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Hollywood Forever Cemetery is proud to present the 20th annual Dia de los Muertos festival.

Hollywood Forever’s 20th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration will take place on Saturday November 2nd, 2019. This year our guiding theme is the Monarch Butterfly and its winter home the Mexican state of Michoacán. Michoacán is also one of the two cultural heartlands in Mexico where the ancient traditions of Dia de los Muertos have been celebrated the longest and most vibrantly.

We also embrace the Monarch butterfly as a symbol of Dreamers and Immigrants whose personal journeys echo the annual migrations the butterflies make between Mexico and the U.S. The Monarch’s pending inclusion on the Endangered Species list is also an urgent call to love and protect our shared earth. As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary at Hollywood Forever, we share our gratitude for the beautiful migration of Dia de los Muertos from its homeland of Michoacán to the heart of Hollywood.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019: NOON until MIDNIGHT

The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up: Friday, November 1st, 2019 – 3pm onward

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General Admission Advance Sales: $25 per person
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
  • 100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones
  • Hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume
  • Five stages featuring music and theatrical performances
  • An Art Exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum curated by Luis Villanueva
  • A costume contest for the best dressed
  • 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

2019 Event Schedule (subject to change):

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

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

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

CATHEDRAL ART EXHIBIT 12pm – 12am
EXHIBITION OF ARTIST OF THE YEAR AND SELECT ARTISTS

EL MOSAICO STAGE 3pm – 10:30pm
DANCE & MUSIC

LA CATRINA STAGE 3pm – 9:30pm
MUSIC, THEATER & DANCE

EL FANDANGO EN SU ESPLENDOR STAGE 4pm – 12am
TRADITIONAL MUSIC FROM SOUTH EAST COAST OF MEXICO

MUERTE Y TRADICIÓN STAGE 12pm – 12am
MAIN STAGE - MUSIC & DANCE PERFORMANCES

* LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME *
* NO REFUNDS / NO EXCHANGES *
* RAIN OR SHINE *