Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory invites the community to join in a celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in the tropical Conservatory. The event is part of the Nicholas at Night series of family-friendly events, and features performances by Mariachi Lire de Rockford. The partner for the event is Rockford's Jefferson High School.
This holiday originated in Mexico several thousand years ago to demonstrate remembrance, love, and respect for deceased family members and loved ones in colorful and festive ways, and is rich in symbolism. Attendees can learn about the holiday’s symbolism of flowers and nature by creating tissue marigolds to take home or add to the community altar, create traditional colorful sugar skull masks (calaveras), sample pan de muerto (sweet bread), listen to mariachi music, and more.
All event activities are included with Nicholas Conservatory admission; fees vary by residency and age, and are posted at www.nicholasconservatory.com/rates/. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door; admission is included in Nicholas Conservatory membership.
For additional information about Nicholas Conservatory programs, events, memberships, field trips, and rentals, visit www.nicholasconservatory.com, or call 815-987-8858, where information on accessibility for visitors with disabilities is also available.
Directions: Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens - 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL 61107 - From I-90: Exit at U.S. 20 Business (E. State St.) and follow Business 20 into Rockford. Turn right on IL 251 and follow it north to the entrance to the Conservatory on the west side of the street. --- From the south: Exit I-39 west on U.S. 20 Bypass to IL 251 (11th St.) Follow IL 251 through town to the entrance to the Conservatory on the west side of the street.