Old Pasadena celebrates Dia de los Muertos with the Tour of Altars and more!
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 three Community Altars, a Salsa dance party with live music and calavera face painting, and pop-up weekend fun. All events are open to the public and are free and open to the public.
TOUR OF ALTARS
Friday - Sunday, November 2 – 4
Participating businesses throughout Old Pasadena*
Visitors are invited to take a 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. Three community altars will also be on display. Both print and digital maps will be available closer to the event.
The Tour of Altars includes three Community Altars at three locations:
- Big Bang Theory Way - 109 E. Union Street (Staged during the Salsa on the Alley event on Friday, November 2, from 6:00-8:30pm only)
- Indiana Colony - 59 E. Colorado Blvd.
- CTRL Collective - 45 S. Arroyo Parkway
Printed maps will be available at each merchant altar location and at special activity sites during event weekend.
SALSA ON THE ALLEY
Friday, November 2 - 6:00-8:30pm
Big Bang Theory Way at Union Street
The kick-off event curated by La Junta features a Salsa demonstration and dance lesson, and live music by Cuba Rumba. Join the festivities with free calavera face painting, too.
Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4 - 1:00-4:00pm
Live music from Marimba Tropical and free calavera face painting set the mood all weekend long. Grab a map and take the Tour of Altars through Sunday evening.
* Altars are on view during business hours, which vary. Check the map for details.