California Festivals


Santa Monica Day of the Dead

November 2, 2019, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Woodlawn Cemetery, Mausoleum & Mortuary
1847 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA
Free, |

The City of Santa Monica presents its annual Dia de los Muertos event celebrating the cycle of life and the remembrance of ancestors includes traditions that are part of this ceremony both in Mexico and in the United States.

Ketzalitzli - Aztec cultural dance 11-11:30 a.m.
STORYTELLING 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Celebrating Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca photo exhibit by Gabriel Martinez 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
12:30-1 p.m. Celebrating Día de los Muertos in Oaxaca artist talk with Gabriel Martinez
1:15-1:45 p.m. El Diade los Muertos: Celestial Aztec spoken word & music with Martin Espino
2-2:30 p.m. Celebrating Día de los Muertos in Oaxacaartist talk with Gabriel Martinez
2:45 -3:15 p.m. El Diade los Muertos: Celestial Aztec spoken word & music with Martin Espino

11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Memory Wall Workshop
Event Info Booth Marigold Flower Giveaway
11:45 a.m.- 2:45pm Mariachi Monumental de America – strolling mariachi group
1:15-1:45pm Banda Filarmonica Maqueos Music – strolling Oaxacan youth traditional brass band
2:45-3:15pm ALONG DELWARE AVE.


Emcee: Betto Arcos

Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas – All-female mariachi group performing songs from Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán & Sinaloa
Ballet Folklorico Santa Monica – Folk dances from Jalisco & Sinaloa
Banda Filarmonica Maqueos Music – Oaxacan youth traditional brass band
2:30-3 p.m.
Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo – Traditional dances from Michoacán, Sinaloa & Coahuila
3:15-4 p.m.
Cuñao – Latin alternative folk

11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Altars: MEChA, The Monarchs, Community Altar
Rainbow Painted Smiles Face Painting
Calavera Workshop with MEChA
Día de los Muertos Selfie Op
Paper Flowers Workshop with Carmela Morales
Flower Headband Workshop with Ines Gutierrez
Event & Woodlawn Cemetery Info

11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Ines Garcia
Maritere’s Boutique
Arturo Martinez
The Fountain Palace
Morales Paper Flowers
11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Los Tamaleros
Tacos Del Valle
Tacos Gallo Loco
Tacos La Tehuanita
Del Solar Fish Tacos
The Churro Company

The community is invited to join in this traditional celebration of life and death featuring an opening procession, a workshop to create offerings for loved ones who have passed, a blessing with traditional music and dance, self-guided tours of the grave sites of local people of interest, and musicians performing throughout the cemetery honoring those who have passed.

Dance performances by Folklorico, a procession and ceremonial blessing, which will open the event, music and dance performances, craft workshops where you can create offerings for loved ones, storytelling, tamales, tacos and churros and more will be available for purchase.


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

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