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Plan That Trip to Celebrate Día de Los Muertos in San Antonio

Alamo City goes big with this year's Day of the Dead festivities.

By Gwendolyn Knapp August 10, 2018

Intricate Día de Los Muertos costumes in San Antonio.

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:

Muerto Fest  

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.

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

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. 

Day of the Dead revelry.


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. 

SAY Sí Muertitos Fest

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.

Centro Cultural Aztlan

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.

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