Line and multiple SEPTA bus routes) or bicycling (Indego Station at Broad & Pattison). If you must drive, we recommend arriving west of Broad (I-76 or local roads) due to heavy traffic expected east of Broad around the Stadium Complex.

PARKING: There is plenty of free parking in the lot in front of the Boathouse. As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car!

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:

  • This event attendance is capped. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
  • Please bring a mask. We encourage you to wear it if you’re in proximity to others.
  • If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Cesar Viveros Herrera has spent over 20 years creating public art in the United States and his native Mexico. Cesar has worked with many Philadelphia art organizations, including Mural Arts and the Fleisher Art Memorial. His public work has been inspired by the communities he has served throughout the years, to whom he has become the extended voice of their particular ideology, recurring primarily on documentary work that helped him to visually articulate these individual stories to be exposed to a broader audience. Aztec dances and ceremonies, miniature altars, sculptures, fresco painting, mosaic, and feather work are some signature elements of his work outside murals.

This event will take place rain or shine. In the event of very severe conditions that make transportation unsafe, the event will be canceled.