Honoring the dead: Dia de Los Muertos events in Orange County
A remembrance of friends and family members who have died. Día de Los Muertos is an event celebrated worldwide. The celebration of life is typically a high spirited event to honor the deceased. The multi day event is planned all year long. Cleaning and visiting graves, setting up altars around the tombstones of your loved ones, sharing your loved one’s favorite memories, prayers for their souls, sharing in their favorite foods and activities are all ways to celebrate. Candy, gifts, flowers, candles, and sugar skulls are often shared with kids and among friends. Elaborate altars and décor are shared, enjoying live music and entertainment, face painting, or in bright colorful clothing are just some of the ways the dead are honored. Originally starting in Mexico, the tradition of sharing the life vs mourning the death of our loved ones and ancestors is something that’s taken on its own meaning in cultures and celebrations across the world.
Orange County has its own part in the celebration with Día de Los Muertos events throughout every city. As the day of the dead is upon us here are some Orange County places to celebrate.
Heritage Museum Día De Los Muertos
Sunday, October 23rd, 2022
3101 W. Harvard St. Santa Ana, CA 92704
Gente Market Día de Los Muertos Event- Alters, Music, Art, Vendors, Food and More! The Gente Market is at the Heritage Museum October 23rd. Share cultural traditions, educate the community and honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones that have passed on.
Friday, October 28th, 2022
HMOC Día de Lost Muertos event at the Heritage Museum. A very special community altered will be shared by HMOC to honor, cherish and remember the dearly departed. This is the first year that this will be held in person! Click here for more information on the Heritage Museums Día de Los Muertos events.
Dia de Los Muertos Fiesta
Sunday, October 23rd, 2022
24932 Veterans Way Mission Viejo, CA 92692
The Potocki Center is having their very first Día de Los Muertos event with a screening of Coco starting at 6:30. Make sure to bring your low back chairs! Festivities will provide the chance to “explore educational and cultural significance of the Day of the Dead traditions”. Enjoy live Mariachi music, Folkloric Dance, sugar skull decorating, face painting, arts and crafts activities. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Bring a photo of a loved one or pet that left too soon to add to their special Ofrenda (memorial altar).
Admission to the event and its activities are $5 each, kids 2 and under are FREE. Seating is limited, get your ticket today here.
St. Isidore Historical Plaza: Día de Los Muertos
Saturday, October 29th, 2022
10961 Reagan St, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Food, music, raffle and a $35 alter display contest! For more information visit their Facebook page here.
MainPlace Mall: Día de Los Muertos
Saturday, October 29th, 2022 2-5pm
2800 N. Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92705
Things are getting spooky at the MainPlace! The first 300 children to stop by the welcome table at Macy’s Court will receive a Día de Los Muertos swag bag!Stay for the cultural performances by Mariachi los Santaneros, an eight-member performing arts group, FolklorAmerica, with 18 different dance routines performed by all ages and locals Latin Santanero Rock band Mantra! Stop by the art workshop at Children’s Place, take pictures at the photo ops and murals. There will be a live painter and an opportunity for the kids to paint sugar skulls. In the Mainplace Center Court, there will be a hand-painted mural photo ops and professional face painters to bring little catrinas and catrines to life with half-painted faces honoring those that have passed and left deep scars. For more information visit www.shopmainplacemall.com
Muckenthaler Cultural Center: Día de Los Muertos Festival
Sunday, October 30th, 2022
1201 W. Malvren, Ave Fullerton CA 92833
Local Artisans, Arts and Crafts, Live music and FREE entry to this Día de Los Muertos Festival. For more information about this event click here.
Westminster Memorial Park & Mortuary: Día de Los Muertos
Sunday, October 30th, 2022
14801 Beach Blvd, Westminster CA 92683
This FREE event invites locals to come celebrate Día de Los Muertos at the cemetery from 12-4pm. Face painting, food and craft vendors, prizes, photo ops, free sugar skull decorating and an opportunity for families of loved ones to bring candles, bread, flowers, etc. to add to their family altars.
Full event schedule:
Face Painting, Sugar Skull Decorating, Vendors & Food (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Raices De Mexico O.C. Dance Performance (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Xipe Totec Danzantes Aztecas Dance Performance (1:00 pm – 1:30 pm)
Service – Father Ben Madriaga & Oro De Jalisco Mariachi (1:30 pm – 2:30 pm)
Complimentary Pan Dulce, Champurrado and Ice Popsicle (2:30 pm)
Oro De Jalisco Mariachi (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
Dia de Los Muertos Celebration Saddleback College
Tuesday, November 1st, 2022
Saddleback College – Fine Arts Courtyard / McKinney Theatre
28000 Marguerite Parkway Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Join Saddleback College in celebrating Dia de Los Muertos in the Fine arts Courtyard at McKinney Theatre. Honor loved ones by placing a photo or a flower at the altar. Free tacos (while they last), live music and all age activities.
Fairhaven Memorial Park: Día De Los Muertos Service
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022
1702 Fairhaven, Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
This one hour outdoor service at noon will be a bi-lingual reembrace service of prayer with entertainment from Trio Los Salazar Mariachi & Las Estrella’s Dancers from the Orange County School of the Arts. For more information click here.
Dia de Los Muertos Copal Ceremony & 4 Course Dinner at Raya
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 6-9pm
1 Ritz Carleton Drive, Dana Point CA
Dia de los Muertos at Rya at the Laguna Niguel Ritz Carlton. From 6-9pm a journey for your spirit and your taste buds takes place as Chef Richard Sandoval prepares a 4- Course Día de Los Muertos dinner with ocean views for a special evening full of specialty cocktails, live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and more. A special one hour ceremony by Nataline Ruth Cruz a practitioner of Ancestral Medicine, Sacred teachings and many other healing modalities shared with guests followed by Chef Sandovals menu.
Tickets are $190 per person. Click here to purchase tickets
Bowers Museum: Day of the Dead Festival
Sunday, November 6th, 2022
2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
From 11am to 3pm November 6th join the Bower’s Museum in the Day of the Dead Festival. Kids under 12 are free! The festival will have face painting, live music and entertainment.
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