Dia de los Muertos in Oakland

Photo of sugar skull and marigolds for Dia de los Muertos in Oakland

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Oakland
For 28 years, the annual Oakland Día de los Muertos Festival has welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to the vibrant, culturally rich Fruitvale neighborhood for a free, outdoor, family-friendly event taking place to commemorate the Mexican traditions around the Día de los Muertos.

Festival attendees enjoy world-class live music, family-friendly games, rides and activities, traditional Latin American artisans, and the stunning altares (altars) created by community members paying homage to los Muertos.

Each year The Unity Council partners with local artists, traditional danzantes, and community members to bring the arts and culture of the Dia de los Muertos tradition to the Fruitvale. The four main elements of art and culture include the poster competition, Danza Azteca, Traditional Arts Workshops, and the altars.

One of the main attractions and the most important element of the Día de los Muertos Festival in Fruitvale is the creation of more than 30 ornately decorated altars at the center of the Festival map. The altars are set up by local artists and community members and commemorate loved ones, community leaders, or to raise awareness of unjust deaths, such as from immigration detention centers, gun violence, or hate crimes.

Sunday, October 29th from 10 AM to 5 PM
International Blvd between Fruitvale Avenue and 42nd Avenue

Visit the Oakland Dia de Los Muertos website for more information.

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