Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in and Around Anaheim
Dia de los Muertos is a day of celebration and a day of remembrance. Halloween fills our night with sweet treats and even a couple of tricks. Dia de los Muertos follows, typically celebrated between the evening of October 31 through November 2. The holiday is one of cultural significance, allowing the living to honor the deceased.
Ofrendas of flowers (often marigolds), food, photos and other personal mementos fill personal and community altars. Discover brightly decorated sugar skulls and well-dressed skeletons. These symbols serve as reminders of loved ones and ways to celebrate life.
Here are a few ways to join in the celebration of Dia de los Muertos in and around Anaheim.
Build an ofrenda now through November 5 as part of the celebrations at the Anaheim Cemetery located at 1400 E. Sycamore Street in Anaheim. The Anaheim Cemetery will host their 4th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration Saturday, November 2 from 5-7 pm. The evening will include performances by Mariachi Tierra Mia and Ballet Folklorico Donaji. While supplies last, guests will be provided complimentary Pan de Muertos and marigold bouquets.
The most magical fiesta is happening at the Disneyland Resort, now through November 3. Explore El Zocalo Park where three calacas, or skeleton figurines, can be found. The brightly decorated area is located next to Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante.
In Disney California Adventure Park, the celebration is brought to life with characters from the animated film Coco. Plaza de Familia in the Paradise Gardens Parks includes musical performances and character photo opportunities. A touching addition to the celebration is the Arbol de la Vida, or Tree of Life. Here guests can pen memories of their loved ones to display on the tree. You can sweeten the day with a Mexican hot chocolate topped with whipped cream or a Coco themed cake with churro mousse and cream cheese frosting.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Multi-Grammy Award®-winning Mexican-American singer Lila Downs comes to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts October 27 for a performance filled with music and dance called Al Chile. The concert includes traditional Mexican and Mesoamerican music with ballet folklorico and mariachi. Tickets are $39.
November 9-10, the Segerstrom presents “Sugar Skull! A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure.” Follow Vita as she learns the meaning of Dia de los Muertos, accompanied by a candy skeleton that’s come to life. Tickets are $20.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Discover Dia de los Muertos decorations throughout Knott’s Berry Farm’s Fiesta Village. While there, spend the day on Sol Spin or the Hat Dance, making new memories at the theme park quickly approaching its 100th anniversary.
Pretend City Children’s Museum
Perfect for families with young children, Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine offers its own celebration November 2 from 10 am to 4 pm. Families will enjoy story time, and complete sugar skull and marigold crafts. Folklorico Echale Porras will be performing music. Admission is $13.75.
The Muckenthaler Museum
The Muckenthaler Museum hosts a free Dia de los Muertos Festival for the whole family. Bringing together family and the arts, the Muckenthaler will have live music, artisans, and arts & crafts for children. The event is scheduled November 3 from 12-4 pm.
Day of the Dead at Olvera Street
About 25 miles north of Anaheim in the heart of LA, the iconic Olvera Street celebrates Dia de los Muertos October 25-November 2. Community altars, ceremonial blessings, entertainment, and plenty of sweet bread fill the street. The nine-day festival also includes 5k run, plus nightly processions. Located right outside Union Station, you can skip the traffic and get to Olvera Street via a direct train from Anaheim’s ARTIC Station.