History Fort Lauderdale, the local organization that makes heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, will invite the community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with “Ofrendas,” the annual homage to the vibrant traditions of Mexico’s Día de los Muertos. This year’s exhibit, which kicked off on October 4, will showcase fine art and community memorial altars or “ofrendas” covered in photographs, flowers, and favorite items of the dearly departed. The exhibit will run through November 2.
The celebration will continue with a Zoom Community Conversation about the history and future of Día de los Muertos on October 19, Florida Day of the Dead Celebration shadow puppet theater storytelling on November 1, and a closing evening of pop-up Ofrendas and strolling performers on the banks of the New River on November 2.
“Our Día de los Muertos and ‘Ofrendas’ activities remain one of Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s most popular draws for Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “We have made temporary adjustments to comply with COVID-19 guidelines and we welcome visitors back to History Fort Lauderdale with timed tours of our vibrant fine art exhibition, socially distanced walking tours and other outdoor entertainment activities that will allow families to enjoy the authentic spirit of the monthlong celebration.”
History Fort Lauderdale’s “Ofrendas” Activities:
“Community Conversation: The History and Future of Day of the Dead in Mexico,” Monday, October 19, at 6:45 p.m.
Join History Fort Lauderdale for an interactive Zoom discussion about the history and future of Day of the Dead in Mexico. RSVP requested at http://bit.ly/HFLOfrendas2020CC.
Florida Day of the Dead Celebration’s Shadow Puppet Theater and roving giant puppets, Sunday, November 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy Catrinas and Folklorico performances on the lawn of the New River Inn. Participate in limited, timed ticket tours of the “Ofrendas” exhibition. Sponsored by Riverwalk, City of Fort Lauderdale, and the Puppet Network & Puppet Guild of South Florida.
Florida Day of the Dead Celebration Closing Evening, Monday, November 2, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Families are welcome to an evening of pop-up Ofrendas, luminarias on the New River, and a cavalcade of entertaining and engaging roving performers including Tradicional Aztek Dancers Tloke Nahuake. Last chance for timed ticket tours of the “Ofrendas” exhibition.
Select events and pop-up performances will be live streamed on Facebook to encourage virtual participation. Visitors will be required to wear a mask, have a digital temperature reading, and practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be available at admission and all surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned multiple times a day, per CDC guidelines. Additionally, guests will be asked to sign-in, daily, for contact tracing.
History Fort Lauderdale admission costs $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military, and children ages six and under. Tickets are available online here.