Pay tribute to the deceased with these Día de los Muertos events around San Francisco
While the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is known for its colorful displays, eye-catching skeletons and elaborate face painting, it is so much more than the fanfare might suggest. Celebrating Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead is a time of remembrance and a celebration of lost loved ones. This joyful Mexican tradition brings families and communities together to eat, sing, dance, celebrate culture and more. Grab your friends and family and get ready to join in on the fun at one of these Bay Area festive celebrations.
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San Francisco Day of the Dead Events
Day of the Dead Masks with Presidio Trust: From face painting and paper flowers to decorating your very own skulls, families are in for a treat at the Día de los Muertos art festival with the Presidio Trust. There is a rich history between Mexico and the Presidio that dates back to the 1800s. This historical connection will be represented in the form of two altars in the park—one at the Presidio Visitor Center honoring people from the Presidio’s past and the other located at the base of the Presidio Steps next to the Outpost and Field Station in Presidio Tunnel Tops honoring endangered and extinct park species. Both altars will be interactive and visitors are encouraged to add to them by sharing messages to loved ones who they wish to honor. Event details.
When: Nov. 1; noon- 3 p.m & Nov. 2; 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
The Presidio Tunnel Tops
50 Moraga Ave.
SF’s Day of the Dead Procession 2022: Hosted by the Marigold Project, the 30th annual Day of the Dead celebration is sure to have something for all ages. Families can celebrate in skeletal style with a parade that culminates in a community Day of the Dead altar show. Added Bonus: you can sign up to create your own altar. Many participants bring candles or instruments and pictures of their lost loved ones. Event details.
When: Nov. 2; 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Potrero Del Sol Park (La Raza Park)
25th Street & San Bruno Ave.
Community Concert at the SF Symphony: Music can easily spark memories and is a true mark of celebration. This annual concert with the San Francisco Symphony is no different and will be a vibrant celebration of Latin American music and culture. Conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, the event will feature a mix of music, lobby installations by local artists and a post-concert reception and dinner. Event details.
Good to Know: The symphony recommends ages 7 and up, but younger kids are welcome!
When: Nov. 5, 2 p.m.
Cost: $22.50–$110 depending on seats
Davies Symphony Hall,
201 Van Ness Ave.
23rd Annual Day of the Dead Show at SOMArts: Marking its 23rd year, SOMArts’ annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition is one of the most internationally diverse Day of the Dead celebrations in the United States. Founded by beloved San Francisco artist and curator René Yañez, the event merges traditional altars with contemporary multi-faceted art installations. Bring the family to explore this year’s exhibition To Love and Be Loved in Return: Día de Los Muertos 2022, a presentation exemplifying how the love between us and our dead continue to help us to navigate the world. Event details.
When: Now through Nov. 4
934 Brannan St.
Day of the Dead Events on the Peninsula
Redwood City’s Casa Círculo Cultural’s Day of the Dead Event: Redwood City’s Courthouse Square will be transformed into a play, where musicians, dancers, artists and family altars are all on display. Families can decorate sugar sugar skulls and get creative with marigolds and more. Catrinas (elegantly dressed skeletons) will be walking around the plaza greeting visitors, and a procession will walk through downtown Redwood City. The community event is a collaboration between Casa Circulo Cultural, the San Mateo History Museum, Friends of the Redwood City Library and the Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation. Event details.
When: Nov. 5
Redwood City Courthouse Square
Day of the Dead Events in Santa Clara County
Celebrate Your Ancestors with Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose: Families are invited to a joyful Día de Los Muertos program honoring the lives of departed ancestors and loved ones. Translated “The Day of the Dead” the Mexican holiday is traditionally celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2. The special event is part of the museum’s Cultural Celebration Series, a regional diversity effort to help families of all backgrounds explore the many cultures and traditions in Silicon Valley. Event details.
When: Nov. 5; 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 for non-members and free for members
180 Woz Way
Day of the Dead Events in Marin
Día de Los Muertos with Bolinas Community Center: The Bolinas Community Center will host a Day of the Dead altar in its main hall. Following the Mexican tradition of honoring lost loved ones on Nov. 1 & 2nd, they will host their altar on these two days. The event will also feature food from Mirta, a local favorite whose posole is unmatched! The center is requesting donations of marigolds for the event. Event details.
When: Nov. 1-2
Bolinas Community Center
14 Wharf Road
San Rafael’s Day of the Dead Celebration: Take it to the streets of San Rafael for a 34-year-old community-wide Day of the Dead tradition. Festivities include cultural performances by Danza Aztec Mixcoatl and Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl, live music, art workshops, a car procession and more. New this year, participants are invited to display their cars in the reserved parking lot of the Multicultural Center of Marin, located at 709 Fifth Ave. in downtown San Rafael. Event details.
When: Nov. 5; 3-9 p.m. Procession starts at 3 p.m.
Albert J. Boro Community Center
50 Canal St.