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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

Free and open to the public

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, numerous 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.


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. 

The Tour of Altars also includes three Community Altars that allow the public to leave remembrances of their own. Find them at these 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. Created by Stephanie Pinto.
  • CTRL Collective - 45 S. Arroyo Parkway. Created by Cathy Ashworth. 

Printed maps will be available at each merchant altar location and at special activity sites during event weekend. Download one here or use the Google map


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, DJ sets by La Junta, and live music by Cuba Rumba. 

Visitors can also enjoy free calavera face painting (6-8pm) and leave personal remembrances on the Community Altar.

Salsa on the Alley Schedule:

6:00 - 6:45  La Junta DJ Set
6:45 - 7:15 Salsa dance exhibition/lesson
7:15 - 8:00 Live music with Cuba Rumba
8:00 - 8:30 La Junta DJ set


Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4 - 1:00-4:00pm
Mercantile Place 
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.

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

Tour of Altars Google Map - Click for larger map:

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