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The City of Santa Monica presents its fifth annual Día de los Muertos celebration. The family-friendly event focuses
on the activities that are part of this traditional celebration of life and
death. The event opens with a procession and ceremonial blessing by the Aztec
dance group Ketzaliztli. The main
stage features the colorful and dynamic Mexican folk dances of Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles,
accompanied by Mariachi Garibaldi de
Jaime Cuéllar, and the son jarocho music of Veracruz by the noted East LA band
Cambalache. Independent radio
journalist and DJ Betto Arcos will
emcee and share his own Day of the Dead stories and personal memories.
include myths, legends, music and poetry by performer and educator Martin Espino, a dance demonstration
and workshop with Santa Monica-based Cabeza
de Vaca Cultural Dance School and strolling musicians Mariachi Los Dorados de Villa. Attendees can honor a loved one that
has passed by making an offering of flowers and contributing stories of loved
ones to a communal memory wall. Other activities include a photo booth with La
Catrina and El Catrin, calavera face painting and a documentary screening on
how families in Mexico prepare for this holiday. Fresh tamales, tacos, churros
and aquas frescas will be available for purchase from Los Tamaleros Truck,
Salina's Churro Truck and Tacos Super Gallito Truck.
Out of respect for the people buried at the cemetery and for the families honoring them, please do not walk over or climb on the tombstones.
The cemetery is located at 1847 14th St. and is easily accessible by foot, bike, bus or car.
By bike: Take your bike or a Breeze Bike Share rental to the event. A free bike valet will be provided.
By bus: Ride Big Blue Bus Route 7 and Rapid 7 to the cemetery. Click HERE to plan your trip.
By car: Free parking will be available at the Santa Monica College lot located on the south side of Pico Blvd. between 16th and 17th Streets. An ADA compliant shuttle will be running between the SMC lot and the cemetery from 11:00am to 5:00pm. The pick up/drop off location for the parking lot will be across the street from the lot on the north side of Pico Blvd. There will be a shuttle sign to denote the location.
The cemetery and most event components will be wheelchair/mobility device accessible. There will not be any cars in the cemetery during the event. Most activities will take place on the roads within the cemetery as well as on some grassy areas. All activities will be focused in and around the Mausoleum. Two golf carts will offer limited pick-up and drop-offs from the cemetery entrances to the Mausoleum. Let staff at the entrances or Information Booth know when a pick up/drop off is needed.
Parking & Drop-Off Locations
A row of spots along the east side of 14th Street, near both cemetery entrances, will be reserved for accessible parking only. There will be accessible only signs to designate these spots. Vehicles must have a government-issued accessible parking license plate, placard, hangtag or sticker. No parking will be allowed inside the cemetery. Both entrances to the cemetery, on 14th St., will serve as drop-off locations. An attendant will be at each entrance. Two golf carts will offer limited pick-up and drop-offs. In the event that the row of accessible spots is full, free parking will be available at the Santa Monica College lot located between 16th and 17th Streets on Pico Blvd. An ADA compliant shuttle will be running between the SMC lot and the cemetery from 11:00am to 5:00pm. The pick up/drop off location for the parking lot will be across the street from the lot on the north side of Pico Blvd. There will be a shuttle sign to denote the location.
For assistance with accessibility accommodations, contact the Cemetery at least one week prior to the event at 310-458-8688; TTY 310-458-8696.
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.
Other Citywide Events
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This year, Santa Monica
observes Día de los Muertos with seven events at six venues throughout the city between
October 22 and November 5, 2016. The range of events offers people of all ages
a variety of ways to engage in, and become familiar with, the many aspects of
this important and rich tradition.
Citywide events include sugar skull decorating at Fairview
Branch Library; a student art exhibit at Santa Monica High School Roberts Gallery; the Main Library’s Harvest Festival and a documentary screening/discussion;
a family-friendly event at Virginia
Avenue Park; and Edison Language
Academy’s annual festival including altars, food, music, crafts and tours.