2018 Celebraciones de la Gente ©


Celebrate Mexican cultural traditions at the 15th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente ©, a lively Day of the Dead festival. Rooted in community, this weekend-long event is presented in partnership with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces. Don’t miss fine art and unique crafts, music and dancing, colorful and elaborate ofrendas (altars), insightful heritage programs and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids.

2018 Festival Information

Member Preview: Friday, October 19, 6 – 8 pm

Weekend Pass: $18 adult, $12 youth
Daily Admission: $12 adult; $8 youth (11-17), student & American Indian (with ID); children under 10 free.

Courtyard After Dark Saturday, October 20, 5-8 pm
Enjoy an evening viewing of the community ofrendas (altars) against a backdrop of candlelight and strolling mariachi music. Mexican hot chocolate and pan dulce (sweet bread) available for purchase. Dress warm!
Courtyard After Dark Admission: Included with festival admission or $6 per person. Children under 10 free.

Participating Artists & Organizations

Gina Santi (Photography)

Terri Rodriguez (Jewelry)

Irene Dominguez (Mixed Media)

Rick Pacheco (Paintings)

Umbrella Project (Nonprofit)

Casa of Coconino County (Nonprofit)

Schedule of Events



9:10 am Sugar Skull Decorating with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces

10:00 am Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff

11:30 am Mariachi Sol Azteca

1:00 pm Los Matachines

2:30 pm Fiesta Mexicana

4:00 pm Los Diamantes

5:00 pm- 8:00 pm Courtyard After Dark



9:10 am Sugar Skull Decorating with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces

10:00 am Jesus Higuera

11:15 am Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff

12:00 pm Jesus Higuera

1:30 pm Mariachi Sol Azteca

2:45 pm Fiesta Mexicana

4:00 Los Matachines

Heritage Insights (Ethnology Gallery)


10:45 Memento mori: Mourning Rituals and Visual Symbols of Child Loss with Dr. Dolores Bahti 

Part I Child loss from poverty, malnutrition, and epidemic disease in late nineteenth-century Mexico devastated rural communities whose vulnerable populations lacked resources and medicines to reduce infant mortality. This discussion will review the artists and artistry that generated photographic views of child loss and became icons alongside saints and ancestors on domestic altars.

12:15 Quinceanera’s: Coming of Age in the 21st Century with Victoria Samudio-Rodriguez

A discussion of the significance, symbolism and meaning behind this Chicanx/ Latinx coming-of-age-tradition and celebration of womanhood.

1:45 Chicano Photography in the Now: Border Crossers, Time Travel, Cosmic Imagery with Dr. Dolores Bahti 

Part I Bahti will review the history of Chicano photography in Arizona, highlighting significant photographers including Louis Carlos Bernal, and Delilah Montoya. Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of how the photographic connection between physicality and spirituality is crossing the border into Arizona territory.

3:15 Day of the Dead Decoded: Ofrendas 101 with Delia Ceballos Muñoz

A centuries-old tradition, Ofrendas are an integral aspect of Day of the Dead. In this interactive discussion, Muñoz will discuss the origins of these ritual alters, the symbolism behind them and demonstrate the process of building a refuge for the tired souls of lost loved ones.



1:00 Memento mori: Mourning Rituals and Visual Symbols of Child Loss with Dr. Dolores Bahti 

Part II This presentation will review the work of two renown photographers, one in Mexico and the other in Arizona, whose work, inspired by Italian-born photographer Tina Modotti, led to a late twentieth-century turning point in Latinx photographic history.

2:15 Caleveras or Costumes with Nuestras Raíces 

A panel discussion led by Nuestras Raices board member Frank Moraga exploring the differences between Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

The second presentation.

3:30 Chicano Photography in the Now: Border Crossers, Time Travel, Cosmic Imagery with Dr. Dolores Bahti

Part II In this presentation, Bahti will review Mexican art and iconography that transmits powerful messages of migration, cultural identity, Millenial fragility, physical endurance, water scarcity, regional landmarks, and social justice.

Food Vendors All Weekend


Goodtimes Rolling

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