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Day of the Dead Celebration

Friday, to Saturday,
Presented by: Old Pasadena Management District
Throughout Old Pasadena
Pasadena, CA 91105


Free and open to the public

Old Pasadena celebrates Dia de los Muertos with Salsa on the Alley and an afternoon of Community Celebration including community altars, activities, and more!

Old Pasadena celebrates Day of the Dead, the reverent yet vibrant Mexican holiday that honors loved ones who have passed before us. The celebration spans two days and includes: 

Salsa on the Alley Dance Party 

Friday, October 25, 6:00-9:00pm 

Salsa on the Alley is now at capacity and no further Eventbrite reservations are available. The event is now closed to additional reservations. Only those with Eventbrite reservations will be granted wristbands and access to the gated event.    ********

Curated by La Junta and featuring live music by Son Mayor. La Junta opens the evening of open dancing on the alley with lively Latin rhythms, followed by a live performance with Son Mayor, an 11-piece, LA-based ensemble that has been performing their classic salsa sound for more than three decades. Free calavera face painting takes place 5:30-8:30pm. 

Community Celebration on Big Bang Theory Way

Saturday, October 26, 1:00-7:00pm - Free and open to all!

Come stroll the alley and take in live marimba and mariachi music, craft-making, free calavera face painting and the Community Altar dedicated to our loved ones. Bring along a photo or remembrance to leave on the altar or create your own at our craft tent! 

  • Community Altar - 1:00-7:00pm
  • Armory Center crafts: printmaking and clay skeletons - 1:00-4:00pm
  • Letters for Our Loved Ones craft - 2:00-6:00pm
  • Calavera face painting - 1:00-4:00pm
  • Marimba Tropical - 1:00-4:00pm
  • Mariachi Tesoro - 4:30-6:30pm

During the Community Celebration on Saturday, October 26, visit businesses throughout the district to view their beautiful altar creations and dedications and take part in special Day of the Dead-themed activities.


  • Chignon Hair Salon dedicates an altar to Oribe Canales, Cuban-born American hair stylist. 
  • Homage dedicates an altar to photographer Peter Lindbergh. 
  • LUSH Cosmetics dedicates two altars:  Rob Stewart, a filmmaker and ocean conservationist who devoted his life to protecting sharks and our oceans and 2) Honoring people in the trans community who have lost their lives. 
  • Maestro Restaurant dedicates an altar to family and loved ones. 
  • Neon Retro Arcade dedicates an altar to Stan Lee of Marvel Comics. 
  • The Crack Shack dedicates an altar to Chef Carl Ruiz.
  • We Olive & Wine Bar dedicates an altar to lost pets. 


  • Homage hosts a repujado station - learn the craft of pushing on metal to crate an embossed look. Suitable for ages 5 & up. Free. 1:00-3:00pm.  
  • La Grande Orange and The Luggage Room host a sugar-skull cookie decorating table on the front lawn. Free. 2:00-4:00pm. 
  • LUSH Cosmetics hosts a bath bomb pressing, free with the purchase of a bath bomb ($6-$15), and marigold seed potting ($5). 12:00-4:00pm

All events are free and open to the public.

ADA wheelchair icon  For accessibility information or to request an accommodation, please contact (626) 356-9725 or [email protected]. Providing at least 72 hours’ notice prior to the event will help ensure availability.  


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