2019 Secular Day of the Dead

DOD2019 posterAnnouncing the San Diego Dia de los Muertos Secular/Secular Day of the Dead taking place on Saturday, November 2, 2019, noon – 4:30 PM at:

Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
6690 Mission Gorge Road
San Diego, California 92120

Get your Eventbrite tickets here: TICKET BUTTON


-Activities for Children

-Honoring Table Ceremony (Bring photos of loved one(s) you are honoring to place on the table. Any cultural representation and all speakers are welcome to this event.)

-Live Classical Guitar Entertainment by Juan Carlos Cortes


Free Parking

Face Painting only $5

On-site souvenir store featuring Secular Saint Candles, T-Shirts, Face Masks and Face Jewelry

This event is sponsored by: The Freethought Society and The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego

Tickets for the authentic Mexican fare buffet luncheon are only:

$20 per adult
$10 children over 5 years old
Free for children under 5 (please reserve a spot)

A Secular Day of the Dead event is a celebration of life – sans religion. More and more people are abandoning their religious upbringing, but still want to celebrate the beauty of their culture. Many nontheist Hispanics want to continue traditions and cultural rituals, but in a secular way. Nontheist Hispanics view the Secular Day of the Dead as a perfect way to remember the legacy of dead loved ones in a way that does not require prayer, church, or any religious dogma. This is why a Secular Day of the Dead was created. To nontheists, our legacies are our afterlife.

The Secular Day of the Dead event will include many redesigned Hispanic traditions and rituals that celebrate our one and only life, legacies and cultural heritage. Any cultural representation and all speakers are welcome.

Rave reviews were received for Secular Day of the Dead celebrations that have already taken place in San Diego, California and Los Angeles, California. We hope to see this tradition repeated in other cities around the country. Your participation will help establish this event as an important cultural tradition and a much needed outreach to nontheists/secularists in the Hispanic community.

Please attend to experience this unique and beautiful event. You will find much joy in the appreciation of the here and the now combined with the remembrances of those who lived before us.


Here is hotel information if you want to make a weekend out of going to San Diego.
The closest hotel to Emeliano's Restaurant is:

DoubleTree by Hilton

7450 Hazard Center Drive

San Diego, CA 92108

Reservation Phone Number: 
(619) 297-5466

Currently priced rooms are: $259.00

Double Occupancy with 2 queen beds: $265.00 1 king bed 

The price includes tax and an incidental hold of $75.

The $75 hold per night is refundable if no parking or incidentals are applicable at check out.

72-hour prior notice for full cancellation refund with no penalties.