Take a look at these special days at La Vista Memorial Park.
Dia de los Muertos
November 1 @ 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
National City’s La Vista Memorial Park will host its annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration from noon to 10 p.m. at its 40-acre hillside cemetery, 3191 Orange Street in National City.
In what has become perhaps the largest and most “spirited” celebration inside cemetery grounds of the traditional Latin American holiday in the San Diego area, the independently owned and operated community cemetery will provide world renown programs of music, art folk dancing and other entertainment, along with a variety of vendors offering food and hand crafted gift items for sale.
“La Vista’s Dia de Los Muertos event has grown into the premier family event in the South Bay,” noted Luisa McCarthy, general manager of La Vista and one of the chief architects of the Dia de Los Muertos celebration. “It combines a great and highly affordable experience for all ages along with a strong sense of the Mexican heritage and activities traditionally associated with Dia de Los Muertos.”
Unlike Halloween, with its “scary” overtones and focus on the dead, Dia de Los Muertos is a fusion of both Spanish and Aztec traditions which emphasizes the celebration of life by the living in a festive, party atmosphere while honoring the dearly departed.
Dia de Los Muertos will also feature an extensive and often touching display of traditional “altars” honoring deceased loved ones. Those creating altars will have a chance to win $1,000 on the spot for the best entry. Cash on the spot! Winner announced at 6:30 PM.
There will also be a “Best Dressed Catrina & Catrin” contest inspired by unique and historical representations.
- Grand Prize of $500 for each winner
- Estimated time for Runway and Winner announcement 6-8 PM
Early registration ends October 1st. and includes a glow in the dark Dia De Los Muertos T-Shirt!
This is a nonalcoholic event. No pets permitted. Non-participating guests will not have access to the grounds.
General Admission: $15 per person
Inside parking: $10 (please bring exact change)
Children 12 years and under free until 4pm
Seniors 65 and over free until 4pm