2017 Día de los Muertos

Lawndale Art Center presents the


October 27 - November 2, 2017

Lawndale will bring together artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, poets, dancers, and individuals of all ages in celebration of Dia de los Muertos from October 27th to November 2nd. Funds raised will support artistic programming for Dia de los Muertos.

Retablo Exhibition Silent Auction & Closing Party
Thursday, November 2, 2017
7-10 PM

Tickets: $30 ($25 Lawndale Members)
$100: VIP TICKET (includes entry at 6 PM and private tequila tasting)

Online ticket sales are closed. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Ticket includes open bar featuring signature tequila cocktails, food trucks, contemporary ballet performance, and opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind retablos created by over 250 Houston-based artists!

Retablo Pick up
Saturday, September, 16, 1-4PM
Sunday, September, 17, 1-4PM

Retablo Delivery:
DEADLINE: October 23 - 25, 2017 10-4PM

Retablo Silent Auction & Closing Party:
Thursday, November 2, 2017

For the culminating night of our week-long 30th anniversary celebration of Dia de los Muertos, Lawndale is proud to present our Retablo Silent Auction & Closing Party!

The party starts at 7 PM and will include a contemporary ballet performance by Feijóo Ballet School, featured tequila cocktails at an open bar, food trucks, and of course the chance to bid on and take home one-of-a-kind retablos created by artists here in Houston.

Tickets must be purchased for entry. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at Lawndale or at the door on November 2nd.

Ballet Performance: Feijóo Ballet School
Production: Bradly Brown
Original score: Pernicious Knid
Participating artist: Mathew Kelly Debbaudt
Program Coordinators: Karolina Cantú, Andrea Kentner


Retablo Exhibition
On View October 27–November 2, 2017
Opening at 12 PM on October 27, 2017

Lawndale is pleased to present our annual Retablo Exhibition featuring the work of over 250 Houston-based artists. The Retablo Exhibition will be open to the public each day during the exhibition period and during all Día de los Muertos programs. The exhibition will be on view from 12–6 PM during the weekdays and from 12–5 PM on the weekend.

Film Screening presented by Houston Latino Film Festival
Friday, October 27, 2017
Doors open at 6:30 PM, screening at 7 PM
Free Admission

Lawndale is excited to partner with the Houston Latino Film Festival for our 30th anniversary Dia de los Muertos celebration.

Houston Latino Film Festival is proud to present a collection of short films representative of some of the themes celebrated during Dia de los Muertos. Some stories deal with grief, the afterlife, the journey to accept, and the many manifestations of Death - some good, and some terrifying. They have a great mix of genres from talented filmmakers from around the world. These films were previously screened at the Houston Latino Film Festival earlier this year.

We ask that viewers be 13 years and older. Viewers that are 12 and under should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Family Day Fiesta
Saturday, October 28, 2017
11 AM to 4 PM
Free Admission

Join families and individuals of all ages to create papel picado and cempasúchil (marigolds) using Mexican paper in artist-led workshops. This year, Lawndale has created a new, artist-led community workshop inspired by the return of departed souls during the Days of the Dead, as told by tradition. Participants will create cut-out silhouettes that will be woven into one collective artwork on display in Lawndale's O'Quinn Gallery, on view through the Retablo Silent Auction & Closing Party on Thursday, November 2nd. The day will include a performance by Mixteco Ballet Folklorico at 2 PM.

Moon Rooster and Popston food trucks will be located onsite throughout the day.

Musical and Literary Ofrenda
Monday, October 30, 2017
5:30 PM
Free Admission

Presented by Lawndale Art Center, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Musiqa, Houston Hispanic Forum, and Inprint

Celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead with the annual Musical and Literary Ofrenda at Lawndale Art Center. This five-way collaboration finds ROCO partnering with Lawndale, Musiqa, Inprint and the Houston Hispanic Forum – all promoted by The Mexican Consulate.


Art Supply on Main, Janet Mayer Bates, James M. Bell, Harry L. Bowles, Jereann Chaney, Bevin & Dan Dubrowski, Stephen Goldberg & Tim Kollatschny, Rob Greenstein, Many & William L. Hixon V, Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan, Cindee & Cutis Klement, Mr. Lester & Dr. Penelope Marks, Jeryn & Walter Mayer, Meghan Miller & Jeff Marin, Cali & Peter Pettigrew, H. Russell Pitman, Jill Whitten & Rob Proctor, Marc Schindler, Jessica & Blake Seff, Justin Segal, David & Claudia Vassar

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Last year's Día de los Muertos.



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Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12–6 PM
Thursday: 12–8 PM
Friday: 12–6 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 12–5 PM

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