Dia De Los Muertos

About the Celebration

In 1994 a group of Sherman Heights residents, a predominantly Mexican American community and one of San Diego’s most historic neighborhoods, requested space to create altars for Día de los Muertos. Many residents were recent immigrants who were raised in the tradition of visiting cemeteries to decorate the graves of their loved ones. For 25 years the Sherman Heights Community Center has celebrated this tradition to embrace, honor, and respect the culture and traditions of residents as well as cultivating appreciation for Latino culture. The authentic programming is the hub of arts and culture in the San Diego community attracting more than 15,000 visitors from

Muertos Festival

October 26, 2019 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
One day event attended by 1,000 people includes ceremonies like blessing of altars, traditional Aztec offerings and dancing, live music, cultural dances, food, shopping, tours and workshops. Entrance to the festival is free to the public to people of all ages.

Muertos Procession

November 2, 2019 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Last years total altars built at the community center was 28 and 30 altars throughout the community including altars built by local businesses in Barrio Logan to participate in the “Muertos Procession” led by Sherman Heights Community Center. The altars are built by local families and stay up for three weeks, during this time we schedule volunteers to give tours and educate both students and visitors on Dia De Los Muertos altars and traditions. This...

Desayuno con los Muertos

November 2, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
We invite you to our community breakfast that will kick off our Muertos Procession. This event recognizes the work of the volunteers, families and artist that participate in the month's activates leading up till this beautiful celebration. This event is open to our community. Hope you enjoy! Live performance from Ms. Yaya.

Altars, Exhibition and Tours

October 21, 2019 10:00 am - November 1, 2019 7:00 pm
More than 25 altars from families and individuals, one community altar and dozens of altars in the neighborhood are exhibited during the month-long celebration. Tours are given to families, schools, businesses and other groups. Annually, more than 8,000 visit the exhibition. Private tours are available.

Flower Crown Workshop

October 3, 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Beginners Face-painting class No.1

October 8, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Makeup for beginners workshop is coming on Oct. 8, 2019, 6pm-8pm. Get your tickets for $15 at the Sherman Heights Community Center. Space is limited so make sure to reserve your spot! For more information please call (619) 232-5181 Returning artist Elizabeth Pena will be instructing all 3 workshop's.

Beginners Face-Painting Workshop No.2

October 9, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for an evening of face painting with local artist Elizabeth Piña. Located at the Sherman Heights Community Center on October 9, 2019 6pm-8pm.

Advance Face-Painting Workshop

October 10, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Excited to present an advance face painting workshop instructed by Elizabeth Piña.

Art Workshops – Nicho

October 1, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Participants will create their own Dia de los Muertos Nicho, or Day of the Dead Box. Nichos are an object of Latino Folk Art. These are decorative boxes dedicated to a deceased loved one. They are made of up of mixed media items and often include spiritual, cultural and religious imagery.
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