Celebrating Día de los Muertos in Cleveland


Día de los Muertos or, Day of the Dead, is an annual celebration that can be traced back to early Mexican civilizations. You can take part in this ancient tradition right here in Cleveland every November.

 Cleveland Public Theatre and Día de Muertos Ohio will host Cleveland’s only Día de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Gordon Square neighborhood. The all-ages event will feature ofrenda installations (a symbolic altars) by local artists, Mexican art and crafts, face-painting, music, and a colorful “Skulls and Skeletons” street procession along Detroit Avenue. It’s a great way to learn about the origins of this meaningful holiday.

Pan de muerto is a sweet bread that families enjoy together at the table and it is also traditionally placed upon an ofrenda to welcome visiting spirits home. You can bake a loaf of the “bread of the dead” using Veronica Tomaschek’s recipe and post your photos! Don’t forget to and tag us #ediblecle!

If you want to purchase pan de muerto, the ceremonial bread featured in our fall issue, or other ingredients for Mexican and Latin dishes, you can use this resource of stores and bakeries compiled with help from Veronica Tomaschek. Pan de muerto is only available a few days each year, and you may need to place an order for it.

 Note: some of these locations are small and may have staff who are primarily Spanish-speaking. Most do not have websites.

La Plaza Supermercado

13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd.

Cleveland, 44107



Caribe Bake Shop

2906 Fulton Rd.

Cleveland, 44113



La Mexicana Grocery

170 East Washington St.

Painesville, OH 44077



La Borincana

2127 Fulton Road

Cleveland, OH 44114



Las Americas

5650 Aurora Road

Bedford Heights, Ohio



La Hispana Market and Restaurant

351 N State Street

Painesville, OH 44077



El Canelo

1813 S. Main Street

Akron, OH 44301



San Miguel Grocery

604 East Cuyahoga Falls Ave.

Akron, OH 44310