Join us in celebrating San Pedro's Dia de Los Muertos Festival presented by the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District!
On Saturday, November 1st, Historic Downtown San Pedro will be the place to celebrate Dia de los Muertos as the streets come alive with art, culture, delicious cuisine and live entertainment.
Come hungry! You will definitely want to sample the delicious Latin American food from local restaurants. The festival will also include a very special altar exhibition featuring the work of artists and community members. Kids will enjoy the La Muerte Vive! Art Area where they can make a special, free take-home craft. You can also have your face painted to help you get in the spirit!
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, dates back to Pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs.The modern holiday is a synthesis of Aztec and Spanish traditions. It is not a sad occasion or a time for mourning, rather it is when family and friends gather to remember and celebrate departed loved ones. In Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is a national holiday, though it is celebrated in other parts of Latin America and the Philippines as well. Dia de los Muertos can be compared to other culture's commemorations of the dead, such as All Souls Day, Korea's Chuseok and China's Qingming.
Festival Entertainment and Food
6th Street between Mesa and Centre Streets will be filled with the sounds of traditional and contemporary Latin-American performers.
As you explore, enjoy strolling musicians, local color and delicious Latin American cuisine and international offerings from dozens of San Pedro's great Downtown restaurants!
Attention food vendors: If you are interested in participating in this year's Festival, the deadline to submit a food vendor application is October 1st. All applications will be reviewed prior to acceptance. Download the 2014 food vendor application here.
Sacred Altar Exhibition and Competition
Creating an altar to honor the dead is one of the most important parts of Dia de los Muertos. Altars can be heartfelt and humorous, simple or extravagant. In addition to deceased family members and friends altars are constructed for departed pets, celebrities, and historical figures. The Sacred Altar Exhibition and Competition will showcase a variety of perspectives within the Dia de los Muertos tradition. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winning entries. The deadline to submit an altar application is October 1st. Download the 2014 altar application here.
Altar of Remembrance – There will also be a community altar where anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to leave a picture, personal note or other small item of remembrance.
A visit to the Festival wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Festival's Artists' Village.
There will be whimsical calaveras (skulls) and calacas (skeletons of all shapes and sizes, handmade jewelry, clothing and other specialty items made by local artists. The Artists' Village will be the ideal stop if you want to get a jump start on your Holiday shopping. Or, treat yourself to something truly special. You will be impressed with the quality and variety of the treasures found here!
The deadline to submit your application to be a craft vendor is October 1st. Download the 2014 craft vendor application here.
La Muerte Vive! Children's Activity Center
Kids will have lots of fun making unique art projects to bring home with them. There will also be free face painting! Art activities begin at 5:00 PM in the Children's Arts and Crafts Area.