Halloween 2013: Dia de Los Muertos

Honor the dead in traditional style with everything from family-friendly events to dance parties and concerts.

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There’s something for everyone when L.A. celebrates Dia de Los Muertos. Commemorate and honor the dead by building altars to loved ones who have a passed, dancing the night away, and enjoying great food and drink in the spirit of the Day of the Dead.
 
          • Sept. 28 -
            Nov. 3

            30TH ANNUAL DAY OF THE DEAD ALTARS & EPHEMERA EXHIBITION
            Taking a deeper glimpse into Dia de Los Muertos, this exhibition features installations that deal with contemporary issues and concepts about death. The Folk Tree. More information

          • Oct. 17

            SOCIETY, SCANDALS, AND SATIRE: A DISPLAY OF JOSE GUDALUPE POSADA’S ICONIC PRINTS
            In honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada, this event features chapbooks and prints by the artist. In addition, complimentary tequila will be available as well as tarot card readings and a photo booth. Guests are encouraged to dress up in Dia de los Muertos costumes. Museum of Latin American Art. More information

          • Oct. 23 -
            Nov. 1

            DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS
            Join other kids at this family-friendly event where you can attend mask and necklace-making workshops. The best part is being showered with candy after a festive piñata-breaking that concludes the workshops. For workshop reservations call Val at 213 716-1373. Olvera Street/El Pueblo Historical Monument. More information

          • Oct. 25 -
            Nov. 3

            DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT OLVERA STREET
            What better place to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead than Olvera Street? After the candlelight Novenario processions, which are held nightly, you can peruse the elaborately decorated altars while sipping cinnamon-tinged hot chocolate and munching on pan de muerto (sweet pastry). Also, view the Dia de los Muertos community altars on display in the Plaza area. It’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate departed loved ones and reflect on the beauty of life–even in death.  Olvera Street/El Pueblo Historical Monument. More information

          • Oct. 26

            ¡VIVAN LOS MUERTOS! DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION
            Discover Aztec and Mexican folkloric dance, storytelling, face painting, elaborate altars, amercado, and more at the Autry’s celebration of the dead. Autry Museum. More information

          • Oct. 26

            NOCHE DE OFRENDA / COMMUNITY ALTAR NIGHT
            Led by premier altar-maker Ofelia Esparza, Noche de Ofrenda invites participants young and old to contribute their offerings to the community altar. Enjoy poetry readings, pan de muerto, and xocolatl. There will be readings and performances including one by Ruben “Funkahuatl” Guevara. Self Help Graphics and Art. More information

          • Oct. 26 –
            27

            A FRIGHTFULLY FUN FISHY FEST
            Nothing fishy about this: Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with an aquatic theme. Enjoy story time, marine animal graveyards, face painting, and more at this family-friendly event. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. More information

          • Oct. 26 -
            Nov. 24

            SACRED MEMORIES
            The exhibition explores Dia de los Muertos and other rituals memorializing the dead. For more information on Dia de los Muertos festivities, call (213) 485-6855. Pico House. More information

          • Oct. 31

            UCLA @ SPARC PRESENTS DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
            SPARC’s “Planet Siqueiros Event Series” presents a traditional Dia de los Muertos ceremony to honor the dearly beloved and departed with the annual ritual of Calling the Spirits to their celebration. Ceremony will be led by UCLA scholars and students. 685 Venice Blvd. More information

          • Nov. 1

            SAN PEDRO DAY OF THE DEAD
            Dress up, get your face painted, and enjoy delicious cuisine in festive downtown San Pedro. The Grammy Award winning Mariachi Divas will be there as you browse through altar exhibitions featuring the work of artists and community members. Downtown San Pedro. More information

          • Nov. 1

            DAY OF THE DEAD AT BORDER GRILL
            Dia de los Muertos can be a delicious holiday. Celebrate with Border Grill in Santa Monica as they roll out a special prix fixe menu ($42 per person) featuring Mexican delicacies like roasted baby beets, Pulpo a la Parilla, and Barbacoa short rib. Wash it down with a La Marisol—a lethal cocktail of tequila, blood orange, and mole rim. Border Grill. More information

          • Nov. 2

            DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: THE MAGICAL WORLD OF ALEBRIJES
            Break out the face paint and go skeletal. The country’s largest Dia de los Muertos celebration (35,000 people attended last year) takes place in the illustrious cemetery where everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Johnny Ramone is buried. The festivities begin at noon with a family-friendly carnival, segue into evening as the elaborate ceremonial altars are lit, and kicks into high gear with a concert and a dance party that goes until midnight. The lineup includes Chicano Batman, Buyepongo, and Ceci Bastida. With this year’s theme, “The Magical World of Alebrijes,” expect beautifully decorated altars in the Alebrijes style (brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures). Hollywood Forever Cemetery. More information

          • Nov. 2

            DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EXHIBITION TOUR FOLLOWED BY THREE COURSE DINNER
            Take a guided tour of the Latin American exhibitions at LACMA before capping off the night with an exclusive, three-course dinner at Loteria in Hollywood. LACMA & Loteria, Hollywood. More information

          • Nov. 2

            DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
            Spend a fun day celebrating Dia de los Muertos at San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery. Face painting and bike rides for the kids. Performances by Folklorico Macuil Xochitl, Almas Productions, and Mariachi Aztlan. The first 50 guests who show up in traditional calaca attire win a prize. San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery. More information

          • Nov. 2

            AL BORDE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL
            Al Borde brings a psychedelic twist to a traditional festival. This year, Voz de Mano will headline the event, which will also include art and altar exhibitions, food and drink, and knick-knacks for purchase. La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. More information

          • Nov. 2 -
            Dec. 1

            RAÍZ Y RAMA: ON THE CROSSROADS TO MICTLÁN ART EXHIBITION CURATED BY DANIEL GONZALEZ
            This exhibition celebrates the complexity, depth and understanding that artists now possess about Día de los Muertos as a result of many years of scholarly work, knowledge gathering and community participation. See works by Pavel Acevedo, Beatrice Coron, Ofelia Esparza, and many others. Self Help Graphics and Art. More information

          • Nov. 2, 7 p.m.

            EL VELORIO 2013
            Join actor Jacob Vargas for a fun Day of the Dead celebration with a little something for everyone. Art exhibits, a special screening of Kenneth Castillo’s film La Guapa, face painting, food, cash bar, and a photo booth await guests. Plaza de la Raza. More information

          • Nov. 2

            8TH ANNUAL DIA DE LOS DEAD ’13
            Eastside Luv opens its doors to all ages for a Night of the LUVing DEAD. The free event will feature an array of musical acts, arts and crafts, and of course, face painters. Catch sets by Mexican Institute Of Sound (M.I.S.), Trio Ellas, Cherry Glazerr, and many others. Mariachi Plaza. More information

          • Nov. 2

            DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CONCERT
            Come on out for a Dia de los Muertos party. Face painting, altars, food trucks and plenty of cocktails composed by downtown bar La Cita’s expert staff. Catch live sets by Nortec Collective, El Conjunto Nueva Ola, and many others. Grand Park. More information

          • Nov. 2

            DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
            Come celebrate the day of the dead with food, music, dance, and a workshop where you can build an altar for your departed loved ones. 24th Street Theater. More information

          • Nov. 3

            4TH ANNUAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT ROSE HILLS MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY
            From food trucks to folklorico groups, Rose Hills Memorial Park will come to life—along with the dead. Rose Hills Memorial Park. More information

          • Nov. 7

            DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH MARIACHI DE UCLATLÁN
            Join UCLA’s award-winning Mariachi de UCLAtlán for a special post-Día de Los Muertos performance which will feature traditional Dia de los Muertos music from all over Mexico. The Fowler Museum. More information

 

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  1. jzatopa

    May 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Here is some art that you may enjoy, The artist name is Brittany Hanks and she is very influenced by Dia De Los Muertos as you can see – https://www.etsy.com/shop/Pajamasquid . It’s interesting to see how far back art has been influenced by this holiday.