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Exploring the Vibrant Día de los Muertos Celebrations in Los Angeles!

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead? Los Angeles is gearing up to celebrate this colorful and heartwarming tradition that honors loved ones who have passed away. From October 21st to November 5th, the city will be buzzing with festivities, and we've got the inside scoop on where you should be!

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, CA

October 28, 2023

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, October 28th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Contribute to the community altar and view altars created by local artists Sylvia Sanchez and Daniel Alonso. Enjoy live musical and dance performances, savor delicious food, get your face painted, and immerse yourself in this public art installation that celebrates the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos.

6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90038

October 28, 2023

9 am - 3 pm

Get ready for a time-traveling celebration at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday, October 28th! From 9 am to 3 pm, it's all about Día de los Muertos, and when the clock strikes 5 pm, the Night of the Dead begins, lasting until midnight. But here's the twist – masks aren't just accessories; they're a portal to ancient cultures and beliefs. These masks have been a cornerstone of cultural and religious expression since time immemorial, from ancient Mesoamerican funeral customs to the lively fiestas of today's Mexico and Latin America.

Gloria Molina Grand Park

200 N. Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

October 21 - November 2, 2023

5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Gloria Molina Grand Park invites you to experience the artistry and tradition of Día de los Muertos from October 21st to November 2nd. This cultural celebration provides an opportunity to contribute to a community altar and marvel at 20 captivating altars created by professional artists, local organizations, and community partners. It's a tribute to the people, places, and ideas that deserve our reverence and remembrance.

El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood, CA 90028

September 15 - October 1, 2023

10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Embark on a magical journey with Miguel and Hector in Disney and Pixar's "Coco" at El Capitan Theatre. As part of Disney's 100th-anniversary celebration, this heartwarming film unfolds from September 15th to October 1st. Join Miguel on his quest to uncover family mysteries and traditions in the enchanting Land of the Dead. The daily showtimes offer a chance to experience the magic of family, fun, and adventure.


Third Street Promenade

Santa Monica, CA

October 28, 2023

2 pm - 9 pm

Downtown Santa Monica is celebrating Día de los Muertos on Saturday, October 28th. Enjoy live entertainment and a display of nine La Catrina sculptures by artist Ricardo Soltero. It's a captivating celebration that pays tribute to this cherished tradition.

Mark your calendars and get ready to join in on the festivities!

Olvera Street

125 Paseo de la Plaza

Los Angeles, CA

October 28, 2023

8:00 am

Get ready for a unique Día de los Muertos celebration with the Los Muertos 5K Fun Run/Walk on October 28th. Starting at 8 am, this family-friendly event takes you on a tour of historic Olvera Street, where you can enjoy music along the course, earn beautiful finisher medals, and participate in a post-race Día de los Muertos celebration. It's a fantastic blend of fitness and festivity.

Self Help Graphics and Art

1300 E. 1st St.

Los Angeles, CA 90033

November 4, 2023

3 pm - 8 pm

Self Help Graphics and Art is proud to present the 50th Annual Día de Los Muertos Celebration. This event promises a vibrant and culturally rich experience. Dress up in your favorite Día de Los Muertos fashion, join a community walking procession led by local Aztec dancers, and immerse yourself in live performances, food vendors, artisans, and more.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90007

November 5, 2023

11 am - 3 pm

On November 5th, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County invites you to honor the customs and heritage of Día de los Muertos. This cultural tradition, observed in Mexico and throughout Latin America, celebrates the lives of departed loved ones. Enjoy live music, participate in hands-on art activities, explore NHM's interpretive ofrenda (altar) in the Becoming Los Angeles exhibit, and more. Come together as a community and take part in this celebration of life.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 N. Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

October 29, 2023

12 pm

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes invites families to its Día de Los Muertos Family Day on October 29th. This free event provides an opportunity to explore the historical and cultural significance of Day of the Dead traditions. Enjoy live music, dance, and join in a celebration of life and death, fostering a deeper understanding of this cherished tradition.

Olvera Street

125 Paseo de la Plaza

Los Angeles, CA

October 25 - November 2, 2023

For nine days, from October 25th to November 2nd, Olvera Street comes alive with the spirit of Día de los Muertos. This vibrant celebration features live entertainment, community altars, face painting, and more. Each night, a colorful procession sets the stage for a moving ceremony. Immerse yourself in this cultural spectacle that honors tradition and history.

On Sherman Way

Canoga Park, CA

November 5, 2023

10 am - 5 pm

On November 5th, Main Street Canoga Park hosts its Annual Día de los Muertos Family Festival. Families will delight in dance performances, live music, vendors, a classic car show, arts and crafts, food, altars, and much more. It's a day of festive fun for all ages.

Strathearn Historical Park

137 Strathearn Place

Simi Valley, CA

October 29, 2023

11 am – 5 pm

The Simi Valley Historical Society and Museum presents a Día de los Muertos Celebration on October 29th from 11 am to 5 pm. The festivities include musical and dance performances, food vendors, face painting, arts and crafts for kids, and more. Get your tickets in advance for a memorable day of cultural celebration.

8435 Firestone Blvd.

Downey, CA 90241

October 29, 2023

11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Join the Downey Día de los Muertos Art Festival on October 29th from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. This festival features performances, unique artwork, and more. Check the website for more details.

Catalina Museum for Art & History

217 Metropole Ave

Avalon, CA 90704

November 1, 2023

On Wednesday, November 1st, join the grand celebration of the 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Catalina Island. Immerse yourself in kids' art projects, savor the flavors of tequila tastings, explore a delectable array of local food vendors, and bask in the rhythms of live music and captivating cultural performances, including the enchanting Ballet Folklorico Quetzal. Experience the kaleidoscope of colors that is the Mexican tradition, celebrating life while paying homage to dearly departed loved ones. The festivities also include art projects, tequila tastings, local culinary delights, live musical performances, cultural showcases, and an exciting opportunity to win cash prizes in the Ofrenda/Altar and Art Contest.


Glendale: 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale 91205

Covina Hills: 21300 Via Verde Drive, Covina 91724

Cypress: 4471 Lincoln Ave., Cypress 90630

Cathedral City: 69855 East Ramon Road, Cathedral City 92234

October 29 and November 2, 2023

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (October 29)

3:30 pm – 6:30 pm (November 2)

Forest Lawn will bring traditional Día de los Muertos customs to life with in-person events across its four Southern California locations. The community celebrations will honor the memories of the dead while illuminating the rich history of the Mexican holiday with vibrant altars, larger-than-life Catrina and alebrijes (spirit guides) art works, folkloric dance and Mariachi performances, arts & crafts, face painting, and refreshments. The free, family-friendly events take place on Sunday, October 29, 2023, in-person from 12:00-3:00 PM at Forest Lawn’s Cypress, Covina Hills, and Glendale locations. The event at Forest Lawn-Cathedral City will take place Thursday, November 2, 2023, from 3:30-6:30 PM.

Bowers Museum – Key Courtyard

2002 N. Main St.

Santa Ana, CA 92706

November 5, 2023

The Bowers Museum invites families to its free Mexican Day of the Dead Festival happening on November 5th. The festivities include live musical and dance performances, art-making opportunities, face painting, and more. It's a cultural extravaganza that promises to immerse you in the spirit of this cherished tradition.

Muckenthaler Cultural Center

1201 W. Malvern Ave.

Fullerton, CA 92833

October 26, 2023

Celebrate Día de los Muertos at The Muckenthaler on October 26th. This event features a concert by Grupo Bella and activities for the whole family, including arts and crafts, live music, local artisans, food, and more. It's a delightful cultural celebration that promises to captivate all who attend.

Pretend City Children’s Museum

29 Hubble

Irvine, CA 92618

October 28 - November 1, 2023

Pretend City Children’s Museum is celebrating Día de los Muertos from October 28th to November 1st. Families will have the chance to join in these joyful and vibrant festivities, a tradition in Mexico, the United States, and throughout Latin America. Activities include art projects, storytime, face painting, and more. All activities are included in general admission, and tickets are available online.

Mission Playhouse Plaza

320 S. Mission Dr.

San Gabriel, CA

November 2, 2023

Celebrate Día de Los Muertos in San Gabriel on November 2nd. Enjoy live music, a community altar, and more as the community comes together to commemorate and celebrate this beautiful tradition.

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

628 Alamitos Ave.

Long Beach, CA 90802

October 29, 2023

11:00 am – 8:00 pm

The Museum of Latin American Art invites families to its Día de los Muertos Festival on October 29th. From 11 am to 8 pm, "MOLAA's Day of the Dead: Strength and Hope" celebrates overcoming challenges, love, and emerging heroes. Join in this celebration of the past and its difficulties while looking forward to the future. The festival promises live entertainment and a display of nine La Catrina sculptures by artist Ricardo Soltero, offering a unique and captivating experience.

398 W. 6th St.

San Pedro, CA 90731

October 22, 2023

2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

San Pedro’s Annual Día de los Muertos Festival is happening on October 22nd from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This special event includes live music, craft vendors, local food, altar competitions, and more. It's a fantastic day of celebration in San Pedro.

St. Isidore Historical Plaza

10961 Reagan St.

Los Alamitos, CA

October 28, 2023

2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Día de los Muertos celebration is happening at St. Isidore Historical Plaza on Saturday, October 28th from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The celebration includes altars, food, music, raffles, and more. Join the community in this festive and colorful celebration.

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

18127 S. Alameda St.

Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220

November 4, 2023

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum is hosting a Día de los Muertos Celebration on Saturday, November 4th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. View ofrendas honoring the dead, enjoy live performances, savor Mexican cuisine, and shop from local artisans. This is a free event that promises to immerse you in the traditions and culture of Día de los Muertos.


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