Where to Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Orange County

Join in on these Day of the Dead festivities starting next week.
Photograph Courtesy of Bowers Museum

Anaheim Día de los Muertos: A Night of Community & Culture  

Oct. 28 

This free event takes place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and provides youth and local community groups with an opportunity to create and build traditional remembrance altars as a tribute to departed loved ones. New this year will be a community altar for those interested in bringing in a photo to be placed on it. There will also be colorful ribbons with the names of those being honored on the Tree of Life.
Downtown Anaheim Community Center, Anaheim 


Día de los Muertos Festival at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center 

Oct. 30th 

Celebrate traditions with festive activities for the whole family, arts and crafts for kids, and live music for everyone at from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton 


Día de los Muertos Fiesta at Potocki Center for the Arts 

Oct. 23 

The Mission Viejo community is celebrating Day of the Dead with live mariachi music, sugar skull decorating, face painting, and arts and crafts. Guests can also bring photos to add to the ofrendas that will be on site. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and there be a screening of “Coco” at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be bought here
Potocki Center for the Arts, Mission Viejo 


St. Isidore Historical Plaza Celebrates Día de los Muertos  

Oct. 29 

The oldest public building in Los Alamitos will be celebrating Día de los Muertos from 2 to 9 p.m. with an altar display contest, face painting, live music, a costume contest, dancing, and food and drinks.  

Everyone is invited to create an ofrenda—reserve an altar display space by calling 562-596-9918. 
St. Isidore Historial Plaza, Los Alamitos 


Gente Market Día de los Muertos Event at Heritage Museum Orange County 

Oct. 23 

Enjoy music, art, food, vendors, altars, and more while keeping cultural traditions alive at this colorful event which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s theme is centered around the monarch butterfly.
Heritage Museum Orange County, Santa Ana 


Fairhaven Memorial Park Día de los Muertos Service 

Nov. 2 

Honor those who came before with a bilingual traditional offertory and entertainment by Trio Los Salazar Mariachi and Las Estrella’s Dancers from Orange County School of the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public. The event begins at noon.
Waverly Chapel, Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana 


Día de los Muertos Festival at Bowers Museum 

Nov. 6, 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM 

Stop by from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to experience this free outdoor festival featuring classical guitarist Joel Aceves playing traditional Mexican songs, face painting, dance performances, and mariachi music. 
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana 


Hispanic Heritage Maker Market 

Nov. 5 

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with creative goods, art, and entertainment on the green in front of Century Theaters at Bella Terra from 4 to 9 p.m. More than 20 artisans and local vendors will be present, and face painting, an ofrenda exhibit, raffles and giveaways are part of the fun, too. This event was rescheduled from October 15 due to weather.
Bella Terra, Huntington Beach 


RAYA and Bar RAYA Día de los Muertos Culinary Experience 

Nov. 2 

Enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu from RAYA and Chef Richard Sandoval, as well as entertainment and an open bar to celebrate Día de los Muertos by the beach. Healer Nataline Cruz, a practitioner of ancestral medicine, sacred teachings, and other healing modalities, will provide a copal ceremony. Tickets are $190 per person. 
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point 


Disneyland Resort 

Through November 2  

Frontierland celebrates Día de los Muertos with iconic skeleton figures as well as floral arrangements that resemble traditional ofrendas and their decorations. Additionally, Plaza de la Familia in Disney California Adventure will have musical celebrations from the movie “Coco” as well as their Arbol de la Vida where visitors can post messages to loved ones on the Memory Wall. Guests can also make their own paper alebrije masks that resemble the spirit guides from the film. Plus, enjoy mariachi performances while dining at Paradise Garden Grill. 
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim 

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