Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in San Diego

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Celebrate Día de los Muertos by honoring the lives of friends, relatives and loved ones who have passed away. Also called Day of the Dead, this traditional Mexican holiday starts on Oct. 31 and ends on Nov. 2.

Festivities include creating small altars at home, citywide festivals filled with processions, family altars, dance, music, costumes, face painting and food. Participate in San Diego’s Día de los Muertos events—make crafts and remember the people who have filled your life with love, wisdom and guidance.

Dia de los Muertos in Encinitas. View a Day of the Dead art exhibit, watch artist demos and join art-making workshops, browse vendors, and enjoy giveaways and opportunity drawings. Oct. 26, noon-4 pm. Free admission. Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr. www.encinitasarts.org

“Disney in Concert: Coco.” This Academy Award-winning film delights audiences young and old with Michael Giacchino’s beautiful musical score played by the San Diego Symphony along with the live film. Oct. 26, 2 & 7:30 pm. Visit website for tickets. Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. www.sandiegosymphony.org

City Heights Dia de los Muertos Celebration. Celebrate the lives of friends and family who have passed away with music and dancing, community altars, face painting, mask-making, the Best Catrin and Catrina Contest, and more. Oct. 26, 11 am-5 pm. Free admission. 3700 Fairmont Ave. www.facebook.com/cityheightsdiadelosmuertos

Muertos Festival at Sherman Heights Community Center. Includes the blessing of altars, Aztec dancing, live music, workshops, food and vendors. Oct. 26, 11 am-4 pm. Free admission. 2258 Island Ave., San Diego. www.facebook.com/events/983086468690206

Day of the Dead Festival Hosted by Artelexia. This colorful celebration of life and remembrance offers sugar skull decorating, mariachi, a community altar, face painting, artisan vendors, music and food trucks. Oct. 26, 11 am-5 pm. Free admission. Along Ray St., North Park. www.dayofthedeadfestivalnorthpark.com

Dia de los Muertos at Old Mission San Luis Rey. Altars, a chalk cemetery, arts and crafts, Kids Zone, a car show and more. Oct. 27, 10 am-4 pm. Admission: $2-$3; family of four $6. 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside. www.mslrdiadelosmuertos.com

Old Town Dia de los Muertos. View more than 50 traditional and contemporary altars made by businesses, museums and shops, and be part of the traditional candlelight procession (Nov. 2, 6 pm) starting at the entrance of the Old Town State Historic Park. A public altar will be located in El Campo Santo Cemetery where visitors can add their own photos, mementos and written tributes to their loved ones. Nov. 1-3. Free admission. www.oldtownsandiego.org/dia-de-los-muertos

Dia de los Muertos at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Come to this weekend celebration featuring a community altar, food and music, face painting, sugar skull painting and entertainment. Nov. 1, 5-9 pm; Nov. 2, 11 am-5 pm; Nov. 3, 9 am-1 pm. Free admission. 4005 Normal St., San Diego. www.sjesandiego.org

Escondido Celebrates Dia de los Muertos. Traditional altars, sugar skulls, ballet folklorico, food trucks, face painting, crafts and more. Nov. 1, 6-9 pm. Free admission. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org

Studio by the Bay Family Days: Dia de los Muertos. Seaport Village teams up with The New Children’s Museum to present this series of family-friendly workshops and play-based experiences. In November, celebrate the Day of the Dead and honor loved ones with art projects using skulls, paper flowers, paint and other colorful materials. Nov. 2, 10 am-2 pm. Free admission. 809 West Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/studio-bay-family-days

AXIS Event: Day of the Dead. Celebrate this Mexican tradition with music, a display of community altars, face painting, sugar skull decorating and more. Nov. 3, 11 am-2 pm. Free admission. The Old Globe’s Copley Plaza, Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org

Updated: September 2019

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