The Day of the Dead is an ancient festival of remembrance for those who have left this plane and moved to the land of the dead. Mythologically overseen by Mictēcacihuātl, the Aztec goddess of the dead, this sacred rite is a Pre-Columbian Indigenous tradition that has not only survived colonization, but has grown far beyond its central Mexican roots. All the people of Napa are invited to honor loved ones at the ofrenda and join together in community for a day of music, dance, food and learning about Dia de los Muertos, a life-affirming tradition rooted in love. Says the city of Napa, “We invite everyone to bring copies of photos, written stories, and memories to honor and celebrate your ancestors.” 3pm opening ceremony with Aztec dancing by Nanuhuatzin, main stage activities until 8pm. Dia de los Muertos, Saturday, Nov. 4, Veterans Park | Dwight Murray Plaza | Brown Street, Napa. Free.
Australian Courtney Barnett is a crafter of tunes that strike the soul. No, that’s too easy. Barnett is an artist of the highest quality whose work rewards with subtleties and sophistication that continually bring forth new experiences in the listener with apparent ease. Taking that mastery a step further, Barnett’s latest album, End Of The Day, is an instrumental work that bravely casts aside the strongest features of her previous work, riffs and lyrics. She performs a set of the music from that album at the Gundlach Bundschu Amphitheater, followed by a second set selected from her repertoire of bangers. Doors 5:30pm, show 7pm, Monday, Nov. 6, Gundlach Bundschu Amphitheater, 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. $64.50. Parking $20 cash or PayPal only.
The Museum of Sonoma County hosts an annual Día de los Muertos exhibition featuring artwork and altars created by local artists. It is an opportunity to find joy in remembering loved ones while gathering in community. This year the exhibition will be outside in the Sculpture Garden, a move toward authenticity echoing the outdoor locations—often cemeteries—where the festivals often take place in Mexico. In a move toward inclusion, those not able to attend a public setting are offered at-home activities in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. Whether from home or in person, all residents of Sonoma County are invited to place offerings in the altar. The Día de los Muertos Exhibition runs until Nov. 26 at the Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. Free for museum members and children 12 and under. Students $7. Adults $10.
Fast, thrash punk from Portland, Oregon? Yes, please. North Bay Pyrate Punx has been putting on authentic, fun shows for forever. Bands from up and down the coast, and around the country, connect with the group to play to the North Bay’s proud, crusty, loving community of punks-for-life and their allies, such as Portland’s Sidewalk Slam playing this week at the Phoenix Theater. Often a fundraiser and too often a memorial, this show pays honor to former Sidewalk Slam bandmates drummer Kyle “Gob” Aragon, a North Bay transplant, and lead singer Devin Brough, both of whom left us too soon. Also playing, North Bay bands System86 and Hemmed Up. 8 pm, Saturday, Nov. 4, The Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $10. All ages.