Published : Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 11:34 AM
Now in its fourth year, the Old Pasadena Day of the Dead Weekend celebrates the reverent yet vibrant Mexican holiday that honors loved ones who have passed before us. During the three-day event, 20 Old Pasadena businesses will create beautiful altars in their spaces for the self-guided Tour of Altars, while three Community Altars will allow the public to leave remembrances of their own. The weekend also includes an evening salsa dance party and instruction, calavera face painting, and live music performed by Marimba Tropical. All events are free and open to the public.
Tour of Altars: Friday-Sunday, November 2-4
Participating businesses throughout Old Pasadena during business hours
Visitors are invited to take a free self-guided tour of both traditional and contemporary interpretations of altars lovingly created inside local businesses that honor and celebrate the spirits of the dearly departed. A panel of judges will visit each altar and award monetary prizes in six categories.
The Tour of Altars includes three Community Altars at three locations:
• Big Bang Theory Way – 109 E. Union Street
Staged during the Salsa on the Alley event on Friday, November 2, from 6:00-8:30pm only
• Indiana Colony – 59 E. Colorado Blvd.
• CTRL Collective – 45 S. Arroyo Parkway
Visitors will find the Tour of Altar maps on the website www.oldpasadena.org/dayofthedead. Printed maps will be available at each merchant altar location and at special activity sites during the event weekend.
Friday, November 2
• Salsa on the Alley
6:00-8:30pm – Big Bang Theory Way – 109 E. Union Street
Curated by La Junta and featuring live music by Cuba Rumba. La Junta presents a salsa dance demonstration and instruction to get everyone warmed up for open dancing with Cuba Rumba, which performs salsa and a variety of other Latin rhythms.
• Free Calavera Face Painting
6:00-8:00pm, Big Bang Theory Way, 109 E. Union Street
• Weekend Fun
1:00-4:00pm – Mercantile Place between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues
Live Music with Marimba Tropical and free Calavera Face Painting
All events are free and open to the public.
Old Pasadena Day of the Dead is presented by Old Pasadena Management. For more information, please visit www.oldpasadena.org or call (626) 356-9725.
About Old Pasadena Management
Old Pasadena is the original downtown of Pasadena, home to the Tournament of Roses and located just ten miles from downtown Los Angeles. This 22-block National Register Historic District is internationally recognized as a shining example of urban renewal. Old Pasadena is one of the premiere shopping and dining destinations in the country, featuring a cosmopolitan mix of 200 retail shops and specialty boutiques, as well as 100 restaurants, cafés, and entertainment venues. This architectural gem is pedestrian friendly and provides convenient parking and easy access to public transportation, served by two Metro Gold Line stops.