Day of the Dead events in Orange County

Dia de los Muertos is not a fad – it’s a beautiful holiday that has been gaining momentum and popularity year after year. So much so that there are plenty of Day of the Dead events in Orange County! If you’re thinking of heading outside of our gorgeous condado de Orange to celebrate, check out this list on If you’d rather stick around here, we’ll leave you with a few places that are hosting celebrations. If we’re missing any, please let us know so we can update. ¡Gracias!

Where to celebrate Day of the Dead in Orange County

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Santa Ana Train Station // Santa Ana

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Time: 12 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Viva La Vida is a free, family friendly festival. Participants in past events have dedicated altars to their parents, siblings, and friends as well as present causes such as soldiers who have died in war, women who have made an impact in history, and people who have died of illnesses such as AIDS, cancer, or diabetes.

In addition to viewing beautifully created altars, attendees will be able to buy local artwork from vendors while being entertained by cultural performances and live music. As our cultural awareness continues to grow through art and traditions; Viva La Vida takes us to a time when friends, family, and communities came together to celebrate life with all of our senses.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Heritage Museum // Santa Ana

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Time: 2 pm – 10 pm
Where: 3101 W. E Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704

2pm to 7pm – Workshops and Activities
8pm to 10pm – Family Movie Night showing The Book of Life

–  Sugar Skull Painting at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm
–  Create your own altar from 2pm to 7pm

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Downtown Anaheim Community Center // Anaheim

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Time: 8 pm – 9:45 pm
Where: Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
Join us for an amazing evening of community and culture to support Project S.A.Y. Youth Development Program! Immediately following the Halloween Parade. This event is FREE to the public and will feature live mariachi, dance, crafts, altars, food and vendors. For more information, call (714) 765-5191

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pretend City Children’s Museum // Irvine

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Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where 29 Hubble, Irvine,CA 92618
Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with vibrant, educational activities for the little ones. Bring a photo of your loved one to add to our special Altar and partake in the celebration!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall // Costa Mesa

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Time: 7:30 pm
Where: 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Segerstrom Center for the Arts will be the place to celebrate Dia de los Muertos as the Center comes alive with a concert featuring Perla Batalla, Quetzal, Pacifico Dance Company and La Santa Cecilia. Tickets Start at $39 The Box Office

Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary // Santa Ana

More information: 714 633 1442

Time: 7 pm
Where: Waverley Chapel
Traditional bilingual service officiated by Deacon Jerry de Santos and Deacon Luis Gallardo will take place followed by a performance by Relampago Del Cielo, a Mariachi band and traditional refreshments will be provided by El Indio Tortilleria.

Bring a photo of your loved one to place at the altar and pay tribute to the memory of those who have passed.

Anaheim Cemetery // Anaheim

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Time: 4 pm – 7 pm
Where: 1400 East Sycamore Street, Anaheim
Featured entertainment is Ballet Folklorico Donaji and the RHYTHMO Mariachi Kids. There is no admission charge. Free refreshments, desserts, Dia de los Muertos masks for children, marigolds and Pan de Muertos will be available while supplies last. All families are welcome, particularly those with loved ones interred in Anaheim Cemetery. Ofrendas are welcome at family grave sites.

Saturday, November 5, 2015

Downtown Santa Ana // Santa Ana

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Time: 12 pm – 10 pm
View beautifully created altars. Attendees will be entertained by cultural performances and live music. Children can get their face painted and participate in free, art workshops. Local artists will be selling their wares and local restaurants will be selling their most delicious dishes.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Bowers Museum // Santa Ana

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Time: 11 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Free festival and museum admission.  Festival will offer cultural performances and live music. Children can get their face painted and decorate sugar skulls.

Anaheim Indoor Marketplace // Anaheim

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Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
Where: 1440 S. Anaheim Blvd. Anaheim, CA. 92805
Families will be invited to place their love ones picture in a traditional Dia de Los Muertos Alter. Mariachi, folkloric dancers, kids activities and much more will be taken place.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center // Fullerton

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Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
Where: The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833
Latino arts and crafts, altars, art workshops, food vendors and live music! Last year more than 700 people attended and enjoyed Grammy-nominated performers, regional dance groups, and festive activities.

4 comments on Day of the Dead events in Orange County

  1. Sandra
    10/31/2015 at 1:46 pm (2 years ago)

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  2. Janet Ross
    10/31/2015 at 8:52 pm (2 years ago)

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