Restaurant Week

Old Pasadena Day of the Dead 2016

For a second year, Old Pasadena celebrates Day of the Dead, the reverent yet vibrant Mexican holiday that honors loved ones who have passed before us. During the three-day event, dozens of Old Pasadena businesses will create beautiful altars in their spaces to showcase during the self-guided Tour of Altars. The weekend culminates with Sunday’s lively, free Family Fiesta and One Colorado Courtyard’s outdoor screening of the animated 2014 film The Book of Life.

Facebook Photo Gallery - Tour of Altars

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Day of the Dead Tour of Altars
Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30, during participating business hours

  • Take a self-guided tour of altars hosted by participating businesses
  • Our judges will award $500 to the Best Traditional and Contemporary Altars
  • Scoll down and use this Google map of all participating locations for easy reference.

Altar Selections Announced!

Our judges have tour the altars and made their announcements:


Judges: Historian Robert Martinez | Artist Ricardo Reyes | Curator Victor Solis

  • Best Traditional Altar – Hair by Cesare
  • Honorable Mention – iPic Theatre
  • Staff Pick – Color Me Mine


Judges: Artist Sonia Romero| Artist Kathy Gallegos | Artist Liz Espinoza

  • Best Contemporary Altar - URB-E
  • Honorable Mention – Homage
  • Staff Pick – Flower Pepper Gallery

Day of the Dead Family Fiesta
Sunday, October 30 ~ 2:00–6:00pm
Metro Right of Way at Union Street (between Colorado and Holly Street)
100 E. Union Street


North Side of METRO Right of Way
  • 2:00-6:00pm Traditional Altar dedicated to Rocky Behr, The Folk Tree
  • 2:00-6:00pm Armory Center for the Arts craft activity *
  • 3:00-4:15pm Day of the Dead Storytelling by Olga Loya
  • 5:00-5:30pm Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales performance
  • 5:30-6:00pm In Tlanextli Tlacopan performance of La Danza Azteca

South Side of METRO Right of Way
  • 2:00-3:00pm Marimba Tropical performance
  • 2:00-5:00pm Calavera face painting (children aged 3+)
  • 2:00-6:00pm Day of the Dead merchandise and artwork from local artisan vendors
  • 2:00-6:00pm Color Me Mine Pasadena craft activity *

* FREE craft activities are offered on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

The Book of Life Movie Screening
Sunday, October 30, 7:00pm
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley - (626) 564-1066 
The 2014 animated The Book of Life follows protagonist Manolo’s mythic struggle between following his heart or his familial expectations. From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez, “The Book of Life” offers thrilling visuals to accompany Manolo’s journey through fantastical worlds where he confronts his greatest fears and contends with some interesting deities.