Dia De Los Muertos Festival Bursts With Life in Playhouse Village

The Playhouse Village Association and Mercadito Monarca Cultural Arts Shop present Día de los Muertos Festival in Playhouse Village, a FREE full day event celebrating the ancestral tradition of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Arcade Lane (696 E Colorado Blvd).

Día de Los Muertos Festival brings locals and visitors together to celebrate life and the lives of loved ones who have passed at this vibrant, entertaining, cultural experience at Mercadito Monarca in Arcade Lane. Día de los Muertos Festival brings back its unique presentation of community altars, music, artisan vendors and art workshops in a free, family-friendly event. Mercadito Monarca transforms Arcade Lane into a beautiful Mexican Zócalo that comes alive with performances of dance and music featuring Pasadena’s own, Danza Azteca Yankuititl, showcasing Aztec dances and traditional costumes. The showcase continues with Ballet Folklorico group featuring Mila Soria and special guests performing an array of folk dances from across various regions of Mexico. Additionally, Mariachi Herencia Michoacana will be on full display featuring the talented youth from their community led music program. Guests of all ages can join in the celebration with face painting, arts & crafts activities, story time, and shopping amongst artisan craft vendors.

Playhouse Village Association and Mercadito Monarca have also curated a collection of ofrendas, or altars, showcased at restaurants, cafes, and shops throughout Playhouse Village and created by local artists and community partners. Photographs of loved ones grace altars as well as offerings of food, marigolds, incense, candles, and other traditional offerings. Experience and learn about the traditions of Día de los Muertos through this self-guided tour. The altars exhibit will be on display October 16th – November 4th.

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For more information about the Día de Los Muertos Festival, visit www.playhousevillage.org/ddlm.



About the Playhouse Village Association

The Playhouse Village Association (PVA) is a California non-profit formed in 1996, which serves to enhance and promote the Playhouse Village economic vitality as Pasadena’s center for culture, commerce and community. With direct access to the 210 freeway and Metro L/Gold Line at Lake Avenue, Playhouse Village is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Pasadena and includes much of the city’s financial district and premier office space, numerous regional institutions and cultural amenities, and thousands of residential and mixed-use environments for a truly urban, walkable experience. To plan a visit to Playhouse Village, visit www.playhousevillage.org and connect with @playhousevillage on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Mercadito Monarca

Mercadito Monarca, is a Chicanx Indigenous owned artisanal marketplace that features a curated selection of unique handcrafted products from over 60 Indigenous, Latina/o brands and makers. Mercadito Monarca opened its doors in Playhouse Village in November of 2020 to provide an immersive vibrant experience into the cultural richness and diversity of the Americas through the arts. This unique cultural gift shop offers a wide selection of home decor, apparel, jewelry, bilingual books, kitchenware, etc. Complemented by culturally relevant workshops offered like paint nights, Day of the Dead crafts and other traditional Mexican crafts, the founders hope to inspire its visitors to preserve and reconnect to their own heritage, culture, language and traditions. To learn more about our current products and special event offerings please connect with us on Facebook and Instagram @mercaditomonarca or visit www.mercaditomonarca.com.