Live TV coverage of San Rafael’s 

Dia de Los Muertos Events

The Multicultural Center of Marin (formerly Canal Welcome Center) is presenting the 30th anniversary of Dia de Los Muertos in San Rafael on Saturday, November 3. The events will be featured in a one-hour live broadcast starting at 5:30 pm on Marin TV, Comcast channel 30 and will be streamed live at   Co-hosts for the broadcast are Douglas Mundo, David Escobar and Mario Lopez.

Come Join Us at San Rafael’s

Day of the Dead Celebration 2018

November 3, 3PM – 9PM | Pickleweed Park, San Rafael CA


Remarkably, Day of the Dead — Dia de los Muertos San Rafael will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Albert J. Boro Community Center from 3:00pm to 9:00pm.

We hope you will join us in sharing this tradition.

About Day of the Dead

For 30 years the traditions of Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead have been honored and celebrated by community members of San Rafael, Marin County and beyond. The Mission of the Day of the Dead – Dia de los Muertos celebration is to reunite the diverse communities of San Rafael with the purpose of sharing a grateful acknowledgment of the continuing ebb and flow of existence.

Dear Community Member,

We are excited to invite you to participate in the San Rafael Canal Community’s 30th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, known in English as the Day of the Dead.

The Day of the Dead celebration comes from the ancient wisdom of the indigenous people of Mezzo and South America that through the years has been open to many spiritual influences of this ever developing world and changing universe we live in. The multicultural community of the Canal Neighborhood hosts the celebration and welcomes residents and visitors to the City of San Rafael to share in a grateful acknowledgement of the continuing ebb and flow of existence in ways we do not understand.

Our community oriented celebration is a fulfilling, fun, family event with the beat and rhythm of Mexican and South American music; the procession, drumming, dancing of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations; Mexican and Guatemalan dancers in traditional dress; face painting, crafts and art workshops for children; ethnic foods; and at the heart of the event, the altars, which are personal memorials of the life, times, values, contributions, and human spirit that remain with us in our hearts, minds, and connected energies.

To honor the diversity of the Canal Area, our celebrations have included altars from other cultures and individuals or agencies who although not Latino, want to be included. We welcome everybody.

The 2018 celebration will take place on Saturday, November 3 at the Albert J. Boro Community Center in Pickleweed Park. We are again planning the very popular and beautiful procession through the streets of the Canal, plus music and dancing, ethnic food, art displays, altar viewing, and much more.

Thousands of people attend this event which provides a very powerful and meaningful opportunity to celebrate life and honor a beautiful and spiritual tradition.

We invite you to help us celebrate in creating an altar. An application form and guidelines have been included under the Altars menu item.

Other ways you may be interested in participating:

 Volunteer at the event
 Have your group be in the procession!
 Attend! Spread the word. Request posters and flyers.

Call the Canal Welcome Center (415) 526-2486 for more information or if you are interested in creating an altar contact the Albert J. Boro Community Center at (415) 485-3077.

Day of the Dead San Rafael Schedule

November 3, 2018 | 3PM – 9PM

3:00PM – 6:00PM

Art Workshops, Face Painting, Traditional Foods, Altar Displays, Music Performances, Used Battery Collection Event

3:00 Pm

Rafael Steel Pan

Main Lobby

4:00 PM


5:30 PM
Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano


6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Community Procession

Community Center – Kerner Blvd – Larkspur St – Canal St

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cultural Performances


7:30 PM
Orquesta Adelante


8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Community Dance

Cyr Miller Room

Entertainment & Speakers

Meet our talented entertainers and speakers

Mayan Dancer
Mayan Dancer



Sugar Skull Decorating
Sugar Skull Decorating

Come decorate with our local artists


Face Painting
Face Painting

Get in the spirit


Aztec Dancers
Aztec Dancers

Traditional Ceremony


Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano
Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano

Traditional Mariachi


Want to volunteer? Contact Us Below


Young Dancers
Young Dancers

Traditional Steps


Traditional Instruments
Traditional Instruments

Cultural Music


Become a sponsor Contact Us Below


Where It’s At

Al Boro Community Center
and Pickleweed Park
50 Canal St.
San Rafael, CA 94901


Al Boro Community Center

Bring family and friends,

This Event is Free!

Stay in Touch

Other ways you may be interested in participating:
* Volunteer at the event

* Have your group be in the procession!

* Attend! Spread the word.

* Request posters and flyers.

* Become a sponsor

Drop us a note.


San Rafael Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos

A BIG THANK YOU to our Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for making this event FREE to attend