Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever
The annual Día de Los Muertos event at Los Angeles’s oldest memorial park celebrates the memories of the departed among some of the city's most famous departed. Nearly 40,000 costumed revelers are expected to enjoy the ceremonial tributes and memorable altar creations.
We think the Hollywood Forever event is among the best out there, which is why we are proud to be a media partner.
This year the guiding theme is the Monarch Butterfly and its winter home the Mexican state of Michoacán. Michoacán is also one of the two cultural heartlands in Mexico where the ancient traditions of Dia de los Muertos have been celebrated the longest and most vibrantly. The Monarch butterfly is also embraced as a symbol of Dreamers and Immigrants whose personal journeys echo the annual migrations the butterflies make between Mexico and the U.S.
Entertainment includes music, dance, a traditional procession of calacas (skeletons), Aztec ritual dancers in full costume, musical performances by Grammy Award winning recording artists, and a children's arts project area. (See website for activity times.) Families are encouraged to attend in Day of the Dead attire.
Kids under the age of 8 are admitted free until 4pm. No pets, food, or alcohol may be brought onto the grounds.
Tickets are on sale in advance online.
Event hours are 12 noon to 12 midnight—and it's definitely worth staying after dark!