• Old Pasadena
  • 100 E. Union Street
  • Pasadena, CA 91105
  • United States
  • Friday, November 01, 2019 - Sunday, November 03, 2019
  • Old Pasadena Celebrates Day of the Dead

    Celebrate Old Pasadena Day of the Dead with three days of family events. The celebrations include a tour of beautiful altars created by dozens of Old Pasadena businesses.  These altars will be showcased for guests to admire during the self-guided Tour of Altars. The Day of the Dead Weekend will be filled with a salsa dance party, calavera face painting, and more.  This will be Old Pasadena’s fourth year observing the colorful Mexican holiday.

    Dia de Los Muertos

    Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in central and southern Mexico on November 1st and 2nd. 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.  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.

    Self Guided Tour

    Beginning Friday, November 1, through Sunday, November 3, 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.

    Salsa on the Alley

    Taking place on Big Bang Theory Way, is a salsa dancing demonstration. Live music will be performed and free Calavera face painting is also available. Festivities will take place Friday November 1st.

    Salsa on the Alley Schedule:

    6:00 – 6:45  La Junta DJ Set
    6:45 – 7:15 Salsa dance exhibition/lesson
    7:15 – 8:00 Live music with Cuba Rumba
    8:00 – 8:30 La Junta DJ set

    Weekend Fun

    Bring your friends and family to enjoy live music by Marimba Tropical. Free Calavera face painting will also be available. Festivities are to take place Saturday November 3rd to Sunday November 4th. Weekend fun will take place from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.


    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

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