Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is the Mexican celebration of All Souls Day. Traditions include caring for the graves of family members, building elaborate altars to loved ones who have passed on and celebrating the dead with processions, dances and music. Calaveras, or skulls show up in masks, costumes, paper maché puppets, and candy, including sugar skulls that children decorate for the day. Every Mexican community in LA has their own festivities, from family events at local cemeteries to neighborhood block parties. Here are a few of the biggest.
El Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Sacred ceremonial tributes, altar creations and performances among some of Hollywood's most famous celebrity graves. Food will be available for purchase.Families are encouraged to come by Friday evening and Saturday morning to watch the altars being created. Arrive early to find the best parking.
When: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 12 pm -12 am
Where: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90038
Cost: $15 (cash only, correct change appreciated), children 8 and under and seniors 65+ Free until 4 pm
Parking: Check the web site for nearby parking.
Info: (323) 447-0999, www.ladayofthedead.com
Photos: Hollywood Forever Day of the Dead Pictures
The Olvera Street Merchants Dia de los Muertos
Nine nights of Novenario processions through the Olvera Street Mexican market at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site followed by free pan de muerto (sweet bread) and champurrado(a Mexican hot beverage). There is also a Day of the Dead art exhibit inside the Pico House from Oct 25 to Nov 24, 2013.
When: Processions Oct 25 - Nov 2, 2013, 7 - 9pm; Fiesta Muertos Nov 1-2, 2013, 10 am - 6 pm
Where: The Gazebo Plaza on Olvera Street, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, LA, CA
Info: (213) 625-7074, www.elpueblo.lacity.org
Metro: Union Station
View Day of the Dead Novenario Photos
Olvera Street Photo Tour
Dia de Los Muertos at Self Help Graphics
The city's longest running and most authentic celebration of the Day of the Dead, this East Los Angeles community arts celebration includes a procession, crafts, traditional food an entertainment. A blessing of the altars takes place the week before and mask-making workshops are held for several weeks before the event.
When: Craft Workshops Saturdays in October 12 noon - 3 pm; Exhibition Nov 2 - Dec 1, 2013, artist reception Nov 14; Procession and festival Nov 2, 2013, 5pm - 11 pm;
Where: Workshops at 1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033, Procession leaves at 4 pm from Grand and Broadway in Downtown LA and 5 pm from Mariachi Plaza (E 1st St, Boyle and Pleasant Ave)
Cost: Free (donations welcome)
Metro Red Line to Civic Center for Grand Ave, or Gold line to Pico/Aliso Stop (no parking on site)
Info: www.selfhelpgraphics.com, (323) 881-6444
Vivan los Muertos at the Autry National Center
A family friendly celebration with arts and crafts, performances, storytelling and a procession at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park.
When: Oct 26, 2013 Mercado/Museum 11 am - 8 pm, Festival 3 - 7 pm
Where: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost: Adults $10, Students w/ID & Seniors (60+) $6, Kids 3–12 $4, Kids under 3 Free
More on Visiting the Autry
Día de los Muertos Festival at the Museum of Latin American Art
Altar contest display, gallery tours, face painting, craft workshops, performances and food at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach.
When: Oct 27, 2013, noon - 4 pm
Where: 628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Metro: Blue Line to 5th Street, bus 94 from 6th St or free Passport bus to museum.
El Monte Dia de los Muertos
A free family celebration sponsored by the Nuvein Foundation at the Valley Mall outdoor shopping center in El Monte with 50 altars created by local artists, Aztec and folklorico dancers, music and spoken word artists.
When: October 19, 2013, 1 - 6 pm
Where: The Valley Mall, 10933 Valley Mall, El Monte, CA
24the Street Theatre Dia de los Muertos
A celebration of those who have passed on, including art, music, dance and calaveras puppet theatre and food at the 24th Street Theatre.
When: November 2, 2013 6-10 pm
Where: 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Hard Day of the Dead at LA State Historic Park
Dozens of bands and DJs on four stages will be the focus of this outdoor Day of the Dead music festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park in Downtown LA.
When: November 2-3, 2013 12 pm - 12 am
Where: Los Angeles State Historic Park
Metro Chinatown Station or a bit farther from Union Station
Cost: $90 GA, $135 VIP, $40 VIP Parking
Note: 18 and up
Dia de los Muertos at the Bowers Museum
Calavera face painting, crafts, music, dancing and traditional foods in the courtyard of the Bowers Museum in Orange County. Exhibits will also be open free.
When: November 3, 2013 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main Street, CA 92706
Cost: Free, parking $6, additional parking across the street