24th Annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration

Event has passed (Sun Oct 21, 2018 - Sun Oct 21, 2018)
Oakland Museum of California
12noon - 4:30pm
Community, Family & Children
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Join us as OMCA comes alive for the 24th annual community celebration honoring Days of the Dead traditions.

Craft activities, tasty food, dance and music groups, colorful ofrendas, and ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition. Watch demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking, and browse Days of the Dead merchandise by local artisans for your home altar at our garden mercado. Enjoy performances ranging from contemporary popular music to folkloric dance to mariachi. Join in the opening procession led by Aztec dancers and Days of the Dead committee members. View community-created altars throughout the OMCA Gardens paying homage to loved ones lost.

The Days of the Dead Community Celebration tickets include Museum admission. Advance ticket sales begin on Tuesday, October 2. Additional ticketing fees apply. There is an additional $4 charge for OMCA special exhibition The World of Charles and Ray Eames.


12–12:30 pm: Opening ceremony starts with a procession to the garden for the dedication of the Central Ofrenda, led by the Día de los Muertos Committee and Fuego Nuevo Ballet Folklorico de San Jose.

GARDEN STAGE Mistress of Ceremony, Maricela Gutierrez and Naty Rodriguez
1–1:30 pm: Fuego Nuevo Ballet Folklorico de San Jose.
1:45–2:15 pm: Mariachi Los Cachorros de San Pablo
2:30–3:00 pm: Marimba Band Ana Nitmar
3:15–4:00 pm: Angeles de la Banda
4:00-4:30 pm: Closing ceremony with Día de los Muertos Ritualist Committee Members

12:30–12:55 pm: Concord Panquetzaliztli
1–1:30 pm: Mariachi Los Cachorros de San Pablo
1:40–2:10 pm: Marimba Band Ana Nitmar

Face painting, Hands-on Activities, Beverages — Garden
Mercado: local vendors selling handmade arts and crafts — Garden
Altars — All Levels
Demonstrations: Tortilla making and crafting nichos — Garden

Food Vendors: Off the Grid (10th Street) and special menu at Blue Oak café (Level 2)


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