Catalina Island Museum Presents: Dia de los Muertos Family Festival

Catalina Island Museum is excited to host a unique celebration for November’s First Fridays at the Museum with a lively evening of events highlighting the traditional Mexican cultural celebration of Día de los Muertos. Join the museum in Avalon’s newest tradition bringing Mexican cultural elements, dancing, music and other activities for the entire family to enjoy at the second Annual Día de los Muertos Family Festival on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Catalina Island Museum.

Catalina Island Museum’s Dia de los Muertos Family Festival (2018). 
Photo provided courtesy of Catalina Island Museum.

The museum welcomes the colorful Mexican tradition celebrating life and death while honoring family members and friends who are no longer with us. Enjoy vibrant festivities like face painting and tequila tasting complete with Coyote Joe’s tacos, a specialty cocktail and other beverages. The evening continues with cultural performances including live music by Sin Frontera and performance by Danza Azteca.

The festival also invites all creative artists to submit their artwork in the Día de los Muertos Family Festival Ofrenda/Altar & Art Contest for a chance to win a cash prize. There is no fee to submit an entry and all participants of the contest will also receive free admission to the event. Prizes will be awarded to Best Ofrenda/Altar and Best Work of Art.

Location for the festival will be held in the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building, Catalina Island Museum, 217 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704

  • Members: $12
  • Non-Members: $17
  • Children (ages 3-15): $5, all children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All participants of the Ofrenda/Altar & Art Contest receive free admission to the Día de los Muertos Family Festival.
  • Día de los Muertos Family Festival tickets are available at:

The Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film. Open seven days a week, the new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website:

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