Day of the Dead, Celebrate & Remember

Day of the Dead, Celebrate & Remember

October 25, 2019 - November 16, 2019
Time: 8:00PM - 12:00AM

Location: Dates, times, and locations vary based on activity

Day of the Dead, Celebrate & Remember

Everyone welcome, families encouraged

Dia de los Muertas (Day of the Dead) observances can be traced back to its origin in 16 century Latin America. In more modern times, it was widely celebrated by the rural citizens of Mexico; however, in the 1980s interest in the custom spread to cities and America.Today’s Day of the Dead community-wide celebrations invite us to reflect on the lives of loved ones. It emphasizes the deep connections to deceased ancestors never met and enables us to maintain a connection to our loved ones who have passed — including the broader topic of leaving a legacy and being remembered. Day of the Dead returns the focus to an appreciation and celebration of life.

Texas’ Largest Dia de los Muertos Festival

This year, San Antonio is expanding its Day of the Dead festivities with a series of events happening from October 25th through November 16th, all centered around the themes of the holiday, and a charmingly paradoxical affirmation of life.

A list of Day of the Dead San Antonio events is below. Check the website for updates and further information.

• Coco Night, Friday, Oct. 25
Will Naylor Smith Plaza at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Admission: Free
A free screening of the 2017 Pixar film Coco.

• Catrina Ball 2019Saturday, Oct. 26
Central Library

• Day of the Dead San Antonio Festival Opening Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 1
Arneson River Theater
Mariachis and Day of the Dead dancers portraying La Danza de Los Mojigangas will launch the inaugural parade.

• Catrineras on the RiverFriday, Nov. 1
San Antonio River Walk
Admission: Free (seat sales to be announced through the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation)
A new river parade kicks off the festival on el Día de los Inocentes.

• Day of the Dead San Antonio Festival at La VillitaFriday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 3
Hours: Friday, Nov. 1, 6-11 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 6-11 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 3, noon-8 p.m.
La Villita, with event entrances on Presa Street and South Alamo Street
Mexican food, drinks, and shopping will be available, along with live music, performances, workshops, and children’s activities, including piñata-making (and smashing!) and sugar skull-decorating. Altar de Muertos may be viewed near the Little Church, and a sunset candlelight vigil will honor loved ones.

• Celebrating Life 5K RaceSaturday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m.
Mission Burial Park South, 1700 SE Military Drive
All participants will receive a commemorative kit with an event shirt, a water bottle, and a participation medal. Runners may have their faces painted by makeup artists before or after the race. The first place winner receives a trip to the 2020 Mexico City Marathon.

• Mythical AlebrijesOct. 25 to Nov. 16
The Witte Museum
– whimsical carvings depicting animals, people, objects, and imaginary creatures painted with intense colors and intricate patterns – by Mexican artisans Jacobo Angeles and María del Carmen Mendoza. Part of “Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids,” a special exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History.

  • Mexicraneos Street
    Oct. 15 to Nov. 15
    Houston Street, Downtown
    Admission: Free
    A series of decorated, sculptural skulls will line Houston Street near Frost Tower.

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