Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Old Town on October 31 – November 1

Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town will keep its traditional Mexican spirit alive by paying homage to the deceased with a Día de los Muertos event featuring elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating, and face painting.

As part of Old Town San Diego’s Annual “Tour of Altars,” produced by the Old Town Chamber of Commerce and the Visual Media Group, Bazaar del Mundo will transform its shops into a walkable trail of altars, complete with traditional sugar skulls, handmade papier-mâché decorations, and special Day of the Dead-inspired clothing and crafts.

Guest artists will be on-site selling Day of the Dead-themed jewelry, handbags, accessories, prints and cards to promote the holiday. Exotic sounds will be provided by Latin American folk group Tinku.

Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class on Saturday from noon to 6:00 PM and face painting both days (small fee applicable). Hot chocolate, mini churros and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults.

Next door to Bazaar del Mundo, sister restaurant Casa Guadalajara will have a spectacular alter of its own, and offer Day of the Dead food and drink specials to help celebrate the holiday.

The event will take place Saturday, October 31, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and Sunday, November 1, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Bazaar del Mundo, located at the north entrance to Old Town, on the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets. On Monday, Nov. 2, the Bazaar del Mundo Shops will highlight the altars and offer treats and children’s crafts through closing at 5:30 PM.

The event is in conjunction with Old Town’s Día de Los Muertos three-day event, happening from 2:00 to 9:00 PM October 31 to November 2, which includes “Tour of Altars,” a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites. Park for free across the street at Caltrans all day Saturday and Sunday, or take the trolley.

A lively and colorful entry to San Diego’s Old Town community, Diane Powers’ locally owned and operated Bazaar del Mundo Shops capture all the warmth of Old Mexico in an intimate setting. Shoppers will find a vast selection of treasures and specialty items from Latin America and around the world including folk art, crafts, gifts, women’s fashion, jewelry, fair trade merchandise and home décor, all carefully hand-selected in vibrant colors and designs.

Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops and family of Mexican restaurants are San Diego’s recognized destinations for international cultures and Mexican-spirited cuisine. Powers’ award-winning restaurants scattered throughout San Diego County – Casa Guadalajara in Old Town, Casa de Pico in La Mesa, Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad and Casa Sol y Mar in Del Mar Highlands – provide authentic Mexican food, with an emphasis on flavor and freshness. Each restaurant is famous for its award-winning Mexican food, lush outdoor patio, strolling mariachis and giant frosty margaritas. The Shops are comprised of colorful boutiques, each offering unique gifts from all over the world, home accessories and collectibles, handcrafted artisan jewelry, plus creative fashion, arts and crafts. Shoppers will also love the vibrant tabletop and kitchen products, worldwide imported ceramics, and quality crafts and folk art from Mexico.

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