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Hollywood Forever Cemetery is proud to present the 18th annual Dia de los Muertos festival:

THE LEGACY OF POSADA – EL LEGADO DE POSADA

For our 18th Annual Dia de los Muertos, we tip our feather and flower adorned hat to the Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. Over 100 years ago, Posada gave us many of the foundational images of Dia de los Muertos that are still venerated today and which have become treasured images of Mexican culture and identity. J.G. Posada reminds us that art is power – political and social speech – mass produced by the printing presses and now social media. Posada’s La Catrina asks us to embrace the beauty and grace inherent in facing our own death and the inevitable loss of those we love. By facing loss with love, and art, we find transcendence.

Saturday, October 28th, 2017: NOON until MIDNIGHT

The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up: Friday, October 27th, 2017 – 3pm onward

Featuring on the Main Stage:

ATERCIOPELADOS

CUCO

XIMENA SARIÑANA

LA CHAMBA

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General Admission: $20 per person – (please bring exact change)
Children 8 years and under free until 4pm
Seniors 65 and over free until 4pm

  • Dia de Los Muertos attire strongly encouraged – Come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel
  • Spend an eventful day relaxing and watching the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebrations
  • Enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead arts and crafts available for purchase
  • Plan ahead where to park and please carpool
  • Pre-Purchase your tickets to avoid lines day of the event

Location Address:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Event Features:

  • A vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals with traditional Aztec blessings and Regional Musical-Dance group dedications
  • Musical performances by Grammy Award winning recording artists
  • 100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones
  • Hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume
  • Four stages featuring music and theatrical performances
  • An Art Exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum curated by Luis Villanueva
  • A costume contest for the best dressed Calaca (skeleton)
  • A children’s arts project area
  • Arts and Crafts vendors
  • Food vendors from around Los Angeles
  • Presentation of Altar winners – The judges will select the best altar of each of the following categories: Theme of Event, Traditional Altar, Contemporary Altar – the best of each category wins $3,000

Schedule: 2017 event schedule is tentative and being updated below

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2016 EVENT PROGRAM AND MAP

ALTAR EXHIBITS 12pm – 12am
Winners announced at 8:30pm at Main Stage

AZTEC DANCES & RITUALS 12pm – 12am
Aztec Circle on the Lake and also throughout the cemetery grounds

CHILDREN’S ART CENTER 12pm – 6pm
Arts & Crafts • Face Painting

PROCESSION
From main entrance to main stage 2:00pm – 2:30pm

COSTUME CONTEST 1pm – 7:30pm
Get your photo taken at the official Photo Booth
Winner announced at 8:30pm at Main Stage

CATHEDRAL ART EXHIBIT 12pm – 12am
OFFICIAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: TO BE ANNOUNCED
OTHER ARTISTS: TO BE ANNOUNCED

EL MOSAICO STAGE 3:00pm – 9:00pm
DANCE
SCHEDULE PENDING

LA CATRINA STAGE 3:00pm – 9:00pm
MUSIC, THEATER & DANCE
SCHEDULE PENDING

EL FANDANGO EN SU ESPLENDOR STAGE 3:30pm – 12am
TRADITIONAL MUSIC FROM SOUTH EAST COAST OF MEXICO
SCHEDULE PENDING

MUERTE Y TRADICIÓN STAGE 2:30pm – 11:00pm
MAIN STAGE - MUSIC & DANCE PERFORMANCES
MC’s: TO BE ANNOUNCED
SCHEDULE PENDING