Special Events

Dia de los Muertos

This year we were proud to be working in conjunction with the Latino Family Center, Center for Creative Re-use and local artist Katy Dement to host our annual Dia de los Muertos community festival; thanks to the Sprout Fund!

Events took place throughout the community from August until November (see full listing)
The two culminating events included:
Friday, November 1st
Unblurred (Unburied!) – Día de los Muertos Costumed Stroll on Penn Avenue
6:00 - 9:00 pm 
5080 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
A costumed stroll down Penn Avenue during the monthly Unblurred gallery crawl will kick off the Día de los Muertos festivities.  Wear your Day of the Dead mask or costume and join in anywhere between Fairmount Street and Millvale Ave.  There will be various activities along the Penn Ave Arts Corridor, including collaborative temporary installations and community ofrenda-making, mask-making, face painting, DJs, live music, food trucks, and surprises. Galleries will be open with themed exhibits.  Free.


An important part of La Escuelita is the community development outside of the classroom. We often participate in or host educational and cultural activities throughout the year.

Past events include:

  • 5 de Mayo Festival
  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration (Fall)
  • Arbor Inauguration
  • Al Servicio de la Comunidad Festival (Spring)
  • Latin American/Caribbean Festival (Fall)
  • Latin American Benefit Brunch (Spring)
  • Family Latino Fest (Spring)
  • Co-op Harvest Festival (Fall)


Saturday, November 2nd
Family Fiesta:  A Remembrance of the Dead and a Celebration for the Living 
2:00 - 5:00 pm 
Kaufmann Center at the Hill House
1835 Center Ave., 15219 
Join your friends and neighbors for a fun afternoon of Latino music, food, dance and traditional arts activities in honor of those who have passed on.   Our lost loved ones continue to inspire and have a tangible impact on our lives.  Bring the whole family to celebrate and share in this joyful tradition.

Day of the Dead Photos



Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Pittsburgh Opera
7 pm 

Interested in becoming a sponsor?  or Salsita volunteer?
email admin@laescuelitapgh.org 



Escuelita offers a variety of services at various local community events and schools.  The 'Escuelita Troupe' offers age appropriate Spanish Language and bilingual interactive puppet shows.  We also offer a variety of hands-on Latin American crafts for Festival participants. 
If you are hosting an event in your school or community, or know of one that we should be involved with please let us know.

We work hard to co-sponsor and support other local and some national organizations in an effort to share the Spanish language, music and culture with Pittsburgh families. 
Our community partners include:

  • Carnegie Library system
  • Children's Museum, 
  • Silver Eye Center for Photography
  • Latin American Cultural Union 
  • Saturday Light Brigade
  • Building New Hope
  • Center for Latin American Studies
  • Society for Contemporary Craft