Here are 10 places to celebrate Day of the Dead in Southern California – San Bernardino Sun


The celebration of loved ones who have passed returns again with Day of Dead events planned throughout Southern California.

The Day of the Dead, which falls on Nov. 1 and 2, is a combination of Aztec rituals and Catholic beliefs centered on an altar, which is made up of offerings in memory of the dead. But since it is a celebration, there’s also music, dancing and food involved in the festivities.

And here are 10 places in the area where you can celebrate Day of the Dead.

Bowers Museum

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 6

Where: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana

Details: Bring pictures of loved ones who have passed away — and this includes pets too — to place on the altar at this free event. And also bring your dancing shoes because the day will be packed with musical performances including Mariachi Anacatlan and the Mariachi Kids, Los Cuates, which plays traditional Mexican music and classical guitarist Joel Acevedes. There will also be free samples of Mexican hot chocolate and tamales for sale.

Cost: Free

Information: bowers.org

City of Moreno Valley Day of the Dead

When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

Where: Moreno Valley Civic Amphitheater, 14075 Frederick St, Moreno Valley.

Details: Fans of Spanish rock legends Maná will want to attend this event. No, the band will not be there but the next best thing, tribute band Corazon de Maná, will headline a day that will include altar displays, food and art vendors plus a Michelada garden.

Cost: Free

Information: moval.org

Dia de los Muertos at the Historic Asistencia

When: Noon-7 p.m., Nov. 5-6

Where: The Asistencia, 26930 Barton Road, Redlands

Details: This 19th Century outpost for the Mission San Gabriel’s Rancho San Bernardino held its first Day of the Dead event last year and it was so successful it’s been expanded to two days this year. Guitar quartet Los Romeros plus  Ballet Folklorico Cultural and other musical acts will anchor the celebration. Other activities for the day are still being ironed out but expect altars and community offerings to those who have passed.

Cost: The event is free but organizers are asking for a $5 donation.

Information: eventbrite.com

Dia de los Muertos Fiesta

When: 2-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29

Where: St. Isidore Historical Plaza, 10961 Reagan St., Los Alamitos

Details: Conjure your competitive spirit because this free Day of the Dead event celebration will include a costume contest, as well as an Altar display contest and of course Folkloric dancers, face painting and food booths.

Cost: Free

Information: stisidorehistoricalplaza.org

Dia de los Muertos Perris

When: 2-8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30

Where: Railway Museum, 2201 S. A St., Perris

Details: The Railway Museum will serve as the backdrop for this free celebration which will include altar and art exhibitions and a food hall focusing on food from Michoacan, Mexico. Young talent will also  be on display during the Altars of the Dead Competition created by  K-12 Students. Or find your own talent at the pinata-making workshop.

Cost: Free

Information: bnrca.org

Downtown Santa Monica

When: Oct. 28-Nov. 2

Where: Third Street Promenade, 1351 Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica.

Details: Three blocks of the Third Street Promenade will be turned into a Day of the Dead sculpture walk with the display of nine La Catrina sculptures. Created by Los Angeles-based artist Ricardo Soltero, the sculptures depict a female skeleton character with some standing as tall as 14-feet. They are all dressed in brightly colored Mexican attire. And on Oct. 30 the Santa Monica Ballet Folklorico will put on a performance at 6 p.m. on the 1300 block of the promenade.

Cost: Free

Information: downtownsm.com

Grand Park

When: 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. through Nov. 2

Where: 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Details: The downtown L.A. park is celebrating Day of the Dead with a 12-day display of altars that runs through Nov. 2. People can stroll down the park and check out several professional altars made by artists and community organizations. People are also encouraged to contribute items to a community altar created by Self Help Graphics.

Cost: Free

Information: grandparkla.org

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.- midnight, Saturday. Oct. 29

Where: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.

Details: This is one of the biggest Day of the Dead celebrations around with thousands expected at the two events taking place at the more than 120-year-old cemetery. The day will start with the more family-oriented “Dia de los Muertos” from 9-a.m. to 3 p.m. It will include a children’s plaza with performances by the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, cultural performances, a chocolate making workshop and an 11 a.m. ceremonial procession through the cemetery. The “Noche de Los Muertos,” starts at 5 p.m. and will have more of a party vibe with several bands and dancers performing on a trio of stages. The night will be headlined by San Diego based retro soul group Thee Sacred Souls. Throughout the day people can also check out hundreds of altars on display throughout the cemetery, listen to DJs spin tunes and see Aztec and other traditional dancers.

Cost: Tickets for daytime event start at $35. Tickets for night event start at $55.

Information: ladayofthedead.com

Museum of Latin American Art

When: 11 a.m.-8:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30

Where: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach

Details: Dance performances, face painting, sugar skull making classes and the co-director of “The Book of Life” will all be part of the museum’s Day of the Dead celebration. The daylong free celebration will include cultural dance performances by companies like the  Ballet Folklorico Aztlan de CSUN and Danza Azteca Xochipilli. That will be followed by a Q&A with Jorge Gutierrez, co-director of “The Book of Life.” The Q&A will be followed by a screening of the film.

Cost: Free

For information: molaa.org

Riverside Day Of The Dead

When: 1-10 p.m. Nov. 5

Where: Market Street between University Avenue and 14th Street

Details: This is the city’s biggest event with around 30,000 people expected to attend the daylong street party which takes place along six blocks in downtown Riverside. The free celebration includes a display of altars at White Park, live music from several bands performing on two stages, a Catrina costume contest, a lowrider car show, Folklorico dancers and food vendors. And for a little bit of sports action, there will be a lucha libre ring where wrestlers will battle it out throughout the day.

Cost: Free

Information: On Instagram at @riversidedayofthedead



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