San Diego Family October Fall Issue

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Dia de los Muertos: Experience Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday that honors loved ones who have passed away, with decorated altars, sugar skulls, face painting, processions, music and dancing. Check out these local events that offer fun ways to celebrate!

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Note: Though the official holiday begins on Oct. 31 and ends on Nov. 2, most of these San Diego celebrations begin earlier.

Día de los Muertos Fun at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. Guests can enjoy a themed area that will include colorful papel picado flags, vibrant ofrendas and large catrinas. Weekends through Oct. 28; visit website for park hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. www.seaworld

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FREE Día de los Muertos Celebration in City Heights. Community altars, mask-making, face painting, music and dancing, and prizes for the Best Catrin and Catrina Contest. Oct. 27, 11 am-5 pm. Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park, 3795 Fairmount Ave. www.facebook .com/cityheightsdiadelosmuertos.

FREE AXIS Day of the Dead Celebration. This family event will touch upon some of the traditions that encompass this celebration of deceased loved ones. Oct. 28, 11 am-2 pm. The Día de los Muertos in Old Town San Diego Old Globe’s Copley Plaza, Balboa FREE “Coco” Outdoor Park. Screenings. Catch this FREE Día de los Muertos at Old Mission San Luis Rey. heartwarming, animated film that celebrates the beloved Mexican Featuring altars, a chalk cemetery, a car show, arts and crafts, food tradition. Oct. 12 at Allied Gardens Community Park; Oct. 19 at and entertainment. Oct. 28, 10 am-4 pm. 4050 Mission Ave., Tierrasanta Community Park; Oct. 26 at Doyle Community Park, Oceanside. University City & Flinn Springs County Park, El Cajon. Screenings start at dusk. More screening dates at FREE Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos Celebration. See more than 50 traditional and contemporary altars created by restaurants, businesses, museums and shops. A public altar will be FREE Day of the Dead Festival North Park. Craft workshops, located in El Campo Santo Cemetery where visitors are encouraged to face painting, music, food trucks and artisan vendors at this event add their own mementos, photos and written tributes to loved ones. hosted by Artelexia. Oct. 27, 11 am-5 pm. Along Ray St. Also, street food, vendors and family activities. Don’t miss the traditional candlelight procession (Nov. 2, 6 pm) that starts at the entrance of Old Town San Diego Looking for FREE Encinitas Celebrates Día de los Muertos. Art-making workshops, live decorations for your own Día State Historic Park and ends at El Campo Santo Cemetery. Nov. 1-4. mariachi, a community ofrenda, artist demos de los Muertos celebration? and student exhibitions. Oct. 27, Noon-4 FREE Día de los Muertos Festival in Check out Coast Highway pm. Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Escondido. Create altars to remember lost Traders in Encinitas Oakcrest Park Dr. loved ones, join a parade, watch a ballet FREE Sherman Heights Día de los Muertos Festival. Includes an official blessing of the community altars, live performances, altar tours, Day of the Deadthemed workshops, food and shopping. Oct. 27, 10 am-6 pm. Sherman Heights Community Center, 2258 Island Ave. events/349491185577940.

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folklorico performance and let the kids have fun with arts and crafts, and face painting. Nov. 1, 5 pm. On Nov. 2, come to the Cultura Fest SD Noche de Muertos where you can see the movie, Coco, and enjoy live music and vendors. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.