Dia de los Muertos celebration in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland


The 27th annual Día de los Muertos festival, honoring Day of the Dead traditions, was held along International Boulevard in the Fruitvale neighborhood. The celebration included traditional dancers, artwork, live music, altar displays and more.

The free festival drew people from across the Bay Area, with the website claiming more than 100,000 people have attended in recent years.

Dia de los Muertos – also known as Day of the Dead – is a Latin American celebration of deceased ancestors or loved ones. Altars are built in tribute to the deceased, often decorated with photos, gifts, flowers, food and drink.

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Caesar Calvo, of Oakland, holds his son Caeser Jr., 3, as they watch a performance on the main stage of the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Members of the Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl perform for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Dancers from different dance groups perform together at East 12th Street for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Dancers from different dance groups perform together at East 12th Street for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Dancers from different dance groups perform together at East 12th Street for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Dancers from different dance groups perform together at East 12th Street for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Drummers perform at East 12th Street during the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Drummers perform at East 12th Street during the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
People walk along International Boulevard during the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
People walk along International Boulevard during the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Dancers from different dance groups perform together at East 12th Street for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Dancers from different dance groups perform together at East 12th Street for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Festival-goers watch a band perform during the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Festival-goers watch a band perform during the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Members of the Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl perform for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Members of the Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl perform for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Members of the Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl perform for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Members of the Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl perform for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Audience members watch members of the Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl perform for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Audience members watch members of the Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl perform for the Dia de los Muertos festival in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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