Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Comes to Life at Día de Los Muertos

The heartwarming and visually stunning world of Disney Pixar’s “Coco” is set to enchant audiences under the stars during the Día de Los Muertos celebration in Old Town San Diego. As part of the festivities, the San Diego Public Library is delighted to present a free community showing of this beloved film in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park on Saturday, October 28, at 7pm. Gather with friends and family for a cinematic experience that celebrates the essence of Día de Los Muertos.

A Film That Honors Tradition

“Coco” is a cinematic masterpiece that beautifully weaves together themes of family, heritage, and the importance of remembering loved ones who have passed away. The story follows Miguel, a young aspiring musician, as he embarks on a journey to the colorful Land of the Dead to uncover his family’s history and unlock the secrets of his great-great-grandfather, a legendary musician. Through vibrant animation, catchy music, and a heartwarming narrative, “Coco” pays tribute to Mexican culture and traditions, making it a perfect fit for Día de Los Muertos celebrations.

A Community Gathering

The screening of “Coco” in the plaza is more than just a movie night; it’s an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the values at the core of Día de Los Muertos. Families can bring blankets and chairs, creating a cozy and communal atmosphere as they enjoy the film surrounded by the rich history of Old Town San Diego.

Honoring Loved Ones

One of the central themes of “Coco” is the tradition of creating ofrendas, or altars, to honor loved ones who have passed on. In the spirit of the film and Día de Los Muertos, attendees are encouraged to contribute to the Park’s community altar. This collective tribute allows everyone to participate in the tradition of remembering and celebrating the lives of those who have passed away.

A Magical Evening

As the sun sets over Old Town San Diego and the stars begin to twinkle, the Park’s Plaza de Las Armas will transform into a magical setting. Families will gather, candles will flicker, and the heartwarming story of “Coco” will unfold on the big screen. It’s a cinematic experience that captures the essence of Día de Los Muertos, reminding us all of the importance of family, remembrance, and celebrating life.

The free showing of Disney Pixar’s “Coco” during the Día de Los Muertos celebration in Old Town San Diego is a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring significance of this cherished Mexican tradition. It’s an invitation to come together, create new memories, and pay homage to the loved ones who live on in our hearts. So, mark your calendars and join us for this enchanting evening under the stars as we celebrate family, tradition, and the magic of Día de Los Muertos.

This free community event is proudly brought to you by:

San Diego Public Library

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park


Hours – Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 7pm-9pm

Address – Old Town San Diego State Historic Park: 2799 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110

Website www.oldtownsandiego.org/event/coco-special-screening-in-the-park