Olvera Street Events

Epiphany of the Three Kings
January 6th
This traditional holiday commemorates the three wise men's journey as they follow the star to Bethlehem.

Fiesta de La Candelaria
February 2nd
Candelaria is the Christian festival commemorating the Purification of the Blessed Virgin and the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Participants bring their Niño Jesus to be blessed.

Mardi Gras
March 4th
Tuesday before the beginning of the Lenten season, enjoy typical music, shops, dining, parades and family activities. Join in the burning of "bad Spirits" El Mal, the crowning of Miss Olvera Street, and more.

Blessing of the Animals
Saturday before Easter Sunday
Bring your pets to be blessed. Celebrated since 1930, this traditional event honor's animals for their service to mankind. Enjoy lively music, traditional food and fun people and pet watching.

Cinco de Mayo
May 5th
Celebration of Mexico's victory over French forces. Enjoy traditional Mexican music, and live entertainment. Shop at over seventy souvenir shops, and snack at outdoor Mexican taqueros or dine in our comfortable indoor restaurants.

American Independence Day
July 4th
Celebrate our national holiday in unique style. Watch the parade from Olvera Street to the Fort Moor Memorial or join the march then return to Olvera Street to enjoy shopping, fine Mexican food and live entertainment.

Los Angeles Birthday Celebration
September 14th
Commemoration of founding of Los Angeles by 44 pobladores from Nueva España in 1781. The whole city comes to the plaza for a birthday party bash.

Mexican Independence Day
September 16th
Miguel Hidalgo's cry of for Independence as El Grito de Dolores, "Mexicanos, viva México." Olvera Street marks this event with music, dancing, activities and games.

Dia de Los Muertos
November 1st & 2nd
The celebration that merges pre-Columbian beliefs with Catholic rituals. Activities include children's workshops, music, dancing, parades, unique altars and more!

Rose Queen Reception
Annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Court Reception. Rose Queen and her court tour Olvera Street.

Tree Lighting Ceremony
The lighting of a tree signals the beginning of traditional holiday activities. Seasonal decorations, entertainment and foods are highlighting cultural festivities.

Las Posadas
December 16th through the 24th
Visitors are encouraged to join the nightly candle light processions and Christmas carol singing in Spanish and English. A piñata is filled with candies every night for the children to break and enjoy.

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