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We all have people we love who have passed away. In Mexican tradition, we get to reunite with these beloved souls one time a year: on Día de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead. Celebrated on All Saints’ Day, Día de los Muertos is a joyous welcoming back of a family’s ancestors. It’s like a family reunion for the living and the dead and it gets celebrated in style: elaborately decorated sugar skulls and masks; bright, colorful clothing and face paint; skeleton costumes; tremendous amounts of delicious food; lively music; and stunning altars made to remember and welcome the souls who visit this one special night of the year.
L.A.’s rich Latin culture gives us many opportunities to continue this tradition or join in it and make it a part of our family’s ways too. Please note that while this is a festival and a happy occasion, it is NOT Halloween! The ancestors’ presence is felt but not seen (ghost costumes, grim reapers, etc. are not a part of the Day of the Dead). If you’re unfamiliar with Día de los Muertos and plan to attend a celebration, take a look at what to wear – the outfits and makeup are gorgeous! – and be respectful of the thousand years of tradition and culture that are embodied in this day. You will love celebrating your dear ones who have passed on.
Hollywood Forever is a cemetery unlike any other in the world. Built in 1899, it’s the final resting place for more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on earth and also hosts many cultural events, including concerts and summer movie nights. Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever cemetery takes place in an authentic venue where ancient traditions can be genuinely observed. Día de Los Muertos attire is strongly encouraged at this 16th Annual Festival, so arrive dressed in your finest calaca apparel! You can spend an eventful day relaxing and then watch the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebrations. Enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead arts and crafts available for purchase. There will be a vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals with traditional Aztec blessings and regional musical-dance group dedications, musical performances by Grammy Award-winning recording artists, 100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones, hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume, a costume contest for the best dressed calaca(skeleton) and a children’s arts project area presented by LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art), plus much more! Admission is $20. Children 8 and under, and seniors 65 and over, are free until 4 pm.
- October 24, noon-midnight
- Admission is $20. Children 8 and under, and seniors 65 and over, are free until 4 pm
- Los Angeles 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. CA 90038
Head downtown to enjoy the Grand Park Downtown Día de los Muertos Concert with the family. There will be free face painting for kids (until 8 pm); food trucks; altars where you can bring your own offerings; amazing live bands, including Palenke Soultribe, La Chamba, Very be Careful and DJ Paw; and traditional dance groups Xocoyote (Aztec), Nueva Antequera (Oaxacan) and the Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company will perform. See the beautiful and intricate folkloric sculptures and altars, as well as large-scale botanic installations. There’s even a bar for the parents! Admission is FREE!
- October 24-November 2
- Los Angeles 200 North Grand Avenue CA 90012
Olvera Street celebrates Dia de los Muertos with nine nights of Novenario processions andFiesta Muertos, two entire weekends of children’s workshops, music, dancing, parades, unique altars and more!
- Novenaria: October 25 – November 2, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Celebration: Sunday, November 1 and Monday, November 2, 2015
- Los Angeles 125 Paseo De La Plaza CA 90012
Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica hosts a traditional Dia de los Muertos celebration where family and friends gather to honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed. The event focuses on the traditions that make up this celebration of life and death. There are a variety of ways participants can discover the philosophy and history of the day, including an opening procession led by Ketzaliztli dancers, a workshop to create offerings of marigoldcoronitas (crowns) and papel picado (perforated paper), self-guided tours of the cemetery that explore the history of local famous people, a documentary on how a small town in Mexico prepares for the holiday, a traditional Nahuatl ceremonial blessing, and musicians performing throughout the cemetery to honor the dead. Woodlawn Cemetery is situated on 26 acres and has views of the Santa Monica mountains and ocean. The event is FREE and bike valet and parking are available.
Historic Downtown San Pedro celebrates Día de los Muertos with art, culture, delicious cuisine and live entertainment. Arrive hungry! You will definitely want to sample the delicious Latin American food from local restaurants. Kids will enjoy the La Muerte Vive! Art Area where they can make a special, free take-home craft. You can also have your face painted to help you get in the spirit! Six Street between Mesa and Centre Streets will be filled with the sounds of traditional and contemporary Latin-American performers. The Altar of Remembrance is a community altar where anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to leave a picture, personal note or other small item of remembrance. Lastly, don’t forget to stop by the Artists Village where there will be whimsical calaveras (skulls) and calacas(skeletons of all shapes and sizes), handmade jewelry, clothing and other specialty items, all made by local artists!
El Centro Cultural de Mexico is a space in Santa Ana where the community can find cultural, educational, and artistic activities that strengthen their identities, develop their talents and develop a sense of leadership in their community. El Centro’s celebration of Día de los Muertos is called Noche de Altares (Night of the Altars). This event brings people from all over and it grows every year so go early if you want to beat the crowds (though being with community is a huge part of a this celebration, so you choose!). There is a lot to see and do, from traditional altars, visual arts, arts & crafts for kids, vendors selling good food, live performances and more!
- Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 1:00pm – 10:00pm
- Santa Ana 4th and Birch Streets CA 92701
The Museum of Latin American Art is celebrating Día de los Muertos in style on November 2. The annual family-friendly festival features art workshops, live performances, gallery tours, food, face painting, unique craft vendors, an altar display contest, and a community altar dedicated to author Gabriel García Márquez. Día de Los Muertos attire is strongly encouraged. Make sure to arrive dressed as a calavera! Admission to this event is FREE!
If you can’t make it on November 2 or if you want the kids to get even more involved, MOLAA will be celebrating Día de los Muertos October 26 through November 2! There will be various classes and demonstrations, including mask making, drop-in arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations (and tasting!), face painting, live music and theater. Check MOLAA’s website for a schedule of events.
- October 26 – November 2, check website for ongoing events
- November 2, 11 am-5 pm, main celebration
- Long Beach 628 Alamitos Ave. CA 90802
Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory and the Inlakech Cultural Arts Center will be hosting the 7th Annual Día de Los Muertos Ventura County ceremony and celebration, preserving the traditional Mexican spiritual practices of honoring the dead. This year’s theme is “Siguiendo Nuestras Tradiciones (Continuing Our Traditions). Take a day with the family and observe the traditional altars from Mexico and especially from the Mixteco-Oaxaca Communities, and see how these traditions are maintained in the United States. This FREE event is from 11 am – 6 pm. This will be a memorable celebration with the community, live music and cultural performances, vendor booths, arts and crafts, and authentic Latino foods.
Join the festivities with a kid-friendly twist. Create calaveras masks, drawings of loved ones, and paper flower and monarch butterfly rings to represent returning spirits. Dance to traditional Mariachi music and decorate a sugar skull cookie to take home. Event is free with museum admission.
Cookie decorating activity will be $3 and there will be a special Kid Workshop “How-To-Sugar-Your-Skull” at 12pm and 2pm is $7 per child. Pre-registration is recommended for the Kid Workshop.
Create a theatrical Dia De Los Muertos makeup design on paper and then transfer it onto your face! Adorn your hair with flowers, and play dress up in celebration of this Traditional Mexican Holiday! Recommended for ages 5-8yrs. Parents must accompany their children to the workshop.
The Bowers Museum hosts an annual Día de los Muertos Family Festival. Take the kids to view the beautiful memorial altar and leave a note for a departed loved one, listen to classical Latin American music, including Mariachi, watch live performances, have your face painted, decorate sugar skulls and make muertos art projects too!
- November 1, 10 am-4 pm
- Santa Ana Bowers Museum 2002 N. Main St. CA 92706
- Santa Ana Kidseum 1802 N. Main St. CA 92706
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