Sunnylands celebrates Coachella Valley Days of Los Muertos with a screening of Coco, Aztec dancers

November 01, 2021

RANCHO MIRAGE – Sunnylands Center & Gardens will celebrate Coachella Valley Days of Los Muertos over a five-day stretch starting Wednesday, Nov. 3, that will include an outdoor screening of Pixar’s Día de Los Muertos movie Coco, and a special performance by an Aztec dance troupe that will explore the traditions of Day of the Dead.


Coachella Valley Days of Los Muertos runs from Nov. 3 to Nov. 7 at Sunnylands.  From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public is invited to the gardens to see the ofrendas, or altars, that community groups erect to represent their organizations, as well as nichos, or shadow boxes, that have been decorated by local artists. Guests will also find information boards in the gardens with facts on Día de Los Muertos and take-home activities.


Altar participants this year include: Animal Samaritans, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Market, Lift to Rise, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs Cemetery District, Raices Cultura, and S.C.R.A.P. Gallery.


Visitors will be asked to wear a face covering while inside Sunnylands buildings. Face coverings are not required outdoors.


All activities are free.


Special events include:


  • Coco (rated PG) will be shown on the Great Lawn starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. In this animated film, Miguel, an aspiring musician, goes in search of his great-great-grandfather in the Land of the Dead. Sunnylands will remain open until 9 p.m. that day for the movie, as well as nighttime viewing of the ofrendas.


  • Desert Oasis Healthcare will be on-site to offer free health checks, including flu and coronavirus vaccinations, on Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6. Guests will have the opportunity to discuss their health needs with a primary care provider or pharmacist. The mobile clinic will be available from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.


  • Danza Azteca Citlaltonac will stage a special, one-hour performance on the Great Lawn at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.  The Coachella dance troupe will explain the tradition of the Day of the Dead in Aztec culture and perform a series of dances, including a Miquiztli, a dance typically performed for the Day of the Dead.  Guests will be invited to join an introductory dance lesson, and the performance will end with a “Blessing to the Four Winds.”


Sunnylands Center & Gardens is located at 37977 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage.





The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, which operates The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and Sunnylands Center & Gardens, is a nonprofit operating entity. The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands hosts high-level retreats that address serious issues facing the nation and the world, including the 2013 meeting between President Obama and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China. Sunnylands also offers programs through Sunnylands Center & Gardens to educate the public about the history of Sunnylands, its architecture, art collections, cultural significance, and sustainable practices.



Eric J. Ornelas | Communications & Public Affairs Department Coordinator



The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

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