Day of the Dead

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The City of Santa Monica Celebrates Day of the Dead at Woodlawn Cemetery
Saturday, November 1, 11am - 3pm
Free Admission, Bike Valet & Parking 

The community is invited to join this traditional celebration of Día de los Muertos featuring an opening procession, a workshop to create offereings for loved ones that have passed, a blessing with traditional music and dance, self-guided tours of the gravesites of famous locals, and musicians performing throughout the cemetery in remembrance of those who have passed. Fresh tamales and pan de muerto will be available for purchase. 

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.  

Free parking available at Santa Monica College lot located between 16th and 17th Streets on Pico Blvd., and along 14th St. A shuttle service will be available from SMC Lot to cemetery entrance between 10:30am - 3:30pm. 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, 310-458-8688

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

Schedule of All Días de los Muertos Events in Santa Monica


All Events are Free. Click HERE for the poster.




Pico Branch Library


Day of the Dead Presentation: Campo Santo, 7pm
Join a talk with Terri de la Peña about the first Mexican-era "Campo Santo" in this area--the Marquez family cemetery in Santa Monica Canyon.  Terri will describe Woodlawn Cemetery's emergence as the burial place for many pioneering Californios, such as members of the Carrillo, Higuera, Machado and Talamantes families. In time, the Mexican immigrants who settled in Santa Monica as a result of the 1910 revolution also were laid to rest at historic Woodlawn.

Exploring Day of the Dead Traditions: Photo Essays
October 23 - November 30

Photo essays created by Teen Center youth explore traditions of Day of the Dead in their community.
Pico Branch Library Annex, 2201 Pico Blvd, 310-458-8684




Pico Branch Library

Day of the Dead Calavera Painting, 3:30-5pm, Grades 3 & up
Learn about the "calavera" with Artist Paulina Sahugun and paint your own! 

Pico Branch Library Annex, 2201 Pico Blvd, 310-458-8684



Highways Performance Space and Pico Youth & Family Center

Community Altar Construction, Monday - Friday, October 27-30, 4-6pm
Bring personal offrendas (offerings) to be placed on the community altar.
Highways Performance Space, 18th Street Arts Center, 1651 18th St, 310-315-1459

Pico Youth & Family Center

Honoring Our Ancestors Through Hip Hop, 4-6pm 
Share stories and anecdotes of your loved ones who have passed on. The PYFC will help compose a collective song in their Music Studio.
PYFC, 715 Pico Blvd, 310-396-7107



Pico Youth & Family Center

La Catrina Mask Making Workshop, 4-6pm
Make your own mask! Day of the Dead skull masks are endowed with special meaning and ceremonial purpose as a link between two spiritual worlds.
PYFC, 715 Pico Blvd, 310-396-7107



Pico Youth & Family Center

Day of the Dead History & Significance Workshop, 5-6pm
UCLA's MEChA Xinachtli ("the seed that germinates") will be hosting a presentation discussing the history and significance of Días de los Muertos.
PYFC, 715 Pico Blvd, 310-396-7107

Pico Branch Library

 Day of the Dead Calavera Documentary & Discussion, 6pm
A screening of the Metamorfosis Documentation Project's "The Feast of the Souls", followed by a discussion, co-presented with the Mexican Consulate/Asuntos Culturales. Programa bilingüe.
Pico Branch Library Annex, 2201 Pico Blvd, 310-458-8684



Pico Youth & Family Center

Papel Picado Workshop, 4-6pm
Learn about the traditional art of papel picado or Mexican tissue paper cutout banners. Papel picado is made especially for the Days of the Dead festivities and include skeletal figures engaged in the everyday activities of the living. Make your own papel picado banner, then string all the banners together to create colorful decorations for PYFC's celebrations!
PYFC, 715 Pico Blvd, 310-396-7107

Virginia Avenue Park

Día de los Muertos Celebration, 5pm
Altar building in front of the Library Annex. Bring photos of loved ones and items to be placed on the annual altar. The altar will remain in place through November 1st.
Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave, 310-458-8688

Santa Monica High School Roberts Art Gallery

El Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Opening Reception, 6-8pm
The exhibition includes art work from Santa Monica High School, John Adams Middle School, Grant Elementary and Pico Youth and Family Center students, and will also feature the work of artist and muralist, Raúl González of Mictlan Murals.
Roberts Art Gallery, 601 Pico Blvd, 310-395-3204 x71441



Highways Performance Space

Community Altars, 4-6pm
Visit the community altars decorated by Pico Youth & Family Center with pictures, personal objects, mementos and candles.
Highways Performance Space, 18th Street Arts Center, 1651 18th St, 310-315-1459



Virginia Avenue Park

Traditional Ceremony, 10am - 1pm
Following a traditional ceremony, refreshments will be served. Community members can walk to the Woodlawn Cemetery to continue the celebration.
Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave, 310-458-8688

Fairview Branch Library


Day of the Dead Face Painting, 11am
Get your face painted like a skeleton! Free tickts available at 10:30am on day of program. For families.
Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd, 310-458-8681


Main Library


Celebrate Dia de los Muertos! 1:30-3:30pm
The Main Library celebrates with Creative Playground at 1:30pm, crafts and face painting from 2:30-3:30pm and the music of Mariachi Tesoro from 2:30-3:30pm. All events are free but tickets are required.
Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, 310-458-8621


Highways Performance Space and Pico Youth & Family Center


Día de los Muertos Ritual, Remembrances & Performance Celebration, 2-6pm
Participate in a ritual ceremony to welcome and honor our ancestors and departed. Enjoy the day with us as we remember and honor our departed loved ones with live music, performance, vendors, art and traditional foods. Bring the whole family and celebrate the cycle of life! 
Highways Performance Space, 18th Street Arts Center, 1651 18th St, 310-315-1459  


 Café Bolivar and Gallery 


Día de los Muertos, 3pm
The café’s altar will be on display as well as an exhibit by local artists Ernie Lucero and Luis Brizuelas. At 3pm there will be a talk about Day of the Dead plus free pan de muerto and Mexican chocolate from the state of Oaxaca for children. Exhibition will remain on display through the month of November. Contact Café if you’d like to participate in the altar.
Café Bolivar and Gallery, 1741 Ocean Ave, 310-581-2344




Highways Performance Space and Pico Youth & Family Center

Closing Ceremony & Open Mic: The Cycle of Life in Words, Music & Dance, 1-3pm
Highways presents a Día de los Muertos celebration with readings by local youth spoken word artists, poets and hip-hop artists. Play a game of Loteria. A closing ceremony will be followed by traditional Aztec dancers.
Highways Performance Space, 18th Street Arts Center, 1651 18th St, 310-315-1459



Edison Language Academy

Día de los Muertos Celebration, 1-5pm
The celebration includes altars created by each class, home-made tamales, music, traditional crafts and tours.
Edison Language Academy, 2402 Virginia Ave, 310-828-0335



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