Dia de los Muertos

Join us each year for the Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Festival!

Singer Jonathan Sanchez at Dia de los Muertos in 2015.
Singer Jonathan Sanchez at Dia de los Muertos in 2015

Now in its 21st year, The Unity Council Dia de los Muertos Festival is a free, outdoor festival that brings over 60,000 people to the vibrant, culturally-rich Fruitvale neighborhood to enjoy world-class live music, family friendly games, rides and activities, traditional Latin American artisans, and the stunning altar artistic installations created by community members paying homage to los muertos. Families across California join us to experience live music, Ballet folklorico, Aztec dancers and to shop at the local artisan craft stands. The Dia de los Muertos Festival was inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress by Congresswoman Barbara Lee as a “Local Legacy”.


This year’s festival takes place on October 30th, 2016!

The theme of this year’s festival is “Nuestras Raices: El Poder de la Comunidad.”

  • Festival guests are encouraged to contribute their own small offering or drop off pictures of loved ones that are no longer with us to the Community Altar located on the corner of East 12th Ave and Avenida de la Fuente.
  • Continuous entertainment on three stages- Hosted in the past by Telemundo, 93.3 La Raza, Mundo Fox/Estrella and 102.9 KBLX.
  • Carnival rides will be on-site at the children’s pavilion.
  • Authentic food, drinks and other festival favorites will be available for purchase from a variety of local vendors and concessionaires.