In October, the dead don’t rest in peace, especially not in Los Angeles. Macabre and muerto (dead) stuff is everywhere and there’s no shortage of Angelenos who want to get in the “spirit.” Celebrating its sixth year, the Olvera Street Muertos Artwalk is a fun and festive way to kick off the season, bringing vendors, performers, and dozens of local artists together for a spooky stroll along the landmark downtown locale. Artwork, jewelry, accessories, clothing, face painting and more will be available for purchase, as folkloric music and dance — much of it courtesy of local school troupes — fills the plaza. Entertainment this year includes: Mariachi Alegria de la Vida, Palms Middle School, Tlaliyoyo, Xipe Totec Aztec Dancers, Las Palmas Folklorico & Hamilton High School Folklorico, Mi Lindo Mexico, Grupo Folklorico de LMU, Cayambe, Orgullo Mexicano, La Hora Feliz, Teatro del Barrio performing La Danza de la Muerte, and more. Olvera Street, of course, also honors Dia de los Muertos later in the month (Oct. 25– Nov. 2) with nightly novenario processions beginning at 7 p.m. including an indigenous blessing ceremony, live performances and dress-up. Its community altars will be on display Oct. 28-Nov. 2. This weekend provides a preview of sorts for those who just can’t wait.

Olvera Street, N Alameda St. & N Los Angeles St., downtown; Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; free. (213) 485-6855,


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