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Day of the Dead

Posted October 1st, 2019
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Take Foothill Transit to local celebrations of el día de los muertos.

Day of the Dead is almost here! People throughout our community will pause on el día de los muertos to appreciate and respect loved ones who have died. The holiday is November 1 and 2, but local events will last for weeks. Go see them in person. There are events all over Los Angeles County where you can experience the bright colors of papel picado and calaveras, the sound of mariachi music, the aroma of marigolds, and the sweet taste of champurrado.

October 25th through 26th in Pasadena

Old Pasadena Day of the Dead

Old Pasadena celebrates Dia de los Muertos with Salsa on the Alley and an afternoon of Community Celebration including community altars, activities, and more!

Hours vary, in Old Pasadena

Take Line 187 to Colorado Blvd and Arroyo Pkwy

October 25th through November 2nd, Los Angeles

Olvera Street dia de los muertos

For over 30 years, the merchants on Olvera Street have celebrated Dia de los Muertos. The celebration includes a nightly procession.

Dia de los Muertos at Olvera Street is a nine-day festival with altars on display, children’s workshops, face painting, and entertainment throughout.

Hours vary, at Olvera Street

Take the Silver Streak to Arcadia and Los Angeles St, then walk north on Los Angeles St.

October 25th in Los Angeles

Day of the Dead

Join the party at FIGat7th’s 5th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration with face painting, tequila tasting, and live DJs, plus–all new this year–a Dia de los Muertos altar created by artist Consuelo Flores and a Design Your Own Poster printmaking workshop by Self Help Graphics & Art! The expert Day of the Dead face painting team from Color Me Face Painting is back, as well as MAC Cosmetic with fun and fearsome Halloween glamour eyes. A complimentary, organic tequila tasting by Dulce Vida Tequila will top off the day. And live DJs, including KCRW’s Raul Campos, will create the soundtrack for the festivities.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the TASTE Food Hall & Courtyard

Take the Silver Streak to Grand Ave and 8th St, then walk north to 7th St, turn left, and walk three blocks until you get to Figueroa.

October 26th through November 3rd in Los Angeles

Grand Park LA

At Grand Park, the holiday is celebrated as an extended free festivity with a large scale nine-day art installation that begins with Noche de Ofrenda or Night of the Offerings (or Altars). Taken together, the altars, curated by Self Help Graphics, and art pieces organized by Lore Media and Arts, paint a picture of topics and people that are highly relevant to Los Angeles’ diverse communities. Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos is a community-oriented space inviting park-goers to contribute to the community altar, ideated by artist and educator Ofelia Esparza, a 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow; both she and her family continue to be instrumental in preserving and conserving Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles.

5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Olive Court + Performance Lawn

Take the Silver Streak to Spring St and 1st St.

October 26th in Los Angeles

Carrera de los muertos

Carrera de los Muertos (“Run of the Dead”) is a vibrant 5k run that honors Day of the Dead. The race starts on Main Street, in El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument. The course runs through lower Chinatown and then takes a left turn onto Alameda Street towards Los Angeles State Historic Park. The 5k run/walk turns around at 19th Ave after you cross over the Los Angeles River. On the return, you will be treated to views of the downtown skyline. Expect a little uphill finish as you return back to Olvera Street for an amazing finish line festival!

The 5K starts at 8 a.m. on Olvera Street.

Take the Silver Streak to Arcadia and Los Angeles St, then walk north on Los Angeles St.

October 26th in El Monte

baile folclorico

The Active San Gabriel Valley (ActiveSGV) team is excited to announce that 626 Golden Streets – the San Gabriel Valley’s premier #OpenStreets event – will conclude 2019 with a new route in the heart of the SGV. Dubbed SGV Streets and Treats, the first-time event on Saturday, October 26th will connect #ActiveSGV’s home at the Jeff Seymour Center in El Monte, the annual Dia de los Muertos festival on Main Street, and the South El Monte Civic Center.

The 4 mile route will also feature three activity hubs including trick-or-treating booths, music and arts activations, cultural offerings, e-bike demos, pop-up protected bikeways, and family-friendly games and contests (e.g., best dressed bicycle/scooter, family, pet, etc). So decorate yourself and/or your favored mode of active transportation, and join us for a fun-filled day! We’ll be there with our Foothill Transit mini bus and one of our full-sized electric buses.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Day of the Dead Festival is at the Valley Mall, downtown El Monte Historic District (between Santa Anita Avenue and Tyler Avenue).

Take Line 488 to Ramona Blvd and Tyler Ave, then walk north on Tyler Ave, and turn left on Valley Mall.

November 3rd in Pomona

community altar

All are welcome to experience the beautiful cultural tradition of the Community Altar and to honor deceased loved ones. This is an event of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley.

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. dA Center for the ARTS, 252 Main St, in Pomona

Take Lines 195, 197, 286, 291, 292, 480, 482, or the Silver Streak to the Pomona Transit Center, then head south on Main St.

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