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Around the Counties: Day of the Dead in Southern California

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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 festival on Olvera Street by Rob Sheridan

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


Dia De Los Muertos festival on Olvera Street by Rob Sheridan


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


Orange County:

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


Dia De Los Muertos festival on Olvera Street by Rob Sheridan

Dia De Los Muertos festival on Olvera Street by Rob Sheridan

Riverside County:

Day of the Dead Celebration at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum

Today's evening, presented in conjunction with Division 9 Gallery, will include an act by the Ballet Folklórico de Riverside and a "La Catrina Pageant."

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

619-297-7511

Dia De Los Muertos festival on Olvera Street by Rob Sheridan


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Top Image: Dia De Los Muertos festival on Olvera Street by Rob Sheridan.

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Melody Soto is a journalist living in the San Fernando Valley.
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