Join us for a Day of the Dead extravaganza! Musical performances by Noche-founders Adriana Rincon and Ryan Flores from Moonhoney, Viva la Noche, Roma Ransom, the New Depressionists, a surprise ArtPOP installation named “Sonder” by the Merikai Dance Studio, special dance performances, beer from Bristol Brewing Company and more!
Come join the celebration when the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts and the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce host the first free to the public Festival de los Muertos following the annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races.
Emma was a Manitou resident who died of tuberculosis in 1898 and her dying wish was to be buried on top of Red Mountain.
In 1929, after years of stormy weather, her remains washed down the side of the mountain and into town. Now locals from all around race dozens of decorated coffins down Manitou Ave. in honor of Ms. Crawford.
The Smokebrush Foundation in Manitou Springs has been celebrating the Mexican Cultural holiday of Dia de los Muertos for eight years, by putting on an evening event named Noche de los Muertos.
The annual performance includes circus-style performances, a symbolic skeleton burning ceremony to honor the dearly departed, face-painting, fortune tellers, and revelry all set against the backdrop of stunning visuals and Latin Gypsy music.
The event also includes a traditional ofrenda (altar), which gives homage to the dearly departed. This year the Foundation has joined forces with Manitou Springs to create an extravagant celebration at the conclusion of the coffin races. The Festival, with its deep roots in Mexican culture, bares similarities to Halloween, yet focuses more on honoring the memories of loved ones who have passed.
2-3 p.m. – Noche Showcase (samplings of music and entertainment featured throughout the afternoon into evening)
3-4 p.m. – Merikai Dance Event, ArtPOP Installation
4:15-5:00 p.m. – Roma Ransom
5:15-6:00 p.m. – The New Depressionists
6:15-7:00 p.m. – Moonhoney
7:15-8:00 p.m. – Viva La Noche
8:10-9:00 p.m. – Closing Ceremonies