THE SCOOP: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EVENTS IN LA

By LA CANVAS
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Dunno bout you, but we’ve got a surplus of face paint burning a hole in our junk drawer.  If you’re still catching up from this past weekend’s Halloween debauchery, why not chill out until Dia de los Muertos this weekend? Us Angelenos have the luxury of embracing the afterlife with a variety of options — from music fests to cemetery kickbacks. Peep our list for the best places to practice your Gucci eye and rock your calavera face.

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HARD DAY OF THE DEAD

WHAT: If you went to HARD Summer this year, you’re probably still experiencing withdrawals, and we’re right there with you. HARD never fail to bring the music full force, and this year’s HARD Day of the Dead is no different. Slide through to the LA Historic Park this weekend to witness filthy line-ups from the likes of Skream, Tokimonsta, Kastle, Lunice and more, as well as a special Red Bull Music Academy “Discotheque Stage.” On Saturday, if you’re still hyped afterwards, hit the official HARD DotD after party at Exchange LA to get an extra dose of Boys Noize, Maya Jane Coles, and Destructo. | more info
WHERE: Los Angeles Historic State Park |
WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 12pm-2am & Sunday, November 3, 12pm-2am

BOOTIE LA – DAY OF THE DEAD PARTY
WHAT: The infamous bi-monthly bootleg mash-up party is giving you one more excuse to throw on your costume and boogie down, presenting its post-Halloween party. In memory of the Jells Mayhem, one half of influential mash-up DJ duo, The Illuminoids, resident DJs A Plus D and dance crew R.A.I.D. will be throwing down a tribute set. Remember, the dancing don’t ever stop at Bootie LA.
WHERE: The Echoplex | 1154 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026 | more info
WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 9pm

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT HOLLYWOOD FOREVER
WHAT: True to tradition, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is hosting it’s 14th annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration, complete with musical performances, Aztec ritual dancers, arts and crafts vendors, altar presentations, and of course, food. Dia de Los Muertos attire is highly encouraged, so come dressed to the bone to celebrate family, life and culture in Los Angeles. | more info
WHERE: Hollywood Forever Cemetery | 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038
WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 12pm-12am

EL VELORIO – DAY OF THE DAY EVENT ART EXHIBIT

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WHAT: Art curator Antonio Pelayo presents El Velorio, a Day of the Dead event that doubles as a community art exhibit and benefit for its host, Plaza de la Raza. With 100 LA-based artists like Freddy Negrete, Nikko Hurtado and Diana Munoz exhibiting their work, attendees also get to witness musical performances from Cuicani and the Youth Mariachi Ensemble and a special performance from La Sonora Dinamita, commemorating the celebration that is Dia de Los Muertos.  | more info
WHERE: Plaza De La Raza | 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 7pm-1am

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT CINCO
WHAT: Cinco, one of our favorite watering holes, is celebrating Dia de Los Muertos the only way it knows how: with drinks. With specials that include $7 Mezcal Margaritas and two tacos for $8, Cinco invites guests to grab a bite and a drink, while also placing altars up all week for guests to honor their loved ones with photos and sweets. | more info
WHERE: 7241 West Manchester Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045
WHEN: Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT LA SANDIA
WHAT: Santa Monica’s favorite rooftop restaurant, La Sandia, is celebrating Day of the Dead with special menu offerings. We recommend the mole rojo, where slow roasted carnitas doused in a red mole sauce are paired up with a habanero blood orange margarita making for a nice one-two punch of sweet and spicy. Enjoy the view with some good food and  drinks and your Dia de Los Muertos weekend is set.  | more info
WHERE: 395 Santa Monica Place, 305 N, Santa Monica, CA 90401
WHEN: Friday, November 1

ARTBITES: DAY OF THE DEAD

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WHAT: Loteria Grill is pairing up with Artbites to present an art gallery tour and dinner in honor of Dia de los Muertos. There’ll be a gallery discussion and guided tour highlighting objects of life and death in LACMA’s Latin American art collection. After the tour, guests will dine at Loteria Grill on a three-course dinner from chef Jimmy Shaw. Intellectual and epicurean stimulation? We love killing two birds with one stone. | more info
WHERE: LACMA | 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90036 ;  Loteria Grill | 6627 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90036
WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 5:30pm-9:30pm

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