Harvest is in full bloom. For many, Halloween is not the only festivity taking place. Among the many celebrations, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) takes center stage in countless households. Although firmly rooted in Mexican tradition, Día de los Muertos is the special time of year where families and friends gather to honor the dearly departed. This joyous, multi-day celebration has expanded internationally. Here in SoCal, Día de los Muertos festivities at Grand Park is free and offers a boatload of entertaining ways to learn and participate in this unique holiday. Grand Park is partnering with Self-Help Graphics & Art and LORE Productions, to present 50 altars and art installations created by local artists and community groups to honor Día de los Muertos.
From Saturday, October 28, 2017— Sunday, November 5, 2017, extravagant altars will feature themes from the four elements (earth, water, air and fire) and how we’re connected to nature. As a way of honoring the origin and progression of Día de los Muertos’, you’ll find an array of installations including, environmental justice, urban farming, as well as tributes to environmental leaders.
Pack up the family and make a dash to this free, all ages event! BONUS: Grand Park will also provide free lunchtime tours to showcase artwork and discuss holiday traditions. As part of the Grand Avenue Arts: All Access event, tours will also be offered on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Among the numerous parks in Los Angeles, Grand Park offers mesmerizing views from City Hall to the Music Center. You’ll find prime spots for impromptu picnics and leisurely strolls from lush, green open spaces to an intimate performance lawn to the restored Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain and adjacent wade-able membrane pool. Grand Park is one of LA’s naturescapes.
Día de los Muertos at Grand Park runs Saturday, October 28,2017 through Sunday, November 5, 2017. Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles, 200 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Photos courtesy of Javier Guillen for Grand Park/The Music Center