Día de los Muertos Festival and Outdoor Projection

Media only:

Gabbie Obusek (202) 633-8299, obusekge@si.edu
Concetta Duncan (202) 633-9989, duncanc@si.edu 

Media website:   newsdesk.si.edu

@smithsoniannpg, #myNPG 

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WHAT: Día de los Muertos Festival and Outdoor Projection

WHO: Artists MasPaz and Guache, Sones de México Ensemble and Maru Montero Dance Company

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 2

  • Indoor Festival: 5–8 p.m.
  • Live projection performance: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery / Kogod Courtyard

  • The corner of G and 9th streets N.W.  

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will host its annual Día de los Muertos celebration on Nov. 2. An indoor festival with music, dancing and art activities will take place in the Kogod Courtyard from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors will be invited to place artworks, photographs and other offerings on the community altar as a tribute to their loved ones. Food and drink inspired by Día de los Muertos traditions will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

At 6:30 p.m., artists MasPaz and Guache will present their live video artwork on the museum’s G and 9th St. facade. The performance combines MasPaz’s distinctive murals with Guache’s vibrant digital paintings and will be accompanied by compelling sounds.  

Additionally, the Portrait Gallery has partnered with MasPaz and Guache to create Instagram filters of a Día de los Muertos mask. The filter can be found on Instagram at @smithsoniannpg on the day of the festival.

Media interested in photos or footage can RSVP to Gabbie Obusek at obusekge@si.edu.  


National Portrait Gallery

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The National Portrait Gallery is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000. Connect with the museum at npg.si.edu and on Facebook, Instagram, X and YouTube.  

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