Dia de los Muertos event slated for Nov. 1 in Solana Beach

Dia de los Muertos, a holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico to honor the dead, is now coming to Solana Beach.

Co-sponsored by the city’s Parks & Recreation Commission and La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation, the first-ever Dia de los Muertos event is slated for Nov. 1 at La Colonia Park.

“Dia de los Muertos plans to share the rich, traditional holiday by inviting local residents together with the Solana Beach community at large to design and decorate altars on the bleachers at La Colonia Park, paying homage to loved ones who have already left,” explained Tracy Weiss, a member of the event committee.

The event will include chalk drawings on the sidewalk for impromptu displays. There will be live entertainment with performances by an Aztec dance troupe, a Mariachi band and a Ballet Folklórico ensemble. There will also be a screening of the 2014 animated film, “The Book of Life.”

“This has become a very popular holiday, with similar events in Encinitas, Oceanside and throughout San Diego,” said Weiss, who noted that event organizers expect 800 to 1,000 people to participate in the event. “This event will share a culture with the rest of Solana Beach.”

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Ave. in Solana Beach.

The deadline to reserve an altar space at Dia de los Muertos is Oct. 16. To reserve an altar space, email Brittney Rojo at or Marina Huesias at

Chalk altar space will be available the day of the event. No registration is required.