Old Town, San Diego —The annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) will be celebrated in Old Town on November 1-3, 2019. This free event will include the traditional candlelight procession on November 2nd starting at 6PM, beginning at the entrance of the Old Town State Historic Park, located at San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street. The procession will travel down San Diego Avenue to El Campo Santo Cemetery led by Aztec Dancers and concluding with mariachis.
Many restaurants, businesses, museums and shops will be creating over 50 traditional and contemporary Dia de los Muertos altars. Unique altars will honor historic Old Town figures, as well as more current stories. A public altar will be located in El Campo cemetery where visitors are encouraged to add their own mementos, photos and written tributes to loved ones.
Originating in Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is a celebration to remember and honor those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near cemeteries are filled with decorations, flowers, candy calaveras and parades. Mexican families create special altars displaying offerings of food, candles, incense, ocre yellow marigolds and photos of departed loved ones.
The celebration will continue throughout the weekend with a spirits garden, entertainment, street food, vendors and activities on San Diego Avenue. Many Old Town restaurants will be providing special Dia de los Muertos menus and live music, along with activities for the entire family, including traditional face painting, mask making and many more. For more information about Dia de los Muertos in Old Town, contact the Old Town Chamber of Commerce at 619-291-4903 or visit OldTownSanDiego.org
Free parking is available throughout Old Town. The best Place to park is at the Cal Trans parking lot on Taylor . The lot is open to the public all day on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.
See the 2019 altar map below: