Cross Culture Caminata Offers a Bend Spin on the Dia De los Muertos Tradition


In its third iteration the Cross Culture: Bike + Art Love puts a new spin on the event to kick off the Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival on Friday, October 28 in Downtown Bend.

Cross Culture matches artists and local businesses for a special event exploring Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the cultural celebration of the lives and memories of the deceased. “We’re thrilled to expand on the

Cross Culture concept to give a nod to the traditions of Latin culture with interpretive altars and Day of the Dead inspired artworks” said event founder Cassondra Schindler.

The Cross Culture Caminata offers a unique interpretation of the Dia de los Muertos tradition of parading through the streets with shrines and altars. Rather than watching the art move past, participants are invited to walk from one art installation to the next while meeting a talented line-up of local artists hosted by downtown Bend businesses.

“The caliber of the artists involved and the extensive support from local businesses and community members is really exciting. Bend truly does love Bikes and Art,“ says Sweet Pea Cole, event co-curator. 2011 participants include:

Bellatazza + Megan McGuinness

Cowgirl Cash + SweetPea Cole and Laura Walker

FootZone Bend + Gary Bonacker

High Desert Gallery + Lloyd McMullen

Hot Box Betty + Sara Yellich

John Paul Designs + Amy Castano

Lone Pine Coffee + Laura Winberry

North Soles Footwear + Elise Jones

Olivia Hunter + Tara Doherty

Thump Coffee + Andrew Steiner

The Wine Shop + Suzan Noyes

Visit Bend + Mark Bernahl

Event passports with a detailed map will be available at Visit Bend and all participating locations. Visitors who collect all the stamps will gain FREE entry to the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show on Saturday or Sunday, October 29 – 30.

For additional information on the Cross Culture Caminata, visit To learn more about Bend’s inaugural Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival visit:

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