Sugar Skull City
Oct 5, 2021-Nov 7, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Aurora Downtown | 43 W. Galena Boulevard | Aurora, IL 60506
Oct 5, 2021-Nov 7, 2021
12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
43 W. Galena Boulevard
Aurora, IL 60506
Welcome to Sugar Skull City! Aurora Downtown is honoring Day of the Dead, the beloved Mexican cultural tradition, from October 15 to November 7, 2021. Join us in celebrating Dia de los Muertos with art, activities, specials, videos, shopping, and much more. Take a self-guided walking tour of downtown storefronts decorated for Day of the Dead by local artists and downtown staff. Map coming soon! Enjoy specials and menu items at restaurants that honor the Day of the Dead traditions.
Sugar Skull City Alebrije Hunt: Find as many alebrijes as you can from Oct. 15 through Nov. 7 in downtown Aurora. Alebrijes are mythical animals from Mexican Folk Art. The brightly colored and fantastical animals were dreamed up by Mexico City artist Pedro Linares in the late 1930s. The Mexican state of Oaxaca has since popularized the craft of carved wooden alebrijes. Shop downtown stores for local artisan Day of the Dead merchandise. Stop into Mexican restaurants and bakeries and support Latinx-owned businesses. Buy an official Sugar Skull City tote bag. Sugar Skull City totes are available for $20 at Wyckwood House, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange. Limited supply! Visit Nine Steps to Mictlán: A Day of the Dead Art Exhibit (Oct. 8 – Nov. 13, 2021) at Aurora Public Art, 20 E. Downer Pl. Participate in an ofrenda contest at Santori Public Library of Aurora, 101 S. River St.
Enjoy an evening of Day of the Dead celebrations at First Fridays on November 5, 2021. Celebrate with a Day of the Dead festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on November 6 at the bank lot at SE corner of Broadway and Galena.