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Dia de los Muertos ~ Day of the Dead
October 25 through November 2

For over 30 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 altars on display, children’s workshops, face painting, and entertainment throughout.

On display Oct. 28-Nov. 2
October 25 -November 2

Weekday Entertainment - 5:00pm

Weekend Entertainment - all day

Interested in performing?
Please fill out our
Performer Application.

October 25-November 2
Nightly at 7:00pm
  • 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

    • Parade of “Living Muertos” – particpants dress up as skeletons in colorful traditional, and not-so-traditional costumes 

  • 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 and champurrado are given to all in attendance

Please contact for sponsorship information.
Face Painters will be on site to turn you into a Calavera!
October 28 & 29
Face Painting
provided by

Sugar Face & Body Art
November 1 &2
Face Painting
provided by

CarMac Designs
*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.
Click here for event flyer.
For more information
or to 
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Saturday, October 28, 2017
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