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Olvera Street Annual Events

Olvera Street is a historic area of Los Angeles, and in fact, it is the oldest part of the entire city and is known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles”. The area is built reminiscent of a traditional Mexican Marketplace in order to preserve the early history of California. In addition to being a marketplace year round featuring traditional Mexican food, the area also hosts traditional Mexican events throughout the year! Read on to read about some of the most popular events throughout the year. 


  1. Day of the Dead. Held at the end of October, this Mexican holiday is a time to remember and celebrate friends and family who have died and to help them along in their spiritual journey. At Olvera Street, the holiday is a 9 day festival featuring altars on display, face painting, and entertainment such as aztec dancers, a parade and activities for children. 
  2. Las Posadas. Held at Christmas time, this event commemorates the journey that Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem. The event begins with a Pinata for children and then a procession featuring musicians and a narration of the story of Mary and Joseph as they make their way to Bethlehem. 
  3. Blessing of the Animals. Held on the Saturday before Easter Sunday, this celebration has been taking place at Olvera Street since its founding in 1930. The event was started back in the 4th century when San Antonio de Abad was named the patron saint of the animal kingdom and blessed animals to promote the good health of all. Today the tradition continues with the opportunity to have your pets be blessed!

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