In Old Town San Diego, Día de Los Muertos comes to life with two distinct types of ofrenda (altar) tours each honoring loved ones and important members of our community.
Whether you prefer to stroll at your own pace or to join a guided tour, Old Town offers unique and immersive experiences to commemorate this special occasion.
Community-Wide Self-Guided Tours
One of the most charming aspects of Día de Los Muertos in Old Town San Diego is the community-wide self-guided tours. As you meander through the historic streets of this picturesque neighborhood, you’ll have the opportunity to discover beautifully crafted altars created by local businesses and museums. These altars are unique, reflecting the creativity and dedication of the community members who put them together.
More Old Town altars will be published over the next few weeks as they are set-up.
State Historic Park Guided Tours
For those who prefer a more structured and informative experience, the State Historic Park guided tours are the perfect choice. These 45-minute guided tours take you through the multiple altars set up in the State Park and provide valuable insights into the lives and legacies of Old Town San Diego’s historic families.
These tours are offered free of charge by California State Parks. To participate, you’ll need to register in advance, which you can easily do by visiting their website for details (link below). The tours start at the Robinson Rose Visitor Center.
Self-Guided Tours – www.oldtownsandiego.org/ddlm/altar-tours
State Park Guided Tours – www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=31341