Day of the Dead



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The City of Santa Monica presents its fourth annual Day of the Dead. The family-friendly event focuses on the traditions that are part of this celebration of life and death and offers a variety of ways for participants to discover the meaning, philosophy and history of the day. Starting with an opening procession and ceremonial blessing led by Ketzaliztli dancers, the event features the son jarocho music of Veracruz, Mexico with Conjunto Jardin, the all-female stringed mariachi group Las Colibri, and Day of the Dead inspired folk tales, myths, legends, and personal stories, in both English and Spanish, with storyteller Antonio Sacre. Craft workshops include offerings for loved ones who have passed, calavera masks and adding stories of loved ones to the communal memory wall. There will also be a documentary screening on how families in Mexico prepare for this holiday and a special guest appearance by La Catrina, the satirical and elegant female skeleton. Independent radio journalist and DJ, Betto Arcos will be emceeing and sharing his own Day of the Dead stories and memories. Fresh tamales, tacos, pan de muerto and aquas frescas will be available for purchase.

Getting there
The cemetery is easily accessible by foot, bike, bus or car.

By bike: Free bike valet will be provided.
By bus: Big Blue Bus Route 7 and Rapid 7 serve the cemetery.
By car: Free parking will be available at the Santa Monica College lot located between 16th and 17th Streets on Pico Blvd. A shuttle service will be available between the SMC Lot to the cemetery entrance between 12:30pm - 4:30pm

The cemetery and most event components will be wheelchair/mobility device accessible. The streets within the cemetery can be used to travel throughout the grounds. There will not be any cars in the cemetery during the event. Most activities will take place in 3 areas of the cemetery - travel between these locations will be necessary. Two golf carts will offer limited pick-up and drop-offs.

A section of spots along the east side of 14th Street, near both cemetery entrances, will be reserved for accessible parking. No parking will be allowed inside the cemetery. Vehicles must have a government-issued accessible parking license plate, placard, hangtag or sticker. The north entrance to the cemetery, on 14th St., will serve as a drop-off location. A parking attendant will be at the entrance. Two golf carts will offer limited pick-up and drop-offs.

For assistance with accessibility accommodations, contact the Cemetery at least one week prior to the event at 310-458-8688; TTY 310-458-8696.

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

This event is produced by the City of Santa Monica Community & Cultural Services Department, Woodlawn Cemetery, Mortuary & Mausoleum, Santa Monica Public Library, and artist Paulina Sahagun. Parking at SMC is made possible by SMC/Workforce & Economic Development Department.

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