DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL

The Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival is returning for 2021! We will have a few modifications and MASKS ARE REQUIRED

For over 35 years, the merchants on Olvera Street have celebrated Dia de los Muertos. The celebration has evolved to incorporate the pre-Columbian, Aztec, Mayan and Catholic rituals surrounding death. Each night, a vibrant and colorful procession sets the stage for our ceremony.

 

Dia de los Muertos is, in fact, a celebration of life – it is not a time to mourn our loved ones, rather it is a time to remember the lives they lead and the many things they enjoyed during that life. Death is a part of life, and so we honor it. Dia de los Muertos at Olvera Street is the only celebration of its kind in Los Angeles – A nine (9) day festival, with a nightly procession, community altars on display, and entertainment.

Dia de los
Muertos

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Please fill out this form if you are interested in participating in our Community Altar Display
2021 Community Altar Application

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or to 
register,

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CARRERA DE LOS 
MUERTOS 5K

The Race is Back!
NOVENARIO PROCESSION
October 25 thru November 2
  • Traditional Mayan Blessing/Soul Cleansing takes place before and after the procession

  • Procession includes:

    • Grupo Tartalejos – an indigenous Aztec group leading the procession with incense and ceremonial blessing

    • Aztec Dancers

    • “Living Muertos” – participants dress up as skeletons on November 1st & 2nd

  • Procession leads to nightly ceremony in the Kiosko, where the loved ones of a merchant family or special community member is chosen to be honored

  • Free sweet bread is given to all in attendance; 
    Please note, due to COVID restrictions, we will NOT have champurrado this year. 

ENTERTAINMENT
Join us for day time 
entertainment on

Saturday & Sunday
October 30 & 31

Evening Entertainment
November 1 & 2
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TEATRO DEL BARRIO PRESENTS
La Danza de la Muerte

October 25 thru November 2
6:00pm
This beautiful theatrical performance tells the story of
Dia de los Muertos with its indigenous roots and how it has transformed to our modern-day celebrations. Join us for this vibrant performance!
October 29 starting at 5:00pm
October 30 thru November 2
10:00am to 9:00pm
COMMUNITY ALTARS
OUTDOOR DISPLAY
  • Mask Required

  • Required Social Distancing

  • No Drinking, Eating, Smoking, or Loitering around altars

Please follow all safety protocols.

Saturday & Sunday
October 30 & 31
10:00am to 9:00pm
FACE PAINTING*
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*There is a charge for Face Painting. Each face painter has their own style and are individual operators, separate from OSMAF. Price list posted at booth.
PLEASE NOTE THAT FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED INSIDE OLVERA STREET BUSINESSES. 
Monday & Tuesday
November 1 & 2
4:00pm to 9:00pm
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS
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Interested in Sponsoring this event?
Please contact osmaf.info@gmail.com for sponsorship information.