Fruitvale Restaurant Week celebrates Dia de los Muertos Oct. 25-Nov. 1

For 25 years, the annual Día de los Muertos festival in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood has drawn thousands of families with its Latin American music, games, art and altares that pay homage to los Muertos.

Food has always played a big role in the fall festival, too. And while most of the activities will pivot online this year due to the pandemic, you can still get your favorite tacos and sweet pan de muerto in person.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the event and support Fruitvale restaurants along the International Boulevard corridor, organizer The Unity Council, in partnership with Visit Oakland, has planned Fruitvale Restaurant Week Oct. 25 to Nov. 1 offering special $15-menus of food that can be enjoyed to-go or outdoors at restaurants that have patio seating.

They are also highlighting neighborhood bakeries that make the sweet yeast bread, or pan de muerto, which represents an offering made to the departed loved one.

All menus are $15 and feature specials, like three quesabirrias with consome and one agua fresca or soda (Parra’s). The participating nine restaurants in Fruitvale are: Los Cocos, Cafe Platano, Rinconcito Chapin, Parra’s, Taqueria 16 de septiembre, Emil’s Burgers, Nieves Cinco de Mayo Burgers, Taqueria Reynoso, Obelisco.

The five panaderias that will be selling pan de muerto are: Bakery El Sol, Peña’s Bakery (Foothill), Panaderia Sevilla, Los Mexicanos and Pasteleria La Favorita. Most will start as early as Oct. 17. Los Mexicanos, at 1522 Fruitvale Avenue, is already selling pan de muerto.

For more information on Fruitvale Restaurant Week and the Día de los Muertos Festival, visit

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