The dead have started making travel plans for their annual return to the world of the living, and we’ll be ready when they arrive this year, with parties, concerts, altars and events dedicated to their memories. So dust off your calaca costumes, put on your best calavera makeup, and get ready to show the dead they’re not forgotten.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood. October 27, 12-12 http://www.ladayofthedead.com/
Rose Hills Cemetery, Whittier. October 28, 11 am – 5:30 pm http://dayofthedead-rosehills.com/
Olvera Street, Downtown LA. Mid-October – November 4 http://www.calleolvera.com/events/
Day of the Dead, Covina. October 27, 5pm – 10pm http://www.covinaca.gov/cultural-arts/864-dia-de-los-muertos-day-of-the-dead-2012
Day of the Dead at the 15th Annual Trick Or Treat Festival, Costa Mesa. October 28, 10 am – 4 pm http://ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx#10/28/2012
Self Help Graphics & Art, Boyle Heights. November 2, 5pm – 11pm http://www.selfhelpgraphics.com/calendar/events
Noche de Altares, Santa Anna. November 3, 1 pm – 10 pm http://www.nochedealtares.org/
Casa de Calaveras, Downtown LA. October 27 & 28; Santa Anna November 3 & 4 https://www.facebook.com/CasadeCalaveras
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Downtown LA. October 21 – November 1 http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e12c4bd0723574c0026eeccb4&id=b8d28f52d0&e=[UNIQID]
Dia de los Muertos, Ventura County. November 3, 10 am – 6 pm https://www.facebook.com/DiaDeLosMuertosVentura
Apocalypto the Awakening, Palace Theater, LA. November 2, 6pm http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/282254
Hard Haunted Mansion presents The Day of the Dead, LA State Historic Park. November 3, 6pm http://fla.vor.us/1134533-HARD-Day-Of-The-Dead-tickets/HARD-Day-Of-The-Dead-LOS-ANGELES-LA-STATE-HISTORIC-PARK-November-03-2012.html?afflky=TG6I4Z
Chimaya Art Gallery 7th Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibition, LA. Opening Reception October 21 http://chimmayaart.com/gallery/
The Folk Tree 29th Annual Altars & Ephemera exhibition, Pasadena. On view through November 4 http://www.folktree.com/dod12press.html
No doubt we’ve missed an event or two with this brief list, so if you know of other Day of the Dead-themed happenings in the LA area, please let us know about them in the comments section. Viva la Muerte!