This post is a sponsored collaboration between Old Pasadena and We Like L.A.
How do you celebrate Day of Dead in L.A.? Come to the heart of Old Pasadena for a three-day tribute to the cherished Mexican holiday from Oct. 27-29.
More than two dozen Old Pasadena businesses will create beautiful altars in their spaces as part of the weekend-long Day of the Dead Celebration. The altars will be on view Friday through Sunday during normal hours at all participating businesses. Other events sprinkled throughout the weekend include a salsa dance party, calavera face painting, live music, free lectures and workshops, plus a number of special merchant promotions.
The 2017 Community Altar, Wings of the Dead, will be created by Los Angeles artist Sonia Romero and will be on view the entire weekend at Indiana Colony. Dedicated to our ancestors and honoring the natural cycle of life, the altar highlights the migration of monarch butterflies, said to be the souls of the dead returning home to Michoacán, Mexico, in early November. Guests at the altar are invited to leave handwritten messages on a paper butterfly to honor lost loved ones.
All events are open to the public and/or free (unless otherwise noted). Check out the full schedule of weekend to-dos listed below:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
- Wings of the Dead Community Altar & Artist Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Indiana Colony Marketplace, 59 E. Colorado Blvd.
- Salsa Dance Party Presented by La Junta from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Big Bang Theory Way, 109 E. Union Street.
- Free calavera face painting from 6 to 8 p.m at Big Bang Theory Way, 109 E. Union Street.
- Amara Chocolate $1 Drink Promotion from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Amara Chocolate & Coffee, 55 S. Raymond Avenue.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
- Music with Marimba Tropical from 1 to 4 p,m. and free calavera Face Painting from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mercantile Place at Raymond Avenue.
- SOLD OUT | “Chocolate: Gift of Mesoamerica” a talk by UCLA Lecturer and chocolate guru Lee Scott Theisen, Ph.D., from 1 to 2 p.m. at POP Champagne Bar, 33 E. Union Street (free registration required). A gourmet chocolate tasting is included with the event!
- SOLD OUT | “La Madrina de Pasadena: The Remarkable History of Doña Eulalia” – Roberta H. Martinez shares the story of centenarian Doña Eulalia Pérez de Guillen Mariné and her impact at the Mission San Gabriel and the early days of Pasadena and surrounding areas. A mole tasting is included! From 3 to 4 p.m. at POP Champagne Bar, 33 E. Union Street (free registration required)
- Make & Take Sugar Skull Craft from 1 to 4 p.m. at Paper Source,163 W. Colorado Blvd. Make a sugar skull card or mask using crafty materials while supplies last ($8).
SUNDAY OCTOBER 29
- Music with Marimba Tropical from 1 to 4 p.m. and free calavera face painting 2 to 4 p.m. at Mercantile Place at Raymond Avenue.
- Make & Take Sugar Skull Craft from 1 to 4 p.m. at Paper Source, 163 W. Colorado Blvd. Make a sugar skull card or mask using crafty materials while supplies last ($8).
Keep in mind altars will be viewable during normal business hours for each location. To find more information on registering for free events and to view a map of where to view the altars please visit www.oldpasadena.org/dayofthedead.
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