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California Day of the Dead Events

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is observed in many parts of Mexico and Latin America, and includes altars to welcome and honor the departed who are said to come back to walk among the living on November 1 and 2. It is now popular in the United States among Latinos and non-Latinos alike. Humorous skulls (calaveras) and skeletons going about worldly business are the dominant symbols of the celebration, which has roots in pre-Columbian as well as Spanish religious beliefs.

CAMARILLO: Dia De Los Muertos Celebration November 3, 2018 Conejo Mountain Funeral Home

CANOGA PARK: Annual Día de los Muertos Family Festival November 4, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sherman Way between Topanga Blvd. and Canoga Ave.
Cost: Free,
Community art festival features musical entertainment, Car Show, Chalk Artists, Altars and Vendors galore, plus  international foods, calaveras, artists' exhibits, altar displays, a children's art pavilion,.

CARLSBAD: Dia de Los Muertos October 27-28, 2018
City of Carlsbad's Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park Candlelight Dinner and Tour Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane, Oct. 27, 6- 8 p.m., $45 reservations   required,
October 28, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., $12 Advanced ticket purchase suggested, Visit and tour the Hacienda and view the ofrendas, live performances, face painting and family art studio projects. $8 lunch coupon for a traditional Mexican lunch is included in the ticket price.

CATHEDRAL CITY: Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead A Celebration Honoring the Memory of Loved Ones
October 27, 2018,  Free

DAVIS: Dia de los Muertos Festival Celebration October 27, 2018 Davis Cemetery and Arboretum

DOWNEY: Dia de Los Muertos October 28, 2018, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Downey Civic Theater

ESPARTO: Dia de los Muertos Arts and Crafts October 30, 2018

FONTANA: Dia de Los Muertos Celebration October 31, 2018 at Jack Bulik Center 

FRESNO: Dia De Los Muertos Art Exhibition through November 4, 2018 at Arte Américas. Altars and Art Work featured in the gallery. Guests interact with altars, murals, artwork and larger than life 3D sculptures honoring the memories of the deceased whose lives impacted the San Joaquin Valley community and beyond. Location: 1630 Van Ness
October 13, 2018 Fashion Show and Gala $tickets,

GILROY: Altars for Dia De Los Muertos Altars, exhibit October 14-November 3, 2018
Gilroy Center for the Arts
7341 Monterey Rd.
Gilroy, CA
Free admission,
Arts & Crafts Vendors, Face Painting and Sugar Skulls, Youth Folkloric Dancing and Youth Mariachis. Presented by the Gilroy Arts Alliance at the Center for the Arts

FULLERTON: Day of the Dead Festival November 4, 2018 12-4 p.m.  at The Muck

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Dia de los Muertos Festival October 27, 2018, Noon - Midnight
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Features bands: Panteon Rococo, Mexican Institute of Sound, Hello Seahorse!, Y La Bamba, Loli Molina

INDIO: Dia de Los Muertos Fundraiser Dinner November 3, 2018, 5-9 p.m. Includes Dinner, Tequila, Entertainment, Music, Art, Silent Auction. Location: Coachella Valley History Museum, 82616 Miles Ave, Indio, CA 92201  $90, | (760) 342-6651

IRVINE: Pretend City's Day of the Dead November 2, 2018
Activities teach children about this Mexican holiday

LOS ANGELES: Carrera De Los Muertos 5k October 27, 2018 honors Day of the Dead. Join family and friends to remember loved ones that have passed in this rich cultural tradition which includes Olvera Street Run with route through Chinatown, art, music and a lot of fun. Time: 6:45 a.m. Race Day Registration | Opens  8 a.m. Start 5k | 10 a.m.  Awards and  Festiva. Location:  Olvera Street, 845 N Alameda St Los Angeles, CA 90012  Register:

LOS ANGELES: Day of the Dead Procession October 25-November 2, 2018, nightly procession at 7 p.m. As part of the Day of the Dead celebration, this is a Pre-Colombian Novenario procession and includes blessings each night beginning at 7 p.m. Sponsors: El Pueblo Historical Monument, Olvera Street Merchants Location: El Pueblo Historical Monument 125 Paseo de la Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012. | day-of-the-dead-novenario-procession-3/

MARYSVILLE: Yuba Sutter Arts Dia de Los Muertos October 28, 2018, 1-5 p.m.  
Yuba Sutter Mall
1215 Colusa Avenue
Yuba City, CA
Free, |
 Day of the Dead Celebration, Altars Ofrendas, Arts & Crafts, Music, Performances and more!

MILL VALLEY: Dia de los Muertos Altar Making October 26, 2018 at Mill Valley Community Center

MODESTO: Dia de Los Muertos Celebration October 20, 2018 Altares, and a procession through downtown 

MURPHYS: Day of the Dead November 3, 2018, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Main Street, Downtown
Murphys, CA
Annual Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is held 1st Saturday in November. Catrina contest, Art, food, sugar skulls, face painting and live music, as well as displaying altars and evening procession to the Catholic cemetery at the end of the day.

OAKLAND: Days of the Dead Ceremony October 21, 2018 Oakland Museum of California OMCA

OCEANSIDE: Day of the Dead  October 28, 2018
Mission San Luis Rey

OXNARD: Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos Fundraiser October 20, 2018 | Free Dia de Los Muertos Family Day November 3, 2018 at Carnegie Art Museum

PALM SPRINGS: Day of the Dead November 2, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, 300 South Palm Canyon Drive

PASADENA: Old Pasadena Dia De Los Muertos November 2-4, 2018. Old Pasadena,

PASADENA: City's Dia De Los Muertos at Villa-Parke November 2, 2018, 5-8 p.m.

PETALUMA: El Dia de Los Muertos Oct 27, 2018, 3-10 p.m. Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets and Closing Event 4-10 p.m. Petaluma Fairgrounds Gather behind the Smart Train Petaluma Station, 230 Lakaville Street, walking on Washington Street toward the Petaluma fairgrounds. Location: Petaluma Fairgrounds 175 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA

PLEASANTON: Dia de Los Muertos: Honoring the Dead October 27-28, 2018
This is a free library program open to the public. 

RANCHO MIRAGE: Day of the Dead at Sunnylands October 31-November 4, 2018. Location: 37977 Bob Hope Drive Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (760) 202-2254

REDWOOD CITY: Dia de Muertos November 4, 2018, 4-9 p.m. Casa Circulo Cultural, with the San Mateo County History Museum and the Friends of the Library, and Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation, host the 7th Annual Celebration of Day of the Dead- Dia de los Muertos. There will be music, dancing, an elaborate altars contest, a procession down Broadway, food court, vendors, free activities for children and a community Chalk Art Mural that everyone is encouraged to participate in.
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA Free,

RIVERSIDE: Day of the Dead November 3, 2018
Downtown Riverside
Join Aztec Dancing, Traditional Altars...

SACRAMENTO: Día de Los Muertos Fiesta October 12, 2018 California Museum

SAN DIEGO: Carrera De Los Muertos 5k November 4, 2018 honors Day of the Dead. Join family and friends to remember loved ones that have passed. Location: Embarcadero Park South. Registration:

SAN DIEGO: Old Town San Diego's Dia de los Muertos November 1-4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO: Day of the Dead Procession and Festival of Altars  November 2, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO: SOMArts' annual Day of the Dead October 25, 2018

SAN JOSE: Day of the Dead November 3, 2018
San Jose Museum of Art

SAN JOSE: Day of the Dead October 20, 2018
St. James Park

SAN LUIS OBISPO: Dia de los Muertos November 3, 2018
Mission Plaza
Free, community invited to participate

SAN PEDRO: San Pedro Day of The Dead Festival October 28, 2018,  3-9 p.m.
San Pedro Historic Waterfront District

SAN RAFAEL: Day of the Dead Celebration November 3, 2018
Procession, drumming, dancing...

SANTA ANA: Annual Noche de Altares November 3, 2018, 1-10 p.m. 

SANTA ANA: Dia de los Muertos November 4, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bowers Museum

SANTA BARBARA: Dia de Los Muertos Free Family Day October 28, 2018
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

SANTA CRUZ: Dia de los Muertos Community Festival November 3, 2018, 12:30-6 p.m.

SANTA FE SPRINGS: Dia de Los Muertos  October 19, 2019, 5-10 p.m.
Heritage Park
At the event you will experience the key elements of Día De Los Muertos that revolves around ofrendas (altars) or offerings. Enjoy musical entertainment, altar displays, artisan vendors, and sugar skull crafts, $8 per skull. Decorating is geared for those 8 years of age and older. Registration for sugar skull decorating is required and begins September 24, 10 a.m. at Heritage Park. Altar displays for a loved one,  call Heritage Park at 946-6476

SANTA MARIA: Dia De Los Muertos October 27, 2018
 Festivities: altars, entertainment, youth activities, art show, food, inflatables...

SANTA MONICA: Dia de los Muertos November 4, 2018 Woodlawn Cemetery
traditional music and dance, self-guided tours of the grave sites...

SIMI VALLEY: Day of the Dead October 28, 2018, 2-7 p.m.
Strathearn Historical Park

STOCKTON: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Address: 111. S Sutter St. Parking lot, and Sutter St.@ Market St. (street closure)
Entertainment: Car Show | Food Trucks | Arts & Crafts | Altar Exhibits | Face Painters | Aztec Dancers | Folklorico Dancing | Catrina Pageant | Live Bands | Kids Corner
Hosted by Visit Stockton and Mexican Heritage Center & Gallery, Inc.

VENTURA: Day of the Dead Celebration November 1, 2018 Museum of Ventura County

WASCO: Dia de Los Muertos November 2, 2018, 6-10 p.m. Enjoy the mariachi procession, altar competition, crafts and more. Special performance by Velorio.  Vendor email or call 661-903-9158.

WATSONVILLE: Day of the Dead Family Crafts October 25-27, 2018

WHITTIER: Casita del Pueblo Los Mueurtes Art & Music Festival October 14, 2018, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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