The Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday seems overly morbid, with its cadaverous figurines and edible candy corpses, but the point of the holiday is actually to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on. Because of its Nov. 1 proximity to Halloween and the overtly macabre imagery associated with it, though, Dia de los Muertos gets wrapped into plenty of spooky celebrations here in the States. CityArts throws its sixth annual early celebration of the south-of-the-border soiree this week with a block party incorporating both traditions. With plenty of performers from both backgrounds – gothic steampunk troupe Phantasmagoria followed by salsa band O Mi Lasa, for example – this is a cultural melting pot worth dipping into.
6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 | CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave. | 407-648-7060 | orlandoslice.com
| $5 suggested donation