If you’re looking for things to do to commemorate El Día de los Muertos in Vancouver this year, we’ve got you covered with plenty of celebratory meals, traditional performances, and lively events to mark the occasion.

Typically observed from October 31st to November 2nd, the Mexican holiday celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed on, with its roots in Indigenous Aztec culture according to the History Channel. The day is now celebrated across Latin America and beyond, with events on multiple days this upcoming week in Vancouver to look forward to.

So with that in mind, here are 6 ways to celebrate El Día de los Muertos in Vancouver this year.

Día de los Muertos Dinner – Ophelia

On Thursday, October 26th, diners at Ophelia Mexican Kitchen are in for a real treat. The eatery is hosting a multi-course themed dinner at its Olympic Village location, commencing with a welcome cocktail at 6:30 p.m., followed by authentic Mexican fare for dinner at 7 p.m.

Guests are also encouraged to dress in costume for the chance to win their Halloween Costume Contest after dinner.

When: Thursday, October 26th
Where: 165 West 2nd Avenue
Cost: $85 + fees per person

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On Saturday, October 28th, revered throat singer Matthew Kocel is performing alongside Miriam and Anki of Sacred Mexico and Kathy Gibson and Jeff from breathARMY during a heartfelt evening of connection, ritual, and ceremony. Guests will learn about traditional teachings and prepare a shared altar together to honour their ancestral roots.

When: Saturday, October 28th
Where: 5840 Oak Street
Cost: $83.34

Dia de Los Muertos Rock Fiesta

This event requires a quick ferry ride to Nanaimo, but we’re sure it’s well worth it. The Queen’s is hosting FURIA, a Calgary band set to perform a unique fusion of traditional Latin music and rock for the ultimate, energetic celebration.

Note that tickets at the door will be priced at $35 each.

When: Saturday, November 4th
Where: 34 Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo
Cost: $25 for GA

El Camino’s

El Camino’s is celebrating with special food and drink features and live mariachi music by Los Dorados on Thursday, November 2nd, starting at 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy the “El Fantasma” cocktail, and tasty Esquites Asados, taquitos, and traditional Pan de Muerto y Champurrado.

When: Thursday, November 2nd
Where: 3250 Main Street

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El Día de los Difuntos: All Souls Day celebration in Ecuador 

At Mountain View Cemetary on Thursday, November 2nd, United Way BC is celebrating the holiday with the opportunity to connect with the Ecuadorian community in Vancouver by paying tribute to those who have passed on. Guests will also be able to experience delicious traditional food, candlelighting, offering flowers, and sharing stories and memories.

When: Thursday, November 2nd
Where: 5455 Fraser Street
Cost: Free admission

Día de los Muertos Distiller’s Dinner

In the ‘spirit’ of the unique holiday, H2 Kitchen + Bar at The Westin Bayshore is celebrating with a special distiller’s dinner on Thursday, November 2nd, complete with top-shelf tequilas, premier mezcal, and a delicious multi-course dinner by Chef Homer Baisa.

Guests will be treated to guided tastings and a one-of-a-kind menu celebrating Canada and Mexico’s cultural ties.

When: Thursday, November 2nd
Where: 1601 Bayshore Drive
Cost: $85+

Baltra Bar at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

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Photo via Fairmont Pacific Rim

On November 2nd and 3rd, Darwin-inspired cocktail bar Baltra will join forces with Botanist Bar at the Pac Rim for a special evening honouring the tradition of Día de Muertos. Baltra is recognized as one of the 50 best bars in North America, so you know you’re in for some innovative sips.

On November 3rd, the Baltra team will make another appearance at the Lobby Lounge & RawBar with another curated cocktail menu, as well as live music and entertainment.

When: Thursday, November 2nd and Friday, November 3rd
Where: 1038 Canada Place

And there you have it, Vancouver. Happy almost-Día de los Muertos to all who celebrate!