Day of the Dead festivities are going to last an entire week again this year.

Local Mexican restaurant El Papalote has been working hard at organizing the celebrations which kick off this Sunday, Oct. 30.

Co-owner Ima Moreno says the local event, which started five years ago, keeps getting bigger and bigger.

"This is the fifth time we have put together an event for the Day of the Dead, this is the third time that we are doing it for a week-long celebration."

And something new to this year's festivities is a market.

"So, this is also the first year we are introducing the first annual Day of the Dead market. This year it's run by Inclusion Foothills. We do open the event with brunch, a Mexican Day of the Dead brunch, everything is being held at the Highwood Centre."

Other local businesses are also offering up special Mexican food specials throughout the week-long celebration including Colossi's, Emerson Lane Mercantile, The Dining Car at High River station, The Bakerry as well as The Buzz and The Hive in Nanton.

Funding for the event was provided by the Community Vitality Fund.

Tickets for the gala and painting classes can be purchased through EventBrite

Here's a schedule of events for the entire week:

Day of the Dead 2022