When: Oct. 8-Jan. 4 2015
The Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak St.) has been showcasing vibrant Day of the Dead exhibitions and celebrations for two decades. This year's exhibition, Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary, provides an extensive look at traditions of celebrating the holiday, from its pre-Hispanic origins onward. Artists include Jose Guadalupe Posada, Carmen Lomas Garza, Patssi Valdez, and Jesse Hernandez. In conjunction with the show, OMCA is hosting a community celebration on October 26 in the museum garden. The event will feature a Son Jarocho music and dance ensemble, as well as mariachi, marimba, and cumbia performances. Elaborate altars will also be featured, along with calavera (skull)-style face-painting, tortilla and sugar skull-making demonstrations, chalk art, an artisanal mercado (market) featuring local vendors, and food trucks serving Latin and fusion cuisine. While focusing on tradition, OMCA also aims to recognize contemporary expressions of the holiday practice, and how it has evolved throughout time. Tickets to the event (which are significantly cheaper than normal museum admission) also include entry to all of the galleries, making it a festive and fulfilling day for the entire family.