Downtown Santa Ana will be a huge block party this Saturday, November 7th as several events will be taking place all day. Saturday marks the end of the Día de los Muertos celebration, first Saturdays Art Walk, the Konsept art and music festival, and the Blading Cup to name a few. Read below for more details on all the festivities happening this weekend.
Saturday, November 7
Did you know one of biggest competition in inline skating is held in downtown Santa Ana? This will be the 5th year of The Blading Cup, an international inline skating event bringing the best professional and amateur bladers to compete on custom designed courses. It was created by inline skating legend, Jon Julio and Themgoods. Australia’s top professional rollerblader, CJ Wellsmore won the coveted prize last year. Come see if CJ will take the prize again this year. Located on 4th street between Bush and French, the event starts at 11, with the main Pro Finals competition at 6:00pm. See the entire schedule here.
Free | 11am to 8:00pm | 4th Street Between Bush and French
East End is presenting the third annual festival bringing an array of art, music, fashion, photography, and culture to downtown Santa Ana. The free festival, or better known as the block party, will have live performances by local artists such as Karlton Phresh, C-Tre Flowz, Goons, and The Earthlings along with numerous vendors lining 4th street. The main stage takes place at 4th and Spurgeon and the second stage will be at 4th Street Market. Click here for a full line up.
Free| Noon to 10pm | 4th Street and Spurgeon, 4th Street Market
In it’s 13th year, Noche de Altares (Night of the Altars), is the largest Día de los Muertos celebration in Orange County. Hosted by non-profit organization El Centro Cultural de Mexico, Noche de Altares is a free, family-friendly community event. Attendees are invited to build an altar in memory of a deceased loved one or to bring awareness to a social issue. Throughout the day there will be arts and crafts workshops, face painting, local art, delicious food from local restaurants and vendors, along with live music. There will also be photo opportunities with La Catrina, the modern-day icon of Día de los Muertos created by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe.
Free | noon to 10:00pm | 4th Street and Birch
On the First Saturday of every month, downtown Santa Ana hosts its very own Artwalk in the Artists Village, drawing over 3500 attendees and showcasing over 20 unique galleries, performances, artisan vendors and much more.
Free| 7:00pm to 10:00 pm | Second Street Promenade and surrounding blocks
Beat Swap Meet is a traveling record swap meet, organized to celebrate and promote music on vinyl records. There will be boxes of vinyl records being sold and traded, along with DJ’s spinning rare selections from their vinyl record collection along with live performances by live artists releasing new music. All the music will not be coming out of a laptop, but on a turntable, the old school way. There will also be a B-Boy/Girl competition. Entrance is free with canned goods, which are donated to the local homeless communities.
Free with canned good donation | Noon to 6:00pm | Yost Theater Parking Lot 307 N. Spurgeon
Sunday, November 8
Also known as SOMOS, on Sunday, between 9am and 2pm, a huge stretch of Main Street will be closed off to cars and opened to cyclists and pedestrians. The 3.1 mile route connects historic south Main Street (starting at Warner Avenue) with the city’s vibrant downtown area (ending at 5th Street). This year, to celebrate Día de los Muertos, the event will feature decorations associated with the yearly festivity. Entertainment and activities such as 15 minute sessions of Zumba, and various children events will also be featured throughout the route.
Free | 9:00am to 2:00pm | Main Street (From Warner Ave to 4th St)