Day of the Dead 2017 in Sonora, Mexico

Festivals, processions and other events
Festival de la Calaca 2017 - Guaymas, Sonora

Festivals, Processions and Events for Dia de Muertos 2017

Cemeteries in every Sonoran city and pueblo will be filled with people paying their respects to the dead by cleaning and painting graves, adorning graves with brightly colored floral arrangements, serenading the dead with their favorite songs and pausing to share a meal at the grave of a deceased loved one.

In addition, many places will also have processions, festivals and other observances, usually at the local Casa de la Cultura or town plaza. Following are some that have been announced for Day of the Dead 2017.


There will be Day of the Dead events in Caborca on Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31.

On Monday, a Day of the Dead procession will start at 5:00 p.m. in Plaza 6 de Abril and proceed to the panteon, the city cemetery. A festival artistico will be held at the panteon starting at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, a fine arts exhibition will open at 7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Abigael Bohorquez Casa de la Cultura.

Ciudad Obregon

The Festival de las Calacas 2017 will be at the La Arboleda Auditorium in the Casa de la Cultura de Cajeme in Ciudad Obregon on Friday, October 27, 2017.

The event will feature an exhibit and competition of altars and tapancos; catrinas; Day of the Dead poetry (calaveras literarias); a Day of the Dead procession; a pictorial collective and engraving exhibit; a gastronomic exhibition; and an arts and crafts sale.

The festival is free of charge.


The 15th annual Festival de la Calaca will be celebrated in Guaymas from Saturday, October 28 to Monday, October 30.

The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday with a procession from the Casa de la Cultura to Calle 23, and the festival’s inauguration will be at 6:30 p.m. that evening. Ballet folklorico and other musical entertainment will be performed at the Casa de la Cultura starting at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday’s entertainment will be at three venues: the Guaymas Stage at Plaza 13 de julio; the Sound Stage located in the Callejón de los Triques; and the Mexico Stage, located at the corner of Plaza 13 de Julio and Alfonso Iberri.

On Monday, prizes will be awarded to the best Day of the Dead altars, and the festival will officially come to a close at 8:00 p.m.

For more information, click here to see the official festival page.


The Instituto Municipal de Cultura y Arte de Hermosillo is sponsoring the Día de Muertos en Víactiva on Sunday, October 29, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the kiosk in Plaza Zaragoza.

Participants are invited to dress as catrinas or catrínes, the traditional Day of the Dead costumes that feature faces painted as skulls. Face painting will be provided starting at 4:00 p.m., at a cost of 50 pesos.

Three prizes will be awarded for the best catrina or catrín. Sign-ups for the competition start at 5:00 p.m. at the InfoMexico booth near the plaza, at Blvd. Hidalgo and Comonfort.

Click here for more information.

Puerto Peñasco – Rocky Point

The coastal resort city of Puerto Peñasco will celebrate the Day of the Dead on November 4, with catrinas and displays of ofrendas, Day of the Dead altars. 

The event starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Mercado de las Artesanias on Calle 32, also known as Rodeo Drive.