Low-rider altar at the Dia de Los Muertos Festival in Uptown Whittier (Photo by Javier Cabral)
To quote Lalo Alcaraz (creator of La Cucaracha), “Dia de Los Muertos is the new Christmas, it comes earlier every year.” The holiday honoring deceased loved ones has caught on in this Mexican’s home away from home known as Los Angeles. Here are a handful of events happening around town throughout next week.

ZONA ROSA CAFFE – 18th Annual Dia de los Muertos Event

Enjoy a cup of Mexican coffee while enjoying altars and art at this popular Pasadena coffee shop.

(Taken from their facebook invite page)

Blue Milagro presents the 18th Annual Dia De Los Muertos event on Friday, October 26 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm at the a Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard and 301 Moved Permanently Zona Rosa Caffe located at 15 and 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA. The event is free and open to the public and

301 Moved Permanently

is expected to draw more than 800 members of the community.

This free arts and

cultural education event exhibits work by over 300 Pasadena Artists, including students from PUSD schools including John Muir High School, Sierra Madre School and Madison Elementary where their focus is on community and personal storytelling., original silkscreen posters from students at Pasadena City College, printmaking projects from students at The Gooden School, as well as works by professional local artists will all be on display. Leading up to the event works can be viewed at Zona Rosa Caffe upstairs gallery from October 13 through November 15.

The 2012 Dia de Los Muertos festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Our friends (and hosts of La Burbuja) at Guelaguetza Restaurant will have an entire section where you can get the down-lo on the Oaxacan version of Día de los Muertos, also known as Todos Santos.

General Admission: $10 per person – (please bring exact change)
Children under 8 years and under free until 4pm
Seniors 65 and over free until 4pm

$3,000 is the first place prize for the best altar and $500 will go to the best dressed calavera (skull) costume, it should be fun.

Tip: Get there early because the line and parking struggle to enter at night can get daunting.

Dia De Los Muertos as a part of our Art and Cultural Program, Cultural Continuum

Mercado La Paloma in South Los Angeles is known for housing some of L.A.’s best southern Mexican eats such as Yucatán food from Chichen Itza restaurant and leche quemada ice cream from Oaxacalifornia juice bar and ice cream. On Saturday, there will be fine Dia de Los Muertos themed art as well.

(Taken from their facebook invite page)

October 12th :: Art Opening “Renaissance 2012” :: 7:00-9:00pm

Join us for the opening of our Dia De Los Muertos Art Exhibit, “Renaissance 2012,” curated by Art Chabolla of Xamanism. The exhibit is centered around the Mayan Calendar’s Baktun cycle, a 144,000 day cycle that ends December 2012. The art pieces will explore the themes of time, death and rebirth including works of Mario Sibaja, Elizabeth Retolaza, Enrique Britto, plus many more.

There will be ska and punk rock bands at an all-day family atmosphere, the theme for this event is “honoring the life in the struggle.”

(Taken from their website)
¡Vivan Los Muertos! Day of the Dead Celebration at the Autry Museum

This event has grown in popularity over the last few years, complete with Aztec and Mexican folkloric dance, storytelling, face-painting, elaborate altars. Here are the details.

Date / Time:
Saturday October 27, Mercado/Museum Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Festival Hours: 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Autry in Griffith Park

Museum Admission Rates Apply / Free for Autry Members

Grand Park presents Downtown Dia De Los Muertos

The brand new downtown public space is partaking in Dia de Los Muertos with musical style, with live music by a local cumbia band and contemporary Mariachi.

With performances by:
and Special MC EL VEZ

Self Help Graphics & Art’s 39th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration

Self Help Graphics has been hosting quite possibly L.A.’s best Dia De Los Muertos celebration over the last 39 years. They have a bigger space now that won’t disappoint to showcase East L.A.’s best artisans and altars.

Friday, November 2, 2012 from 5pm to 11pm
1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Use the Goldline Metro (Pico/Aliso Stop) – No Parking On Site!

*This is just a handful of events. For a more complete list of Dia de Los Muertos Celebrations, check out Erick Huerta’s thorough list, “Ultimate 2012 Día de los Muertos Event Guide ~ Los Angeles” on LA TACO.

Cementery in Santa María Tavehua, Oaxaca in Mexico (by HS Fotografía).
Find out about the Día de Los Muertos tradition in Oaxaca.
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