Celebrate Day of the Dead in Lake County

Dia de Los Muertos is a Latin American holiday celebrated, celebrated from midnight on Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, that honors the lives of those that have passed away. This holiday, often considered Mexico’s version of Halloween, is a celebration of life with dance, music and food. There are several opportunities in Lake County this month to learn about Day of the Dead traditions and Mexican culture.

Sugar Skull Decoration 

Oct. 28 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Academia Cultural Xilotl Visual Arts Center

533 Grand Ave., Waukegan

These popular sugar skull decoration workshops include all the supplies you need for the skulls and decorations. Cost is $5 per skull (cash only). Call (847) 978-6756 or email for more information. 

The Academia will also be presenting these sugar skull workshops at various local libraries. Library events are FREE but do require registration, please contact the libraries to register: 

2 p.m., Oct. 22 at Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee

6 p.m., Oct. 27 at Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Rd., Round Lake

6 p.m., Oct. 30 at Wauconda Area Library, 801 N. Main St., Wauconda

7th Annual Dia de Muertos “Altar & Art” Festival 2017

Oct. 21 12 – 6 p.m. 

Jack Benny Center for the Performing Arts, Bowen Park

39 Jack Benny Rd., Waukegan

Academia Cultural Xilotl and the Waukegan Park District Arts Department present this family friendly cultural festival. The fun will include education about the holiday, an alter and art exhibits, art vendors, sugar skulls, face painting, Aztec dance, food for purchase and more. Call (847) 978-6756 or email for more information. 

Festival de Dia de Muertos Waukegan

Oct. 29 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Belvidere Discount Mall

2107 Belvidere Rd. #2245, Waukegan

The festival includes the tasting and sale of panes de muerto, decoration of sugar skulls, Mexican antojitos, folk dance and music and more. Free entrance and parking. 

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