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Your Guide to the Guides: Dia de Los Muertos in L.A.

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Last year on Olvera Street for Dia de Los Muertos (Photo by A.C. Thamer via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Last year on Olvera Street for Dia de Los Muertos (Photo by A.C. Thamer via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
"Dia de los Muertos is purely a celebration of our loved ones that have gone before us," Steve Acevedo, CEO and creative director at Chimmaya Gallery and Retail in East Los Angeles explained to ABC7. Chimmaya Gallery is just one of the many places where people can celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which is officially taking place on November 1st (honoring children) and November 2nd (honoring adults). There are many things to do between now and then, and special food and drink to enjoy.

Here is your guide to the guides for Dia de Los Muertos in Los Angeles.

  • The LA Weekly's Calendar has a pretty straightforward listing of events going on all over town you might want to check out.
  • As part of their extended Halloween weekend picks, DigLounge has a few great Dia de Los Muertos events, including a block party, worth checking out.
  •'s guide explains some of the customs, and highlights the Olvera Street events, and a couple of other picks. In another section of their site they've got some recipes for traditional eats like Atole and Pan de Muerto.
  • RedBull's Mapa de Los Muertos tells you where they'll be next week, and where they think you'll enjoy checking out music, altars, fun, and drinks.
  • This self-proclaimed 'ghoulish guide' focuses on cemeteries where you can have a spooky celebrity encounter.
  • Hungry? For those who like to eat their dead--err, Day of the Dead, that is--GrubStreetLA offers their list of "Where to Get Fed for Day of the Dead."
  • Not a guide for multiple events, but rather everything you need to know about what is one of the biggest Day of the Dead festivities in L.A., the Hollywood Forever Dia de Los Muertos celebration.
  • Near Pasadena? The Star-News has the primer on an event in Alhambra.
  • If you need to decorate, and don't know where to begin, you might need eHow.