Dia de Los Muertos Events and Activities in Santa Paula on Sunday, October 30th

Santa Paula’s Museums Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos on Sunday, October 30

Families and Visitors of All Ages Are Invited to Join this Community-Wide Celebration

Come and celebrate Dia de Los Muertos on Sunday, October 30th at Santa Paula’s Museums, including the Santa Paula Art Museum, the Museum of Ventura County’s Ag Museum, the California Oil Museum and the Santa Paula Cemetery.  This free, family-friendly event will include a day of traditional craft making, music, Aztec dancers, food, storytelling and altar installations. Dia de Los Muertos attire is encouraged.

Visitors can begin at any of the locations, and walk to each one.  Pick up a Dia de Los Muertos passport and collect a stamp at each of the participating locations to enter into a free raffle drawing.

Start at any one of these sites, and proceed to the rest--in any order!

The Santa Paula Art Center/Jeanette Cole Art Center, 117 N. 10th Street 10 am-4 pm

The Santa Paula Art Museum will feature works by Gail Pidduck, the annual De Colores exhibit and photographs by California Institute of the Arts alumni. Families can explore the museum by participating in an “I” spy activity, create paper flowers, La Catrina bonnets and El Catrin sombreros, decorate sugar skulls and hear stories of the Day of the Dead. We will have a special interactive storytelling performance by bilingual children’s book author Olga Loya at 11am. Light refreshments will be served.

The Ag Museum, 926 Railroad Ave. 10 am-4 pm

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum, known as “the Ag” will feature its display of vintage tractors.  Kids can also create crafts, see our living beehive, and operate our “play” produce store.  Also on view is our photographic exhibit of women farmers called “Soil Sisters” by Keri Oberly.

SPECIAL EVENT:  Also at the Ag, there will be a book signing by our favorite local author Evie Ybarra for her new book “Ghosts of Ventura County’s Heritage Valley.”  Isnt’ that scary?  Check out Evie’s new book and meet her!! 11 am to 5 pm.

California Oil Museum, 1001 East Main Street 10 am-4 pm

The California Oil Museum will feature sugar skull art crafts for the Day of the Day festivities. Sugar skulls are a very important element to this cultural holiday. Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century and was adopted as festive décor in the 18th century. Sugar skulls can be brightly decorated with a multitude of adornments and colors, and are placed on an altar or gravestone to honor the life of a passed loved one. Join us for activities, or explore the museum and its newly opened Marine Invertebrates exhibit and permanent collections on display.

Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery, 380 Cemetery Road 12 pm-5 pm

The Santa Paula Cemetery will hold a day of festivities where visitors can build an altar (ofrenda) at loved one’s gravesite or a community altar. Participate in a procession lead by Aztec Dancers and a blessing by Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. Enjoy Mariachi music, have your face painted, decorate a sugar skull, and enjoy the Folklorico Dancers. Spend the day with family and friends while you celebrate the life of your dearly departed.