28 September, 2022, 14:02

Feast With The Dearly Departed at Tucson Botanical Gardens Tonight

Feast With The Dearly Departed

Oct 24, 5– 8 p.m.

2150 N Alvernon Way
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The Botanical Gardens will be hosting their 4th annual Feast With The Dearly Departed this Saturday, October 24. Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos and Tucson’s rich Mexican heritage amongst lush gardens and flowers.

“We have such an amazing Mexican American Heritage and community in Tucson,” Melissa D’Auria of the Botanical Gardens said. “We felt not only that the Gardens needed to reflect that, but we needed an event to celebrate it as well.”

There will be a variety of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including sugar skull making, face painting, mariachi music and traditional Sonoran fare.

Guests are encouraged to get creative with feathers, sequins, glitter glue, and paint to create their best depiction of the iconic sugar skull.

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Café Botanica will be selling gourmet Palletas,a traditional fruit popsicle and decorative pastries known as pan dulce. There is even pan de muerto, a sweet Mexican bread traditionally eaten for Day of the Dead celebrations. Dog Daze will be serving Sonoran hot dogs and La Mesa will be providing tamales, tortillas, chips and salsa.

The gardens will be scattered with vibrant decorations, hand crafted skeletons created by local artists and schools, and even an ofrenda, a traditional memorial shrine. Bring a gift or a note to leave at the ofrenda to honor the community’s ancestors.

Memorial Shrine (Photo Credit: Melissa D’Auria)

Ofrenda Memorial Shrine (Photo Credit: Melissa D’Auria)

The Event is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 24. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $9 for children, $10 for adult members and $5 for child members.

More information tucsonbotanical.org.

Sarah Pelfini is Tucson Foodie's 2015 summer intern. She is currently studying journalism and Chinese at the University of Arizona.