‘Dia de los Muertos’ 2019 Celebrates Throughout the Southland: Your Guide

    The 24th Street Theatre Annual Dia de los Muertos Block Party. (Photo by Cindy Marie Jenkins, courtesy of the 24th Street Theatre)

UPDATES: 10-21-19***, 10-19-19**, 10-16-19*

All events listed are gathered in the spirit of cultural awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of the meaningful tradition of the Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebration of life and death currently celebrated throughout greater Los Angeles and its community.

With contributions by Elise Thompson.

October 13, 2019

The Annual Los Muertos Uptown Fest Dia De Los Muertos Art & Music Festival at Casita del Pueblo in Whittier – Sunday, October 13, 2019, 10 a.m. –  6 p.m. – FREE

The event will feature face painters and body artists, kids arts and crafts, artist & handmade vendors, commercial vendors, corporate sponsors, a kids art & health fair, live art installations, performing artists, live music, and food trucks. There will be awards for three contests with awards and prizes for altar installations,  a tribute altar car show, and Los Muertos dress-up contest!

For Vendor & Car Registration, signup is online www.casitadelpueblo.org. The Los Muertos Dress Up Contest signup is at the event. Admission is free and each ticket sale donation to REACH receives a Special Edition Goodie Bag filled with gifts from different event vendors. The limited offer is only available for the first 500 guests to purchase tickets.

The Annual Los Muertos Uptown Fest Dia De Los Muertos Art & Music Festival at Casita del Pueblo – 13100 Philadelphia St, Whittier, California 90601, between Greenleaf and Philadelphia St.

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East Los Angeles Art Walk – Dia de Muertos Season Kick-Off – Sunday, October 13, 2019, 12 noon – 6 p.m.  FREE

The East LA Art Walk (East Los Artwalk) is a free community based monthly event by the East LA Business Association of the 1st St corridor. Independent artists, muralists, and crafters will exhibit, as well as local brands from the Eastside and surrounding neighborhoods. The event is family-friendly and there is a unique selection of vegan food vendors curated by Dear Mama.

The East LA Art Walk (East Los Artwalk) – 3501 – 3540 East 1st St, East Los Angeles, California 90063

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October 16, 2019

Altadena Farmers’ Market – learning about Dia de los Muertos family-friendly event – Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., promptly. 

This is a ticketed event.

The Altadena Farmers’ Market is hosting a series of Lounge and Learn workshops and first in the series is a Dia de los Muertos workshop with Chef Brisa Lopez of Casa de Brisa at Altadena Farmers’ Market. During the workshop, Lopez will be sharing food, culture and time-honored traditions during this two-hour event. An Altadena Farmers’ Market tour is available 30 minutes before the workshop starts.

There will be a demonstration and a set-up example on how to build an altar for your beloved ones, using mostly elements you can find at home. In addition to the Traditional Ofrenda, will be Pan de Muerto, Tejocotes y guayabas en piloncillo (vegan), and Mole con chilacayote y Verdolagas (vegan) for the demonstration. Day of the Dead Bread and decorations will be available for purchase and there will be complimentary Mexican Coffee & Sangria.

For the Kids, there will be a make-your-own wood or foam sugar skull, decoration using non-toxic paints and paper, and make your own skull pet and name it for Pet Altars.

Altadena Farmers’ Market – 600 W. Palm St., Altadena, Ca 91001

Tickets for this event are $28 and are available through hosts Kitchen Table at Eventbrite.

October 19, 2019

The 10th Annual El Sereno Dia de los Muertos Festival at the El Sereno Community Arts – Saturday, October 19, 2019, 3 p.m. –  10 p.m. – FREE

The festival will feature art, dance performances and live music from the El Sereno Middle School Mariachi, Louie Cruz Beltran, the Mariachi Divas, and Spaghetti Cumbia and will close with the Dia de los Muertos procession by Ballet Coco and Ballet Bravo.

The festival is free and presented by El Sereno Community Arts and the EAST Los Business Association and co-sponsored by Barrio Action, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Team Huizar, and USC Civic Engagement. ends with the Dia de los Muertos procession by Ballet Coco and Ballet Bravo. All ages welcomed.

10th Annual El Sereno Dia de los Muertos Festival – El Sereno Community Arts  (Note: This page does not have current date info for the event. See Facebook page below) – El Sereno, Los Angeles, California 90032

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October 23, 2019

KCET Artbound Día de los Muertos Screening Featuring Self Help Graphics & Art and SHG Legacy Artist, Ofelia Esparza – Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – FREE

Self Help Graphics & Art present a special KCET Artbound screening of its Día de los Muertos special, featuring Self Help Graphics & Art and SHG Legacy Artist and NEA National Heritage Fellow, Ofelia Esparza, with a panel discussion.

Self Help Graphics & Art will have a suite of Día de los Muertos programming, which includes the following free, family-friendly, events:
• Workshops Saturdays in October 5, 12, 19, 26, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Ancestral Lights Exhibition Opening Reception Thursday, October 10, 2019,  from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
• Ancestral Lights Exhibition on view October 10 – November 27, 2019
• Noche de Ofrenda (Night of Altars) Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Grand Park
• 46th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration & Exhibition, Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (See additional information on this page.)

It is highly recommended that public transportation or ride-sharing be used for the 46th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration & Exhibition on Saturday, November 2, 2019. There will be no parking onsite at SHG during our 46th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration & Exhibition on Saturday, November 2, 2019. For all other dates when we’re open, there is limited parking available on-site, with spaces provided for differently-abled guests. Enter on 1st St. through our gated lot, adjacent to our building or use street parking. SHG is a 10-minute walk from Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, a 20-minute walk over the 1st Street Bridge from Little Tokyo, and is located directly across the street from the Pico/ Aliso station off of the Metro Goldline. Local Bus Stops 30/ 330 are also located nearby.

Self Help Graphics & Art – 1300 E. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA. 90033

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Calaca makeup at Olvera Street (Photo by Elise Thompson)

October 25 – November 2, 2019

*Day of the Dead at Olvera Street Day of the Dead Festival – Friday, October 25 – Saturday, November 2, 2019 – FREE

This event is free and open to the public. There is a Nightly Novenario Procession at 7:00 p.m. for all dates, Community Altars on Display (Oct. 26 thru Nov. 2.) All festival dates include entertainment & face painters on site: Times on October 27 & 28 – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and November 1 & 2 – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For full event details visit www.olveraevents.com.

Olvera Street – W10 Olvera St, Los Angeles, California 90012

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October 26, 2019

25th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration & Art Exhibit, Zona Rosa/Pasadena Playhouse/Playhouse District – Saturday, October 26, 2019,     2 p.m. – 9 p.m. – FREE

Zona Rosa Caffe’s legendary Dia De Los Muertos festival is back for its 25th year. The free, family-friendly community event is presented by Zona Rosa Caffe, Pasadena Playhouse and the Playhouse District Association. Taste sugar skulls, smell fresh marigolds, dance at a silent disco, view art exhibitions & altars, enjoy children’s Calaca face painting by Adrianna Face Painting, see performances from the Bob Baker Marionettes, and hear and see a variety of scheduled entertainment at this Mexican Zócalo in the Pasadena Playhouse courtyard & Playhouse Plaza courtyard spaces.

Art works of Lalo Alcaraz, Minh Thai, Peggy Carroll, Yvonne Marquez, Ernesto Vasquez, Laura Vazquez Rodriguez, Noemi Vega, Yaneli Delgado, Liz Espinoza, Rudy Torres will be on display in a special Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition, with some on display leading up to the event at Zona Rosa Caffe through to November 10, 2019. Fresh marigolds from Jacob Maarse Florist will color the courtyard, adorning and surrounding alters in the courtyards as well by Liz Espinoza, Sonali Kolhatkar, Los Jornaleros – Pasadena Community Job Center, and chalk artists Patrick Garcia, Mri Scott El Bey, Liz Espinoza & Monica Orozco Thaller will be in action on the sidewalk, as well as traditional Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) gifts and books available from a variety of street vendors.

Fun activities include crafts by Southern California Children’s Museum, giant games presented by Mr. Pasadena Michael Calderon, and a live radio broadcast presented by the Manuel Vicente Pasadena Day Labor Workers.

Live Performances (Artists and Times are subject to change:)

2-2:30 p.m. – Mariachi Hermanos Morales – Playhouse Plaza Courtyard
2:30-3 p.m. – Southern California Children’s Museum Story Time – Playhouse Plaza Courtyard
3-3:30 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico Quetzal dancers – Playhouse Plaza Courtyard
3:30-4 p.m. – Mariachi Hermanos Morales – Playhouse Plaza Courtyard
4-4:30 p.m. – Chroma Haze – Playhouse Plaza Courtyard
4:30-5 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico Quetzal dancers – Playhouse Plaza Courtyard
5-5:20 p.m. – Vroman’s Children’s Story Time – Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard
5:20-6 p.m. – Bob Baker Marionette Theater – Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard
6:20-7 p.m. – Bob Baker Marionette Theater – Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard
6-9 p.m. – Silent Disco with DJ Juan Lennon & DJ King Selector PMA – Playhouse Plaza Courtyard

Full schedule and more information at Playhouse District Day of the Dead.

Zona Rosa Caffe, 15 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, California 91101

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Fiesta De Las Calaveras at the Stonewood Center in Downey – Saturday, October 26, 2019, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. – FREE

The festival will feature music, entertainment, beer garden, food trucks, face painting, vendors and community partners.

Courage Forward is a group of motivated and committed United States Military Veterans and Allies who have been organizing and conducting such events in the past. This year, in partnership with Downey Rotary, Courage Forward are organizing this Community Festival in the City of Downey.

Stonewood Center – 251 Stonewood St, Downey, California 90241

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October 26 – November 3, 2019

Grand Park Día de los Muertos, hosted by Grand Park and LORE Media & Arts – October 26 – November 3, 2019, FREE

Grand Park celebrates the traditions of Dia de los Muertos in partnership with Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) and LORE Media & Arts (LMA), featuring altars and performances by local artists and community groups. There are 35 altars curated by SHG located throughout Grand Park as well as the newly renovated Music Center Plaza.  Also on display will be large Día-themed sculptures produced by LMA and made by professional artists, craftspeople and community organizations in the Fountain Overlook area and the splash pad.

Grand Park – 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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October 27, 2019

**Family Days: Día de los Muertos, Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Pixar film “Coco,” DTLA – Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will explore the historical and cultural significance of Day of the Dead traditions with live music, dance, and culinary, garden, & art workshops, with food available throughout the day, in an event co-sponsored by AARP California, Common Sense Latino and Health Net, LLC.

An Art Workshop – “Guide to the Underworld”: Xoloitzcuintli Clay Activity: Effigies from Colima, Mexico were used to represent otherworldly ideas that were prominent in Pre-Columbian culture. Join us in observing the characteristics of these sculptures and create your own Xoloitzcuintli using clay, and an additional Art Workshop led by Artist Dewey Tafoya.

Honor your ancestors by learning about different symbolism found on food used during Día de los Muertos at the Edible Teaching Garden & Culinary Arts Program – “Pan de Muerto: Symbolism in Food, ” celebrate one of the flowers used throughout Mesoamerica through a hands-on workshop. Make your own recycled newspaper pot, take home a Cempoalxóchitl seedling, and earn about the ways in which our ancestors used flowers to celebrate and honor the dead by making your own petal and incense satchel at LA Troka: Sembrando Cultura y Nutrición – “La Sagrada Flor: Cempoalxóchitl.”

Common Sense Latino joins us at 4 p.m. to host additional activities and entertainment

Performances and schedule:

12 – 4 p.m. – DJ Luis Ayala
12 :30 p.m. – Xipe Totec Danza Azteca
1 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico Raices De Mexico
2 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico Princesa Donaji
3 p.m. – Tierra Blanca Arts Center
4 p.m. – The Mariachi Conservatory
4:45 p.m. – Folklórico Son de la Palma
5:25 p.m.: –Ballet Folklórico Corazón de la Costa

At 6:30 p.m., the lights will dim for “Coco,” Pixar’s animated film which follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead.

Plaza de Cultura y Artes – 501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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October 29, 2019

**Cypress Park Día de los Muertos : Community Procession – Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – FREE

The 2019 Dia de los Muertos Community Procession in Cypress Park will start at the Cypress Park Branch Library and end at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens. Participants can park at the LA River Center where they will provide a FREE shuttle from the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens (570 W Ave 26) to the Cypress Park Branch Library (1150 Cypress Ave.)

The procession will starts at 6 p.m. sharp and the route is 8/10ths of a mile in length. There will be music, refreshments, resource tables of local organizations active in the community, and an unveiling of their grand altar/art installations. It is advised to wear comfortable shoes, to bring a flashlight, and that there will be no Halloween costumes allowed.

Los Angeles River Center & Gardens – 570 West Avenue 26, Los Angeles, California 90065 (parking)
Cypress Park Branch Library – 1150 Cypress Ave, Los Angeles, California 90065 (procession end and celebration)

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November 1, 2019

Coco – For Día de los Muertos, Rooftop Movie at The Montalbán, Hollywood – Friday, November 1, 2018,  8:00 p.m. DOORS open at 6 p.m.

This is a ticketed event.

Celebrate Day of the Dead with the historic venue transformed by Ricardo Montalbán (and his family). Visitors will be gifted with free “MontalBags” filled with candy. At the rooftop bar, mixologist Joel Ramos will be serving up a Deadly Margarita, a White Russian Roulette, a BeetleJUICE, and FRESH BLOODy Mary’s, which are available for purchase.

For picnicking, in addition to Umami Burger on the Rooftop, a MontalBox picnic box for two from Wood & Vine is available for pre-order and purchase for $29, which can be picked up at Wood & Vine or have delivered to the rooftop.

Disney Pixar’s animated gem “Coco,” sends young aspiring musician Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) on a spirited quest into the colorful The Land of the Dead in search of his great-great-grandfather—a legendary musician—for answers on a generations-old ban on music. The family-friendly film in itself is a celebration of Día de los Muertos.

Early birds can stake out one of the “beach” chairs or love seats, get headphones, refreshments and take an extended gander at the unique Hollywood rooftop view, play Jenga, or to just chill before the movie starts. Come in Day of the Dead costume and calaca for the event and take photos of your costume in the Selfie Photo Booth. The movie is from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for lounge chair seats and $50 for Loveseat chairs. The Rooftop portion of the venue does have a bar, but this event allows access to the rooftop for the whole family. Adults, be sure to bring your ID for bar purchases. Be advised that there is no ADA access for the rooftop screenings on the roof and that access to the rooftop is via stairs ONLY, as the historic theatre is a 100 years old with no elevator service.

The Montalbán – 1615 Vine St, Hollywood.

**Avenue 50 Studio presents Dia de los Muertos Festival de Otoño at Culebra Park and “La Vida de Los Muertos,***”  Exhibit, Highland Park,  – Friday, November 1, 2019, 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – FREE 

The Dia de los Muertos Festival Procession begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Highland Park Metro Station, 203 North Avenue 58th at the senior center, led by Aztec dancers, to La Tierra de la Culebra at 240 South Avenue 57th.

The Festival de Otoño begins at 4 p.m. and features a community alter, arts and crafts, performances, face painting, vendors, and food until 7 p.m. in this free community event to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Enjoy local food and Artisan vendors while you watch Folklorico dance, poetry, and musical performances. Stop by the community alter and face painting station to take part in the tradition of the holiday.

La Tierra de la Culebra is an art park in Highland Park, Los Angeles whose programming and stewardship is a project of La Culebra Action League and hosts workshops, classes, games, movies, and art.

***Now on exhibit at Avenue 50 Studios, until November 2, 2019, is “La Vida de Los Muertos,” curated by Abelardo de la Peña Jr., with an “intimate exhibition [that] explores the poignant and playful kinship between life and death. Through photography and fine art, the correlation between mortality and life beyond are brought to light.”

Avenue 50 Studios (exhibit) – 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Metro Station (Procession 3:30) – 203 North Avenue 58 (at Marmion Way) Los Angeles, CA 90042
La Tierra de la Culebra (The Festival de Otoño, 4 p.m.) – 240 South Avenue 57th, Los Angeles, CA 90042

November 2, 2019

Los Angeles River Center & Gardens 6th annual Dia de los Muertos Fundraiser Mujeres de la Tierra’s Gala, Saturday, November 2, 2019, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This is a ticketed event.

Los Angeles River Center & Gardens will hold its 6th annual Dia de los Muertos Fundraiser in celebration with a “night full of colors, music, food, and dancing” while supporting the center to help them strengthen their mission of “empowering women and families in our communities to take actions towards a better environment.”

The Mujeres de la Tierra’s Gala will honor individuals whose leadership, commitment and courageous actions “Heal la Madre Tierra.” This year’s honorees include Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán, 44th Congressional District, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Second District, Mr. Jeff Ferano, General Counsel, SA Recycling, Mr. James Simonelli, CEO, California Metals Coalition, Ms. Lynda Noriega, President and CEO of the California Domestic Water Company, and Chairwoman of the Main San Gabriel Valley Watermaster, Chicas Verdes, and Manual Arts High School.

Community Altars: If you would like to build an altar for your passed loved ones for our Día de los Muertos benefit, click here for more information.

The event is open to additional sponsorships as well through to October 25, 2019.

Los Angeles River Center & Gardens – 570 West Avenue 26, Los Angeles, California 90065

Tickets are $25 – $150 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

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Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever, Saturday, November 2, 2019 – doors open at Noon, Noon – Midnight 

This is a ticketed event.

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary at Hollywood Forever as well, the 20th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration guiding theme this year is the Monarch Butterfly and its winter home, the Mexican state of Michoacán. The endangered Monarch butterfly is seen by the festival’s organizers as a symbol of Dreamers and Immigrants whose personal journeys echo the annual migrations the butterflies make between Mexico and the U.S.

The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up is Friday, November 1s, 2019 at 3 p.m. onward.

Scheduled throughout the day on four stages are a variety of theatre and dance performances, with several Ballet Folklórico Dance troupes, a wide variety of live bands, including headliner Café Tacvba, and KCRW DJ Raul Campos, will perform.

Note that their Facebook page indicates that lineup is subject to change, with no refunds or exchanges and the event will go forward, rain or shine.

Dia de Los Muertos attire and Calaca apparel is encouraged. Attendees will spend the day “relaxing and watching the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebrations.” Fine Mexican cuisine and Day of the Dead arts and crafts will be available for purchase.

General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.ladayofthedead.com. Pre-Purchase of tickets to avoid lines day of the event, planning ahead on where to park with carpooling is encouraged.

Children 8 years and under and Seniors 65 and over free until 4 p.m., but tickets are required for children 5 years and older.

Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever – 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90038

Procession at Self Help Graphics (Photo by Elise Thompson)

Self Help Graphics’ 46th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration & Exhibition – Saturday, November 2, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – FREE

SHG has teamed with the Boyle Heights Community Market to bridge the Eastside with Día de los Muertos activities at SHG and Mariachi Plaza, co-sponsored by the Office of Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Office of Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and Office of Councilmember José Huizar. The celebration will include a festival-like atmosphere, anchored by its exhibition with traditional altars, family workshops, a muertito marketplace, food vendors, and live entertainment for the whole family!

This year’s Exhibition Commemorative Print “Light The Way for the Spirit of the Ancestors”, is by Oakland-based Artist, Melanie Cervantes (Dignidad Rebelde) and the exhibition is co-curated by Cervantes and SHG’s Director of Artistic Programs and Education, Marvella Muro. The exhibition opens to the public on Thursday, October 10 with a reception from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., and will remain on view through Wednesday, November 27th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SHG highly recommends using public transportation or ride sharing to the celebration. There will be no parking on-site on Saturday, November 2, 2019. SHG is a 10-minute walk from Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, a 20-minute walk over the 1st Street Bridge from Little Tokyo, and is located directly across the street from the Pico/ Aliso station off of the Metro Goldline. Local Bus Stops 30/ 330 are also located nearby.

Self Help Graphics & Art – 1300 E. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA. 90033

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The 24th Street Theatre Annual Dia de los Muertos Block Party. (Photo by Cindy Marie Jenkins, courtesy of the 24th Street Theatre)

***24th Street Theatre’s 13th annual Dia de los Muertos block party – Saturday, November 2, 2019, 5:45 p.m procession, event 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – FREE

Celebrate the “joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday” with music, dance, homemade tamales, and other “antojitos Latin Americanos,” face painting, crafts booths — and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for their departed loved ones.

*Headling the event’s entertainment is Cumbia legend La Sonora Dinamita, and on two stages will be master conguero, the Louie Crúz Beltran Ensemble, seven-piece band Tommy SpaSe and the Alchemists, Aztec dance from Huitzilopochtli, music from Son Jarochicano Los Cambalache. Special guest Raul Pacheco and The Immaculate Conception will perform two intimate sets on 24th Street Theatre’s indoor stage.

The evening kicks off at 5:45 p.m. with a procession led by ceremonial dancers Los Chinelos.

Event sponsor, Aeromexico, has made it possible to win two round trip tickets to anywhere Aeromexico flies (with restrictions.) Other raffle prizes include tickets to Universal Studios and a quinceñera dress by April Black Diamond’s of downtown LA and patrons can purchase $5 raffle tickets at the event to enter.

The evening kicks off at 5:45 p.m. with a procession from the corner of 24th Street and Magnolia to the festivities at 24th Street Theatre. Bring a flashlight!

Go Metro: Take the Expo line to LATTC/Ortho station.  On 23rd street, take the 603 bus west (to Glendale Galleria) and get off at Hoover & 23rd street. Due to the high traffic expected on 23rd street, the event recommends that Lyft and Uber patrons request drop off at the northwest corner of Adams and Hoover Blvd (near Qwench Juice Bar). There will be limited street parking available for guests driving in from outside the area.

Presented in partnership with Los Angeles City Council members Marqueece Harris-Dawson (CD8), Gil Cedillo (CD1), and State Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer Sr. (CA-59), the event is free, however, it is not clear from the event page or press information if food is available for additional purchase.

24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007 – (213) 745-6516

Claremont Village Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) – Saturday, November 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. – FREE

Celebrate with altars, food, music, dancing, art and more. A full lineup of traditional music throughout the Claremont Village is planned, including Reanne Wilson, Sombra Quieta, Rosella Arvizu & Mariachi, Lincoln Elementary School Folklórico Dancers, Azusa School District Mariachi, the Steppin’ Out Salsa Dancers,  and a Puppet Show by Las Marionetas en Desfile.

This is event is free, however, it is not clear from the event page is food is available for additional purchase.

Claremont Village – 112 Harvard Ave. #92, Claremont, CA 91711

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**Dia de Los Muertos Arts & Music Festival 2019, Pacoima  Saturday, November 2, 2019, 12:00  – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 3, 2019, 12 – 6:00 p.m.- FREE

Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez and 11:11 A Creative Collective present “DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 2019: Fuerza de la Mujer Celebrating Womanhood Through Heritage.”

The day’s event features Latinx artists and entertainers, authentic food, a catrina contest, and local artists and artisans. The heart of this Dia de Los Muertos festival pays tribute to feminine strength through rich tradition as we celebrate our heritage and honor the stories of our ancestors with live music, art exhibits, community altars, a Catrina Contest, face painting, local artists & artisans, workshops, authentic food, and more.

Pacoima City Hall – 13520 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima, CA

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November 3

Día de los Muertos Family Festival, Hosted by Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) – Sunday, November 3, 2019, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – FREE

Explore Día de los Muertos, a vibrant celebration of life and loved ones at MOLAA’s annual family festival and learn more about the cultural tradition through art workshops, live performances, gallery tours, and an interactive community altar. There will also be face painting, food, unique artisan vendors, and Día de los Muertos attire strongly encouraged to come dressed as a Calavera. The event is all ages and admission is free admission and there is onsite parking at the museum for $10.

This festival is sponsored in part by Hyundai, with additional media sponsors Univision and Parents Latina.

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) – 628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, California 90802

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**19th Annual Día de los Muertos Family Festival, Canoga Park – Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – FREE

The 19th Annual Día de los Muertos Family Festival community of Canoga Park is joined by vendors, performers, and artists from all over greater Los Angeles and beyond to come together to create and celebrate. The cultural, educational festival and party includes Aztec dance performances, beautiful alters, a classic car show, and food from all over the world. More details on the lineup and announcements to come. Please spread the word!

Non-food vendors, Car Show, Chalk artist and Alter applicants can visit mainstreetcanogapark.la to download applications and vendors can check on the availability of space.

Sherman Way between Canoga Ave and Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91303

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From ‘Coco’ to Pacoima: Día de los Muertos Celebrations in L.A.

Photo Gallery: Self Help Graphics & Art’s 43rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration

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