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Santa Monica Pier is thrilled to commemorate the cultural tradition of Dia de los Muertos with the – Return of the Monarch – a vibrant and engaging celebration happening on October 28, 2023, from 12 PM to 9 PM. We invite all ages to join in the festivities that include face painting, live music, delectable food, spirited dancing, and much more. This special celebration will kick off with a heartfelt blessing at the west end of the Pier, setting the tone for a day filled with cultural richness and togetherness. As part of the event, guests will have the opportunity to explore the intricately designed altars created by Sylvia Sanchez, Yolanda Medina and their family, Felipe Sanchez, Leticia Vickers. Sergio Sanchez, Luis Romo, Lisa Montoya, Carmen Q. Rosa, Frank Medina, Dominique Medina, Mateo Rodriquez, Jose Soto, Mia Vickers, Mya Vickers, Josie Avila, Linda Valdez, Olivia Valdez, Alina Servin-Valdez, Natalie Montano, and Antonio Medina. Their incredible altars will remain open for viewing until November 4th. Santa Monica Pier’s Dia de los Muertos: Return of the Monarch promises a wonderful blend of art, tradition, and community spirit that pays homage to the cherished memories of our loved ones. Honor a loved one who has passed and participate in this year’s communal altar by contributing your own personal photograph.*
*We encourage participants to use copies of photographs rather than originals, frames will not be provided. Individuals are responsible for removing their frame(s) at the end of the celebration. SMPC is not liable for any damages that may occur.