Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Honors Día de los Muertos With Community Celebration

La Catrina sculpture by artist Ricardo Soltero.
Photo provided courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) is proud to commemorate Día de los Muertos, a cherished Mexican tradition celebrating life and death, through an enriching  lineup of cultural events. The family-friendly celebration on Saturday, October 28 from 2 to 9 pm will feature festive live entertainment from local performance groups including Neiya Arts, Ballet Flor de Mayo, Grupo La Rosa,  Folklor América, Poco Pocho and local Latinx student groups, colorful community altars and a Latinx popup market offering a diverse selection of crafts, arts and treats curated by Molcajete Dominguero. Family and pet-friendly activities and arts & crafts will also be part of the celebration, including face-painting. 

The larger-than-life La Catrina public art sculptures, created by legendary Los Angeles-based artist Ricardo Soltero, will also be on view throughout the Third Street Promenade. Soltero’s iconic La Catrina sculptures range up to 14 feet in height and welcome guests to the Promenade in brightly colored traditional Mexican attire inspired by Day of the Dead traditions, Mexican icons and embroidery. This year, Soltero will also unveil an all new Alebrije (Mexican folk art) sculpture, in the shape of a Chihuahua dog, Pauli. The community altars and public art installations will be on display during the festival.


The community celebration on Saturday, October 28 is along the Third Street Promenade from 2 to 9 pm with performances on the Promenade mainstage in the 1300 Block and live music and DJs will be on all three blocks. 

La Catrina sculptures will be on display daily from 10 am to 9 pm from Thursday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28 and are viewable along all three blocks of the Third Street Promenade. 


For more information and a full event schedule, visit or follow @DTSantaMonica on InstagramTwitter and Facebook or DowntownSantaMonica on TikTok.

Credit: Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, Inc.)

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