Old Town’s Casa Guadalajara and Bazaar del Mundo Shops are celebrating loved ones, Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29 for Día de los Muertos – or “Day of the Dead” – the traditional Mexican holiday that honors friends and family members who have passed on.
Día de los Muertos pays tribute to loved ones through elaborately decorated altars, called “ofrendas,” with treasured items from their lives and traditional elements, such as marigold flowers, candles, water, bread and salt, and their favorite foods and spirits.
Throughout the weekend, Casa Guadalajara’s iconic fountain will be turned into altars for guests to enjoy and there will be free Día de los Muertos face painting on Oct. 28 and 29 from 1-7 p.m. in the restaurant. Guests will delight in performances from Casa Guadalajara’s world-class mariachi band – all in painted skeleton faces on Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 4 – 8 p.m. In the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, at 4133 Taylor Street, guests can peruse Día de los Muertos-themed art, décor and collectibles and view elaborate altar in the courtyard.
The festivities begin on Saturday with the Old Town Self-Guided Altar Tour. Begin at Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara, then take a walking tour throughout Old Town to view more than 40 beautifully decorated altars. Guests may park for free across the street at Caltrans (all-day weekends) or take the trolley.
About Bazaar del Mundo
Opened in 1971, Bazaar del Mundo has long been hailed as one of the best shopping environments in San Diego, overflowing with hand-selected and handcrafted gifts and treasures that are unique in all the world. Carefully curated by owner-operator Diane Powers and her long-time staff, the Bazaar del Mundo Shops pay homage to the globe’s most distinctive cultures with bold and ever-colorful merchandise. For more information, visit www.bazaardelmundo.com.