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Where To Celebrate Día de los Muertos In And Around Los Angeles

Updated for 2021: Many events are back to being held in-person this year!

Los Angeles is hosting many special events in honor of Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead. While customs may vary, traditionally family and friends focus on the memories of deceased loved ones.

Families may construct Día de Los Muertos altars to honor their loved ones and ancestors who have passed away. These altars can be adorned with bright flowers, photos, candles, and meaningful objects.

Celebrations are joyous, and it is a way for families to connect and remember through generations. Additionally, family and friends may paint their faces to resemble skulls (Calaveras) while their bodies are in a skeleton costume (Calacas).

Dia de los muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles is one of the amazing events in Los Angeles to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. #diadelosmuertos #muertos #altar #diadelosmuertosaltar #losangeles #hollywoodforevercemetery
Hollywood Forever Cemetery (photos by Yvonne Condes)

Día de los Muertos Events in Los Angeles

Los Muertos 5k  2021
Olvera Street with race start at El Pueblo Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Everyone is invited to participate in a special 5K run/walk celebrating Day of the Dead on Saturday, October 30th beginning at 8:00 am. This family-friendly event gives you the chance to “tour historic Olvera Street and enjoy music along the course, face painting, and a post-race Día de los Muertos celebration.” Registration information is available online. 

Let’s Read and Make Art: Day of the Dead Craft – Virtual Event

The Los Angeles Public Library System invites kids to participate in “Let’s Read and Make Art: Day of the Dead Craft” happening on Thursday, October 28th at 4:00 pm. “We will read a book related to Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos and then learn how to make decorations.” This program is designed for children 5-11 years of age. Sign up online.

Sugar Skulls Workshop
El Sereno Branch Library
5226 S. Huntington Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

The El Sereno Branch Library is celebrating Día de los Muertos with a Sugar Skulls Workshop on Saturday, October 30th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. All supplies will be provided and all ages are welcome to participate. The event will be held outside in the library’s courtyard.

Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Downtown L.A.‘s Grand Park is planning a Día de los Muertos celebration beginning on Friday, October 22nd and continuing through Tuesday, November 2nd. “This 12-day public art installation honors people, places and ideas that merit reverence and commemoration.” Families are invited to contribute to the community altar as well as view the 20 altars made by artists and local community organizations. Check the website for details.

Noche de Ofrenda
Grand Park Performance Lawn
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The annual Noche de Ofrenda ceremony will be held at Grand Park on Saturday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm. “Noche de Ofrenda is a contemplative ceremony and night of reflection that connects communities to traditions and highlight indigenous practices during a contemporary celebration.” The festivities also include a performance as well as Calavera art workshops.  

decorations for Day of the Dead a skull and marigolds

Día de Los Muertos Celebration 
1300 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Self Help Graphics and Art present the 48th Annual Día de Los Muertos Celebration on Saturday, October 30th from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The festivities include live music, altars, food, an art market, and much more. Be sure to check the website for details on how to participate in the Car Caravan (at 2:45 pm). 

22nd Annual Día de Los Muertos
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038

Hollywood Forever’s 22nd annual Día de Los Muertos celebration is happening on Saturday, October 30th. This year’s celebration features separate daytime “Dia de los Muertos” and evening (Noche de los Muertos) events. The daytime event (9:00 am to 3:00 pm) features art exhibitions, a children’s plaza, arts and crafts vendors, cultural performers, altars, culinary vendors, and more. The evening event (5 pm to midnight) features arts and crafts vendors, cultural performers, culinary vendors, altars, and more. Each event requires its own tickets. A schedule of events is available online as are tickets. 

Family Days: Día de Los Muertos 
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is hosting Family Days: Día de Los Muertos on Sunday, October 31st at 12:00 noon. The festivities will provide families with the chance to “explore the historical and cultural significance of Day of the Dead traditions.” Enjoy live music and dance, art, workshops, and more. Food will be available for purchase, and a screening of Pixar’s Coco is also scheduled.

24th Street Theatre presents Día de los Muertos
24th Street Theatre
1117 W. 24th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007

24th Street Theatre is hosting its annual Día de los Muertos block party on Monday, November 1st from 6 pm to 10 pm. This in-person event will be headlined by Mexican composer and rock star Jaime López. The festivities also include dance performances, craft booths, the opportunity for families to make their own altars, homemade tamales, and more. Covid vaccinations and health screenings will also be available onsite. 

Día de los Muertos in Grand Park

Día de los Muertos in the Valley

21st Annual Día de los Muertos Festival
Main Street Canoga Park
On Sherman Way (between Canoga and Topanga), Canoga Park, CA

Main Street Canoga Park’s 21st Annual Día de los Muertos Family Festival is happening on Sunday, November 7th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Families will enjoy dance performances, live music, vendors, a classic car show, arts and crafts, food vendors, altars, and much more. 

Dia de Los Muertos Cultural Festival
Recreation Park
208 Park Ave., San Fernando, CA 91340

The city of San Fernando is hosting a Dia de Los Muertos Cultural Festival on Saturday, October 30th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. “Build an altar in memory of a loved one, a friend, or a hero.” Details are available online. 

Día de los Muertos Celebration
Strathearn Historical Park
137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley, CA

The Simi Valley Historical Society and Museum presents a Día de los Muertos Celebration on Sunday, October 24th from 11 am to 5 pm. The festivities include musical and dance performances, food vendors, face painting, story telling, craft vendors, arts and crafts for kids, and more. Pre-sale tickets are available online. 

Día de los Muertos on the Eastside

Downey Día de los Muertos Art Festival
8435 Firestone Blvd., Downey, CA 90241

The Downey Día de los Muertos Art Festival is happening on Saturday, October 30th. The Festival features performances, unique artwork, and more. Check the website for more details as they become available.  

Día de los Muertos at Forest Lawn – A Virtual Spanish Event
4 Locations
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

Forest Lawn is hosting a virtual Día de los Muertos Celebration on Sunday, October 31st at 12:00 noon. The festivities include Mariachi Music, altars, Ballet Folkloric, and more. The event can be watched live on Forest Lawn’s Facebook page. 

Día de los Muertos
Bowers Museum – Outside Courtyard
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

The Bowers Museum is celebrating Day of the Dead on Sunday, October 24th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The festivities include live musical and dance performances, art, and special foods. “Bring a photo for our ofrendas (memorial altar), honoring our loved ones and that special pet that left too soon.” 

Día de los Muertos
Muckenthaler Cultural Center 
1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833

Celebrate Día de los Muertos at The Muckenthaler on Thursday, October 28th at 7:30 pm. Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles will both be performing. “They’ll be combining their prodigious talents into a single giant spectacular that will leave you speechless.” Tickets are available online and must be purchased in advance. 

Día de los Muertos
Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana, CA 92704

The Heritage Museum of Orange County is celebrating Día de los Muertos on Sunday, October 17th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Enjoy live music, an outdoor art gallery, sugar skull face painting, a kids craft area, food and drinks, a scavenger hunt, and more. General admission is $2 (for guests 11 years old and up) and are available online. 

Dia de los Muertos
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Pretend City Children’s Museum is celebrating Dia de los Muertos on Wednesday, November 3rd with “vibrant, educational activities for little ones. Bring a photo of your loved one to add to our special Altar and partake in the celebration.” There will also be an art activity and special story time. All activities are included in general admission. Tickets are available online. 

Día de Los Muertos
Heritage Park
12100 Mora Dr., Santa Fe Springs, CA 

The City of Santa Fe Springs is celebrating Día de Los Muertos on Saturday, October 16th from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Enjoy music, food, artisan vendors, and more. “Learn the art of decorating traditional sugar skulls through our Sugar Skull Workshop. Honor a member of your family by participating in our Community Ofrenda Showcase.” (Sugar skull decorating is designed for children 8 and older.) Details are available on line. 

Día de los Muertos in Santa Monica:

Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Celebration
Third Street Promenade (from Broadway to Wilshire), Santa Monica, CA

Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Santa Monica on Saturday, October 30th from 5 pm  to 10 pm. The festivities include live entertainment, traditional dance performances, face painting, kids crafts, and much more. And you can’t miss the larger-than-afterlife sculptures of “La Catrina” by renowned Los Angeles-based artist Ricardo Soltero which will be on display through November 2nd. 

Día de los Muertos
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 

The Santa Monica Pier is the location for a Día de los Muertos celebration happening on Sunday, October 31st from 11 am to 7 pm and Monday, November 1st from 11 am to 6 pm in the historic Carousel building. “Together with Pico Youth and Family Center, our joint event of reflection will feature an artistic altar dedicated to the lives of friends and family who have played an important role in the Santa Monica Pier community, traditional Ballet Folklorico, an art installation called ‘Letters of Life,’ and an unmissable Aztec dancing performance.”

Día de los Muertos in Long Beach:

Day of the Dead 2021
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

The Museum of Latin American Art invites families to celebrate Day of the Dead on Sunday, October 17th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The museum will be offering an on-site celebration as well as online programming. Check the website for more details as they become available.

Día de los Muertos in Pasadena:

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Arcade Lane 
696 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA
 

Mercadito Monarca and Playhouse Village host a Dia de los Muertos Festival on Sunday, October 24th from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The free, family-friendly program features live musical and dance performances, arts and crafts activities, games, story time, the chance to see chalk artists at work, an artisan market, and more. 

boys with faces painted like calaveras for Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos on Olvera Street
El Pueblo Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

A Día de los Muertos Celebration is tentatively scheduled for Monday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 2nd on Olvera Street. The festivities include live entertainment, art exhibits, and exquisitely decorated altars. A “Pre-Columbian Novenario processions and blessings each night” are also planned. Check the website for more information as it becomes available. 

Create Sugar Skulls At Home

If schedules prohibit you and your family from enjoying one of these celebrations around town, or if you’re looking for a fun way to get your kids involved in Día del los Muertos at home, try making sugar skulls.

It’s a simple process that only requires a few ingredients. Best of all, it can be adapted so you can make enough just for your family or a large batch to share with your child’s class, as Yvonne did.

Take a look at the video and step-by-step instructions below or see Yvonne’s post about how to make sugar skulls.

There are great places to celebrate Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles. #losangeles #diadelosmuertos #muertos #muertoslosangeles

Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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