As San Antonio Is Busy ringing In its Tricentennial this year, the city is also stepping up its huge Día de Los Muertos celebration with 20 new events happening from October 20 through November 3. That's more than any other city in Texas, and likely any other city in the country. Better yet, all of these events are free and open to the public, and most are family-friendly, too.
This year’s festivities include events big and small with traditional altars, live music, Mexican cuisine and parades. Restaurants and cafes around the city will also showcase altars, customary décor and fresh-baked pan de muerto, sweet bread that’s baked as an offering to departed loved ones.
Here’s a little taste of what’s in store:
October 27-28 | La Villita
Set right off the River Walk, this Day of the Dead fest features the largest open-air altar exhibition in the city along with live music—including mariachi, Tex-Mex punk, and more—at Arneson River Theater, original Day of the Dead art, a drum and puppet parade, poetry readings and more.
October 27 | Plaza Avenida
Art-making workshops, face-painting, a peace and remembrance procession, various community altars, and of course, pan de muerto and chocolate, are what’s in store for families at the The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
November 1-2 | Pearl Park
Pearl Park will be transformed for its elaborate Día de los Muertos celebration with altars throughout the property, live music, a procession and children's crafts. Hotel Emma and more locales will join in the festivities with unique altars and original programming.
November 2-3 | SAY Sí
SAY Sí is a local creative youth development organization in San Antonio, and curates one of the city’s most comprehensive Día de los Muertos celebrations. Expect a showcase of student art, altars, family folk art workshops, gourmet food, an artisan mercado and live cultural performances highlighting local dancers, musicians and entertainers.
November 2 | Centro Cultural Aztlan
This is San Antonio’s longest-standing Día de los Muertos celebration—dating back to 1977—with Centro Cultural Aztlan transforming its gallery into a giant art installation filled with unique altars.
For more information head to visitsanantonio.com.