What: Catrina Ball & the Gigantes Fiesta and Procession
When: November 02, 2019 at 4:00pm
Where: 4th Avenue, Longmont, CO (Between Main St. & Kimbark St.)
Cost: Free for Fiesta & Procession and $10 at Dickens for the Catrina Ball with food!
The seventh annual Catrina Ball at the Dickens Opera House will be a party to die for … or at least an event to celebrate the lives of those who have already made the journey into the Great Beyond.
The Ball commemorates Día de los Muertos, a widely observed holiday in Mexico and other Latin countries. It is a time when the living remember and honor departed relatives. But rather than doing so in a gloomy manner, as the name may suggest, The Day of the Dead is a time of festive celebration.
“Sometimes, when people of other cultures hear for the first time about the celebration of the Day of the Dead, they mistakenly think it must be: gruesome, terrifying, scary, ugly and sad,” according to inside-mexico.com. “Nothing could be further from the truth. The Day of the Dead is a beautiful ritual in which Mexicans happily and lovingly remember their loved relatives that have died.
The name, Catrina Ball, refers to the Calavera Catrina – a sort of female, skeletal version of the Grim Reaper. Her image was created by Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada around 1910 and remains a central figure in Mexico’s cultural identity.
Attendees are encouraged come dressed as Catrinas – with fancy clothes and faces painted like skulls. The location will be decorated with candles, marigolds and papel-picado, and will feature an exhibition including a community “ofrenda” (altar), a community sugar skull wall, and a Catrina wall with drawings by local artists. Price of admission includes deadly drinks, festive food, live music and a crazy awesome art auction. Get your face painted at the Firehouse and get ready dance, dance, dance!
What: 1st Annual Canvas Carnival
When: August 17, 2019 at 4:00pm
Where: Grossen Bart Brewery, 1025 Delaware Ave.
Join the Firehouse Art Center for a fun filled event with 5+ working artist, food vendors, games and activities for the whole family at Grossen Bart Brewery in Longmont, CO. Face painting, interactive art activities, music, beer and more!
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation
Percentage of beer sales to benefit the Firehouse Art Center