Day of the Dead

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Saturday, November 1, 11am - 3pm
Free Admission, Bike Valet & Parking 

Join us for a traditional Mexican celebration, 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.  

Check back for full schedule & a list of other Dia de los Muertos events in Santa Monica. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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. Parking at SMC is made possible by SMC/Workforce & Economic Development Department.  

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