Autry Museum of the American West

¡Vivan los Muertos!

Day of the Dead Festival


Date / Time:

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Autry in Griffith Park

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Included with Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members


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Please note: The Los Angeles Zoo's popular Boo at the Zoo event also takes place Saturday until 4:00 p.m. The Autry offers free parking, but space is limited, so please plan accordingly.

The Autry’s annual celebration of the Mexican tradition of El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is a daylong festival of discovery for the entire family! Explore ancient Aztec and modern Mexican traditions of honoring the dead and celebrating life in a whimsical way.

Stroll along displays of family altars, watch performances by Aztec and folkloric dance groups, and shop for Day of the Dead trinkets and treats at a traditional Mexican mercado (street market) as you learn more about this extraordinary observance.

 Traditional face painting will be available for children and their families.


Performance Schedule

Wells Fargo Theater

  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Storyteller Michael Heralda uses indigenous Aztec wood instruments to tell the history Day of the Dead traditions

Heritage Court

  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Singer Linda Straley and Hector Marquez will perform songs to honor the dearly departed
  • 4:00–4:15 p.m. Opening ceremony
  • 4:15–4:30 p.m. Ceremonial blessings by Aztec dance group Danza Azteca Xocoyote
  • 4:55–5:20 p.m. Oaxacan folk dances by Nueva Antequera Ballet Folklórico


  • 4:55–5:20 p.m. Linda Straley and Hector Marquez


  • 5:20–5:30 p.m. Danza Azteca Xocoyote

  • 5:45–6:10 p.m. Nueva Antequera Ballet Folklórico

  • 6:15–6:35 p.m. Traditional dance performance focused on Michoacán by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet 

  • 6:35–7:00 p.m. Linda Straley and Hector Marquez

Museum Lobby

  • 3:00–6:30 p.m. Face painting ($5 per person)


Customarily during Day of the Dead, family members provide offerings for their loved ones and create altars to honor them. Visitors will see beautifully decorated altars provided in collaboration with the Office of the Oaxacan Secretary of Culture:
  • One altar focuses on traditional indigenous observances of the holiday, reflecting the pre-Columbian/pre-Hispanic period in Mexico.
  • A second altar reflects the “post-contact” Catholic festivities from Oaxaca.
  • In addition, four more personal altars will be constructed outside the museum by families from the community who will take part in workshops to learn more about the complexity and beauty of this tradition.


See work from Los Angeles artists that reflects their interpretations of the Day of the Dead celebration.
  • Twelve artists will form the Feast of Calacas Collective, with each artist exhibiting an original interpretation of the calavera, or skull, including Heriberto Luna.
  • Multimedia artist Marcus Pollitz brings The Tribe of Seeds to the Autry, an extravagant, colorful piece featuring 18 skulls decorated in all-natural materials such as seeds and flowers.
  • Wooden sculptures from Zarco Guerrero will also be displayed.

¡Vivan los Muertos! is produced in collaboration with Lore Productions.

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