Día de Muertos

Join us for Día de Muertos Celebration at JUMP!

Jump is excited to once again host Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead on Thursday, November 2nd beginning at 5:00, along with a Mini Altar Workshop on October 28th!

Día de Muertos honors the lives of friends and family who have died, with food, drink, parties, and activities the deceased enjoyed in life.

This holiday is celebrated with a burst of color and life-affirming joy as those who have passed are kept alive in memory and spirit. This ancient tradition is based on the unity of life and death, and the belief that the dead would be insulted by sadness.


Entertainment and local dignitaries will open the celebration on the 6th level of JUMP and feature entertainers of all ages in colorful outfits and painted faces. List of performers below.

Pan de Muerto and Mexican cocoa will be served. 

Catrin and Catrina Contest will be set during the event on the JUMP stage, with prizes for the best outfits. Come dressed up! 

The centerpiece of Día de Muertos is the Altar, which welcomes spirits with offerings that include photographs, food, marigold flowers, and candles. Altars created by local families, students and organizations will be on display throughout the lobby. 

Along with cultural short films playing on our Share Studio monitors, including “La Noria,” “Lluvia en los Ojos,” and “Ramona" in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate. 


Performances by:

Children’s Mariachi “Cantares de Mi Pueblo”
St Mary’s Dance Group                                                             
Open Arms Dance Project                                                   
Jose Luis Heredia Mexican Trick Roper
Elisa Garcia & Trio
Danza Azteca Tonatiuh
Oyamel Folkloric Dancers                   
Mariachi Tleyoltlzin   

Additional Día De Muertos Activities at JUMP

To learn the meaning of Día de Muertos, join us for FREE workshops on Saturday, October 28th at 10am.

Monarch Migration

10:00AM, Celebration Circle, Level 1

Join us at 10am on Saturday, October 28th for a fun and artistic Monarch Migration for all ages throughout JUMP. We will be partnering with Open Arms Dance Project and City of Boise employees to learn the importance of supporting habitat for the monarch butterfly as part of the Mayor's Monarch Pledge. The Monarch Migration will begin at 10:00AM in Celebration Circle, located to the east of the North Entrance. Learn about the cultural and ecological significance of monarch butterflies and their connection to the Dia de Muertos holiday, while dancing a mini-migration path through JUMP!

Acompañanos el Sábado 28 de Octubre a las 10:00AM, en una Migración Monarca divertida y artística para todas las edades en JUMP. Nos asociaremos con Open Arms Dance Project y los empleados de la ciudad de Boise, para aprender la importancia de apoyar el hábitat de la Mariposa Moncarca como parte del compromiso de la Alcade de Boise. La Migración Monarca comenzará a las 10:00AM en el salon Círculo de Celebración, ubicado al este de la entrada norte. ¡Aprenda sobre el significado cultural y ecológico de las mariposas monarcas y su conexión con la festividad del Día de Muertos, mientras baila en una fila de mini-migración a través de JUMP!


11:00AM, JUMP Room, Level 5

Enjoy a cultural storytelling by Jacqueline Wright-Urrutia from 11:00AM-11:30AM in collaboration with the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

Disfruta de una narración cultural de Jacqueline Wright-Urrutia de 11:00 a. m. a 11:30 a. m. en colaboración con la Comisión de Bibliotecas de Idaho.

Mini Altar Workshop

11:30AM – 1:30PM, JUMP Room, Level 5

Iliana Sandoval will share the historical tradition of celebrating our loved ones who have passed by creating altars. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo, or small item that symbolizes the person to be remembered. This year we will be making sustainable altars from recycled shoeboxes. To guarantee an altar, please bring your own shoe box. A limited number of shoe boxes will be provided by JUMP, first-come-first serve. 

Iliana Sandoval compartirá la tradición histórica de festejar a nuestros seres queridos que han fallecido creando altares. Se sugiere a los participantes traer una foto o un objeto pequeño que simbolice a la persona a recordar. Este año haremos altares con cajas de zapatos recicladas. Para garantizar un altar, traiga su propia caja de zapatos. JUMP proporcionará un número limitado de cajas de zapatos, a los primeros que lleguen.

To participate in Mini Alter Workshop, please sign up here

Sugar Skull Workshop

1:30PM – 2:30PM, JUMP Room, Level 5

Carolyn Bevington will discuss the importance of the sugar skull tradition during Dia de Muertos. Participants will learn to make and decorate sugar skulls. Supplies are limited, please be sure to reserve a spot, walk ins are first-come-first serve.

Carolyn Bevington hablará sobre la importancia de la tradición de las calaveras de azúcar durante el Día de Muertos. Los participantes aprenderán a hacer y decorar calaveritas de azúcar. Los materiales son limitados, asegúrese de reservar un lugar, los participantes sin reservación serán atendidos por orden de llegada.

To participate in Sugar Skull Workshop, please sign up here

Special thanks to our educational collaborators: 



A rolling photo exhibit will be featured on the outdoor JUMPotron during the Día de Muertos celebration.