Day of the Dead is one of the most locally celebrated holidays in Los Angeles and is centered on the joyful remembrance of the deceased and is typically observed on November 2, although it is not uncommon for festivities to be held in the last week of October through the first week of November. Observers of the holiday will typically visit the gravestones of loved ones, build home altars (ofrendas) for the honored deceased, and share a variety of foods and beverages together with living friends, family, and acquaintances. Several community events are available to the public throughout Los Angeles County in observance of Day of the Dead.
Here are a few notable events:
- Hollywood Forever Presents Día de los Muertos and Noche de los Muertos– October 29. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery will be holding two events on their cemetery grounds: one during the day, and one at night. Details on the events as well as tickets for admission can be found on their website.
- Olvera Street Día de los Muertos Festival– October 25 to November 2, 2022. Olvera Street in Los Angeles will be home to a colorful celebration spanning over 9 days and featuring live entertainment, community altars, and more. The festivities are free, family friendly, and open to the public. Details on highlighted events are available on the Olvera Street website.
- Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos– October 22 to November 2. Downtown L.A.’s Grand Park will be home to a 12-day public art display of altars made by professional artists and local community organizations.