Day of the Dead

Dia banner 2013 
Saturday, November 2, 11am - 2pm
Free Admission, Bike Valet & Parking 

 Join us for the traditional Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), where family and friends gather to honor and celebrate loved ones that have passed. The event focuses on the traditions that make up this celebration of life and death. There are a vareity of ways participants can discover the philosophy and history of the day inlcuding an opening procession led by Ketzaliztli dancers, a workshop to create offerings of marigold coronitas (crowns) and papel picado (perforated paper) for loved ones who have passed, self -guided tours of the cemetery that explore the history of local famous people, a documentary on how a small town in Mexico prepares for the holiday, a traditional Nahuatl ceremonial blessing and musicians performing throughout the cemetery to honor those who have passed. Woodlawn Cemetery is situated on 26 acres and has views of the Santa Monica mountains and ocean.

The cemetery has been serving the community for over 100 years and is owned and operated by the City of Santa Monica - one of the few municipally-owned cemeteries in California. The city purchased the cemtery in 1897 and it is considered one fo the city's most important historical resources.  

11:10am                Procession with
11:20am                Opening Ceremony
11:50am                Welcome & Introduction
12:30pm                Musical Tour of Mexico with Quetzalcoatl
1:00pm                  Dia de los Muertos History
2:00pm                  Closing Ceremony with Mictlanxiuhcoatl                                                                                          

12:00 – 1:50pm     Coronitas Workshops
12:00 & 12:30pm  Mausoleum Tours
12:00 – 1:50pm     Documentary Screening
Throughout the Cemetery
12:00 – 1:50pm     Self-Guided Cemetery Tours     
1:05 – 2:00pm       Music Performances at Gravesites by Quetzalcoatl, Conjunto Jardin & Los Dorados de Villa       
2:20 – 3:00pm       Music Performances at Gravesites by Quetzalcoatl, Conjunto Jardin & Los Dorados de Villa 


Free parking avaiable at Santa Monica College/SMC lot between 16th and 17th Streets on Pico Blvd. and along 14th St.
Parking at SMC is made possible by SMC/Workforce & Economic Development Department.

Big Blue Bus
Lines 7 and 11 serve the cemetery.

The cemetery is wheelchair accessible and welcomes persons of all abilities. For special accommodations, please contact 310.458.8688 or TTY 310.917.6626.

Woodlawn Cemetery, 1847 14th Street
Info: 310-458-8688

Produced by the City of Santa Monica Community & Cultural Services Department, Woodlawn Cemetery, Mortuary & Mausoleum, and artist Paulina Sahagun 


All events are free unless otherwise noted

Highways Performance Space
Community Altar Construction
Monday, October 28, 4-6pm
Bring personal offerings to be placed on the altar.

Mourning, Ritual & Performance
Saturday, November 2, 8:30pm
Celebrate the cycle of life with new performance and dance by local contemporary artists.
Adult themes. Suggested Donation $10.

The Cycle of Life in Words, Music & Dance
Sunday, November 3, 2pm
An afternoon of local artists and youth celebrating the cycle of life through reflections of words, music and dance!
Highways @ 18th Street Arts Center, 1651 18th St. 310-315-1459, 

Cafe Bolivar and Gallery
Dia de los Muertos  
Friday & Saturday, November 1 & 2, 7am-7pm 
The café’s altar will be on exhibit plus free pan de muerto and Mexican chocolate for children. Exhibition of paper mache works from the distinguished Linares Family from Mexico City on display until November 5. Contact Café if you’d like to participate in the altar. 
Café Bolivar, 1741 Ocean Park Blvd., 310-581-2344, 

Santa Monica High School Roberts Art Gallery 
El Dia de los Muertos Student Art Exhibition 
Friday, November 1, 4 – 7 pm 
The opening reception for Dia de los Muertos Student Art Exhibition will include Aztec dancers, food and celebration.  
Roberts Art Gallery, 601 Pico Blvd., 310-395-3204 x71441, 

Virginia Avenue Park 
Dia de los Muertos Celebration 
Friday, November 1, 5-8 pm 
Bring photos of loved ones and items to be placed on the annual altar. Following a traditional ceremony, refreshments will be served. 
Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center, 2200 Virginia Ave., 310-458-8688, 

Pico Youth & Family Center
15th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Friday, November 1, 6 – 9 pm
Join the celebration honoring philanthropist Peggy Bergmann with inspiring performances, traditional food and vendors. A special altar will be dedicated to Pico Neighborhood youth and families who have passed. (In partnership with Highways Performance Space)
Pico Youth & Family Center, 715 Pico Blvd., 310-396-7017, 

Edison Language Academy 
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Saturday, November 2,  1 – 5 pm 
The celebration includes altars created by each class, homemade tamales, music, traditional crafts and tours.  
Edison Language Academy, 2425 Kansas Ave., 310-828-0335,  

Fairview Branch Library
Day of the Dead Face Painting
Saturday, November 2, 1 – 2 pm
Get your face painted like a skeleton!  Free tickets available at 12:30 pm on day of program. For families.
Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310-458-8681, 

Artesanias Mexicanas 
Oaxacan Folk Art & Gallery 
2919 Pico Blvd. 

Antequera Bakery 
1704 Ocean Park Blvd. 

La Monarca Bakery 
1300 Wilshire Blvd. 


Santa Monica's Woodlawn Cemetery.
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Woodlawn Cemetery, Mausoleum & Mortuary (FD# 2101) · 1847 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA · (310) 458-8717 · TTY (310) 917-6626