Each year the Spiral Dance features beautiful and elaborate altars. Altars provide a way of showing honor and respect for the Elements , spirits and deities, and for our Beloved Dead. There are also altars that bring into focus political, social justice and environmental challenges our community is working on. In years past these altars have commemorated the loss of endangered species, remembered victims of police violence, highlighted injustices visited upon peoples of color and the LGBTQ+ community. There have been stunning altars celebrating elders and artists and spaces created to honor activists and world changers.

This year our community will erect altars for:

The Air

The Fire

The Water

The Earth

The Beloved Dead


*Additional altars will be announced as they are confirmed

  • 2016 Intention

    In the Presence of our Beloved Dead, we dance, create community and wield Love to effect change.

  • Admission

    This ritual is Bay Area Reclaiming’s largest fundraiser for the year, and supports many of our other activities, courses, ritual, and resources.

    Ticketing will be a little different this year as we will be using the box office through the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

    Our intention is to offer discounted pricing to seniors and students as has been done before, as well offering "No-one turned away for lack of funds".

    Stay tuned for more information about where, when and how you can purchase tickets online or in person.

  • When and where

    The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located at 701 Howard Street in San Francisco.

    Doors open at 5 PM. We encourage you to arrive between 5pm and 6pm so you can view the altars, hear the prelude music, and listen as the names of the Beloved Dead are read aloud.

    The Ritual begins promptly at 6 PM

  • Photography on this site

    Clicking on photographs will bring up a larger version. Please do not use the images you find on this site without permission. We are grateful to the amazing photographers who have allowed us to use their work here, please visit them online at:

    Richard Man, ImageCraft

    Michael Rauner Photography

    Michael Starkman Photography