California Festivals


Santa Maria Dia de los Muertos

October 27, 2019, 1-5 p.m.

Veterans' Memorial Community Center
313 West Tunnell Street
Santa Maria, CA
City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department

Sugar skull and altars will be on display at the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Family Festival . This free, family-friendly event includes a traditional procession, altar displays, food and arts vendors, crafts and art gallery, live entertainment and much more for the family to enjoy. Everyone is welcome to create an altar in memory of a deceased loved one.

Dia de los Muertos is rooted in Hispanic and Central-American traditions, and originated centuries ago with the ancient indigenous Aztecs. They honored the lives of their late family members by creating and decorating beautiful altars with colorful flowers and favorite belongings of the departed.

The tradition continued and has become popular in the United States. It's a day of celebrating continued reverence for death and those who have passed, said Cindy Hoskins, recreation supervisor at the City of Santa Maria. In Santa Maria, the cultural celebration allows community members to celebrate and remember the lives of family and friends.

All cultures are welcome to participate in this celebration." This year's festival includes a Catrines and Catrinas Contest. Dress up in the spirit of the Day of the Dead. Prizes will be given to the best ensemble. Participants can register onsite.

About Santa Maria Valley: Whether it is the perfect pairing with a renowned Pinot Noir, a bite of tasty simplicity with Santa Maria-style barbecue or gazing at the natural wonders of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, get together in Santa Maria Valley. You and your loved ones will discover the culture, tradition and authenticity of the Central California coast, with enough left in your pocket to do it all again tomorrow.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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