Day of the Dead events around Sonoma County

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated throughout Mexico to honor family members and friends who have died. Here are some of the places in Sonoma County holding special events to commemorate the holiday:

Current through Nov. 27 - Santa Rosa - The History Museum of Sonoma County hosts an exhibit of altars and art works by artists Mario Uribe, Pedro Pérez, Evelyn Schaefer, Laura Larqué, Liz Camino-Byers and Rubén Guzmán. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Free 2-4 p.m. Saturday, otherwise $7 to $10. 425 Seventh St.

Current through Nov. 4 - Santa Rosa and Petaluma - Various departments at SRJC have come together for campuswide exhibits of Día de los Muertos altars. Find them at Plover Hall Dream Center in the Bertolini Center, SRJC Museum, Doyle Library, Bailey Hall and Barnett Hall, all at 1501 Mendocino Ave. At the SRJC campus in Petaluma, exhibits are located at John Jacobs Hall and the Mahoney Library, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. They can be visited whenever these buildings are open to the public. Free.

Oct. 29 - Petaluma - Candlelight procession with giant puppets begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at Water Street Bistro, 100 Petaluma Blvd. North and ends at the Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 Fourth St. Festivities run through 10 p.m. and include live music, Ballet Folklórico de Petaluma Paquiyollotzin, Aztec dancers, food and art vendors, face painting and altars. Info:,

Oct. 29-30 - Sonoma - Artists and the general public are invited to create altars and honor the dead during daylight hours at Sonoma Mountain Cemetery, 90 First St. West. For more information, contact Natasha, Amiee and Charissa Drengson at or 707-935-1772.

Oct. 30 - Healdsburg - A free street party runs 2-7 p.m. on Center Street, between Plaza and North streets, with entertainment by Danza Azteca Ohtli Yoliliztli, Bahía Tropical, Banda Pacifica, Baile Folclórico de Cloverdale y Sangre Nueva, plus sugar skulls, face painting, pozole and family activities. Beer and wine will be for sale.

Oct. 30 - Windsor - Danza Azteca performs at the Windsor Farmer’s Market. Free.

Oct. 30 - Occidental - Occidental Center for the Arts observes Día de los Muertos with a community sing. Join with members of the a cappella chorus as they sing for those who are at the thresholds of life. Free. 3850 Doris Murphy Court, 707-874-9392,

Nov. 1 - Sonoma - Sonoma Community Center displays its annual public altar, with lights, butterflies, portraits and photos added by the community. From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, a free family reception will include sugar skulls, costumes, food and drinks, sponsored by Maya Restaurant. 276 E. Napa St., 707-938-4726,

Nov. 2 - Sonoma - Celebrate a free, traditional Día de los Muertos 5-9 p.m. at El Centro La Luz with mariachi, community and family altars, poems and refreshments, 17560 Greger St., 707-938-5131.

Nov. 2-3 - Santa Rosa - Honor the 43 students who were kidnapped in 2014 from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in Guerrero, Mexico at a special event 5-9 p.m. both days at Roseland Community Library, 779 Sebastopol Road. It includes poetry, music, an art installation by Martín Zúñiga and altars dedicated to the ancestors of groups from Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, Oaxaca Tierra del Sol, North Coast Coalition for Palestine, La Hermandad, Roseland Parent Club, Positive Images, MEChA, Mujeres Xingonas, Undocumented Students Union and others. Info:, 707-486-6300,

Nov. 5 - Windsor - The big Noche de los Muertos celebration runs 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the Windsor Town Green, with music, electric candles, face painting, food and fun. Free.

Note: There will be no Día de los Muertos gathering at the Old Courthouse Square due to the plaza reconstruction project.

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