Your Dia de los muertos guide


Don’t know how to spend Dia de los Muertos this weekend ? Need some help deciding where to go ? Well stop worrying your pretty little calaca head and let me give you a taste of all things Dia de los Muertos happening in the City of Angeles. It’s a doozy of a list and if anyone wants to add anything, please feel free to post it on the comments on send it to us OR even better yet, submit your own post under guest. So, with that being said, on with the celebration of life.

Placita Olvera

They are having their Fiesta de Muertos on Oct. 31 and Nov.1 with danzantes, music, folkorico. They hold Novenario Processions at 7 p.m. every night through Nov. 2 with pan de muerto and champurrado. They also have children’s workshops on the 28 ~ 30 and on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring the kids to paint mask, make paper flowers and junk. Community altars will be on display in the plaza as well. for more info call (213) 485-8372/6855.


The Pico House is also having a great exhibition on DOD art titled “Sacred Memories”. They’re having an opening reception this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here for more information.

El Sereno Community Garden

The El Sereno Community Garden is going to be having altars from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday. Then on Saturday they’re going to have workshops, open mic, danza and performances starting at 5 p.m. On Nov 1 there’s going to be a Sunrise and closing ceremony from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. For info call (626) 216-9800 or (626) 407-6237 5466 Huntington Dr N, Los Angeles is the addy.

Hollywood Forever


As you can see, this is a more high profile event considering they’re charging $10. I’ve only been to one of Lukes lectures and it was good. FYI if you do go to this, and chances are I might end up going to this because the GF wants to go, GET THERE EARLY for good seating. Takes low-level chairs, plenty of food, munchies, drinks (booze/wine are allowed) and plenty of blankets. If you sit on the grass be prepared to have a soggy and sore butt.


Kristy show

Course if you’re in more of a party mood, I got you covered. John and Kristy are two of the most kick ass people I have ever met and they’re amazing artist. “This Sunday Night November 1st @ the Little Cave In Highland Parke! Come out and put a cherry on top of your Halloween Dia De Los Muertos Weekend with the the best sounds of the the 80’s-Rock En Español-Indie-Electro Brought to you by resident Dj JesC and Lots of new art for sale all under $30 bucks buy my wife Kristy Lovich and myself John Carlos De Luna!!!”

Brooklyn & Boyle


A Día de Los Muertos ofrenda/tribute exhibition featuring work by Claudia Agraz, Louie Armenta, John Berrios, Rolando Conseguera, Ignacio Gómez, Roberto Guerrero, Sergio Hernández, Erick Huerta, Michelle Juárez, John Carlos de Luna, Nico, Francisco T. Norzagaray, Christy Ramírez, Hector Silva, Antonio Sorcini, Anabel Tovar, Arturo Urista, Laura Varela, J. Michael Walker, Todd Waters and Jaime “Germs” Zacarías.

October 17th – November 10th
Reception/Altar Dedication: Thursday, Oct. 29th, 8 pm

Plus Special 7 pm Sneak Preview Screening at CASA 0101
( 2009 E. 1st St., three doors east of Brooklyn & Boyle) of
As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos
a new documentary film by Laura Varela
$7 donation for screening but no one turned away for lack of funds. Seating is limited.

We will screen the film again on Friday at 5:30 pm, on Saturday at 6 pm then again one last time on Sunday at 7 pm.

An exhibition that explores death in latter day conflicts from Vietnam and Central America to Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these wars have taken our young people to die in faraway places or wounded their psyches as well as their bodies before delivering them home. These wars have created hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of whom eventually find their way to the U.S. as they flee violence and attempt to reassemble their tattered lives. And on the streets themselves, gang wars have claimed lives with similar results, leaving sadness, broken hearts and pain in their wake. MUERTOS DE LA GUERRA/WAR DEAD is a plea and a poem for peace, for an end to violence both outside of and within our nation’s borders and finally, the violence within our own homes and families. MUERTOS DE LA GUERRA/WAR DEAD is our way of saying that we must let the healing begin. MUERTOS DE LA GUERRA DEAD is highlighted on Thursday, October 29th with the dedication of an altar to veterans by multi-media artist Laura Varela and CASA 0101 Special Sneak Peak Screening of her film, AS LONG AS I REMEMBER: AMERICAN VETERANOS, a documentary that examines the toll Vietnam took on three Chicano artists in South Texas. The Dia de Los Muertos tradition figures prominently into the film as these veteranos attemp to heal the psychic wounds of war.

Screening and Exhibit Sponsored by
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4696
The American Legion Post 804
The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 804

El Gallo Cafe


Go see Santa Cecilia and grab a free Jarritos and some grub. If anything just a free show from Santa Cecilia is hella worth it. I am in love with that band now.

Toy Drive & Car Show


Not really a DOD event but still worth mentioning.

Silver lake & East Hollywood


The Cleaning Lady at Casa 0101

casa 0101

Written by Josefina Lopez & Christopher Chacon
Directed by Hector Rodriguez

The Cleaning Lady is the story of a Latina who is a cleaning lady by day, and a spiritual cleaning lady by night. Come Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at CASA 0101 With Iliana Carter-Ramirez, Gerry del Sol, Adrian Gonzalez, Ericka Martinez, Mario Martinez, Carmelita Maldonado, Ingrid Oliu, Carla Valentine & Emmanuel Deleage Assistant Director Alma Catalan Produced by Josefina Lopez & Lorena Alvarado Set Design by Christopher Perez & Max Holly Costume Design by Monica Hernandez

Oct 16–Nov 22, 2009
(No performance on Halloween)
Preview: Fri, Oct 16 at 8 pm
Opening Night: Sat, Oct 17 at 8pm

2009 E. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 263-7684

Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 5pm
$15 General Admission
$12 Seniors/Students
$10 Boyle Heights Residents

For tickets:
(323) 263-7684

*Artwork appropriated from an Ofelia Esparza original painting.

Eastside Cafe Echo Space

Eastside Cafe

Esotouric Bus Eastside Bus Tour

Tour #2, offered on Sunday November 1, is EAST SIDE BABYLON, the latest addition to Esotouric’s popular crime bus tour series. Passengers on the debut excursion will discover fascinating, little-known neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Come visit Boyle Heights, where the Night Stalker was captured and a mad dad ran amok. Roam the hallowed lawns of Evergreen, L.A.’s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. Visit East Los Angeles, where a deranged radio shop employee made mince meat of his boss and bride–and you can get your hair done in a building shaped like a giant tamale. Explore the ghastly streets of Commerce, where one small neighborhood’s myriad crimes will shock and surprise. Visit Montebello, for scrumptious milk and cookies at Broguiere’s Farm Fresh Dairy washed down with a horrifying case of child murder. All this, and so much more on EAST SIDE BABYLON, Esotouric’s exploration of L.A.’s most horrifying forgotten crimes. Tour creator Kim Cooper says, “After years spent collecting dreadful tales from the east side of the L.A. River, I’m thrilled to unleash them as part of a weekend of Halloween happenings. With Maja’s tour on Saturday, we pay proper respect to the mysteries of the universe, and then my Sunday tour is all about wallowing in the dark side and scaring ourselves half to death. And as awful as the crimes are, they happened in such interesting, seldom-seen neighborhoods! I think we’ve got something for everyone this Halloween weekend, and can’t wait to see what ghouls turn up to go exploring with us.”

Esotouric Bus Adventures
PO Box 31227
Los Angeles, CA,  90031
10/31/2009 – 11/1/2009

Phone: 323-223-2767

South Central Farm


Sunday, November 1st, from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., grace us with your presence at the South Central Farmers Community Center, to celebrate and honor the lives of loved ones past. Learn about Dia de los muertos and visit with family and friends among the beautiful altars and marigolds . There will also be vendors, live music, and delicious food. Further information to be announced soon. If you would like to set up your own altar or volunteer please contact Danny Santana at (310)594-2098. Come out and support the South Central Farmers, we hope to see you there.

Party at the Paramount


Calavera Fashion Show

fashion show

This one is next week but just giving you the heads up. If it’s anything like last year, it’s going to be AMAZING.

For the sixth year Tropico de Nopal Gallery-Art Space will host the Calavera Fashion Show and Walking Altars – one of the most unique and beautiful Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Los Angeles.This is an event that originated at Tropico by its founder director Reyes Rodriguez in 2003. This year’s event will have the participation of 21 local artists and fashionistas honoring loved ones, heroes and or social causes close to their heart. This is a multi-media event taking place in the outdoor courtyard of the gallery. A “Calaverawalk” is built with a set, lights, MC, and DJ, blending fashion, performance and music creating a special “couture for the deceased” with all the charm and mix of culture and art that make this one of the best Dia De Los Muertos celebration anywhere. To complement this event the gallery will exhibit Calavera Fashions and photos from artists that have participated from 2003 –2008. A special opening reception will take place on Monday November 2 at 7PM.
Participating Artists:
Abel Alejandre
Edith Abeyta
Rosanna Arhens
Miguel Barragan
Joe Bravo
Consuelo Flores
Juana Flores
Linda Gamboa
Daniel Gonzalez
Cici Segura Gonzalez
Rebeca Guerrero
Marialice Jacob
Jose Lozano
Poli Marichal
Stephanie Mercado Reyes
Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan
Lilia Ramirez
Marianne Sawdosky
Robert Quijada
Orquidia Violeta
J Michael Walker
Host for the evening
Rick Nunhes & Viviana Vigil
Set Painting by
Arturo E. Romo Santillano
Lighting by Luis Guizar
After party 11PM – 1AM
DJ Jose Ruiz
Seats $25 General $10
213.481.8112 tickets and info


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6 thoughts on “Your Dia de los muertos guide

  1. there’s another event at highland park:
    Sunday, Nov 1, 4-10pm
    The Highlands
    104 N. Avenue 56 (at Figueroa St)
    Los Angeles, 90042
    Featuring: Giand day of the dead altar installation, music, art, artisans/vendors

    just spreading the word!

  2. Dear Random:

    My compliments on compiling such a thorough and comprehensive list (I loved the posters!) of Dia de Los Muertos events. Unfortunately, you left out the far Northwest Los Angeles event in Canoga Park, but that’s understandable. Few people realize that one of the lost tribus de Aztlan settled in Canoga Park (it was called Owensmouth at the time). The Dia de Los Muertos activities take place on Sunday, November 1 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sherman Way.

    Check it out!

  3. Way, way too much to do! Great compiling. Great to see the Old Memories CC have the holiday spirit. Too bad its the wrong holiday…

  4. That’s a good list of events. In Sacramento, I think Chevy’s is having something…

  5. Overnight Ceremony Tonight Monday til Tuesday Morning @ LA St. Park(formally Not a Corn Field area),bring something for the potluck, altar offerings, canto, y espiritu.

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