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Día de los Muertos Community Festival // Santa Cruz

We remember our dead loved ones as larger than life.

Let’s celebrate that with a Día de los Muertos festival bigger than anything the MAH has done in the past. That means the festival is so big we split it into two halves AND have teamed up with Vive Oaxaca to make this happen: we’ll start at the museum with facepainting and dance, and move on to Evergreen Cemetery for music, delicious food, and an outdoor altar exhibition created by local community members.


705 Front Street
Downtown Santa Cruz
(831) 429-1964

2:00-3:30: Facepainting by Mariposa’s Art,  food provided by Vive Oaxaca including tamales, pan dulce, & champorado + ongoing art activities including: tissue paper flower crafting, lantern making and banderitas
2:30-3:15: Dance performances by Vive Oaxaca and Sabrosura 
3:30: Gather in Abbott Square to proceed to Evergreen Cemetery                                                                 3:45: Procession Departs


  • Assembly Point: Abbott Square
  • Through Cooper Street to Pacific Avenue
  • Pacific Avenue to Mission Street
  • Left on Mission Street up hill to enter Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park via gate/staircase (a 5 minutes dance performance by Vive Oaxaca will take place here)
  • Through Mission Plaza to Highway 1 Pedestrian Overpass to Bike Path
  • Bike Path to Evergreen and Coral Street
  • Ending location: Evergreen Cemetery 


When procession arrives, Vive Oaxaca will electrify the Cemetery with a final dance.

4:30-6:00: Explore an outdoor altar installation connecting those buried in Evergreen with current active community members, groups and local social issues including: the Santa Cruz Art League, Louden Nelson Community Center, Volunteer Veteran’s of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, Positive Discipline Community Resources, Noelle & Shadja Correia, Geoffrey Dunn, Sangye Hawke, Mary Jo May, and the Yarema family.

6:00pm: Movie Screening of The Book of Life. We invite visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy this family friendly film in Evergreen Cemetery. Popcorn will be provided. Bringing your own blanket or lawn chairs is recommended.


Directions from Watsonville:

Take Highway 1 North towards Santa Cruz/Half Moon Bay. Exit Ocean Street/Beaches. Turn right onto Soquel Drive. Turn right onto Front Street. Parking is available in the surrounding parking garages. Museum entrance is directly across from Woodstock’s Pizza/Trader Joe’s in downtown Santa Cruz.

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Domingo, 1er de Noviembre  2-6pm | GRATIS

Festival Gratis

Día de los Muertos

Disfrute pinturas de cara, artesanías y baile en el MAH, seguido por un procesión al Cementerio Evergreen a las 3:30pm para música, comida, y un exhibición afuera de altares de la comunidad.

Sabado, 10 de Octubre

– durante–

Domingo, 29 de Noviembre

Día de los Muertos Ofrenda de la comunidad

Comparte recuerdos de seres queridos trae una foto, recuerdo, o objecto personal al altar para el Día de los Muertos localizada en la galería Lezin en nuestro primer piso

November 01 2015


Date: 11/01/2015
Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Santa Cruz Museum of Art

705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA United States

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