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Dia de los Muertos: Free Spirits

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While many people have been celebrating this year's Dia de los Muertos since earlier last week, today and tomorrow are the days when Olvera Street calls all spirits, living and dead, for the sights and sounds of this hallowed ritual. And at the end of this spooky first week of Novemeber, one more local happening celebrates Dia de Los Muertos with a free family festival. Here are the details:

Día de los Muertos on Olvera Street

Olvera Street's 2005 Dia de los Muertos celebration includes colorful ancient Mexican ceremony in remembrance of departed loved ones, with beautifully decorated altars, entertainment, and a procession. The cost is absolutely FREE, and this is truly a spectacular sight to behold, even if you're only able to stroll past the vivid and elaborate altars set up. November 1 & 2, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the El Pueblo Historical Monument, Placita Olvera: 125 Paseo de la Plaza
For more info call (213) 625-5045.

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Día de los Muertos Family Festival

A free community art festival celebrating the Mexican tradition of day of the dead. The event features musical entertainment, puppet show, altars, art workshops, and refreshments, sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. The cost is FREE! Friday night, November 4, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Canoga Park Youth Arts Center: 7222 Remmet Avenue, Canoga Park. For more info, call (818) 346-7099.