Day of the Dead Celebration in Downtown Aurora on Sunday, Nov. 6


There will be dancing in the street on Sunday, November 6. There will also be sugar skulls, marigolds, and overflowing altars in downtown Aurora as part of a Day of the Dead celebration on Benton Street.

It’s all the vision of local photographer Jose Torres, who has planned Aurora’s Day of the Dead festivities for the last few years with the backing of Alderman Juany Garza and many sponsors.

In it’s fifth year, Torres worked with both SciTech Hands On Museum and Santori Public Library to offer a day of activities for the community to enjoy.

The celebration starts along Benton Street between Stolp Avenue and River Street with Aztec dancers, food vendors, and traditional Day of the Dead activities from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. SciTech is open with indoor activities as well.

Traditional ofrendas, or offerings, placed on altars will be on display at the library from 1 to 5 p.m. Ofendas, favorite items such as candy, baked goods, fruit, and photos, are placed on makeshift altars to honor the deceased.

Since Day of the Dead, or “Dia de los Muertos” in Spanish, is really about celebrating and honoring the dead, it’s fitting that the festivities will bring the community together for a lively, colorful holiday.