Dia De Los Muertos: 20 Ways To Celebrate The Day Of The Dead In Tijuana

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El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a two day celebration of life, death, and the meeting point between the two. Families come together, decorate loved ones gravesites, build elavorate altars in their homes, and re-visit the memory of those who have passed on from this life.

The Dia de los Muertos altar is a symbolic and physical reminder of everything that our dearly departed loved and left behind- favorite foods, treasured pictures, and cherished mementos. Altars call the spirit of our loved ones with cempasuchitl (marigolds), salt to symbolize the continuance of life, ofrendas, incense and candles lit to guide the spirits, sugar skulls, and food and water to nourish them on their trips.

While the most famous celebrations take place in central Mexico, Tijuana is not to be outdone. There are celebrations throughout the city- from parades to viewing altars to dance festivities.

You can also read Day of the Dead in Tijuana to learn more about the meaning and history behind the Dia de los Muertos celebrations.

Take a look at the various dates and events for Tijuana’s Day of the Dead celebrations. The city comes alive with tradition throughout this season and I am sure that any partaking you indulge in will leave you with amazing memories, colorful pictures, and a better understanding of the Mexican spirit.

CATRINAS: LA BELLEZA DE LA MUERTE

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Date: This exposition starts on October 14th and continues until November 3, 2016.

Location: Antiguo Palacio Municipal de Tijuana, Galeria Urbana, Calle 2da and Constitution Street, Zona Centro, CP 22000, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. Tel. 664 688-1721 and 664 685-1527. For more information you can also inquire for information at suboperativa@imactijuana

Information: “Catrinas: The Beauty of Death” is a photography exposition celebrating the beauty of the Day of the Dead traditions

Price: Free Admission

OFRENDA MONUMENTAL

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Date: Tuesday, October 25 to November 6, 2016

Location: CECUT, Main Building Exterior (in front of the fountain).

Information: The grand opening of the Ofrenda Monumental is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th at 5:00pm. After the grand opening the altar will be open and available for anyone to view and enjoy at their leisure. This tradition includes the altar decorated and dressed with all the traditional components and miniature surprises throughout the scene.

Price: Free Admission

NOCHE DE MIL SAVORES/ DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

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Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00pm

Location: CECUT, Main Building Courtyard

Information: As part of the Baja Culinary Fest, Noche de Mil Sabores is a celebration of traditional Mexican food and Dia de los Muertos inspired cuisine. 20 restaurants and food trucks will be present to celebrate the occasion and will be accompanied by local artisanal beer, tequila, state wine, and music. With the Ofrenda Monumental as the background, Catrinas y Catrinos walking amongst all guests, and the Opera Ambulante to entertain, this is a night to celebrate the Day of the Dead traditions Tijuana style.

Price: $800.00 M.N. (pesos) per person

EXPOSICION DE ALTAR DE LOS MUERTOS

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Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 6:00pm (for the Grand Opening of the exposition). The art will continue to be displayed from October 28 to November 2, 2016.

Location: Galerias Hipodromo Mall, Blvd. Agua Caliente 11999, Colonia Hipodromo, CP 22195, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. Tel. +52 664 681-6885.

Information: The Exposicion de Altar de Muertos is an exposition and competition of altars led by students from the UDCI University. Located on the food court level, traditional altars will be set up by the local university students and displayed for all to see and enjoy. Come out and experience how our local Tijuana youth experience and interpret the Day of the Dead traditions.

Price: Free Admission

CONCURSO DE CATRINAS Y CATRINES

imageDate: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 4:00pm

Location: Galerias Hipodromo Mall, Blvd. Agua Caliente 11999, Colonia Hipodromo, CP 22195, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. Tel. +52 664 681-6885.

Information: The annual Catrinas and Catrino contest at Galerias Hipodromo will be a sight to enjoy. Contestants will be dressed to the nines to interpret the traditional Catrina or Catrino and attendees will be able to enjoy the various interpretations. This event is sure to be a feast for your eyes and, if you have never seen a live Catrina, it is certainly one not to be missed.  As an added bonus, the Altars will be set up throughout the food court level of the mall and you can enjoy them before or after the Catrina contest.

Price: Free Admission to view the Catrinas contest

TRADICIONAL FESTEJO DE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

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Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016. 10:00am dance and pre-Hispanic rituals scheduled, 12:00pm mass in honor of our dearly departed.

Location: Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, Calle Guadalupe Victoria 2, Sanchez Taboada, CP 22010, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. Tel. +52 664 684-0485.

Information: The Mercado Miguel Hidalgo is a traditional open air market in Tijuana. Every day, locals young and old visit the Mercado in search of various products, candy, wares, or traditional foods. For the Day of the Dead celebrations, Mercado Hidalgo builds one of the biggest altars (if not the biggest) in the city. Stands sell miragolds, sugar skulls, papel picado, candles, and everything anyone could use to build their own altar. There are, of course, all the typical goods for sale as well. On November 2nd, the Mercado Hidalgo will hold its official celebration with dance, music, and a ritual presentation at 10:00am. Afterwards, at 12:00pm, a special mass will honor and remember those who are no longer on this world with us. We highly recommend visiting this Day of the Dead celebration.

Price: Free Admission

CALACAS: PROSECION DE AMOR, RECORRIDO POR LAS CALLES DE TIJUANA

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Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 5:00pm

Location: Calacas Festival 2016,Zona Centro Tijuana. For more information please call +52 664 360-9192.

Information: Calacas: Procession de Amor is a procession through the streets of Tijuana (Zona Centro). This is a celebration of the life, death, and traditions of our beloved whom we remember throughout the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Price: Free Admission

CALACAS: UN ESPECTACULO

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Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 12:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Pasaje Gomez, Av. Francisco I. Madero 915, Zona Centro, CP 22000, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. Tel. +52 664 291-0433.

Information: Calacas Festival 2016, is a festival held at the Pasaje Gomez where the community demonstrates the love and history of their dearly departed. This is part festival at the Pasaje Gomez and part theatre/ show presentation to entertain and enlighten attendees.

EL JOLGORIO DE LAS ALMAS

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Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 1:00pm

Location: “Plaza La Ocho”, Ave. Constitucion and Calle 8 (8th Street). The community altar will be held at the Plaza La Ocho and the corner will serve as the meeting point and starting point to this celebration and parade.

Information: El Jolgorio de las Almas is a community celebration with an organized parade (starting point: Reloj Monumental/ The Monumental Clock), an altar in honor of the Day of the Dead, artistic presentations in honor of the deceased and the traditional Day of the Dead, and various other artistic and theatrical celebrations. Attendees are also invited to bring a photograph of a loved one that they wish to honor at the community altar. Additionally, children and adults who wish to have their face painted can do so for an $80.00 peso donation. As you can see, this large event will have a bit of everything for anyone wishing to attend a traditional celebration in Tijuana.

Price: Free Admission

LOS ALTARES Y DECORACIONES DE LA CASA DE LA CULTURA

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Date: November 1-3, 2016

Location: Casa de la Cultura, Altamira Tijuana, Av. Paris 5 (esq. con Lisboa), Colonia Altamira, CP 22120, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. Tel. +664 687-2604 and 664 637-3122. You can also reach the Casa de la Cultura Altamira via email at casaculturatijuana@yahoo.com or online at www.imac.tijuana.gob.mx.

Information: The Casa de la Cultura, Altamira, is a cultural hub within Tijuana. With dance, art, and traditional arts both taught and enjoyed within the complex, it is a great stop in any Day of the Dead celebration. Altars both big and small as well as traditional decorations and arts are easily viewed and enjoyed throughout the Casa de la Cultura Altamira.

Price: Free Admission

PANTEON PUERTA BLANCA

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Date: Open throughout the month. The best time to visit to view altars would be October 30 to November 6, 2016.

Location: Panteon Puerta Blanca, Venustiano Carranza 6951, Colonia Zona Centro, CP 22000, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico.

Information: The Panteon Puerta Blanca is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Please make sure that you remember that while the Day of the Dead is a celebration of life and death, it is a time for family and cherished memories. As such, please be respectful of family privacy and family time if you decide to go to the Panteon.

Price: Free Admission

LA CATRINA, CONCURSO

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Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 1:00pm

Location: El Trompo Interactive Science Museum, Libramiento los Insurgentes s/n, 3era etapa, CP 22226, Zona Rio, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. Tel. +52 644 634-3476.

Information: Tijuana’s amazing El Trompo Interactive Science Museum will once again hold a contest for the best designed Catrina. Students from throughout the city have until October 28th to turn in their creations and on November 5th the judges will decide who gets the grand prize. But the truth is that everyone who attends is also a winner as all attendees on the 5th will get a chance to view the variety of art and cultural experiences that come out of Tijuana’s youth.

KATRINA FEST in Rosarito

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Date: Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 2016.

Location: Katrina Fest 2016, Plaza San Fernando, Playas de Rosarito, B.C., Mexico.

Information: Katrina Fest 2016 is a two day event. Event times include (on October 29th): 5:00pm Parade of Catrinas and Calaveras, 7:00pm Catrina and Catrines Contest, and 8:00pm Santos de los Angeles. For more information please email: katrinafest@Hotmail.com or call 661 616-9533.

GRAN DESFILE DEL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS in Ensenada

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Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016 starting at 3:00pm

Location: Parade starts at Av. Ruiz and ends at Malecon Concha Acustica in Ensenada, B.C., Mexico.

Information: “The Grand Parade of the Day of the Dead and Altar Contest” in Ensenada will be a fun celebration for both young and older alike. The parade route will deliver plenty of eye candy and entertainment and the altar contest will offer a glimpse into traditional altars and what goes into making them. For more information you can contact 646 206-3418.

Price: Free Admission

TREN TURISTICO TIJUANA-TECATE: RESCATANDO TRADICIONES

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Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:00am.

Location: Tren Turistico Tijuana-Tecate departs from the Estacion Garcia. The Estacion Garcia is located at Blvd. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, CP 22300, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. Tel. +622-9771 and 664 607-5168.

Information: Tren Turistico Tijuana Tecate is a party on wheels. The theme for this months trip is “Rescuing Traditions” and the train celebration includes wine and cheese samples, traditional storytelling aboard the train, walk about to view altars and visit Catrinas, live music and entertainment, mariachi on board, and a grand cultural celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Price: $580.00 pesos per adult ticket and $500.00 pesos per child ticket.

There are also two Dia de los Muertos tours that originate in the San Diego area. If you wish to partake in the festivities within a contained group experience then you can give one of these two a try:

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS TURISTA LIBRE TOUR

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DAY OF THE DEAD IN TIJUANA, PACIFIC PHOTOGRAFIC SOCIETY TOUR

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With all these amazing opportunities it might be possible to forget that El Dia de los Muertos is a great time to explore some of the markets in town- both traditional and more modern. By this I mean the traditional pan de muertos. 

AC GOURMET, OUI REPOSTERIA, PANADERIA VENEZIA

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Three classic shops where Pan de Muertos will be available. Of course, it will be available all throughout the city of Tijuana and Mexico! I highly encourage you, if you like sugar and yummy bread, to try one, two, three, or more samples of this seasonal treat. In fact, come on back after you try several of them and let me know which one is your favorite. Or, make your own Pan de Muertos.

MERCADO DEL POPO

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The Mercado Del Popo is a small, colorful, vibrant market in the middle of the Zona Centro. The fun here is not just to shop for what you need, of which there is plenty, but to look at everything that comes with this celebration and country. The marigolds, the sugar skulls, the papel picado, the candles, and all the other altar decorations available at the market will have your head spinning with its beauty and festive feel. This is definitely one place you want to walk around and enjoy while in town and especially during the Day of the Dead celebrations.

 

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