Day of the Dead L.A. Style

Where to Celebrate Traditionally in Town

Ornately decorated sugar skulls, arrangements of oversized marigolds and parades of costumed people with painted faces are coming to L.A. the first week of November. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, including in the United States and especially here in Los Angeles. It is perhaps Mexico’s most famous holiday. Historically, the multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.[1] Because it is believed that the deceased return to visit ancestors for this one day, event organizers pull out all the stops for the festive occasion. Check out one of these great celebrations around the City of Angels and get a taste of the rich culture and delicious food!


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Colorful, ancient Mexican ceremony in remembrance of departed loved ones with beautifully decorated altars, art exhibits and entertainment. Pre-Columbian Novenario procession and blessings each night at 7 p.m. beginning Tuesday, October 25th through Wednesday, November 2nd. El Pueblo Historical Monument, Olvera Street Merchants Dia de los Muertos Colorful, ancient Mexican ceremony in remembrance of departed loved ones, with beautifully decorated altars, and entertainment. Colorful, ancient Mexican ceremony in remembrance of departed loved ones with beautifully decorated altars, exhibits and entertainment. Pre-Columbian Novenario procession and blessings each night. To learn about the history, olvera-street.com. Free Admission

Tuesday & Wednesday, November 1-2, 2016 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

El Pueblo Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Spanning four city blocks, Grand Park Dia de los Muertos Altars + Art Exhibition connects, tells, and reshapes the stories and traditions of Angeleno life. Between Grand Ave. + Hill St.: Altars created by local organizations, artists, and individuals take both traditional and contemporary approaches in remembering the past and passed. A Community Altar by master altar-maker Ofelia Esparza invite all Angelenos to bring small ofrendas, or offerings, in honor of their own personal memories. Altars curated by Self Help Graphics & Art.

Between Hill St. + N Broadway: Floral- and color-themed altar-ofrendas paying homage to traditional Oaxacan civic plaza installations along with contemporary expressions of the iconic double-headed serpent surround park guests along the central walking path. Created by Lore Productions.

LUNCHTIME TOURS: A rotation of DowntownDia de los Muertos artists  provide insight into their work and process in daily Lore Productions-led tours. Tours occur daily from October 31 to November 5, 2016 and are 30 minutes in length. Meet at Hill St. entrance of Grand Park (adjacent to Metro station) at 12:15pm.

Monday, October 31: Luis Huffington TUES NOV 1 Heriberto Luna / Marcus Pollitz

Wednesday, November 2: Kristy Sandoval

Thursday, November 3: Giovanni M Rubio

Friday, November 4: TBD

Saturday, November 5: Marcus Pollitz Between Broadway + Spring: Till Death Do Us Part

Grand Park
200 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


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The City of Santa Monica presents its fifth annual Dia de los Muertos celebration. The family-friendly event focuses on the activities that are part of this traditional celebration of life and death. The event opens with a procession and ceremonial blessing by the Aztec dance group Ketzaliztli. The main stage features the colorful and dynamic Mexican folk dances of Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, accompanied by Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, and the son jarocho music of Veracruz by the noted East LA band Cambalache. Independent radio journalist and DJ Betto Arcos will emcee and share his own Day of the Dead stories and personal memories.

Sunday, October 30

Woodlawn Cemetery
1847 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Dia de los Muertos attire strongly encouraged. Spend an eventful day relaxing and watching 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. Plan ahead where to park and please carpool. Pre-Purchase your tickets to avoid lines day of the event. General Admission: $20 per person – (please bring exact change). Children 8 years and under free until 4pm. Seniors 65 and over free until 4pm.

Saturday, October 29th, 2016: 12pm until 12am

The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up: Friday, October 28th, 2016 – 3pm onward

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038

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