Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos!
Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at these local events!
Dia de Lose Muertos at Suzie’s Farm: Gather with family and friends at Suzie’s Farm for a Dia De Los Muertos celebration to pray for and remember those who have passed. To make this a celebration in true Suzie’s Farm style, we will celebrate with delicious, seasonal Mexican food stations from our friends at The Wild Thyme Company. Bring remembrances to place at our Main Altar to commemorate your loved ones. While this is a holiday to remember those who have passed, it is also a fiesta – frivolous and formal and funny and full as life! Our Dia De Los Muertos celebration will be a family fiesta with tickets available for adults and children. The event will feature live music from the Latin Grooves show on Jazz 88. This celebration will raise money for Corazon de Vida. Founded in 1994, Corazón de Vida (“CDV”) is a US-based nonprofit organization supporting Baja orphanages. It provides children in dire need the necessities of shelter, food, clothing, education, and healthcare – as well as hope, compassion and love. CDV not only financially supports orphanages in Baja, but also provides assistance through frequent cross-border visits by board members, staff, and volunteers. November 1, 6-10 p.m. Adults, $64; ages 12 and under, $35.
Day of the Dead Festival at Market Creek: Day of the Dead is a time when we give ofrendas (offerings) to those deceased. It’s a time to honor their journey in the spirit world. Dia de los Muertos is a day to eat, drink and celebrate the multitudes of the human spiritual experience. As an added bonus, the day-long free event will feature performances by Grammy Award -winning bi-lingual Latin band Quetzal, winner of 2013 Grammy for Best Latin Pop album. This Los Angeles-based group are leaders and innovators of Chicano music. The band was founded with the intention of pushing the boundaries of Chicano music and is currently one of Los Angeles’ most important and successful bands. The Market Creek Amphitheater stage will showcase local and international talent throughout the day including nationally recognized comedy troupe Teatro Izcalli, DanzArts- Sabor Mexico Dance Company, traditional native dances, Mariachi bands and many more. Authentic Day of the Dead altars will be built by five indigenous tribes from Mexico while a number of community altars will be on display. Over 150 lowrider cars will be on view courtesy of the San Diego Lowrider Council, many of them featuring tributes to the ancestors with altars. During the festival there will be a blessing by the Kumeyaay Nation, traditional Mexican food, Calavera Face Painting, hands-on workshops, a Catrina competition and Calaveritas (poems of the dead). A number of local visual artists will display their work including Tribal and Dyse1. A graffiti art mural, designed by Hector Villegas, will be completed by Writerz Blok and community members during the festival. November 1, noon-8 p.m. Free.
Old Town’s Dia de Los Muertos: The premier Day of the Dead event in San Diego County, Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos, is designed to celebrate the history, culture, and heritage of the region. It is produced by Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO). Through education, advocacy, and stewardship, SOHO’s mission is to preserve, promote, and support preservation of the architectural, cultural, and historical links and landmarks that contribute to the community identity, depth, and character of our region. Old Town’s legacy has a predominance of Mexican, Spanish, and Native American, and as a general melting pot, makes it the best site in San Diego to hold this special and beloved celebration. Remember the Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos is all about the history, culture, and heritage of the holiday. Please note it is not a street fair. This event celebrates the unity of life and death, considered by many to be the most important holiday of the year in Mexico and other Latin American countries, although it is observed in Portugal, Spain, Philippines, Italy, France, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Croatia, Austria and Germany, just to name a few! Día de los Muertos is a very special time, when once a year, the spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate this holiday with friends and family. November 1-2. Free.