Souls of the City Altar Walk

Sol Collective, Center for Sacramento History, Sacramento History Museum, and Downtown Sacramento Partnership are proud to invite the community to once again celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Old Sacramento. In order to keep our communities safe and healthy from COVID-19 this year we are offering an alternative experience to the annual Souls of the City: Dia de los Muertos ​ festival. Old Sacramento will be hosting altar installations displayed throughout several buildings including Heywood, Fat City, Lady Adams, Fratt, Tower Garage, and many more. Most of the altars, installations, and artwork will be indoors and on display through the outside windows.

The exhibit will be available for the public to view from October 5th through November 6th.

Community members are encouraged to visit and enjoy as many times as they wish. We ask that everyone wear masks and practice social distancing. This is a family friendly exhibit and free for all ages.

Día de los Muertos is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. It is a festival to welcome the souls of loved ones who have passed away. In Mexican culture, it is believed that once every year the souls visit the world of the living. It is a tradition to prepare altars with offerings in honor of loved ones at home and/or at the gravestones of the deceased.

The altars contain food, flowers, candles, candy, sugar skulls, and other elements making reference to things the deceased enjoyed while alive. Día de los Muertos is not to celebrate death, nor something to fear; instead, it is a celebration of life, an occasion to remember our loved ones who have passed away. As long as there is someone who remembers them, they remain alive in our hearts.


The altar installations were created by different artists, community members, and organizations. The views and opinions expressed in the altar installations are each author’s own, and do not reflect the view, and values of Sol Collective, Center for Sacramento History, Sacramento History Museum, Downtown Sacramento Partnership, and the owners of the buildings.