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Día de los Muertos

Traditional and Authentic Celebrations

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

This page is updated as soon as event details are available. Events are subject to change or cancellation, so please check with event organizers for the most up-to-date information.

Dia de los Muertos - Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Day of the Dead Celebrations

Sherman Heights Día de los Muertos

When: October 13 - November 2, 2022
Embrace Mexican culture during Sherman Heights' Dia de los Muertos with a traditional celebration, official altar blessing, live performances, food and more. 

Oceanside Día de los Muertos Festival

When: October 23, 2022
21st Annual Dia de los Muertos in Downtown Oceanside will have altars, arts & crafts, por siempre car show, a chalk cemetery and more!

Chula Vista Third Avenue Village's Día de los Muertos

When: October 29, 2022
Stroll along Third Avenue and take in the ofrendas (offerings), tastes and music as we celebrate our inaugural Día de los Muertos Celebration in the heart of Chula Vista. 

Old Town Día de los Muertos

When: October 29-30, 2022 & November 2, 2022
It's the time of the year where we reunite the living and the dead. The tradition of Día de los Muertos continues in Old Town this year, with a Mercado del arte and Procesión to the Cemetery.

City Heights Día de los Muertos

When: October 29, 2022
Celebrate the lives of friends and relatives who have passed away at the City Heights Dia de Los Muertos. People of all cultures will come together for community altars, face painting, mask making, and prizes for the best catrina and catrin contest, plus dancing, singing and music.

Encinitas Día de los Muertos

When: October 29, 2022
This annual family-friendly "Day of the Dead" festival will include continuous performances by some of the best Latin talent in San Diego, plus art-making workshops, artist demonstrations, student exhibitions, live Mariachi and other musical performances, as well as food trucks, opportunity drawings, vendors and giveaways.

“El último sueño de Frida y Diego (The Last Dream of Frida and Diego)”

When: October 29 - November 6, 2022
San Diego Opera opens its season with this world-premiere opera that revolves around the Day of the Dead. In the piece by Grammy Award-winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank, the great muralist Diego Rivera — surrounded by candles and the fragrance of marigolds on Dia de Los Muertos — longs to see his deceased wife, the beloved painter Frida Kahlo, once more. With help from Catrina, the keeper of the souls, Frida and Diego will spend 24 hours reliving their tumultuous love through their paintings and embracing the passion they shared. (San Diego Opera is also hosting numerous community events in conjunction with "The Last Dream" through the run of the production.)

A Día de los Muertos Celebration

When: October 30, 2022
For our second Día de los Muertos Celebration at The Rady Shell, the San Diego Symphony will present an evening honoring Latinx music and culture, and memorializing those who have passed on.

Día de los Muertos Festival

When: November 1, 2022
The California Center for the arts will stay true to tradition and have altars, dance performances by the Aztec dance group Xinachtli and Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts, craft tables, an outdoor DJ and an artisan craft market.

*Please note, events are subject to change and cancellation. Please confirm the event information by visiting the event website.

Fall Fun and Excitement in San Diego

When autumn arrives, a crisp soothing breeze sweeps over San Diego complementing the region's warm temperatures and welcoming vibe.

Make San Diego your awesome autumn escape and activate smile mode with a variety of festivals, haunting Halloween celebrations, plenty of outdoor activities, and diverse cultural entertainment.

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2023 San Diego County Fair

Jun 7 - Jul 4, 2023

Adventure awaits at the 2023 San Diego County Fair – "Get Out There!" to explore the great outdoors and get s'more of what life has to offer Wednesday, June 7 through Tuesday, July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Scout out Best-of-Show winners in the Fair's competitive exhibitions. Reach new heights as you spin upside-down in the FunZone. Hike around San Diego Grown to learn all about local agriculture from food to fiber to flowers. Be prepared for an unsurpassed line-up of entertainment on the fair's featured stages. Summer camp has never been so much fun!

All Fair Admission & Parking tickets must be purchased online in advance.

To better serve Fair guests, the San Diego County Fair is moving to a cashless payment experience. Cashless payments are safer and faster, too–avoid wait times at the gate and spend more time enjoying the Fair!


Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra La Jolla Week

Jun 20, 2023

The country’s largest gathering of concertmasters and principal players from the nation’s top orchestras will once again come together in San Diego June 15-24 as the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra Festival celebrates its 35th season. Under the baton of Maestro Michael Francis the festival will return to the open-air Del Mar Surf Sports Park and will expand to two new festival venues: the Conrad in La Jolla and UC San Diego’s Epstein Family Amphitheater. Featuring musicians from more than a dozen top U.S. orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. 



Jun 15, 2022 - ongoing

This private tour showcases some of the outstanding yet hidden scenery of the La Jolla area, plus funky, quirky and mind-boggling art. You’ll also experience “San Diego’s newest tourist attraction” – a remarkable treasure that even locals don’t know about!

On this private tour, you’ll stroll through a vast outdoor public art collection specifically designed for the landscape and surroundings. Learn about the origin of the collection, how the artists are chosen, and the meanings of the selected pieces.

The La Jolla area is home to some of the most unique structures in the country, including a Brutalism-style gem with a tie-in to Dr. Suess and an architectural wonder which is one of the American Institute of Architecture’s “31 Buildings That Changed Modern Life.” 

But Shhhhh…. don’t tell anyone about these places….they’re secret!


San Diego Pride Parade

Jul 15, 2023

The annual San Diego Pride Parade is the largest single-day civic event in the region and is among the largest Prides in the United States, attracting over 300,000 people.

Cheer on colorful floats & parade participants as we celebrate and honor the LGBTQ community at the San Diego Pride Parade in Hillcrest.


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