Day of the Dead Weekend Festivals
Halloween is over, but don't pull down your skeleton decorations just yet.
One of Mexico's oldest festivals honoring deceased loved ones, Día de los Muertas or Day of the Dead, is kicking off in Orange County with celebrations over the next three days.
On Friday at 6 p.m., Fairhaven Memorial Park will be hosting a memorial service for its Día de los Muertos event that will also feature an Aztec Offertory and entertainment by Mariachi Estrellas de Santa Ana. Guests will be able to pray and remember lost loved ones, and refreshments will be served after.
El Centro Cultural de Mexico and Calacas Inc. will be presenting its 10th annual Noche de Altares, Night of the Altars, on Saturday, November 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The free event in Santa Ana is open to everyone and features live music and performances, with workshops art workshops and face-painting for kids.
Visitors can also indulge in food from local restaurants and purchase items from local artists. Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posado created this year's icon of Die de los Muertos, La Catina. Starting at 4:30 p.m., the icon will begin its procession with candle lighting. Visitors are encouraged to register to create their own altars memorializing loved ones.
If you're still ready to keep the celebration going, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art will be hosting a Mexican Day of the Dead Family Festival, on Sunday, November 4 beginning at 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free with entertainment by performers such as the folkloric dance troupe Grupo Folklorico Los Soñadores and classical guitarist Joel Aceves. The museum will also have its own traditional altar table where guests are invited to write a note about or to a deceased family member or friend.