The city of Beverly Hills and its Community Services Department invite the community to the annual Fall Funtastic Harvest Festival on Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market. This year’s festivities will include a Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest judged by Farmers’ Market attendees, carnival games and story time. Additionally, this year’s activities will honor Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), featuring traditional Day of the Dead face painting with Alejandro Pulido, a paper marigold-making workshop with Self Help Graphics & Art, and a folklorico dance performance from Cortines High School.
The Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market is located at 9300 Civic Center Drive. This family-fun event is free, and the public is invited to dress up in costume (optional) and celebrate in the season’s holidays.
After the Farmers’ Market festivities, a special screening of Disney Pixar’s Coco will take place at 1 p.m. in the library auditorium. Gabriela Tessier from Univision will be on hand to provide a brief history of Día de los Muertos and introduce the movie. Attendees can also contribute to two interactive, community installations by visual artist Ginette Rondeau. A traditional Day of the Dead altar and “Mailbox to Heaven” will both be on display at the library from Oct. 18- Nov. 5.
For more information and to register for the Pumpkin Contest and/or the Coco film screening, visit beverlyhills.org/fallfuntastic.