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.
Come and celebrate el Día de los Muertos with altars, music, art, teatro and more! This year we celebrate our 24th annual Festival, and it is going to be better than ever with 4 full days of activities.
As always, on November 1 attendees will be able to create altars to remember lost loved ones in a special area outside the Center’s Museum created by artist Eloy Tarcisio. We will also have face painting, sugar skull making, arts & crafts, and more. The event will also include a traditional blessing by Calpulli Omeyocan, ballet folklórico by Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts, music by Mariachi Divinas, handmade vendors, and a variety of food trucks to enjoy.
On November 2, The Center is teaming up with local brand The Movement to bring over 30 handmade cultural vendors to our campus and Grape Day Park. In addition to vendors, the event will include a beer garden and performances by Calpulli Omeyocan, DJ Mixter Maize, and more. The altars created by community members on November 1 will be on display throughout the event. The night will conclude with a special performance in the Center’s Concert Hall with Tributo a la Reina, un Homenaje a Celia Cruz.
On November 3, we will present AHNELHUAYOXOCHITL (Flor sin Raíz), in partnership with Teatro Tierra Caliente. The play, written by Patrick Johansson K. and directed by Soledad Escobedo, tells the story of Xochitl, a marigold flower who longs to be free to travel the world. Her dream becomes reality, and she embarks on a magical, mysterious journey. A pre-Hispanic folk tale originally written in Nahuatl, our version will be performed completely in Spanish.
Finally, on November 4, Join us while you sit onstage in our Center Theater for an evening as Bill Toone, Executive Director and Founder of EcoLife Conservation, leads us through one of the world's most spectacular migrations. The monarch butterfly migration was featured years ago in National Geographic and remains one of nature's most compelling stories. Learn about the life-cycle, journey, habitat and threats to the monarch butterfly, and why they are such an important cultural symbol in the U.S. and Mexico alike.
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N Escondido Blvd
Escondido, CA 92025
Nov 1 - Nov 4, 2019
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The festival begins at 5:00 PM. Altar space is available at 6:00 pm, but early arrival recommended.
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