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Your GUIDE to Sugar Skull City, celebrate Day of the Dead in downtown Aurora

Welcome to Sugar Skull City! Aurora Downtown is honoring Day of the Dead, the beloved Mexican cultural tradition, from October 15 to November 7, 2021. Join us in celebrating Dia de los Muertos with art, activities, specials, videos, shopping, and much more.

“We come into this world to learn to die, and we die to begin our true life.”

Danza Tolteca-Chichimeca

You’re Entering Sugar Skull City 2021

Thanks for visiting Sugar Skull City for our second year. This year, we’re celebrating from Oct. 15 to Nov. 7. Take a self-guided tour of downtown using our map of participating businesses. Find more activities below.

Sugar Skull City from Oct 15 to Nov 7 includes art displays in downtown windows. Art changes annually.
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of downtown storefronts decorated for Day of the Dead by local artists and downtown staff. Click on link above for this year’s map of participating businesses.
  • Enjoy specials and menu items at restaurants that honor the Day of the Dead traditions.
  • Sugar Skull City Alebrije Hunt: Find as many alebrijes as you can from Oct. 15 through Nov. 7 in downtown Aurora. Alebrijes are mythical animals from Mexican Folk Art. The brightly colored and fantastical animals were dreamed up by Mexico City artist Pedro Linares in the late 1930s. The Mexican state of Oaxaca has since popularized the craft of carved wooden alebrijes. Tag the ones you find @downtownaurora on Instagram for giveaways. #sugarskullcity
  • Learn how to make DIY sugar skulls and papel picado. Videos below!
  • Shop downtown stores for local artisan Day of the Dead merchandise.
  • Stop into Mexican restaurants and bakeries and support Latinx-owned businesses.
  • Buy an official Sugar Skull City tote bag. Sugar Skull City totes are available for $20 at Wyckwood House, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange. Limited supply!
  • Visit Nine Steps to Mictlán: A Day of the Dead Art Exhibit (Oct. 8 – Nov. 13, 2021) at Aurora Public Art, 20 E. Downer Pl.
  • Participate in an ofrenda contest at Santori Public Library of Aurora, 101 S. River St.
  • Download Sugar Skull and Alebrije *NEW* coloring pages.
  • Enjoy an evening of Day of the Dead celebrations at First Fridays on November 5, 2021. Celebrate with a Day of the Dead festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on November 6 at the bank lot at SE corner of Broadway and Galena.
  • To request information in Spanish, please email info[at]auroradowntown[dot]org.
  • Para solicitar informacion en espanol, envie un correo electronico a info[at]auroradowntown[dot]org.

Learn about alebrijes. What is an alebrije? Watch and find out about these mythical animals from Mexican Folk Art.

Sugar Skull City ACTIVITIES

Scavenger HUNT: Throughout Sugar Skull City, we will have ONE large Sugar Skull screen print on YELLOW paper hidden in plain sight in downtown Aurora. If you find it, take a photo and #sugarskullcity on Instagram, and you could win an official Sugar Skull City tote bag. You can also enter by submitting the photo via email to info[at]auroradowntown[dot]com. Winners will be chosen randomly each week until November 7.


Sugar Skull City GALLERY

Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl., features a display of Day of the Dead merchandise. Sugar Skull City tote bags are for sale at Wyckwood House, Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, and Aurora Regional Fire Museum.

Sugar Skull City MERCH

Visit shops in downtown Aurora for special Day of the Dead gifts, home decor, accessories, and more. Purchase an official Sugar Skull City tote bag for $20 at The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, Wyckwood House, and Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Limited supplies!


Visit La Central Bakery, 110 E. Galena Blvd., for sugar skulls, Pan de Muerto and more.

Sugar Skull City SPECIALS

  • Altiro Latin Fusion ~ Free Pan de Muerto with Cafe de Olla purchase
  • La Quinta de los Reyes ~ Pumpkin Margarita
  • La Central Bakery ~ Pan de Muerto
  • Society 57 ~ Honey Spiced Latte Hot honey + cinnamon + espresso + steamed milk. And for kids… Caramel Apple Cider Steamed apple cider + cinnamon syrup + whipped cream + caramel sauce drizzle
  • Gillerson’s Grubbery ~ The Altar Burger – Featuring a local farm-raised beef patty from Gehrke Farms (Dekalb) stuffed with a wicked hot ball of cheese that’s been spiked with various hot peppers, cooked to perfection and topped with habanero pineapple salsa featuring Gindo’s Hot Sauce. Served with a side of elote. $21 | Smokey Granada Margarita – Featuring Don Julio Respasado, Banhez Mezcal, fresh pomegranate juice and seeds. $10 | Churros Bread Pudding $7 
  • French 75 Gallery & Lounge ~ Day of the Dead cocktail

Specials are subject to change.


Learn how to make a sugar skull using only three ingredients! See our videos below.

Sugar Skull City VIDEOS


Sugar Skull City DOWNLOADABLES

Coloring pages are a joint project with Culture Stock.


Thanks for visiting! Come again!