Old pasadena

October 25 - October 26, 2019

Old Pasadena Day of the Dead

Old Pasadena celebrates the reverent yet vibrant Day of the Dead Mexican holiday with two days of special programming on Big Bang Theory Way at Union Street.

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in central and southern Mexico. This coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day. These were combined along with the ancient beliefs of the indigenous people honoring their deceased loved ones.

Dia de Los Muertos

Colorful parties take place in cemeteries and elaborate ofrenda altars are created in homes to honor specific family members who have passed on. Beautiful altars are decorated with candles, flowers (marigolds), fruit, peanuts, plates of mole, stacks of tortillas and Day of the Dead bread called pan de muerto. The altars typically have lots of food, bottles of soda, water, and hot cocoa for the spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos (little angels). Folk art skeletons and sugar skulls are also placed on altars. This is a playful and festive event where death is treated with humor, and the circle of life is celebrated.


Friday evening, October 25, brings another rousing Salsa on the Alley dance party, featuring Afro-Latin fusion and salsa music performed live with La Junta and Son Mayor. The evening also includes free calavera/sugar-skull face painting for guests. Saturday, October 26 is the Day of the Dead Community Celebration, which showcases live music performances with Marimba Tropical and Mariachi Tesoro, free calavera/sugar-skull face painting, hands-on crafting with the Armory Center for the Arts, and the Community Altar, at which the public can create and leave creative remembrances of their deceased loved ones.

All activities are free and open to the public.

Friday, October 25, 2019

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Salsa on the Alley*
*Note: While Salsa on the Alley is free, all attendees must register through Eventbrite to receive an entrance wristband.

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Calavera Face Painting

Saturday, October 26, 2019

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Day of the Dead Community Celebration
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Community Altar
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Craftmaking
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Calvera Face Painting
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Marimba Tropical
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Mariachi Tesoro
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm | In-store Altars & Activities

Self Guided Tour

Take a self guided tour of altars throughout Old Pasadena. The altars range from traditional to contemporary as they commemorate and honor the spirits of loved ones and the dearly departed. A panel of judges will award prizes to various altars. Three community alters include Big Bang Theory Way, Indiana Colony, and CTRL Collective.

Metro Gold Line

There are two Metro Gold Line stations near Old Pasadena, Memorial Park Station and Del Mar Station.

Memorial Park Station

125 E. Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
This station has 8 bike rack spaces and 16 bike lockers.

Del Mar Station

230 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
Parking is $2 for Metro riders at this station, and there are 26 bike rack spaces.

Parking in Old Pasadena

There are more than 7,500 parking spaces throughout Old Pasadena, including public and private garages, and street parking. Generally, you’ll find free parking with validation for 90 minutes, and paid parking is most often $6 for the day.

One Colorado Parking Structure

One Colorado’s Parking structure is located on the southeast corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Union Street. Some businesses validate up to three hours of free parking at this location, or the flat rate to park here is approximately $8. More info….

Park & Walk – De Lacey Garage

45 S. De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 – Park & Walk garages are open 24/7, from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm the first 90 minutes are free, $2 thereafter; daily maximum of $8. Nightly from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am a flat rate of $5 applies.

Park & Walk – Courtyard by Marriott

171 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103 – Park & Walk garages are open 24/7, from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM the first 90 minutes are free, $2 thereafter; daily maximum of $8. Nightly from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM a flat rate of $5 applies.

Park & Walk – Schoolhouse Parking Garage

33 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91105 – Park & Walk garages are open 24/7, from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm the first 90 minutes are free, $2 thereafter; daily maximum of $8. Nightly from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am a flat rate of $5 applies.

Parking Meters

Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday through Saturday from 11:00 am to Midnight
No overnight parking from 2:00 am to 6:00 am

Rates: $1.25 per hour in the heart of Old Pasadena; $0.75 cents per hour in the area South of Dayton Street between Pasadena and Raymond Avenues.

Full list of parking facilities in Old Pasadena

Event Organizer

Old Pasadena Management District
T: (626) 356-9725

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