Día de Los Muertos with East Bay Kids (2022) - 510 Families

Día de Los Muertos with East Bay Kids (2022)

Thank you to our sponsor, Oakland Ballet Company presenting Luna Mexicana, one of the Bay Area’s most elaborate and inclusive Dia de los Muertos events.

Día de Los Muertos is a festive holiday meant to celebrate the dead and honor those that have passed. Here in the East Bay, there are often many ways to celebrate with your community – including food, dance performances, colorful crafts, sugar skulls, and festive fun!

Read on to find out where and how you can honor your loved ones with children in a special way.

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Photo: John Hefti for Oakland Ballet Company

Spotlight on Luna Mexicana

Luna Mexicana is one of the Bay Area’s most elaborate and inclusive Dia de los Muertos events. Like the celebration that inspires it, Luna Mexicana is a beautiful blend of exuberant dance, joyful music, colorful costumes, flowers, candles, food, and – most of all – a celebration of family. There are three performances at San Jose’s Hammer Theatre, two on Saturday, Oct. 22nd, and one on Sunday, Oct. 23rd. There are also two performances at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, an evening show on Friday, Oct. 28th, and a matinee performance on Saturday, Oct. 29th. Both shows promise to have lots of children in attendance.

Luna Mexicana guests can join members of The Oakland Ballet Company in the Paramount lobby prior to the performances and visit the ofrendas created by local artists and pick up gifts at the Luna Mexicana boutique.

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Luna Mexicana performer at ofrenda | Photo: Dan Dion for Oakland Ballet Company

Dia de Los Muertos Outings and Celebrations in Oakland

Dia de Los Muertos Festival, Fruitvale

Sunday, October 30, 2022. The Unity Council Día de Los Muertos Annual Festival is a free, outdoor festival that celebrates the vibrant, culturally rich Fruitvale neighborhood.

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Fruitvale’s Dia de Los Muertos Festival | PC: The Unity Council FB Page

Free/Cheap Family-friendly Día de Muertos events

Saturday, October 15, 2022

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Día de los Muertos, Fall Family Day @ Richmond Art Center, Richmond

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Día de los Muertos Craft @ Eastmont Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Día de los Muertos Craft @ Piedmont Ave. Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Día de los Muertos Craft @ Rockridge Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Día de los Muertos Craft @ Asian Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland

Saturday, October 29, 2022

11:00 am - 11:45 am: Día de los Muertos Craft @ West Oakland Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland

Sunday, October 30, 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Fruitvale's Dia de Los Muertos Annual Festival @ Fruitvale Village, Oakland
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Halloween + Dia Los Muertos Family Fun Fest @ Jack London Square, Oakland

Dia de Los Muertos Food and Treats

Oct. 24 to 31: Fruitvale Restaurant Week: In celebration of Oakland’s Dia de los Muertos Festival, participating restaurants along International Blvd. will offer a special menu. Grab something delicious, save on cooking, and you will be supporting a Fruitvale small business. See which restaurants are participating >

Sweets anytime. of my favorite Berkeley sweet shops are offering lots of treats you’ll want to eat! The Xocolate Bar on Solano has special beautiful organic chocolate calaveras. Casa de Chocolates in Elmwood will let you pre-order a number of super tasty Mexican pastries or their famous frozen hot chocolate.

Do you have any other favorite traditions you plan to keep this year with children for Day of the Dead?

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Fruitvale’s Dia de Los Muertos Festival (pre-covid pic) | Photo: The Unity Council FB Page

Kid-Friendly Dia de Muertos Activities and Crafts

Create a cultural headdress, Oakland. Sundays from 2 pm – 3:30. Attend a headdress-making workshop at Mannequin Madness in Oakland to create wearable art for Dia de los Muertos, appropriate for ages 8+. $60 each. Website to register >

Anytime. Make a papier-mâché sugar skull (carton piedra). North Oakland artist, Daniel Camacho, shows others how to make fantastic sugar skulls.

Anytime. Make a traditional kite (barrilete). In Guatemala, the flight of the giant barriletes (kites) is part of the Days of the Dead tradition on November 2. With a template from OMCA, children can make their own version with paper, ribbons, and crayons.

Anytime. Make a paper marigold flower (flores de papel). These were the simplest instructions I found online, maybe not the best, but Sunset knows how to make it pretty.

 

Book Ahead for East Bay Dia de Los Muertos Performances

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Leaping skeleton dancers in Luna Mexicana at the Paramount | Photo: John Hefti for Oakland Ballet Company

Ticket Alert: The Oakland Ballet Company presents Luna Mexicana (Oakland & San Jose)

Luna Mexicana is a beautiful medley of exuberant dance, joyful music, elaborate costumes, flowers, candles, food, and – most of all – a celebration of family with five Bay Area performances. Tickets range from about $25 to $65 depending on location and ticket category. Junior and student discounts available. Children under two do not require a separate ticket.

No proof of vaccination is required to attend, but masks are required.

The Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose

  • Saturday, Oct. 22 – 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 23 – 2:30 pm

The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

  • Friday, Oct. 28 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 29 – 2 pm

The runtime is approximately two hours including intermission. Purchase tickets >

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Little girls excited to be at Luna Mexicana | Photo provided by Oakland Ballet Company

Ticket alert: Mexico Danza presents Dia de los Muertos

Ballet Folklórico México Danza is a non-profit dance company dedicated to presenting the beautiful, cultural heritage of Mexico through folkloric dance. Tickets range from $20 to $30 plus fees. The runtime is approximately two hours. Masks are required.

Location: San Leandro Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro
Purchase tickets >

  • Saturday, Oct. 1 – 7 pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 2 – 3 pm

Ticket alert: Dia de Muertos presented by Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno

The Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno performance showcases the diversity of how Mexico celebrates Dia de Muertos from state to state since the Pre-Hispanic era. Tickets are $35 plus fees. The runtime is approximately two hours. Masks are required.

Location: San Leandro Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro
Purchase tickets >

  • Saturday, Oct. 8 – 7 pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 9 – 2 pm

Ticket alert: Dia Los Muertos presented by SF Symphony

Join the San Francisco Symphony’s vibrant Day of the Dead celebration conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto. This annual event features traditional Latin American music and culture, dazzling guest artists, colorful festivities, and fun-filled events for the entire family.

Location: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Purchase tickets >

  • Saturday, Nov. 5 – 2 pm

Thank you again to our sponsor, Oakland Ballet Company presenting Luna Mexicana, one of the Bay Area’s most elaborate and inclusive Dia de los Muertos events.

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