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Santa Monica's Woodlawn Cemetery Mortuary and Mausoleum

Day of the Dead

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The City of Santa Monica presents its sixth annual Día de los Muertos celebration. The family-friendly event celebrates the cycle of life and the remembrance of ancestors with altars, musicians, dancers, marigold offerings, a slide show honoring lost loved ones, food trucks and a communal memory wall.   

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.

Getting there

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 4:00pm. 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.

Accessibility

Event

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 within the cemetery. 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 and Santa Monica Public Library. Parking at SMC is made possible by SMC/Workforce & Economic Development Department.

 

Other Citywide Events

Click HERE for a poster of all events.

This year, Santa Monica observes Día de los Muertos with eight events throughout the city between October 26 and November 4, 2017. 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 documentary screening and Q&A; a family-friendly event at Virginia Avenue Park; Edison Language Academy’s annual festival including altars, food, music, crafts and tours; an altar, music and performance at Pico Branch Library, and altars, performances, and workshops at Pico Youth and Family Center.

 

 

 

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