Top 6 Day of the Dead celebrations in Toronto

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that’s widely observed in Mexico from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2. While many might recognize it from the colourful painted skulls, the holiday is a celebration that takes place to honour and celebrate the souls of those departed. Here in Toronto, many Mexican eateries and bars are paying tribute to friends and family with a series of special events, including live music, specialty cocktails, and one-day only menu items. Here are our top picks to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in the city.

Fonda Balam

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Celebrate life with a joyous gathering to honour lost loved ones at Fonda Balam with their Dia de los Muertos special: Pumpkin Tamal stuffed with queso fresco, served with black bean sauce, crema and spicy pepitas.

El Sazon de la Tia Flor

Join the festivities at the  grand re-opening of El Sazon de la Tia Flor’s Eglonton location as they mark the occasion with pan de muerto and hot chocolate — and it’s all on the house. Plus, they have dollar tacos and a wide variety of other delicious Mexican dishes too.

Barrio Cerveceria

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On Nov 2 and. 3, Barrio Cerveceria will celebrate the return of their highly anticipated Day of the Dead experience with giveaways, menu specials and live music. Known for its vibrant atmosphere, their heated patio stands out as one of the city’s top spots, delivering vacation vibes like no other. 

El Catrin


Distillery District’s Mexican hotspot, El Catrin, is pulling out all the stops for Day of the Dead, with a two-day fiesta, featuring traditional dishes, exclusive cocktails, mariachi music and more, starting November 1st.

Mad Mexican

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Mad Mexican in the west end is commemorating November 1st with the debut of a new menu. Indulge in delectable offerings such as slow-braised green Pozole with chicken and hominy, crispy pork Milanese, and for dessert, chocolate tamales.

Frisaca Bar

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Join the two-day celebration at Frisaca Bar on November 1st and 2nd. Create an ofrenda (altar) and bring photos, candles and gifts for the afterlife from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.Attendees can also get their faces painted by a young artist. On November 2nd,  Latin Comedy starts at 7 p.m.

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