Artists in Lake Elsinore and the surrounding area are banding together via a new project called Studio 395, and now they are hosting what may be a first of its kind in the city.
Studio 395 artists in conjunction with downtown Lake Elsinore merchants are hosting a Day of the Dead celebration featuring musicians, dancers and art.
The free public event will take place Nov. 3, from 5-9 p.m., along Main Street, between Peck and W. Sulphur streets.
“This is the first Day of the Dead celebration I know of in Lake Elsinore,” said Grace Sandlin of Studio 395. “This is going to be a really cool event -- I hope!”
Day of the Dead, otherwise known as Dia de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday to honor loved ones who have passed. It is celebrated Nov. 1 and is a national holiday in Mexico.
The event promises to be one to fill the senses. Along with Day of the Dead art, there will be community altars where people can bring pictures or mementos of loved ones to be displayed for the evening. The focus of the altars will be remembering military personnel, Lake Elsinore loved ones, artists, musicians and pets, according to event organizers.
Music will be performed by Lake Elsinore husband-and-wife band Sal Y Isela con Los Salerosos, and the Lake Elsinore Americana folk band Friend of the Devil is also scheduled to perform.
Ballet Folklorico Dancers from the Lake Community Center are also expected be on hand.
Mora’s Antiques on Main Street will feature a special showing of Chad Mora’s Day of the Dead art in the shop’s backroom gallery. Other Lake Elsinore merchants and organizations expected to participate include La Unica Bakery, Maria’s Collectibles, and Planet Youth.
Day of the Dead attire is encouraged!
For more information, call 951-805-0241.