Día de los Muertos 2018

San Francisco

Presented by

Marigod Project

Día de los Muertos 2018

San Francisco

Presented by

The Marigod Project

The Marigold Project formed in 1993 to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos in
honor of our Ancestors every year on November 2, at Garfield Park. We commemorate the lives of our
Ancestors by creating sacred space, building altars, leaving offerings, and using art, music,
performances, and ritual to welcome our departed.

This years theme is:
Radical Transformations
Remembering the past
Activating the present
Mending the future…

An all-volunteer staff runs The Marigold Project; this is a free event, please
help us by making a tax-deductible contribution today.

A special thank you to San Francisco Recreation and Parks for their continued support and sharing their resources with us.

Festival of Altars


 Garfield Park
26th and Harrison
11am – 4pm


 Garfield Park
26th and Harrison
11am – 4pm


 Garfield Park
26th and Harrison
11am – 4pm

The making or viewing of traditional, contemporary, or experimental altars is a unique transformative experience connecting us closer to our Ancestors. Bring flowers, votive candles, and mementos of loved ones to contribute to the Community Altar. Alternatively, come early and create an altar for your departed family and friends.

There are two ways to build an altar. You can either come to a community meeting and join a group altar or you can build your own personal altar.

Community Meetings:

540 Alabama Studio #314 on Sundays November 7, 21, & 28.
To RSVP an altar space contacts us at DODaltars@gmail.com.

Altar Requirements

The Procession

The Procession

22nd and Bryant

7:00 pm

In the Tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec Calendar, Friday November 2, 2018 honors:


Please bring flowers, votive candles, photos, and offerings. This is an alcohol free family event.

The Route:

Starts at Bryant and 22nd Street, proceeds on Bryant to 24th Street, then down 24th to Mission Street, then moves along Mission to 22nd Street, then goes along 22nd to Bryant Street, for the closing ritual, then onward to Garfield Park at Harrison and 25th.

Contact Juan Pablo at 415.933.5365 or JuanPabloGutierrez1950@gmail. for more info.


Join Our Communty

We’d love your help, volunteer! Our grassroots organization welcomes help in fundraising,
grant writing, administration, altar building, and planning. Please contact us to let us know
what skills you’d like to ofer.

Contact Us





please join our community

Build an altar
email: MarigoldProject@gmail.com

or volunteer with us.


Donation Options


In Person

Come to the park and give a tax-deductible donation at the information table next to the entrance to the club house & pickup a DOD poster.


Snail Mail

Send tax-deductible donations to our fiscal sponsor. Make checks payable to: RECLAIMING
PO Box 14404
SF, CA, 94114
Please write in the memo:

Day of the Dead.



Please join our GoFundMe campaign, click the donate button to make online donations.


Your Donations At Work

Each year, the Marigold Project must raise the funds for the Festival of Altars at Garfield. The tradition of an outdoor altar exhibit has served as a unique, spiritual community space- encouraging and enabling thousands of moments of healing, connection and celebration for over three decades.

We are asking our Day of the Dead community to stand together to ensure this event remains a FREE community event, with no visible corporate sponsors. If you have been touched by Day of the Dead and would like to see it continue and grow, please consider donating a gift. Any amount is welcomed and greatly appretiated. All donations will go towards park permits, altar materials, portapotties, a cleaning crew, artist stipends, education, and admin costs.

Personal Altar Guidelines

Personal Altar Guidelines

Thanks for participating in this years event. This is a unique and transformative community event and the entire community is grateful for your collaboration, creativity, and love for making it a night to remember.

• INFORMATION TABLE will be next to the clubhouse. PLEASE CHECKIN and help us build an amazing event.

• NO ALCOHOL is not allowed during the event. We are making an effort to cut down police intervention during the event.  Please remind others than this is an alcohol-free event and gently invite them to drink outside the park.

• NO AMPLIFIED SOUND is allowed.

• ELECTRICITY is not supplied. If you need electricity you will need to bring a silent generator. Please notify us in advance, if you will be bringing a generator.

• FIRE is only allowed in candles that are inside of glass or tin recipients.

• WATER must be present at each altar. A minimum of one gallon is required just in case some thing catches fire.

• NO DIGGING is allowed in the soil by using rebar and no more than 6 inches deep due the sprinkler system.  Please notify us if you are planning to dig.

• PLAYGROUND RULES: Only children and adults supervising children are allowed into the playground area. No altars or candles in the Playground.

SET UP: 12 pm – 4 pm.  Please make sure that your altar is set by 4 pm.

• CLEAN UP begins promptly at 11 pm. Please remove your altars and ofrendas that night. The Marigold Project is not responsible for anything left at the park after midnight.  There will be waste, recycling and compostable dumpsters on Harrison.

• BE AWARE, we will get fined for anything left on the street or park and if waste is not properly classified. Please bring your own garbage bags. We will also have garbage bags available at the Marigold Project table. We encourage you to recycle usable arts materials and candles at SCRAP.

• CONCERNS from the police, rangers, or any attendee can be addressed at the Marigold Project information table located outside the Clubhouse.

We are looking forward to celebrating and creating Dia de los Muertos with all of you!


The Marigold Project

The 2018 Ritual Procession honors the memory of:
Youth & Victims of Gun Violence in 2018

René Yanes – Chicano Artist, Co-Founder Galeria De La Raza
Ed Lee – San Francisco Mayor
Quique Dávila – Musician, Health & Cultural Worker
Raquel Gonzales – Chicana Artist & Cultural Worker
Carlos Gutiérrez – HOMEY Mission Youth Mentor
April Cotte – Border Justice, Activist, GAIA Girls
Yolanda Castro – Labor Organizer
Ksiel Sztundel – Worker Advocate
Victims of Police Violence, Terrorist Attacks & Chemical Wars
Victims of Fires & Unprecedented Catastrophic Events
Victims of Racial Terror & Ethic Cleansing
Public Servants Who Died In The Line Of Duty and
All Persons & Their Companion Animals Who Died This Year

A special thank you to Reclaiming for being awesome fiscal sponsors,
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for fabulous fundraising support, Jonathan-Clark.com for his beautiful photos, Julia Borodaenko for her talent in WordPress, Hillary Ronen’s Office for their active support,
Marigold Project volunteer staff, and SF Mission Community.

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