History Fort Lauderdale will invite the community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with “Ofrendas,” its annual homage to the colorful traditions of Mexico’s Día de los Muertos. This year’s cultural exhibit—which opens October 3 and runs through November 2—will feature “Inspiración Frida,” a fine art exhibition by Heather Calderon, performances, and community memorial ofrendas covered in photographs, flowers, and favorite items of the dearly departed.
“As one of the most storied fall events in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, we’re pleased to present this vibrant community collaboration showcasing locally created ofrendas, fine art, and engaging performances during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to explore the significant cultural contributions of our Mexican neighbors and enjoy the many other entertainment activities that immerse guests into the authentic traditions and spirit of the Day of the Dead holiday.”
“Ofrendas” will kick off on Saturday, October 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the launch of “Inspiración Frida,” and a family-friendly performance by Simply Puppets’ “Godmother Death” and sugar skull characters. RSVP for the free event here.
On Monday, October 18, guests are invited to “Community Conversation: Día de los Muertos,” a live (and streaming) Día de los Muertos Community Conversation with the Consulado General de Mexico en Miami and Instituto Cultural de Mexico. Registration is required. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.
“Ofrendas” will draw to a close on Tuesday, November 2, with a Florida Day of the Dead Celebration’s Skeleton Processional from 4 to 8 p.m. Families are welcome to experience the renowned 12th Annual Skeleton Processional featuring giant sugar skull puppets, beautiful costumes, music, and more.
Visitors to History Fort Lauderdale will be required to wear a mask and practice safe social distancing in accordance with national health guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available at the front desk admission point 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.
For more information about History Fort Lauderdale, please call (954) 463-4431 or visit the website.