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Día de los Muertos Events in Orange County


Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead is celebrated annually on November 2nd. The joyful event, steeped in tradition, celebrates the memory of passed friends and family and includes food, flowers and photos as a celebration of life. In Latin culture, the celebration dates back hundreds of years and is believed to bridge the worlds between the living and dead on this day each year. Thinking about hosting your own Día de los Muertos event? Michelle’s Party Plan-it has everything you need.



El Centro Cultural de México presents
13th Annual Noche de Altares
The largest Día de los Muertos celebration in Orange County!
4th and Birch in Santa Ana, CA

November 7th 1-10pm

oin us on November 7th 2015 from 1-10pm on Calle Cuatro in downtown Santa Ana. With the great help of Centro volunteers and local community members, Noche de Altares continues growing year in and year out as more and more people join the celebration of our sacred traditions.

The purpose of this celebration is to honor our ancient customs all the while bringing community members together through art, culture, and compassion.


Dia de los Muertos Event Commemorates Life of the Dead
Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary
1702 Fairhaven Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Monday, November 2nd at 6 p.m.

Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary will host its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, a free, family-friendly event to honor the lives of deceased loved ones.

The traditional Hispanic celebration will feature a colorful memorial service, photos and reminders of missed ancestors on a traditional altar, live music, art and the community joining in prayer.

For more than 100 years, Fairhaven has been hosting free community events and opening its beautiful grounds to OC residents as a place to commemorate lives lost and celebrate the living


Bowers Museum
2002 N Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92706

October 31st – November 1st

Día de los Muertos is one of the most celebrated holidays in Mexico. With the belief that on October 31 and November 1 the spirits of our beloved family members come to be with us once again, it is a time of remembrance and a celebration of life.

The Bowers and Bowers Kidseum will celebrate all weekend with a free family festival and free museum admission. Festivities will include live music and dance performances, face painting, and sugar skull decorating.

At Bowers Kidseum, there will be a special exhibition of “Casa de las Calaveras.” Celebrate the nuptials of José and Gloria, the couple from the hereafter! Then join them on a multicultural adventure as they travel the world on Día de Los Muertos!

For details about October 31, please visit

For details about November 1, please visit


Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

November 1st
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at Pretend City! The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed away. Visit Pretend City to participate in fun, vibrant activities that will teach your children about this traditionally Mexican holiday:

Sensational Story time: Whether your child is already familiar with the tradition, or you are looking for a way to introduce it to him or her, these story times will incorporate picture books, music, and videos to tell the tales and history of this holiday.
Smart Art: Colorful skulls are a symbol of Dia de los Muertos. During this art activity, your child will learn history behind the skulls and create their very own.
Before you end the day in our Dia de los Muertos parade, visit the art studio to make your papel picado to add to our festive banner.

Play Partner: Pretendgineers and Brain Builders, our experienced stage staff of trained early childhood and child development educators, grown-ups

Grown-up Tip: Continue the learning at home with a very heartwarming new app. Oy Mexico is a charming and sweet story about a little boy remembering his grandfather during the festival of Dia De los Muertos. Children will learn a bit of geography, Mexican culture, and some Mexican traditions.

RSVP: Not required

Fee: Included with admission


Westfield MainPlace
2800 N Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

On October 31 from 2:00pm-4:00pm in Macy’s Court, Westfield MainPlace invites ghouls, goblins and witches to participate in a unique celebration that combines the fun of Halloween with the traditions of Dia de los Muertos. The FALL Spooktacular event will feature activities for the whole family, including a costume parade at 3:30pm, mall-wide trick-or-treating at 4:00pm, trick-or-treat tote bag decorating, face painting, DJ, skull mask painting (provided by The Bowers Museum) and a Dia de los Muertos photo booth, all of which begin at 2:00pm. The event will also include crafts, games and prizes (while supplies last).

In addition, Spooktacular will highlight a student art exhibit by the Orange County Educational Arts Academy (on display from Oct. 23-Nov. 9). The exhibit will feature a hand-painted backdrop from Santa Ana artists led by Matthew Southgate. The Dia de los Muertos-inspired display will include the holiday’s spooky elements, creating a commemorative photo opportunity while on display. Spooktacular will also showcase dancers from the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Art Center (OCCTAC), which will feature flamenco, bollywood and a violin piece. The dance performance will begin at 3:00pm.



Dia de Los muertos event that happening Nov. 1st at the snata Ana train station called Viva la Vida.


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