Due to COVID-19, the annual Día de los Muertos event was not held at the History Museum and Courthouse Square in 2020.  Members of Casa Circulo Cultural presented a Courthouse Docket webinar on the history and traditions of Day of the Dead on November 2, 2020.

The History Museum will join with Casa Circulo Cultural and the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library to present a Day of the Dead celebration.  All activities are free.  On Courthouse Square, just in front of the Museum, there will be music, traditional food and a processional. Activities start at 4:00 p.m., entertainment begins at 5:00 p.m., and welcome speech and procession starts at 7:00 p.m.

Within the Museum will be kids’ crafts (5:00-8:30 p.m.) and a Festival of Altars (5:00-8:30 p.m.)

Dia de los Muertos in Courtroom A at the San Mateo County History Museum
A young girl in Dia de los Muertos face paint works on a craft at the San Mateo County History Museum

Craft Activities:

  • Decorate a calavera mask. A calavera representation of a human skull.
  • Create paper flowers like those used to decorate altars or graves on Día de los Muertos.
  • Make your own mini-altar and create items to place on it.
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An ofrenda at Dia de los Muertos at the San Mateo County History Museum

Festival of Altars

Community members will create the Festival of Altars in Courtroom A. The altars traditionally honor family members who have passed and include some simple and some elaborate creations. They are often full of objects giving life to dead adult relatives, including food and drink.  Altars dedicated to dead children include toys, candies and other goodies.

PLEASE NOTE: Entrance to the altars will be on the Middlefield Street side of the museum.