Socal Dia de Muertos Events You Can’t Miss

By Grecia HOctober 20, 2016Otro Rollo
By Grecia H | October 20, 2016

Latinos in California go BIG for Dia de Muertos celebrations.

Take a look at the best Dia de Muertos events put together looking to keep the culture alive.

Catrinas, altares, local vendors and entertainment are the main ingredients to all of these! 



1) Dia de Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Saturday October 29 from 12pm to 12am

Price: $20 per person – (please bring exact change)

What’s good: Mexican cuisine, arts and crafts, Calaca costumes, Julieta Venegas, Buyepongo, Mariachi Flor de Toloache and an altares contest where 3 winners will take $3,000 home.



2) Noche de Altares Santa Ana

Saturday November 5th from 12pm to 10pm

Price: FREE

What’s good: The largest Dia De Los Muertos event in OC organized by Volunteers @Downtown Santa Ana. Community brings a unique 100+ altars, vendors, food & music.



3) Dia de los Muertos Celebration Santa Barbara Bowl

Saturday November 5th at 5pm

Price: $44-$85

What’s good: Mexican Institute of Sound, Rubén Albarrán (of Café Tacvba) No DJ Set, Mariachi Manchester, Grupo Bella, ballet folklorico de Los Angeles, altares, maquillaje de catrinas, etc.



4) Poderosas Para Siempre: A Dia de Muertos Celebration in Long Beach

Saturday October 22 from 8pm to 12apm

Price: $45

What’s good: DDLM exhibition, body art performance by David Gilmore, artisan marketplace, photo booth, food vendors, face painting by Drop Dead Gorgeous.



5) Anaheim Fall Festival

Saturday October 29 from 11am to 10pm

Price: FREE

What’s good: Kiddie Costume Contest, Howl-o-Ween Pooch Pawrade, fantastic food and drinks, a real Ferris Wheel right on Center Street Promenade and a Halloween parade!!



6) Riverside Day of the Dead

Saturday November 5th from 1pm to 10pm

Price: FREE

What’s good: Aztec dancing, traditional altars, music, children’s activities, authentic Mexican food, Ballet Folklórico de Riverside, Community Altar (Bring a copy of a loved one’s photo) and Catrina Pageant.


7) El Velorio at Plaza de la Raza

Saturday November 5th from 7pm to 1am

Price: $25-$50

What’s good: Aztec dancers, low rider car show, face painting, movie screenings, costume contest, photo booth, drinks & food, arts & crafts and Mariachi “Dia de los Muertos attire is strongly encouraged”



8) Downtown Dia de los Muertos: Noche de Ofrenda

Saturday October 29 from 7pm to 9pm

Price: FREE

What’s good: La Victoria, Casa 0101 Youth Teatro, danza Chicomecoatl, Cuicani band, altars will be on display all week, along with large scale sculptures and art by Lore Productions.



9) Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos

Saturday October 29th – Sunday October 30th from 11am to 8pm

Price: FREE

What’s good: Altars tour, candlelight procession, face painting, sugar skull workshops, live music, food and drinks specials, storytelling and tequila!



10) Bakersfield Dia de los Muertos Expo

Wednesday November from 5pm to 11:30pm

Price: FREE

What’s good: Loteria de los muertos, Kalivera hula hoop spinner, traditional altares and ofrendas, deli food and drinks, skeleton costume contest and raffles.