Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be the scene for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, traditionally celebrated throughout Mexico and San Diego November 1 and 2 each year. This year the festivities will begin Nov.1 in the Fiesta de Reyes plaza and then explode into the state park on Nov. 2 through Nov. 3.
The Fiesta de Reyes courtyard at the north end of the state park will be full of fanciful, humorous, and visually stimulating décor, offered as tributes to many of San Diego’s early citizens. Many life-sized Catrina skeleton dolls in fancy dress, and many larger-than-life size, hold court at Fiesta de Reyes throughout the fall season. New displays are added every year, each one trying to outdo the last, so this is not to be missed. This year, there will be more than 50 unique displays in Fiesta de Reyes.
The state park will play host to a lively celebration full of activities and attractions for the whole family that will be a fitting tribute to those who have gone before us. A professional artist will be painting a gigantic Day of the Dead skull in the middle of the park. There will also be a public altar on which visitors can place remembrances, many craft stations, a prize wheel, live entertainment, two Saturday performances of a specially written Dia de los Muertos play with professional actors, and booths featuring artists, Day of the Dead merchandise, food and drink samples, tamales, face painters and more.
A vibrant Dia de los Muertos parade will proceed around the state park plaza on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. featuring many local groups.
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