Mexican marigolds, papel picado and decorated sugar skulls are characteristic of the colorful holiday. Day of the Dead celebrations commemorate life and every year the Latin American tradition seems to be more alive in Southern California.
Events at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Oceanside might have occurred last week but there are still several celebrations taking place today and throughout the weekend that honor the holiday. Just take a look at the list below.
Los Angeles County:
8-Day Dia De Los Muertos Series at Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore
Celebrations at this North East San Fernando Valley location began Sunday, October 28. Activities scheduled for this weekend include sugar skull decorating, spoken word performances and a community pot luck.
5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 2
5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 3
12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 4
3197-A Gladstone Ave., Sylmar, CA 91342, 818-939-3433
12th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival in Canoga Park
The street festival in historic Downtown Canoga Park features a chalk festival and car show alongside traditional altar displays and dance performances.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 4
Between Canoga & Vassar Ave., Canoga Park, 91303, 818-884-4222
Dia De Los Muertos at Grand Park
Enjoy free admission to a concert in downtown L.A. The line up includes Mariachi el Bronx.
5 p.m. on Friday, November 2
200 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012, 213-972-8080
Dia de los Muertos celebration at Olvera Street
Olvera Steet celebrations for Dia de los Muertos began October 25. Today's events will conclude with a candlelight procession.
7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 2
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 3
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 4
W-26 Olvera Street, Los Angeles, 90012, 213-687-4391
39th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration at Self Help Graphics & Art
"Recuerdos Que Nunca Mueren" at the Boyle Heights art center will begin with a procession commencing at the Mariachi Plaza kiosko.
5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, November 2
1300 East First Street, Boyle Heights, 90033, 323-8816-444
The 10th Annual Noche de Altares
The community-based, Santa Ana, festival featured 100 altars last year.
1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 3
4th and Birch Streets, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Day of the Dead Celebration at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum
6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 2
3580 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 92501, 951-826-5273
San Diego County:
Old Town San Diego's Dia de los Muertos
The 3rd-annual celebration includes an activity-filled schedule of events organized thoughout the day.
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 2
Top Image: Dia De Los Muertos festival on Olvera Street by Rob Sheridan.
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