Guest post by Fabiola Cervantes, Latino Memphis Public Relations & Digital Content Manager.
Celebrate the life of loved ones and dance the night away in their honor at one of Memphis’ Top 10 parties celebrating life, culture & tradition!
Expect a nonstop celebration from the best in Latin rhythms to a blend of today’s hits from Luis Fonsi & Daddy, Yankee, Shakira, Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Drake, and more at this upscale dance club-like scene. Go for the full experience and pre-purchase a sugar skull-inspired face painting session and bar pass. The annual event also features food bites, Aztec dancers, a folkloric dance performance, Mariachi Guadalajara, and a Hip-hop meets Salsa performance by New Ballet Ensemble & Salsa Memphis! So what exactly should you expect to see when you get there? We’ve made a list to help you be ready for all the night has to offer. Buy your tickets now
- The party was named one of Memphis’ Top 10 Parties of 2016 by The Commercial Appeal.
That’s reason enough to not miss it. Plus, it’s presented by none other than Laurelwood Shopping Center.
- Día de los Muertos is not meant to be scary or creepy at all. It is a celebration of life, culture & tradition.
It’s a time to remember and celebrate loved ones. This day is celebrated differently throughout Mexico from decorating altars with loved ones pictures, candles and favorite food to more lively colorful celebrations with music, flowers and papel picado!
- The papel picado is imported from Mexico
Papel picado is a Mexican traditional folk art made by cutting intricate patterns on colorful tissue paper. Be sure to look up when you’re on the dance floor to take in the beautiful view!
- The music will be epic
Expect to dance your life away to the best in Latin rhythms and today’s hits from Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Shakira, Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Drake and more at this upscale dance club-like scene. Music by DJ Moi.
- Do not wear a Halloween costume.
Dress in your best black and white attire for this upscale event. This means you can wear all black, all white, or a combination of the two colors, but leave the Halloween costumes at home.
- You can save money by getting your ticket in advance.
This is a sell out event and pre-purchasing admission is highly recommended. Admission is $50 before 12 pm October 26 and $65 at the door on October 27.
- It’s a fundraiser
Party for a purpose at this event benefiting Latino Memphis, a local nonprofit that provides Latino Memphians with access services in the area of health, education and justice.
- You can transform yourself into a living sugar skull
Purchase the new deluxe sugar skull-inspired face painting for an over the top look or go for the half or full face look. Be sure to pre-purchase your ticket because they sell out fast.
- A bar pass is required to purchase any alcoholic drink
Bars will carry four signature drinks & craft beer which you can mix & match to your liking. Purchase the $10 two-drink pass or $20 four-drink pass in advance to avoid standing in line. No cash will be accepted at the bar.
- The party will have MEMPopS Hibiscus Tequila Popsicles
Yes, you can try one of these treats alone or drop it in your Margarita to give your drink an extra kick.
- The Día de los Muertos altar will take center stage
Altars honor the memory of loved ones and usually include photographs, food, Marigolds, bread, candles and other “recuerdos” or items of sentimental value.
- Witness a beautiful Monarch butterfly migration
Well not an actual one, but you will see Monarch butterflies at the fiesta. Nature’s migration has no borders, and each year Monarchs migrate to and from the U.S. skies and Mexican forest. They arrive in Morelia on the Día de los Muertos every year and legend has it that these orange beauties are the spirits of loved ones returning home.
- Laurelwood Freeze Models will bring upscale fashion pieces to life
The elegant models will be stationed throughout the fiesta and wow are they skilled to stand in a frozen pose with all of the movement going on at this lively party.
- Get there early
All performances happen early, so make sure to arrive at the party soon enough that you don’t miss them! Live performances include Yaoltecatl Aztec dancers in their colorful feathered costumes, New Ballet Ensemble & Rumba Room’s Hip-hop meets Salsa piece that beautifully blends Memphis & Latin culture, Mariachi Guadalajara with traditional Mexican music you can sing along to, and a folkloric performance by Herencia Hispana. I bet you won’t be able to help but move to the beat of each swing from their flowy traditional dresses.
- Make your own traditional flower headpiece
The flower-making station is the place to go to create a paper flower to wear as a headpiece before heading to the photo booth.
- Capture the moment of a lifetime and take a picture solo or in a group
The photo booth backdrop features dozens of handmade paper flowers and is personally made by Latino Memphis Abriendo Puertas students during their fall break.
- Catrinas By Cazateatro Bilingual Theater Group will be at the party
These opulent dressed skeleton figures are definitely a sight to see. You’ll want to snap a pic with them if you can!
- The party has a new venue this year
The Columns at 1 Commerce Square will be the party’s new spacious and elegant home this year.
- Admission includes access to food that blend the taste of Latin and southern cuisine.
- There will be two entrances to the party
If you’re using Lyft, Uber or getting a friend to drop you off, use the entrance on Monroe off Second St. This door will close at 9 pm. Guests can use the other entrance by the One Commerce Square Parking Garage off Union which will remain open all night.
- Leave the kids at home
You have to be 21 or older to party at the Día de los Muertos Fiesta.