Sacramento Republic FC are participating in the Calaveras & Corn Festival this Saturday and the first annual Día de los Muertos Oak Park, which cumulates with a community celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Día de los Muertos is a holiday that remembers and honors family and friends that have passed away. The tradition’s roots go back thousands of years to pre-Columbian times. Día de los Muertos fuses the beliefs of indigenous groups in Mexico with Spanish traditions and Roman Catholic beliefs.
To kickoff the festivities, Republic FC will be at Saturday’s Calaveras & Corn Festival, a free family carnival celebrating both Día de los Muertos and Halloween. The festival will have carnival games, hay rides, face painting, an art station, a pumpkin patch, a haunted house and a kids’ costume contest.
The Calaveras & Corn Festival will also include a scavenger hunt that will begin on the south steps of the Capitol. Each team is allowed two people and the registration cost is $40 in advance or $60 the day of. Each participant will receive a free taco and a t-shirt. Following the carnival, from 3-6:30 p.m., there will be a special mezcal cantina experience where event attendees can learn about the history of this traditional Mexican beverage.
As part of Día de los Muertos Oak Park, several area businesses, including Republic FC’s Team Store and Headquarters, are showcasing traditional Día de los Muertos alters. A major part of Día de los Muertos, alters are traditionally constructed either in homes or at gravesites. Each altar differs from the next, with families and friends constructing altars with items their deceased loved ones enjoyed.
All nine of the business altars are available to view to the public. You can find a map for a self-guided tour here. Fans may visit Republic FC Headquarters and Team Store to view the alter during business hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Día de los Muertos Oak Park will conclude with a free community celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The event will feature live traditional Mexican music, dance performances, free kids craft and more and will serve as the conclusion of a month long celebration. The event is free and open to the public. There will be food available for purchase.
Republic FC will have their Día de los Muertos Sugar Skull t-shirts on sale at Wednesday’s event and will have several giveaways throughout the evening. There will also be a potential Republic FC player appearance.
To learn more about Día de los Muertos Oak Park’s efforts to builds community, educate and promote arts and culture through the celebration of Día de los Muertos visit dayofthedeadop.com.
What: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
When: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 5-9 pm
Who: Open to the public
Where: The Brickhouse Art Gallery
2837 36th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
What: Calaveras & Corn Festival
When: Saturday, October 29
Time: Family Carnival 11 am-3pm; Tequila and Mezcal Cantina 3-6:30 pm; Scavenger Hunt 1:30-3:30 pm
Who: Open to the public
Where: Casa de Español
1101 R Street
Sacramento, CA 95811