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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in San Diego

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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in San Diego!

Celebrate the lives of friends, relatives, parents and loved ones who have passed away on Día de los Muertos. Also called Day of the Dead, this traditional Mexican holiday happens every year on November 1 and 2.

Festivities range from creating small altars at home, to citywide festivals filled with processions, family altars, dance, music, costumes, face painting and food. Be part of San Diego’s long-running Día de los Muertos events, making crafts and remembering the people who have filled our lives with love, wisdom and guidance.


Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration. Celebrate the history and culture of the region as you pay tribute to this festive tradition. Featuring Tour of Altars, a candlelight procession (Nov. 2) from the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to El Campo Santo Cemetery, crafts, skull face painting, entertainment and more. Oct. 28, 10 am-9 pm & Oct. 29, 10 am-6 pm. Free admission.

Dia de los Muertos at Old Mission San Luis Rey. Live cultural performances, Catrina Contest, a chalk cemetery, car show, altars, food, and arts and crafts. Oct. 29, 10 am-4 pm. 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside.

Day of the Dead Concert. Featuring Mexican singing icon, Eugenia León. Nov. 5, 7:30 pm. For tickets, visit website. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown San Diego.

Dia de los Muertos Festival. Get the chance to create altars to remember lost loved ones, enjoy live music and performances, and children can have fun with arts and crafts, face painting and more. Nov. 1, 6 pm. Free admission. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Balboa Theatre. Watch live performances by Chicano and Mexican bands like La Santa Cecilia, Mexrrissey and Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Nov. 2, 8 pm. Tickets start at $27. 868 Fourth Ave. at E St., downtown San Diego.

Decorate a sugar skull mask that looks good enough to eat.

Photo courtesy of SOHO (Save Our Heritage Organisation).

Updated: September 2017