The Dirt Salon is bringing the real deal – Día de Muertos – to Hartford. Expect a whimsical and colorful celebration to honor our ancestors featuring elaborate costumes, beautiful commemorative altars and the most well-known Day of the Dead icons – skulls and skeletons – symbolizing mortality and the cycle of life. The event will include traditional and modern interpretations of the holiday as local artists and performers join us to create a visionary fiesta!

Art Exhibitions Opening:

  • Chris London: In the Shadow
    Works from the collections of her cousin Sheryl Vailette and artist Dennis Peabody
  • Michael Michaud: Skulls
  • Live music by Mariachi México Antiguo
  • Guest DJ Jon Eastman
  • Skull Face Painting by Joy Monroe
  • Marta Soledad - Floral Creations
  • Mexican food truck: Taco Tequila
  • ...and of course Tequila

Community Pre-Show Participation: Artistic Day of the Dead Altar Design
by Carlos Hernandez Chavez,
November 2, 6-9 p.m.


  • Advance Tickets: $15 - Purchase Below
  • Tickets at the door: $20
  • 18+ to enter; 21+ to drink


  • Day of the Dead inspired costumes:
    Skeletons, Roses, Bright Colors, Top Hats, Bohemian Dresses
  • Friendly ghosts
  • Beautiful zombie costumes
The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pay tribute to those who have departed. Traditions include creating altars or ofrendas honoring the deceased.