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San Diego’s Longest-Standing Commemoration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebrates 20 Years

San Diego’s Longest-Standing Commemoration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Celebrates 20 Years
Thousands expected to attend festivities in the heart of Historic Sherman Heights

Who:

The Historic Barrio District CDC presents the Annual Sherman Heights Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration. The Sherman Heights Día de los Muertos Celebration is not only San Diego County’s original Day of the Dead Celebration, but it is also known as one of the few celebrations held throughout California. The celebration annually draws thousands of people to one of San Diego’s most historic neighborhoods to enjoy a month-long schedule of events including educational workshops, tours of community altars, a community festival and a candlelight procession. This community celebration enters its 20th year as one of the county’s most successful, authentic and long-standing traditions.

What:

Last week the Historic Barrio District CDC kicked off a series of educational arts workshops leading up to a schedule of Day of the Dead events that run close to two weeks starting on October 23rd, 2014. On the evening of Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, the San Diego community will gather for Noche de Mole, the Official Opening Reception of the 20th Annual Sherman Heights Día de los Muertos Celebration. After October 24th, the community altar exhibit will be open to the public from 10am to 7pm until Friday October 31, 2014. The weekend of November 1st and 2nd, the Sherman Heights Community Center welcomes visitors from all around San Diego County, Southern California, and the Baja Region for its Annual Muertos Festival, which features food, workshops, live performances, shopping, and self guided tours of community altars, and more. The celebration concludes on November 2nd, 2014 with the traditional Community Candlelight Procession, where hundreds of people gather and proceed from Sherman Heights to Chicano Park in Barrio Logan, walking in memory of their loved ones.
When:
SEE BELOW FOR A FULL SCHEDULE OF  EVENTS

Exclusive Media Opportunities:

  • Media Tour of indoor/outdoor altars to obtain photos and b-roll.
  • Opportunities to interview artists and community members as they set up their altars between Saturday, October 18th – October 22nd, 2014.
  • Availability of committee members for in studio interviews, and opportunities for live, short workshops to grab audience attention. Workshop ideas include:
    • How to guide on creating a small altar at home
    • Step by step make up techniques on creating your own Día de los Muertos look
    • Sampling some traditional Mexican foods most commonly seen around Día de los Muertos.

Where:

Sherman Heights Community Center | 2258 Island Avenue | San Diego, CA 92102
For information, call 619-232-5181.

Contact:

Devonna Almagro, Interim Executive Director
About Sherman Heights Día de los Muertos
The Día de los Muertos celebration began in Sherman Heights, one of San Diego’s most historic neighborhoods, two decades ago, after community residents asked their local community center if they could create altars to honor their loved ones. In 2001 the Sherman Heights Neighborhood Cultural Council began organizing the outdoor altars and creating offerings in front of historic houses in collaboration with local artists and residents. This San Diego tradition continues to grow every year, attracting thousands of guests, from local San Diegans to visitors from throughout Southern California and the Baja Region. For news and updates of this year’s celebration, visit www.facebook.com/DDLMSanDiego.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR 20TH ANNUAL SHERMAN HEIGHTS DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Event: Noche de Mole Opening Reception & Altar Preview
Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Location: Sherman Heights Community Center | 2258 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: $25.00 Advance Purchase (ends Oct. 17)| $30 (after Oct. 17). Register at events@historicbarriodistrict.org.
Description: Join us for the Opening Reception of the 20th Annual Sherman Heights Día de los Muertos Celebration! The highlight of the evening is the delicious variety of mole sauces, a traditional Mexican cuisine which is also a common offering during Day of the Dead. The event also features live entertainment and a silent auction. Guests also get to enjoy a preview of more than 25 community altars, before they are open to the public.

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Event: Day of the Dead Festival
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Sherman Heights Community Center | 2258 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: FREE | For vendor or general information, email events@historicbarriodistrict.org.
Description: Participate in San Diego’s most authentic and longest standing Dia de los Muertos Celebration in the heart of Sherman Heights! Come embrace Mexican culture and experience a traditional celebration, honoring departed loved ones. This fun-filled day begins with an official blessing of the community altars, followed by live performances, food, shopping, altar tours and Day of the Dead-themed workshops!

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Event: Day of the Dead Candlelight Procession
Time: 6pm | Procession begins promptly at sundown.
Location: Sherman Heights Community Center | 2258 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: FREE | For more info, email events@historicbarriodistrict.org.
Description: The public is invited to participate in the Annual Candlelight Procession, where guests gather at the Sherman Heights Community Center and walk through the community’s altars toward the Historic Chicano Park in Barrio Logan. Guests are encouraged to bring a candle and/or pictures of departed loved ones as we walk in their memory. Día de los Muertos face painting and/or costumes highly encouraged!

Date: Friday October 24, 2014 – Friday, October 31, 2014
Event: Community Altar Exhibition and Tours
Time: 10am – 7pm | To schedule a group tour, please contact (619) 232-5181
Location: Sherman Heights Community Center | 2258 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: FREE | For more info, email events@historicbarriodistrict.org.
Description: We invite you to visit our Day of the Dead Community Altars. Traditionally, an altar is built in memory of a deceased loved one, and includes various offerings (ofrendas). Guests will have the opportunity to view over 25 community altars within the Sherman Heights Community Center. Tours are open to families, schools, church groups, businesses and/or individuals.

*For news and updates of the 20th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, “LIKE” our Official Facebook Page at: www.facebook.com/DDLMSanDiego.

Photo 1: A traditional altar located within the community altar exhibit at the Sherman Heights Community Center.

Photo 2: Aztec Dance group Calpulli Mexihca perform traditional blessing of the altars at the Annual Day of the Dead Festival.

Photo 3: Traditional Day of the Dead face painting takes place at the Annual Day of the Dead Festival.


Photo 4: Ballet Folklórico Libertad performs during last year’s celebration of Noche de Mole.

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