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Day of the Dead Weekend

Signature Event

Day of the Dead Weekend

Day of the Dead Weekend

Friday, to Sunday,
Presented by: Old Pasadena Management District
Throughout Old Pasadena
Pasadena, CA 91105
626.356.9725
www.oldpasadena.org/dayofthedead

Free and open to the public

Old Pasadena celebrates Day of the Dead with the Tour of Altars and more!

For a third 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 also includes a salsa dance party, calavera face painting, live music, free lectures and workshops, and merchant promotions. All events are open to the public and are free admission unless otherwise noted.

TOUR OF ALTARS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 during participating business hours

Participating businesses throughout Old Pasadena
Visitors are invited to take a free self-guided tour of both traditional and contemporary interpretations of altars lovingly created to honor and celebrate the spirits of the dearly departed. A panel of judges will visit each altar and award monetary prizes in six categories.

The Tour of Altars includes Wings of the Dead, the 2017 Community Altar created by Los Angeles artist Sonia Romero. Dedicated to our ancestors and honoring the natural cycle of life, the altar highlights the migration of monarch butterflies, said to be the souls of the dead returning home to Michoacán, Mexico, in early November. The public is invited to honor a loved one by leaving a written message on a paper butterfly.

The map for a self-guided Tour of Altars can be downloaded here. Visit the Google Map here or scroll down.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

  • Wings of the Dead Community Altar & Artist Reception 6:00-9:00pm, Indiana Colony Marketplace, 59 E. Colorado Blvd. The public is invited to view and participate in the 2017 Community Altar created by Sonia Romero and a print release party for “Wings of the Dead,” the 3D limited edition print that inspired the altar.
  • Salsa Dance Party Presented by La Junta 6:30-8:30pm, Big Bang Theory Way, 109 E. Union Street. La Junta presents a salsa dance exhibition and instruction to get everyone warmed up for open dancing with DJs, live percussion, and horn.
  • Free Calavera Face Painting 6:00-8:00pm, Big Bang Theory Way, 109 E. Union Street.
  • Amara Chocolate $1 Drink Promotion 6:00-9:00pm, Amara Chocolate & Coffee, 55 S. Raymond Avenue. $1 Hot or Iced Spicy Aztec Dark Chocolate Latte, $ 1 Hot or Iced Spicy Dark Hot Chocolate Drink (Picosa), and $ 1 Hot or Iced Chocolate Drink to anyone who mentions the Day of the Dead event.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

  • Music with Marimba Tropical (1:00-4:00pm) and Free Calavera Face Painting (2:00-4:00pm), Mercantile Place at Raymond Avenue.
  • “Chocolate: Gift of Mesoamerica” 1:00-2:00pm, POP Champagne Bar, 33 E. Union Street. UCLA Lecturer and chocolate guru Lee Scott Theisen, Ph.D. draws connections between the origins of chocolate and Day of the Dead traditions beginning 3,000 years ago. Gourmet chocolate tastings are included!

Space is limited, so free registration required. 

  • “La Madrina de Pasadena: The Remarkable History of Doña Eulalia” 3:00-4:00pm, POP Champagne Bar, 33 E. Union Street. In the spirit of honoring our influential ancestors, Pasadena historian Roberta H. Martinez shares the story of centenarian Doña Eulalia Pérez de Guillen Mariné and her impact at the Mission San Gabriel and the early days of Pasadena and surrounding areas. A mole tasting is included!

Space is limited, so free registration required.

  • Make & Take Sugar Skull Craft 1:00-4:00pm, Paper Source, 163 W. Colorado Blvd. Make a sugar skull card or mask using crafty materials while supplies last ($8).
  • Lula Mae Craft Workshop 1:00-4:00pm, Lula Mae, 100 N. Fair Oaks Avenue. Decorate your own Dia de los Muertos mask. Anyone under 16 must have a parent remain with them. Free.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 29

  • Music with Marimba Tropical (1:00-4:00pm) and Free Calavera Face Painting (2:00-4:00pm), Mercantile Place at Raymond Avenue.
  • Make & Take Sugar Skull Craft 1:00-4:00pm, Paper Source, 163 W. Colorado Blvd. Make a sugar skull card or mask using crafty materials while supplies last ($8).
  • Lula Mae Pop-up Shop 12:00-4:00pm, Lula Mae, 100 N. Fair Oaks Avenue. Artist Heidiroo will be on hand with a special Day of the Dead pop-up shop. 

All events are open to the public and are free admission unless otherwise noted.

Tour of Altars Google Map:

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