Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Tucson with music, altar decorations and more at South Lawn Cemetery.

Día de los Muertos — "Day of the Dead," is a Mexican holiday that takes place over the course of three days — beginning on Oct. 31 and ending on Nov. 2.


Candles illuminate children's tombs in the San Gregorio cemetery during Day of the Dead festivities on the outskirts of Mexico City.  (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

It's a time for friends and family to gather and remember those who have died. Families decorate graves, hold carnivals and vigils, wear skeleton costumes, play music and make food for the living and departed.


Rigoberto Gonzales sings for Columba Perez at the cemetery in Nogales, Sonora. For most, El Día de los Muertos is not a day to mourn, but to celebrate, with food, flowers, music.

Funeraria del Angel South Lawn, located at 5401 S. Park Ave., is hosting their own Día de los Muertos events on Thursday, Nov. 2, starting at noon with altar building.

People who have loved ones buried in the cemetery will have the opportunity to dress up graves and enter an altar-decorating competition, judging of which will begin at 3 p.m.

A procession around South Lawn is scheduled to happen at 4:30 p.m. followed by a rosary at 5:30 p.m.

South Lawn is also hosting a free screening of "The Book of Life" in its outdoor observance space starting at 6:30 p.m.

Food vendors — including Hot Pops Kettle Corn, Holy Toledo Pizza and Churros el Rey — will be there serving up food.

This is a family-friendly event and they will have a number of activities for the kiddos and face painting.

Find more information here.

If you go

When: Thursday, Nov. 2, noon to 8 p.m.

Where: South Lawn Cemetery, 5401 S. Park Ave.

Cost: Free to attend