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 walking tour of downtown storefronts decorated for Day of the Dead by local artists and downtown staff. Map coming soon!
  • Enjoy specials and menu items at restaurants that honor the Day of the Dead traditions.
  • Participate in an Alebrijes (magical animals from Mexican Folk Art) scavenger hunt.
  • 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 filled with goodies. Sugar Skull City totes are available during Sugar Skull City for $20 at Wyckwood House 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 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.
Sugar Skull City from Oct 15 to Nov 7 includes art displays in downtown windows.

Sugar Skull City ACTIVITIES

Take a peek at just SOME of the decorated storefronts in downtown Aurora during Sugar Skull City’s inaugural year.

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 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 filled with goodies for $20 at The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange and Wyckwood House. Limited supplies! Only available during Sugar Skull City!

Grab a tote while you can! It’s filled with goodies. $20 while supplies last. Purchase at Wyckwood House and The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange.

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

Sugar Skull City SPECIALS

Specials are subject to change.

Learn how to make a sugar skull using only three ingredients!

Sugar Skull City VIDEOS


Coloring pages are a joint project with Culture Stock.

Thanks for visiting! Come again!

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