2016 Entertainment & Activities


5th  Annual Dia de Los Muertos PHX Festival

Celebrating MIKIZTLI!

Sunday October 23, 2016   |   12 noon -6 pm

Steele Indian School Park

2016 Dia de Los Muertos Phx Festival

12 noon    Aztec Dance Blessing with Yollo Incuauhtli

12:30       Voces Unidas Choir

1 pm       ”Ancestral Chants “ Calaca Africana by Sankofa

1:30         Dancing Dragons

1:45         Mariachi Juvenil de Mi Tierra

2:15         La Visita”  and “El Canelo” by Primavera Ballet Folklórico

2:45          Announcements - POAC:  Donor Campaign

2:50          Pow Wow Pachanga with Zarco Guerrero

3:15          Katrin & Katrina Contest  - Desert Dance Theater

3:45          “Los Muertos Siguen Bailando”  Quetzalli Ballet Folklórico

4:15          Dancing Procession witih Liliana Gomez

4:30          “The Flight of Quetzalcoatl”  Ollin Yoliztli Dance Academ

5:00          Mariachi Rubor :  Canciones del Recuerdo

5:30         Candle Light Closing Procession with La Frida &  Las Flacas



  • Mask-making
  • Community Altar
  • Musical Petting Zoo
  • Sugar skull decorating
  • Healthy Living Activities
  • Face Painting
  • Artists Mercado
  • La Procesión


BoothsTab The Festival Mercado showcases some of the best Latino artists and practitioners of Dia de los Muertos arts, including Marco Albarran (founder of Calaca Cultural Center), the Phoenix Fridas, Mónica Crespo, Emily Costello, Veronica Verdugo Lomeli, Gloria and Reggie Casillas, Martin Moreno,  Pamela Enriquez, Michele Picheco, Patricia Silva, Señorita MAD and more.




Location and Parking:

You can skip the stress of parking by using the light rail (the Indian School stop is just a few steps away from the park), but if you absolutely must drive over, free parking is available in any of the park's five parking lots (Click here for a map) or for a $5 fee at nearby 4041 North Central.





Quetzalcoatl will once again be ready to take flight, heading the procession at sunset.

La Llorona

An audience favorite, La Llorona will be in attendance. Children beware!

Las Flacas

Larger than life, the Flacas will be roaming the festival, looking for a willing dance partner.


Together we'll celebrate our traditions and remember our loved ones who have moved into the afterlife.


What is Dia de los Muertos?
Dia de los Muertos is a highly celebrated and significant family holiday throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Southwest. Dating back 3,000 years to the time of the Olmecs, it is a day when homage is paid to our ancestors with prayers, offerings of food, and the building of altars to the beloved departed. Each region has its unique style of celebration. In Arizona, the annual Dia de los Muertos is a Celebration of Life.

What should I bring to the festival?
Just bring your family, sun-protection,  a blanket or umbrella to make yourself comfortable on the grass. The festival admission is free, but you may also want to bring some cash since there will be a variety of food vendors and an Artist Mercado, selling their Dia de los Muertos themed creations.

What is La Procesión?
La Procesión is a celebratory procession in which the audience joins the performers in a candlelit, joyful burst of music, dance and remembrance. This audience favorite concludes with a minute of silence as the sun goes down in homage to those who have gone before us ~ our dearly departed.
How long have you been celebrating Día de los Muertos in Arizona?
For the past 33 years, the founding members of Cultural Coalition have been programming Dia de los Muertos activities in Maricopa County. We are proud to utilize the arts to reflect the unique Southwestern expression of this tradition. Our celebrations have taken place all over the Valley, but we hope the festival has found its permanent home in downtown Phoenix.
How can I be a part of the festival?
The festival is free and open to the public, so just come down with your family, enjoy the performances, and be a part of the art activities and La Procesión. If you're an Artist or a Vendor, you can apply to join the Mercado. And finally, if you're feeling like giving back to your community, you could become even more involved and check out our Volunteer Opportunities. No matter what, you're bound to have an enjoyable day surrounded by your fellow Phoenicians in an unforgettable celebration of our multicultural heritage and of life itself!


Festival Booths

Information for Artists and Vendors


As part of the festival, we are pleased to present an Artist Mercado featuring the work of local artists, all focused on Dia de Los Muertos theme. This is a curated event with only 20 artists allowed. All artist/vendors must submit examples of their artwork before being accepted.

Select food vendors and community informational booths will also be present.

If you are an artist, a community partner or a vendor interested in participating, please download an application and submit it to carmen@culturalcoalition.com.

Applications are now closed.  Please try in 2017.


Volunteer Opportunities

A fun way to participate in the festival while giving back to the community

2014-10-26-0133In our determination to keep the festival free and open to the public, we are enlisting the help of our community to support festival activities. Our dedicated volunteers from last year were busy but also had lots of fun and described it as a rewarding and extremely social experience. Please join us!

Check out our volunteer opportunities by downloading the PDF below. If you find a position that suits you, please email carmen@culturalcoalition.com with your contact info and your preferred volunteer opportunity.

Thank you for considering a volunteer position with us!


2016 Festival Sponsors

Our generous supporters

 apsAZcommissionBCBScbiUntitled-2 FronteraFundRazaFundvictoriafundphoenixofficearts

In-Kind Support

llm-logo4           JoseMunoz

Community Partners

Childsplay ElPuenteIdeaMuseum LatinaStrong RosiesHousehablaazphoenixlibrary

Additional sponsorships are available.



Flight of Quetzalcoatl

The Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival is interactive, multi-generational, and participatory . It is free and open to the public.  Families are welcomed.  The festival aims to instill a sense of history, pride and knowledge about our multicultural roots to the community at large.

Presented by Cultural Coalition, the festival features hundreds of Masked entertainers with performances in music, dance and theater to honor our ancestors and celebrate our heritage and traditions. A gathering of artists and families. Food available to purchase. Our creative modern adaptations of ancient customs such as La Mascarada, The Flight of Quetzalcoatl, and La Llorona, promote our multicultural heritage while preserving our traditions.

The 5th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Phx Festival will take place on Sunday, October 23rd from 12 noon to 6 pm at Steele Indian School Park (on 3rd Street and Indian School Rd) in Phoenix, AZ.  The Artists Mercado features some of Arizona's best local artists. There will also be food booths, arts activities and of course, the traditional Candlelight Procesión at 5:30 pm. This year we will also feature a Community Altar. Bring a picture or memento to place on it. It is a memorable community event!

Cultural Coalition


Cultural Coalition, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster community engagement and provide unique cultural programs in Arizona.

Under the leadership of Zarco and Carmen Guerrero, the Coalition has been organizing Día de los Muertos programming and activities for over 30 years throughout the state. Our goal is to celebrate the Indo-Latino community with a culturally relevant, family friendly programs that address our diverse cultural experiences and traditions, while fostering innovative and original performances.  We also strive to increase accessibility, build new audiences, encourage new partnerships, and promote and celebrate the richness of our Latino cultural offerings through a variety of exhibits, special events and educational programs.



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Cultural Coalition is proud to serve the community with culturally relevant and innovative programs for communities and schools. Please feel free to contact us through this form if you have any questions or comments.

Carmen Guerrero
Executive Director
Cultural Coalition Inc.