Where To Live It Up On Day of The Dead in San Diego
See beautiful smiling calaveras, hit piñatas, watch traditional dancing, and even sample some mezcal—all for free
The spirits of dead loved ones are coming out to play. Join them at these free events.
Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos
Where: Old Town
When: November 1 to 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wander down to Old Town during the first few days of November for face painting, arts and crafts for kids, piñatas, and, on November 2, a candlelight procession from Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to El Campo Santo Cemetery.
Day of the Dead Festival North Park
Where: Ray Street between University Avenue and North Park Way
When: October 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last year’s inaugural festival will be followed up this year with a one-day bonanza of sugar skull decorating and face painting fueled by food trucks and tastings of mezcal and tequila in North Park’s official arts district.
23rd Annual Día De Los Muertos Festival
Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido
When: November 1, 5 p.m.
This long-running event returns with face painting, ballet folklórico from Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts, music, food trucks, and art. A parade commences at 5 p.m. at Grape Day Park and continues to a special ofrenda, or series of offerings on an altar, to a regional artist group. Attendees can assemble an altar to their deceased loved ones.