The city of Santa Monica will celebrate Day of the Dead at Woodlawn Cemetery for the first time Saturday, Nov. 3.
The traditional Mexican celebration of life and death will offer a variety of ways for participants to discover the philosophy and history of the day, event organizers said.
The event is produced by the Santa Monica Community and Cultural Services Department, Woodlawn Cemetery and artist Paulina Sahagun.
Visitors can create a coronita (crown) of fresh marigolds and papel picado (perforated paper) to honor a loved one who has passed; take a self-guided tour of the cemetery and explore the history of local famous people including Leo Carrillo, Abbot Kinney, Thelma Terry and most recently Sally Ride.
Other activities will include a documentary on how a small town in Mexico prepares for Dia de los Muertos; and a Nahuatl/indigenous closing ceremony with live traditional music. Fresh tamales will be available for sale.
People are encouraged to participate, discover and honor their ancestors.
The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at Woodlawn, 1847 14th St., Santa Monica. Admission is free.
Parking is available at the Santa Monica College lot between 16th and 17th streets on Pico Boulevard, along 14th Street; and limited spaces are available in the cemetery.