Central America’s traditional Day of the Dead celebration will be the centerpiece of the Edison Language Academy’s annual fall festival, which will include musical performances, games, food, and the largest Day of the Dead exhibit on the Westside.
Santa Monica’s Edison Language Academy offers one of the top Spanish-language immersion programs in the nation.
The community festival will offer, in addition to music and authentic Mexican food, children’s entertainment, a costume parade, a haunted house, a rock climbing wall, games, crafts and a raffle for a $500 prize.
Scheduled to perform are Maggie Palomo & El Son de Los Angeles who blend traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms and today’s timba sounds, and the Samohi Marching Band. Luis Lopez will be DJ/MC for the festival.
The Day of the Dead exhibit will showcase up to 15 altars created by Edison students in the Mexican and Central American tradition of remembering the dead. Some of the altars will honor casualties of war and the victims of recent natural disasters such as the hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Festival will be held Saturday, October 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Edison Language Academy at 2425 Kansas Avenue in Santa Monica.Admission is free. Food, drinks and activities are $1 to $3 each.