Article by Ryan Smolar
Saturday, October 22nd
Viva La Vida 2016 - Amor Eterno Dia de Los Muertos Festival
Last year was the preimiere of Viva La Vida, a new event produced by Noches de Altares-veteran co-producer, Rudy Cordova. In its inauguraul year, this event already achieved status as one of the best cultural events of the year to look forward to. Kilson Streets' homegrown music, altars in the trunks of low-riders, moody lighting and a gorgeous backdrop (the Santa Ana Regional Tranist Center) make this event the can't miss Muertos event of the year.
Free | 12pm to 10pm | 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd
Friday, October 28th
Book of Life: OC FiIm Fiesta, Heritage Museum Free Screening
The OC Film Fiesta, Heritage Museum of OC and The Giving Web have teamed up for a special FREE Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring hourly sugar skull and altar building workshops and a special 8pm screening of Jorge Gutierrez's modern animated classic, The Book of Life, under the stars on the Heritage Museum's gazebo lawn.
FREE | 2PM - 10PM | Heritage Museum of Orange County | 3101 W Harvard St, Santa Ana, California 92704
Tuesday, November 1st
Wednesday, November 2nd
Dia de los Muertos at Fairhaven Memorial Park
You are invited to a Dia de los Muertos Memorial Service Officiated by Deacon Jerry De Santos & Deacon Luis Gallardo. Bring a photo of your loved one to place at the altar and enjoy complimentary refreshments from El Indio Tortileria, Inc.
FREE | 7PM - 8:30PM| Fairhaven Memorial Park | 1702 Fairhaven Avenue
Dia De Los Muertos Concert
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts has assembled a world-class evening of their Dia de Los Muertos Concert. Artists include a former Leonard Cohen back-up singer, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter PERLA BATALLA. There's QUETZAL, continuing the legacy of over 70 years of Chicano Rock. These East Side musicians created a path that has earned them the title of “one of Los Angeles’ most important bands” (LA Times). PACIFICO DANCE COMPANY is a 40-person dance troupe dedicated to the preservation and reconstruction of classical and contemporary Mexican dance forms. LA SANTA CECILIA started their career serenading on the corners of Downtown L.A.’s Olvera Street. They are a musical phenomenon who have won a Grammy, toured coast to coast, collaborated with Elvis Costello, appeared on Conan, and most recently shared the stage with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones.
$39-$89 | 7:30PM | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall | South Coast Plaza, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Thursday, November 3rd
Valley de los Muertos
Celebrate the season at Valley High School with a program that promises art, food, dance, banda, altars, mariachis, Catrina contests and more. Bring a blank T-shirt for a free screen printing!
FREE | 5PM - 9PM | Valley High School | 809 S. Greenville, Santa Ana, CA
Saturday, November 5th
14th Annual Noche de Altares: Santa Ana's Dia de los Muertos
The largest. The best. El Centro Cultural de Mexico organizes Santa Ana's most beautiful festival during the first Saturday Artwalk. Noche e Altares is wrought with cultural performance, altars and street foods. This event is incredibly popular, so please consider taking public transportation, taxi or ride share.
FREE | 12PM - 10PM | Calle Cuatro | Sycamore, between 4th and 5th Streets
Sunday, November 6th
Festival: Mexican Day of the Dead
The Bowers invites you to watch a cornucopia of cultural acts from the Mariachi Kids to Las Estrellas Folklorico of the Orange County School of the Arts, Aztec dancers and more. Beyond dazzling performances, there's interactive fun including sugar skull decorating, calavera mask-making, Mexican hot chocolate and the opportunity to honor the dead with an ofrenda (memorial offering). Sponsored by the Nicholas Endowment.
FREE | 11AM – 3:30PM | Bowers Key Courtyard and Kidseum | 2002 North Main Street
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