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Dia de los Muertos

with Traditional and Authentic Celebrations

Photo By Valeria Almaraz
Dia de los Muertos - Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Day of the Dead Celebrations

Honor your lost loved ones and culturally immerse yourself in traditional and authentic Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations throughout San Diego.

Sherman Heights Dia de los Muertos

When: October 19-November 2, 2017
Embrace Mexican culture during Sherman Heights' Dia de los Muertos with a traditional celebration, official altar blessing, live performances, food and more.

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Dia de los Muertos

When: October 21, 2017
La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Dia de los Muertos will provide world renown programs of music, folk dancing, entertainment, food and hand crafted items.

Old Town San Diego's Day of the Dead

When: October 28-November 2, 2017
Old Town San Diego's Día de los Muertos is a celebration of the history, culture, and heritage of the region that honors one of its most important holidays.

Encinitas Dia de los Muertos Celebration

When: October 28, 2017
Celebrate life with live performances, art-making workshops, a student art exhibit, artist demos, food trucks and more at the Encinitas Dia de los Muertos.

Dia de los Muertos, Oceanside

When: October 29, 2017
Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead," is an all-day community event with diverse cultural traditions, remembering and honoring deceased loved ones.

Carrera de los Muertos San Diego

When: October 29, 2017
Enjoy a festive and scenic 5k run along downtown’s San Diego Bay and stay to celebrate in Embarcadero Park South with mariachi, dancers and comida deliciosa!

21st Annual Día de los Muertos Festival

When: November 1, 2017
Each year, guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside of the Center's museum; the event also features live music, traditional Mexican fare, sugar skull decorating, and more.

3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Guest Chef Dinner

When: November 1, 2017
Trey Foshee, of La Jolla's George's at the Cove and Galaxy Taco, will host a special dinner event in honor of Dia de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead") at Galaxy Taco, his modern Mexican eatery in La Jolla Shores. A celebrated local chef will prepare each of the six courses.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

When: November 2, 2017
Celebrate Día de los Muertos with three exciting Chicano and Mexican bands! Featuring La Santa Cecilia, Mexrrissey, and Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

Day of the Dead with Eugenia Leon

When: November 5, 2017
The Day of the Dead, an important touchstone of Mexican culture, is one of our most beloved regional celebrations. Mexican singing icon Eugenia León is our special guest for this day honoring family connection and remembrance.

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San Diego International Auto Show

Dec 28, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018

Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.


Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

Feb 10 - Feb 25, 2018

Come celebrate SeaWorld San Diego's family-friendly Lunar New Year event, where you'll enjoy riveting performances by the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei, be awed by lion dancers, and be enveloped in wonderful sights, sounds, tastes and aromas characteristic of Asia. As 2018 is the Year of the Dog, the park will also feature an adorable new Puppy Garden where you can cuddle and take photos with puppies while learning about adopting animals from local shelters.


German Lopez

Jan 19, 2018

Germán López is an esteemed timple player from Gran Canaria, an island making up an archipelago off the coast of Africa, pertaining to the nation of Spain. At the age of seven he entered the Conservatory of Music of Las Palmas, acquiring an eventual master’s degree in the latter in 2001. Since the age of ten, Germán has been performing publicly, which now includes collaborations with the symphony orchestra of Gran Canaria, festivals such as WOMAD, Circuits INJUVE, Expozaragoza, among others. As a conservatory-trained musicians, Germán López blend the the ancient traditions of the Canary Islands with musical virtuosity.

The timple (pronounced tim-play) is a diminutive 5-stringed instrument intrinsic to music of the Canary Islands. Unlike the ukulele that it resemb


The Roots of Rhythm

Jan 27, 2018

As part of the January “It’s About Time” festival, this concert will explore the origins and evolution of the various rhythmic styles that made their way from all over the world to America, becoming part of the modern jazz idiom. John Santos, one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today (as both musician and historian), will survey jazz’s “root system” by way of his remarkable personal collection of percussion instruments in performance with several special guests.

Special Guest: John Santos, percussion

Clayton Cameron, percussion
Taku Hirano, percussion
Monette Marino, percussion

*San Diego Symphony Orchestra does not appear as part of this concert.


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