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Ultimate 2012 Día de los Muertos Event Guide ~ Los Angeles

Guide by Erick Huerta

It's that time of the year again, in which the Latino/a community celebrate the lives and spirits of loved ones who have moved on to the next life. Día de los Muertos have been celebrated across Latin America for generations. At the same time, other cultures around the world have their own unique celebrations that honor and remember ancestors and the lives of those who have come before us, helping us to appreciate the little time that we have on this plane. Now more than ever, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated all over L.A., with more than 40 different events happening around town starting this weekend. The list is broken down by dates starting Oct. 20th through Nov. 4th and it covers events happening all over the region, from Orange County to the Valley with links provided for each event. There's one must-not-miss event that started it all at Self Help Graphics next Saturday. And as always, if you have an event that I didn't catch, let us know in the comments so folks can check it out.

Saturday Oct. 20th

Self Help Graphics and Arts Day of the Dead Workshops

Photo By Rafael Cardenas
Photo By Rafael Cardenas

Self Help Graphics and Art continue with their free Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops every Saturday from noon to 3 pm. All materials and teachers are provided by Self Help Graphics, participants are encouraged to be on time and wear clothes that they won’t mind getting dirty. Workshops being offered include the following:

• Flores de Papel/Paper Flower Making
• Papel Picado/Mexican Cut Paper
• Dia de los Muertos Mascara Decorating
• Paper Mache Mask
• Paper Mache Procession Calaveras and Calacas

29th Annual Day of the Dead Altars & Ephemera Exhibition

The Folk Tree's 29th Annual Day of the Dead Altars & Ephemera exhibition, on view from October 6 - November 4, features traditional altars honoring loved ones who have passed, as well as installations dealing with broader contemporary issues and concepts about death. Also on view is a large selection of work in various media by local artists and Mexican folk art commemorating this major Mexican holiday

Altars on view at The Folk Tree are often highly personal and include photographs and other mementos, letters, candles and offerings of food. In the past individuals have created altars for deceased family members, pets and other animals, famous individuals, anonymous victims of tragedy and violence, as well as altars dealing with social and environmental concerns. Some of the altar themes this year are: Rita Almanza’s homage to Dick Clark; Elizabeth Espinoza’s altar for victims of teen suicide; Edna Torres’ and Victor Solis’ altars honoring their parents; and Nancy Ann Jones interactive altar where visitors are invited to write their own messages and tributes.

Related work in a variety of media is on view by over 50 area artists, and featured work from Mexico includes pieces by Mexico City paper mache artist Joel Garcia and ceramic figures from Capula, which are hand built, painted, and glazed. The many local artists represented include: Joe Alvarez (paintings); Ulla Anobile (paper mache & felt); Cathy Ashworth (paintings & mixed media); Elizabeth Carranza (photographs); Mary Clark Camargo (mosaics); Ruth DiNicola (assemblage); Daniel Gonzalez (sugar skulls); Yolanda Gonzalez (paintings); Leonard Martinez (calavera t-shirts); and Day of the Dead themed jewelry by Carlos Gutierrez, Diane Owens, Lisa Rocha, Rone Prinz, and Juan Sigala.

The Folk Tree is located at 217 South Fair Oaks Avenue, minutes walking distance from the Gold Line’s Del Mar station, and just south of Old Pasadena. Hours are: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. For more information, call 626/795-8733 or 626/793-4828.

Cactus Gallery Dia de los Muertos Art Show

Avenue 50 Studio Day of the Dead Exhibit

Cidne Hart
Guatemala: A Tribute

Photographer Cidne Hart pays tribute to Guatemalans in her first one-person show at the Avenue 50 Studio’s Annex Gallery. Using her photos of Guatemalans celebrating their ancestors during their three-day national Day of the Dead holiday, she juxtaposes these photos with text about the genocide that the Guatemalan military aimed at the indigenous Mayan population during the 1980s.

On view through November 14th

Avenue 50 Studio
131 North Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA 90042

Plaza de la Raza 20th Annual "Dia De Los Muertos"

A Day of the Dead Cultural Event, Community Art Exhibit and Benefit for Plaza de La Raza.

Hosted by: Lisa Love

Sound Providers: Jaime G. Bump Sensibility/ MP Urban Marketing

Art exhibit curated by: Antonio Pelayo, Juan Rodriguez

Music | Dancing | Art by 100 L.A.-based Artists | Face Painting | Photo Booth | Food | Drinks (Cash Bar)| munchis provided by Mas Malo Mexican Restaurant

Live Painting by: dfrnt, Vyal, Galo, Doc 43

Danza Azteca Blessing of the Altar Maestro Lazaro Arvizu
Folklore Pasion Mexicana-Folklorico Performance-Director Tony Ramirez
Danza Teocalt-Folkorico Performance-Maestro Miguel A. Diaz
Mariachi Monumental de America- Juan Jose Almaguer
Plaza youth Rock en Espanol
Plaza de la Raza youth Mariachi Ensemble...
Flamenco-Rocio Ponce

$10 suggested donation

David Flores, Winner of Red Bull “Latagrafica” Art contest, signing his limited edition Calavera, Day of the Dead themed can.

El Centro del Pueblo 4th Annual Dia de los Muertos

This Annual Celebration will be in Honor of Lupe Ontiveros, Willie Middlebrook and Chavela Vargas. As well as of the immigrants who have died in the struggle to come to this country to achieve the American Dream. It feature altars, music, culture, entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts workshops, food and refreshments and an art exhibition curated by Margaret Garcia.

This is a FREE community event where most of the free altars are created by community members who make offerings to their loved ones who have passed. A primary purpose of the event is to register voters as part of our civic engagement projected funded by National Council of La Raza and SEIU Local 721. Proceeds from all food booths will go to toys and other items for our upcoming holiday events for the children, youth and families we serve.

Altars by:
Victoris Villegas, Pablo Corzo, Sara J McSweyn/Sophia Viscarra Estrada, Irma Alvarado.Zevda Fernandez, Mayela Koch, Aimee Acosta, Anna Guerra Castaneda, Elba Salmeron, Walter Garcia, Carlos Martinez, Linda Terraza, Kat Roman

Artists participating this year are: AfraShe Asungi, Kim Abeles, Lalo Alcaraz, Frank Alvarez, Fernando Barragan, Grace Barraza-Vega, Summer Bernal, Kraig Blue, David Botello, Carlos Callejo, Angelina Cardiel, Sarah Truer-Carpenter, Jimmy Centeno, Desmond Clancy,Pablo Damas, Ernesto de la Loza, Carlos Duran, Kikki Eder, Luis Fileto, David Flores,Kathy Gallegos, Cathy Garcia, Emilia Garcia, Margaret Garcia, Zara Gomez, Raul Gonzalez, Jaime Guerrero, Dolores Guerrero-Torrez, Brandy Healey, Wayne Healey, Sergio Hernandez, Javi Here, Willie Herron, Estela Hyde, Maja Jurado, Laura Garza Jimenez, George Labrada, Bonnie Lambert, Pola Lopez, Jose Lozano, Heriberto Luna, Juliana Martinez, Sonji Mariposa, Michael Massenberg, Mary Lucille Deliria Nuñez,Angela Ortiz, Maria Palacios, Antonio Pelayo, Ester Petschar, Stu Rappeport, Monica Ramirez, Ramon Ramirez, Chuy Rangel, Michael Rascon, George Rodriguez , Frank Romero, Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez, Hector Silva, Violetta Antonia Sorcini, Dolores Guerrero-Torres, Eloy Torrez, Suzanne Delacruz Urquiza, Sergio Vasquez, Gloria Vasquez-Warner, J Michael Walker, Yesenia Zertuche

El Centro Del Pueblo's mission is to provide social services and resources to the community to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families in the diverse communities of Los Angeles County. El Centro Del Pueblo offers comprehensive programs that support at-risk children, youth and their families that range from workforce development to literacy classes and AIDS education. Through these direct services, incredible leadership, innovative family-based programs, and a focus on youth, El Centro Del Pueblo has grown from a community agency to a community treasure.

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration at Old Town Maravilla

Join us in celebration of the lives of those that have transitioned into the spirit realm. We will have an altar and offer ofrendas de musica, poesia y arte. There will be exhibitions of catrinas, vintage huipiles, and art. Poetry Ofrenda by Gloria Enedina Alvarez, Santa Perversa and others.

Old Town Maravilla
4545 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
East Los, Califaztlan 90022

Mi Vida Suger Skull Social

We heart Muertos Time. Join us this Saturday for our arts n crafts/jewelry workshops, only $25 from 12-8pm RSVP and receive a special gift. Make a Sugar Skull pair of Earrings, Necklace or Bracelets.

Sunday Oct. 21st.

Homenaje a la Mujer: An Altar Tribute to Women

Join the conversation as community leaders share their stories of women who have inspired them. Participating speakers include:
• Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina
• Antonia Hernandez—Civil rights activist, lawyer, and President & CEO of the California Community Foundation
• Suzanne Urquiza—Chicana artist
• Yolanda Nava—Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, author, and motivational speaker
• Dunia Elvir—Telemundo news anchor

With contributions from participating women, activist Sandra Romero installs a public altar honoring inspirational women. Enjoy live music and a hands-on calavera art workshop! Complimentary champurrado and pan de muerto will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

ChimMaya Art Presents: 7th Annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition

Art by Eric Almanza

In an ever increasing environment of polarization within our country….class, exceptionalism, and the widening chasm between wealth and poverty….we’ve selected this year’s DOD exhibition to invite artists from the East-to-West Coast and Mexico, to help us celebrate ‘Life’ and the impact that every action leaves on the social and moral consciousness of our world. What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. Albert Pike

Resident Artists: Yolanda Gonzalez, Emilia Garcia, Hector Silva, Ricardo Ortega, Gennaro Garcia, Julie Zarate

Invited Artists: Margaret Garcia, Sergio Hernandez, Benjamin Thomas, Mario Chacon, Elizabeth Carranza, Lalo Alcaraz, Grace Barraza-Vega, Raul Servin, Hector Velez, Emily Costello, John de Jesus, Carolina Parra, Anna Alvarado, John Zender Estrada, Niki J. Sands, Alex Escalante, Daniel Alonzo, Lobazul, Anthony Mitchell, Art Carrillo, Constantina Prastas-Lopez, Brandon Schwebs, Mer Young, Heather Clements, Hugo Martinez, Rafael Delgado Jr., Ernie Lucero, Mer Young, Antonio Pelayo, Guadalupe Reyes, Magda Bowen, Al Molina, Catherine Nichols, Eric Almanza, Reynaldo Villarreal, Wendell Wiggins, Abril Andrade Griffith, Hugo Romo, Francisco Cabello, Robert Palacios, Poli Marichal, Steven Correa

ChimMaya Art
5283 E. Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Opening reception from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday Oct. 25th

Self Help Graphics and Art's 39TH ANNUAL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS ART EXHIBITION Recuerdos Que Nunca Mueren (Memories That Never Die)

Ofrenda, Día de los Muertos Commemorative Print by Ofelia Esparza and Daughters Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, Jacqueline Sanders aka JaxieJax, Elena Esparza
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 25, 2012  |  7 PM - 9 PM
Curated by Ofelia Esparza and Daughters Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, Jacqueline Sanders aka JaxieJax.Artists have been invited to explore the theme of Recuerdos Que Nunca Mueren (Memories That Never Die). Tradition holds that offerings to honor those who have passed on, represent our remembrances of who they were and how much they are loved-- remembrances that will never die— Son los recuerdos que nunca mueren.
William Acedo, Pablo Aguilar, Nico Avina, Carlos Castro, Rafael Cardenas, Robbie Conal, Enik One, Juan Escobedo, Emilia Garcia, Yolanda Gonzalez, Noel Vargas-Hernandez, Jaxiejax, Kalli Arte, Alex “Defer” Kizu, David Lopez, David “Mouse” Lopez, Jose Lozano, Poli Marichal, Miguel Morales, Azul Parra, Beth Peterson, Chey Quintanar, Vyal Reyes, Victor Rosas, Rudy “Chee” Ruiz, Manny Torres, Sand OneALTARES BY:
Gloria E. Alvarez & Margaret Guzman, Endy, Elena Esparza, Ofelia Esparza & Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, Consuelo Flores, Diane GamboaPAPER FASHION SHOW BY:
Diane Gamboa “Deadly Stylish”

Friday Oct. 26th

More info on the Facebook page:

Saturday Oct. 27th

The 2012 Dia de Los Muertos festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery will reach back to the pre-Aztec roots of Dia de Los Muertos and explore the Mayan Gods, rituals and calendar.

Event Details:

General Admission: $10 per person - (please bring exact change) Tickets can also be bought online
Children under 8 years and under free until 4pm
Seniors 65 and over free until 4pm

Dia de Los Muertos attire strongly encouraged - Come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel
The best Calaca costume will win $500!

The Altar contest prices are: 1st prize $3000, 2nd prize $2000, 3rd prize $1000

Enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead arts and crafts available for purchase

Plan ahead where to park and please carpool

Event Features:

• Musical performances by Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, Very Be Careful, Las Cafeteras, and Tribu
• 100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones
• A vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood's Immortals with traditional Aztec blessings and Regional Musical-Dance group dedications
• Hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume
• A new Dance Plaza featuring historical and modern dance rituals
• An Art Exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum curated by Xamanism
• A costume contest for the best dressed Calaca (skeleton)
• A children’s arts project area presented by LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
• Arts and Crafts vendors
• Food vendors from around Los Angeles

Mercado La Paloma Cultural Continuum: Dia de los Muertos

Join Mercado La Paloma, a project of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos as a part of our Art and Cultural Program, Cultural Continuum.

October 27th Dia De Los Muertos Artisan workshops: 11am - 4pm

Participants will build an altar in commemoration of their loved ones.

Participants will create and decorate a classic paper mache calaca mask using traditional techniques.

Participants will learn how to decorate sugar skulls using traditional and new decorating techniques.

Learn the basics of papel picado using simple cutting techniques and templates to create Day of the

Participants will use traditional paper flower making techniques to create flowers made of tissue paper that will be used for decorating the altar and the Día de los Muertos event.

October 28th Dia De Los Muertos Festival 11:00am-9:00pm

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation is pleased to partner for a second year with Arturo Chabolla with Xamanism to produce our annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration. The festival will feature amazing dance and theater performances, along with live music including a special performance by special guest Teca from Tijuana no! and Illiniza playing their unique ancestral sounds plus and many more. We will have both an alter contest and community altar, artisan vendors, face painting, a fixed art exhibit, and amazing food of Mercado la Paloma vendors.

Led by Master Altar Maker Ofelia Esparza
Saturday, October 27, 2012  |  6 PM - 9 PMLed by premier altar-maker and community resident, Ofelia Esparza and assisted by the Esparza Family, participants are invited to contribute their offerings to the community altar for display throughout our Día De Los Muertos festivities. This inspirational and important art of traditional altar making serves as a way for the community to share their memories with special tokens of remembrance. Enjoy poetry readings, Pan de Muerto and Xocolatl.
Reading & Performances by:
Ruben "Funkahuatl" Guevara
Abel Salas
Corky Dominguez of Casa0101
Jo Anna Mixpe Ley

Dia De Los Muertos Honoring Life In The Struggle

¡Vivan Los Muertos! Day of the Dead Celebration at the Autry Museum

Join us as the Autry celebrates Day of the Dead, an ancient Aztec festival to both remember the dead and mock death itself. Discover the extraordinary observances that take place during this celebration of life with Aztec and Mexican folkloric dance, storytelling, face-painting, elaborate altars, a mercado, and more. Full schedule of events can be found here.

Day of the Dead Celebrations at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28. Full schedule of events can be found here.

Long Beach Zombie Walk

The Living Dead return to Long Beach for the 5th time on Saturday, October 27 as LONG BEACH ZOMBIE WALK V takes over Shoreline Village and Marina Green. The Long Beach Zombie Walk is an all-ages event that invites ghouls of all ages to participate in a night of creepy-crawly fun. This year's event is expanding into a full day-long fest, complete with music and film, food and drinks, vendors, art, and surprises.

Ticket info can be found here

Full line up of bands, movie screenings and events can be found here

Sunday Oct. 28th

Muertomania II

This year, Muertomania II honors “EL Santo” & “Blue Demon” who are recognized wrestling icons all over the world.


















* Pizarro Tacos
* Foodbolistas (Selling Lucha Libre Cupcakes, Sugar Skulls and will be doing live sugarskull decorating workshop)




Día de los Muertos: A Day of the Dead Celebration

The dead come to life at LA Plaza 12:00PM - 4:00PM. Enjoy traditional performances by:
• Semillas Sociedad Civil: Indigenous International School
• Xipe Totec
• Los Reyes
• Teatro Tatalejos
• Resurrección Mexican Folk performing with Mis Raices and Imperio Azteca

This celebration also includes face painting and hands-on workshops, including:

• Designing calavera masks
• Silk screening with artist Dewey Tafoya
• Creating a colorful nicho (shadowbox)
• Assembling seasonal herb sachets using copal and white sage
• Making a healthy alternative to traditional sugar skulls using coconut grits

Detrás de las Calaveras: Behind the Skeletons with George Newnam @ 4pm

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes sits down with George Newnam as he discusses his installation, CASA DE CALAVERAS™ The Day of the Dead Attraction. Participate in a conversation with Newnam exploring his work, planning process, and inspiration behind this yearly installation showcased throughout Southern California. Don’t miss the opportunity to walk among the dead in CASA DE CALAVERAS™ The Day of the Dead Attraction while it is on limited view at LA Plaza. This installation features 21 colorful hand-made skeletons depicting a moving tale of love.

Mi Vida  2nd Annual Muertos Sidewalk Altar Exhibit

Pic courtesy of Mi Vida
Pic courtesy of Mi Vida

More information forth coming, for updates on the event check out their Facebook Page.

New Highland Park location
5159 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90042

Day of the Dead Traditions: A Oaxacan Celebration

Learn about this Oaxacan tradition and the process of creating home altars to honor the dead. Includes an outdoor mercado on the plaza, storytelling, music and dance inside the museum. Full schedule of events can be found here.

The Thirteenth Annual Hollywood Zombie Prom

Hosted by your DisasterMaster of Ceremonies: WRY and the incredible Zombie Prom Royal Court Performers

• Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to undead life on stage with LIVE music by: Dammit Janet

• Spinning the spooky jams will be our DJ of the Haunted House: The infamous and notorious.... SKUM LOVE

Dress in your Zombie Best! You can come in prom wear OR be the Undead of your choice. Sexy Zombies. Celebrity Zombies. Evil Zombies. Rotting, undead, brainsucking mutant virus voodoo Zombies. It's a dead man's party... who could ask for more?!?

All proceeds go directly to, a charitable foundation which provides scholarships for musicians and writers. In addition to tickets, you can make a direct donation to Charleyville here.

LIVE music from:
• Charlie Don’t Surf (rebel rock punk ska)
• The Rockin’ Bones
• American Nightmare (The Live Misfits Karaoke Band)
• The Nooe’s

KILLER Contests
• Zombies vs. Strippers Pole Dance Contest
• Best Danzig Impression (with American Nightmare)
• Sexiest Costume Contest
• Scariest Costume Contest

Full Bar and Kitchen. All proceeds go directly to, a charitable foundation which provides scholarships for musicians and writers.Free Parking in back of venue. Ticket info here.

3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos at Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary

Over 10,000 people joined us last year for a family friendly event celebrating the traditions and culture of this special day. This year, we're inviting all families, young and old, to join us and celebrate the tradition of Dia de los Muertos, all for FREE. With activities for every member of the family - from children's activities, to entertainment and great food - the day will be full of color, music and rich heritage. And a special altar contest tops it all off.

This year’s event will feature:

Plaza de la Rosa – delicious food from a variety of restaurants and food trucks featuring Farmer John, Sweet Lou’s BBQ and Frysmith
Jardín de la Rosa – arts and crafts just for the little ones, specially designed for this event
Mercado de la Rosa – Día de los Muertos themed arts and crafts from artisan vendors
Arte de la Rosa – in the SkyRose Chapel, you will enjoy the artwork of talented local artists including this year’s featured artist, Raul Pizarro.This young, inspirational artist – who lives with muscular dystrophy – shares his passion for life through his artwork.
Teatro de la Rosa – live entertainment will fill the air as we feature folklorico group Tierra Blanca, Mariachi Trompetas de Mexico and the sensational sounds of local band Conjunto Los Pochos.

Tía Chucha’s Presents 8 Day Series: "Dia de los Muertos In the North East San Fernando Valley"

8 Day Series "Dia de los Muertos In the North East San Fernando Valley" (October 28th to November 4th, 2012)

Sun 10.28.12 @ 10am-12pm Micca Ilhuitl (Dia de los Muertos) Presented by: Coacihuah Yaoquizqueh (Women’s Warrior Council)

Mon 10.29.12 @ 6:30-8pm Spanish Children's Film Screening of "La Leyenda de la Llorona"

Tues 10.30.12 @ 8-10pm "The Place of the Dead" Presented by: Mexihcayotl 101-102

Wed 10.31.12 @ 8-10pm Recordando Nuestros Antepasados Presentado por: Noches de Canto y Poesia

Thurs 11.01.12 @ 6-8pm Community Altar Building Night
All are welcome to come learn and contribute food, mementos, photos, flowers, and candles to the community altar.

Fri 11.02.12 @ 5-8pm Sugar Skull Decorating Night
Our resident Mexica Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl will provide sugar skulls for an all-ages Sugar Skull Decorating extravaganza, ending with a Dia de los Muertos themed Open Mic Night from 8-10pm.

Sat 11.03.12 @ 5-9pm Celebrating Our Ancestors
A day full of artisan vendors, food, spoken word, live music, live art, & entertainment! ***Dress in best Día De los Muertos Attire***

Opening Ceremony by: Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl
Performances by: Macuilxochitl (Tia Chucha's El Nido Folklorico Students)
Noches De Canto y Poesia
In the Words Of Womyn
Open Mic
Nazca (Peruvian group)
"Calaveras" by Rafael Figueroa Hernande
The Little Jaraneros (Tia Chucha's Son Jarocho Students)
Carlos Y Salvador Norteño From The Valley
Son Altepee (from Acayucan, Veracruz Mexico)
***And we will be ending with a Fandango!***
***Throughout the day there will be Arte Libre Chalk painting, face painting, And arts & crafts by Youth Speak & Local Artists!***

Sun 11.04.12 @ 12-4pm Closing Ceremony followed by Potluck

Thursday Nov. 1st.

San Pedro Day of the Dead

On November 1st, Historic Downtown San Pedro will be the place to celebrate Dia de los Muertos as the streets come alive with art, culture, delicious cuisine and live entertainment by the Grammy Award winning Mariachi Divas. The festival will also include a very special altar exhibition featuring the work of artists and community members. Looking for something special? Visit the Artists' Village where affordable, one-of-a-kind items will be on sale. Kids will enjoy the La Muerte Vive art area where they can make a special, free take-home craft. Come as you are or dressed in costume and enter our Costume Contest for a chance to win a fabulous prizes. No costume? Don’t worry. You can also have your face painted to help you get in the spirit. To add to the fun, San Pedro’s Dia de los Muertos Festival takes place during San Pedro's monthly First Thursday Art Walk, where art galleries and working studios dotting Historic Downtown San Pedro open their doors and present a variety of exhibitions and live music.

MARGARITA DINNER: Day of the Dead + Corralejo Tequila

Celebrate Day of the Dead, the Mexican custom of honoring departed loved ones with an abundance of good cheer, refreshing drinks (Corralejo tequila), and a 4-course meal.

3rd Annual Day of the Dead at Mal's Bar


Come down and help us break in Dia De Los Muertos , we will have loads of beautiful art on display/sale by some of L.A's most talented up and coming artists! We will also have some amazing musicians/Dj's and a very colorful ambient that you will enjoy.

* Original Dia De Los Muertos Art for sale
* Live music/deejay's
* Costume Contest
* Flicks on the JUMBOTRON
* Dia De Los Muertos Visuals
* Facepainting on site
* Tortas for sale
* Roaming Photography

Political Rally

A Celebration of Life

1st Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at East LA College

Noche de los Huerfanos - A Day of the Dead Film Fundraiser

About the ticket options: Cost to attend is FREE - but any donations, raffles, and proceeds from the bar will be used to help raise money for this film project - with your support, we are helping the independent filmmaker.

Friday Nov. 2nd

Crankheads Dia de los Muertos Ride 

Join the Crankheads and ride for someone who has passed. We will be meeting at Parque de Mexico at 4:30 and paint a few faces before riding out at 5. Our first stop is Self Help Graphics (SHG) where we will check out their awesome event, get our faces painted and grab some delicious food. From there we will ride to our final stop, Eastside Cafe (ESC) and participate in their procession and event.

Wear bright colors, dress up and decorate your bike. We ask that you bring a picture/symbol/token of whoever you dedicate the ride to and wear it on your clothes during the ride. The items will be placed on the altares at ESC. At 8:00 will be a Fandango with music and dancing! This will be an awesome ride and a great experience so please join us and bring your friends


Meet: Parque de Mexico (mission/valley/main intersection)
Meet time: 4:30
Ride time: 5:00
Arrive @ SHG: 5:20
Arrive @ ESC: 6:30
Fandando: 8:00

Bikesanas del Valle Calavera Ride

Art by Jose Pulido
Art by Jose Pulido

We are excited to be doing this ride once again. Bikesan@s del Valle started 2 years ago and our very first ride was to the CSUN Dia De Los Muertos event. This year we are doing it again.

Meet up at El Hormiguero at 7pm.
We will be doing calavera face painting and tuning up any bikes that may need a little maintenance.
We will ride out by 8pm.

The ride is about 10 miles one way. We will stay at the event till late as we choose, or people can ride back in smaller groups at the times they want to. Feel free to decorate your bikes. We may still have some glow sticks to share.

Don’t forget to bring extra inner tubes, tools, a pump and patch kit in case we need them. We will have some as well. PLEASE bring your lights. Safety first, wear a helmet if you have one.

Al Borde Dia de los Muertos Music & Art Festival

Tickets for the event can be found here

Eastside Luv's Night of the LUVing DEAD

Hosted by: "Richard Montoya" of Culture Clash and "Alexis De La Rocha" of Beatmo & MorrisseyOke

Come out and celebrate Life & Death from 2pm till 2am. Feel FREE to bring something to contribute to the ALTER in memory of a loved one. Highly Recommend taking the Metro Goldline Train in & out because parking is limited. There will be 2 Parking Lots, but may go quickly as we are expecting thousands of attendees.

If you were at ESL last year for Dia De Los DEAD (or tried to get in) you know what an amazing show the former members of Oingo Boingo put on as Los Muertos Locos. We really wanted everyone to experience them do their Boingo Tribute, but as you are well aware, we have very limited space inside ESL... BUT not this year! This year we will be hosting an all ages FREEjoles EventO on the MTA Goldline Mariachi Plaza Stage with plenty of room for everyBody. Plus this year we got the rest of the Band to pay tribute to the DEAD Mans Pari with: "Johnny Vatos Boingo Dance Party" ft. former members of Oingo Boingo: Johnny Vatos on Drums, John Avila on Bass, Steve Bartek on Guitar, Sam Sluggo Phipps on Sax, Carl Graves on Keyboard, Doug Legacy on Keyboard, "Ceci Bastida" "Maria Del Pilar,""Mariachi Los Toros"

DJ Sets all day and night by:

"Gil Cerezo" of the band KINKY
EL ESL Residenté "Jess Funk"
"Canyon" of Subsuelo
"Reyes" of Eclectica
"Azul" of 213
Audio provided by SOUND FACTORY
Visuals by JUXLI
There will also be an outdoor BEER & WINE GARDEN for those 21 & Over with VALID ID

Boyle Heights Farmers Market Day of the Dead

Apocalypto The Awakening

La Muerte Vive
Apocalypto The Awakening - 2012 Concert Tour
brought to you by Apocalypto Tequila
Los Angeles

La Muerte Vive's newest "rock opera-meets-cabaret", Starring - Santos de Los Angeles. This theatrical extravaganza is an explosion of color, culture, fiery music and sexed-up dancing. It fuses carpa style theater with its American counterpart "Las Vegas" grand show performance. Magical giant judas-puppets, eye-popping art and paper mache skulls come alive during the show. With special musical guest Quinto Sol.

Written and directed by Tony Dominguez, creative adaptation and music score by Santos de Los Angeles with special burlesque performances by Miss Ruby Champagne, Paula (Baby) Alvarez, Violet Valentine and special musical performances to be announced, APOCALYPTO 2012 is spun from the Mayan prophecy of 2012 the end of one world age and the dawning of a new one. It is a magical tale of death, resurrection and the power of love. You can buy tickets here.

El Velorio Day of the Dead

THE GETDOWN COLLECTIVE presents "EL VELORIO" a Day of the Dead Cultural Event, Community Art Exhibit, and Benefit for Las Fotos Project.

Hosted by Wilmer Valderrama

Sound Providers: Very Be Careful | Jeremy Sole | La Chamba | La Misa Negra | Oro11 | ALTER | Toks | Mess | THE GETDOWN COLLECTIVE

Art exhibit curated by Antonio Pelayo

Featuring the art of: RETNA | Shepard Fairey | Estevan Oriol | Eriberto Oriol | Oscar Magallanes | GERMS | Melissa Forman | Tom Bagshaw | Antonio Pelayo | Michael Alvarez | Miguel Felipe | Joe Bravo

Music | Dancing | Art by 100 L.A.-based Artists | Face Painting | Photo Booth design by Amber Orosco| Food | Drinks (Cash Bar)| Live Painting by Sergio Rueda

$15 Pre Sale
21 & over
Early Arrival Suggested
Tickets can be bought online here

Las Fotos Project, a project of Community partners, is a nonprofit, community-based program empowering Latina youth through photography, mentorship, and self-expression.

Downtown Dia de los Muertos – Grand Park

Grand Park presents Downtown Dia De Los Muertos with spectacular altar exhibits, and performances by:
and Special MC EL VEZ

DJs spinning all night
FREE / GRATIS 5pm-11pm
Food trucks and a beer garden will be available during this first-ever Grand Park celebration!

Downtown Riverside Day of the Dead 

Voices of the Heart


La Muerte Vive presents Apocalypto the Awakening

Palace Theatre
630 S. Broadway St
$20 General Admission

$45 Reserved Seating

November 2nd, 2012


The nation’s premiere Day of Dead event is reborn.

Apocalypto The Awakening – La Muerte Vive’s newest “rock opera-meets-cabaret”, Starring - Santos de Los Angeles. This theatrical extravaganza is an explosion of color, culture, fiery music and sexed-up dancing. It fuses carpa style theater with its American counterpart “Las Vegas” grand show performance. Magical giant judas-puppets, eye-popping art and paper mache skulls come alive during the show. Music featuring Quinto Sol. Sponsored by Apocalypto Tequila.

24th Street Theater Day of the Dead

Please join us for Community Arts Workshops Saturday, October 27th (11am-2pm) to get ready for our 7th Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration -Friday, November 2 (5pm-10pm). Join us in a procession starting at Estrella Park to 24th Street Theatre (Estrella Park is located off 23rd Street between Figueroa and Hoover)* Look for the green signs

A celebration of life and honoring our loved ones that have passed on through art: music, dance, theatre, etc.
Come and build an altar to your love ones and enjoy traditional foods, handcrafts and cultural activities.

Self Help Graphics & Art's 39th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration Recuerdos Que Nunca Mueren (Memories That Never Die)

Self Help Graphics & Art, the first in the country to create a free public celebration of Day of the Dead, welcomes the community every year to its Día de los Muertos Celebration on November 2nd. Through the leadership and initiation of local artists since 1973, Self Help Graphics celebrates this holiday in its own unique way. As in the different Mexican regions, Self Help Graphics’ celebration is distinct to the East Side artistic community it represents. Every year, on November 2nd, Self Help Graphics’ yearly day of remembering that life is a dream from which, one day we will awaken, celebrates our beloved who are no longer with us. Every year we paint our faces in duality -- half calaca and half ourselves, revealing the ancient comedy of life as our ancestors have taught us.

Friday, November 2, 2012 from 5pm to 11pm
1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Use the Goldline Metro (Pico/Aliso Stop) - No Parking On Site!

Traditional Ceremonial Blessing • Musical Performances • Food and Craft Vendors • Face Painting • Children’s Workshops

FEATURED LOCAL FOOD, ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS: Anabel Arnold, Art2graf Creations, Arte de Gustavo, Artistas de las Americas, Burnt Tortilla, Calavera, Carlos Gutierrez Jewelry, Casa Belen, Celsa’s Tacos, Chano’s Elotes, Chicana Apparel, Cihuatl Poxteca, The Civilian Press, Colibri Boutique, Estefania Garcia, Fiesta Mexicana, Goodlife Roots, Gourmet Churros, Ilaments, Imix Books, Javier Lara Orozco, Kalli Arte, La Candelaria Candles, Lalo Alcaraz, LunaSol Mexican Vintage, Ma de la Paz, NSRGNTS, Paulina Clothing, Pupusas y Mas, Por Ti Graphics, Sergio Flores Jewelry, Social Machine Productions, Sol de Cobre, Teocintli, Wrap One Graphics, Y & C Art

Calaca Attire Encouraged
Come dressed in your best Katrin, Katrina, or Calaca attire for dancing, fotos, or just to be with the spirits and antepasados!

Traditional Procession
5 PM Gathering Northside Mariachi Plaza
Mariachi Plaza at 1st St. & Boyle a Self Help Graphics & Art
Use Metro Goldline, Mariachi Plaza Stop

Olvera Street Day of the Dead 2012

Free Live Entertainment open to the Public

FREE School Children's Workshops
Oct. 17 - Nov. 2, 9 - 11am
By reservation only, please call Val at (213)-716-1373

Novenario Ceremony
nightly from
Oct. 25 - Nov. 2, 7pm

Community Altars
Oct. 29 - Nov. 5
For altar space please call (323)-240-3332

Fiesta De Los Muertos
Oct. 27 - 28 and Nov. 3 - 4

For further information call: (213)-485-8372 or (213)-625-7074

Saturday Nov. 3rd


For tickets and line up info, click here.

10th Annual Noche de Altares Dia de los Muertos Celebration

El Centro Cultural de Mexico & Calacas Inc. proudly present 10th Annual Noche de Altares Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
4th and Birch Streets,Santa Ana, CA 1 - 10pm

Schedule of Events

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm Santa Ana Youth Skit/Kids Cumbia Class
1:25 pm – 1:55 pm Chinelos
2:00 pm – 2:40 pm Centro Ballet Folclorico
2:45 pm – 3:25 pm Mariachi de Santa Ana High School
3:35 pm – 4:20 pm Son del Centro
4:30 pm – 5:10 pm Olmeca

4:30 pm Sunset
La Catrina begins Procession & Lighting Candles

5:20 pm – 6:10 pm Santaneros
6:20 pm – 7:10 pm Banda Estrella de Michoacan
7:25 pm – 8:20 pm La Misa Negra
8:35 pm – 9:30 pm La Santa Maria

Alhambra "Dia De Los Muertos-Celebration of Life"

This Festival is Alhambra's Latino Association main fundraiser so that 5 High School graduates can be warded scholarships towards their continued college education. Our goal for next year is to award them each $1,000. Your support is greatly needed & appreciated! Thank you in advanced! :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012
11:00 pm to 6:00 pm

San Gabriel High School
801 S. Ramona St.
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Ofelia Esperza, Speaker & Altar Artist
Joe Rodriguez, Master of Ceremonies

Aztec Dancers, AUSD Middle School Honor Band, San Gabriel Matadors Band, Cali Caribe Group Band
$5 Donation - Children 5 yrs & under FREE

Dia De Los Vivos in Pico Union

Saturday, November 3, 2012
6:00pm until 10:00pm
1700 W. Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015
Die is 2 Live! Luke 9:24

Painting Live:
- John Zender
- Hex TGO
- Etch
- Enuf
- Free
- Pryer SKA
- Rosa Flores
- Javier Flores
- Otis Woods
Juan "Flik" Gonzalez

We'll have
*live art
*live DJ
*prayer booth
*photo booth
*family friendly activities (bounce house, face painting)

CASA DE CALAVERAS at The Bowers Kidseum

Don't miss the return of Artist/Filmmaker George Newnam's spectacular CASA DE CALAVERAS™ The Day of the Dead Attraction, where life-size skeleton figures tell the moving tale of a couple who return to earth each year on Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Join us in Santa Ana as we welcome back the newlyweds at *The Bowers Kidseum!

Saturday & Sunday, November 3rd - 4th 2012
Open 11am to 4pm

FREE SATURDAY (Please note: There will be an admission charge for those under 12 on Saturday the 3rd)
*The Bowers Kidseum is located between 18th and 19th Streets in Santa Ana. It is two blocks south of the Bowers Museum.

Sunday Nov. 4th

Day of the Dead at the Echoplex

The Echoplex Los Angeles, CA Hosted by: Ray Ricky Rivera
Sun, November 4, 2012 5:00 PM
$12.00 - $14.00
18 and over

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY: BUYEPONGO, Chicano Batman, Olmeca, La Chamba, Jungle Fire, Quita Peñas, DJ Anthony Valadez (KCRW), DJ Sloepoke, Ervin Arana


Live altar display by: JUAN SANCHEZ DIAZ.
Pre-show festivites from 5-6pm (face painting, altars displays, giveaways etc)

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