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Day of the Dead Events 2021 in Southern California


Day of the Dead Events 2021 in Southern California

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is coming up soon, and we have your list of where to celebrate this holiday. Family fun and cultura all wrapped into one!

Day of the Dead altar

About Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead celebrates the unity of life and death, considered by many to be the most important holiday of the year in Mexico and other Latin American countries. This is the time when the spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate this holiday with friends and family. It is not Halloween, nor is it meant to be scary. The holiday is spent in celebration with friends and family, as a time to offer hospitality to the spirits and to honor and remember loved ones.

Every year, I create a Day of the Dead altar in memory of my dad then visit a few Day of the Dead celebrations to share my memories with others. The events highlighted below are those loved by families year after year, and organized by city. Don’t see a favorite on the list? Let me know!

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) events in Southern California - Where to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Orange County, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego. | #LivingMiVidaLoca #DayoftheDead #SouthernCalifornia #DiadelosMuertos #OrangeCounty

Where to celebrate Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) in Southern California

Day of the Dead events in Fullerton

FREE Honey Babe Market
723 S HarborOct. 30, 2021
Comunidad, cultura y tradición! Noche de Altares by Honey Babe Market, CASA 723, and The Estrella Family Foundation.

It’s going to be a day filled with fun, excitement and freebies!

Music, Baile Folklorico, Build an Altar ($25), Costume Contest, and FREE Face Painting! On October 30th from 12pm-4pm.

This event will be contributing to @estrellafamilyfoundation where they focus on small businesses and there growth!! 

$35 non-member, $20 student/senior, $15 member Día de los Muertos
The Muckenthaler Cultural CenterOctober 28, 2021
To celebrate Día De Los Muertos/Day of The Dead we present an incredible and unique shared performance by two of Southern California’s great traditional companies.

Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar AND Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles. They’ll be combining their prodigious talents into a single giant spectacular that will leave you speechless (sin palabras).

Day of the Dead events in Santa Ana

Gente Market – October 17, 2021

More information: instagram.com/gentenightmarket

Time: 12pm – 5pm

Where: Heritage Museum – 3101 W Harvard St, Santa Ana, 92704 

✌🏼Family & Pet friendly 
💃🏻 Live Entertainment (special guests TBA) 
🛍 75+ Latino owned businesses to support 
🌮🍺 Food and Drinks
🎨 Sugar skull face painting 
📸 Photos with La Catrina + other photo ops 
✂️ Kids craft area 
🕯 Altars and fun activities for the whole family

FREE Dia de los Muertos
Bowers MuseumOctober 24, 2021
Observe Mexican Day of the Dead as we remember friends and family members who are no longer with us. Celebrate the joy and happiness they brought into our lives with music by Joel Aceves and Los Cuates, dance by Relampago del Cielo, art, and special foods. Bring a photo for our ofrendas (memorial altar), honoring our loved ones and that special pet that left too soon.

FREE for Bowers members age 62+ | General $7 Mexican Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls
Bowers Museum (John Lee Court) October 28, 2021
A very special arts engagement program for seniors, Anne’s Treasures workshops will be held in-person. Decorate a Day of the Dead sugar skull with icing, sequins, flowers, and ribbons. Present it as a gift to a friend or place it on a memorial altar as a sweet offering for a departed loved one.

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Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages LivingMiVidaLoca.com. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.

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