A Big Day For Los Muertos Los Angeles Events

By Michael Berick

Los Angeles Events - Dia de Los Muertos 2015

Learn to make ofrendas at the Hammer Museum. PHOTO BY OMAR BÁRCENA

If Saturday’s Halloween festivities didn’t tire your family out, make it a weekend with Los Angeles events celebrating Dia de los Muertos on Sunday, Nov. 1.

One traditional place to observe Dia de los Muertos is at El Pueblo Historical Monument on Olvera Street (125 Paseo de la Plaza, L.A.; www.elpueblo.lacity.org). Festivities will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, with vibrantly decorated altars, live entertainment and food. While downtown, you can stop by Grand Park (200 N. Grand Ave., L.A.; www.grandparkla.org) to see the Dia de los Muertos altars and art installation there from the park’s Oct. 24’s Noche de Ofrenda ceremony.

The Canoga Park Dia de los Muertos Festival (Sherman Way between Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard; www.mainstreetcanogapark.com) features free live entertainment, a classic car show, a children’s art pavilion, chalk art and altars from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1.

Santa Monica’s free Day of the Dead celebration takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Woodlawn Cemetery (1847 14th St.; www.smgov.net). After an opening procession, there will a blessing with traditional music and dance, a workshop to create offerings for deceased loved ones and musical performances, plus pan de muerto and tamales.

Kidspace Museum (480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, www.kidspacemuseum.org) honors the Day of the Dead with family-oriented activities from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1. Admission fee is $11. You’ll be able to dance to Mariachi music and make Calaveras (skull) masks and Dia de los Muertos-themed art. There will be a cookie decorating activity ($3) and a “How-To-Sugar-Your-Skull” workshop ($7) at noon and 2 p.m. for ages 5-8. Pre-registration is recommended.

The Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; www.hammer.ucla.edu) will host a free Dia de los Muertos art project at 11 a.m. Nov. 1, where families can learn how to make “ofrendas” (altars) that will honor deceased artists whose work is on display in the museum. The Bower Museum (2002 N Main St, Santa Ana; www.bowers.org) devotes its Nov. 1 Free First Sunday Festival to the Day of the Dead, with Mexican music and dance, face-painting and sugar skull decorating from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., while the Children’s Museum at La Habra (301 S. Euclid St. La Habra; www.lhcm.org) also has a Dead of the Dead event for its free festival from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 1, where activities include making colorful sugar skulls and Calaveras masks.

The 24th Street Theatre (1117 W. 24th St.. L.A.; www.24thstreet.org) will host its free annual Dia de los Muertos block party from 5-10 p.m. Nov. 2. The festivities begin with a procession starting at Estrella Park (1956 Estrella Ave., L.A.) and leading to the theater, where there will be music, craft booths, dance, face painting, homemade tamales and a “graveyard” where families can make altars to honor their deceased loved ones.

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