Coachella Valley Days of Los Muertos 2020

Past Event

Sunnylands’ observation of Coachella Valley Days of Los Muertos takes place October 28 through November 1. Join us and our community partners as we safely celebrate this annual family-friendly tradition in the gardens.

Guests are invited to walk the gardens decorated with giant calaveras (skulls), papel picado (decorative cut paper), nichos (shadow boxes) created by local artists, and ofrendas (altars) designed by local nonprofit organizations. Participants include:

Palm Springs Art Musuem
The S.C.R.A.P. Gallery
Animal Samaritans
Raices Cultura
Palm Springs Cemetery District

The gardens are open Wed-Sun, 8:30 am to 4pm. On Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30, we will stay open until 8 pm for special nighttime viewing of the displays with Day-of-the-Dead-themed music playing in the gardens from 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm on both days. The altars will be lit at 5:30 pm. Flashlights are recommended for evening viewing.

Some small take-home crafts will be available on designated boards found throughout the gardens:

Monarch butterfly cutouts
Mini paper skulls
Paper nichos
Mini papel picado banners

Parking and admission to this event are free of charge. Social distancing measures, including the wearing of facemasks, are required while visiting the gardens. Please click here for more information on our rules for visiting.

For more information on this event, please email our education department or call 760.202.2234.