San Antonio has long been known for its Day of the Dead festivities. This traditional Mexican holiday dates to pre-Columbian times when people celebrated their deceased loved ones. The holiday includes the creation of festive altars, adorned with photos, foods and other gifts meant to honor those who have passed. This year, new offerings add excitement to dozens of festivities spread out across town, creating the largest celebration of its kind in the U.S.
Experience the Beloved Muertos Fest
Now in its seventh year, the popular Dia de los Muertos, known as Muertos Fest, has expanded to a new location at Hemisfair downtown. From October 26-27, this free, family friendly event has something for everyone, including the city’s largest open altar exhibition. Live music will be performed and original Day of the Dead artwork will be on display. Add to this a drum and puppet procession, poetry readings and more and it’s easy to see why the fest was named one of the 10 Great Day of the Dead celebrations in the country by USA Today.
Discover New Celebrations
Join us for the inaugural Day of the Dead San Antonio festival November 1-3 in the historic La Villita neighborhood. Kick-off the celebrations with Catrinas on the River, a new river parade featuring more than 22 barges showcasing skeletons, skulls, candles and more. The festivities continue throughout the weekend with Altar de Muertos, artistic displays, activities for children, musical performances, gastronomical treats and the Celebrating Life 5K, the first-place prize is a trip to the 2020 Mexico City Marathon.
Discover the Beauty and Pageantry of our Rich Culture
Our heritage and traditions are beautifully on display during Day of the Dead. Come discover magical creatures at The Witte Museum’s latest exhibit, Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids. This exhibit explores the science and history behind sea monsters, dragons and many other amazing favorites. Plan to visit Mexicraneos Street, beginning October 15th, with its display of sculpted skulls lining Houston Street by the Frost Tower. Check out The Tobin Center’s Cinema on the Plaza, with a special showing of the popular “Coco” feature film on October 25th. You’ll be treated to Cabezones, large, specially decorated skulls, along with festive music and food.
Come Share and Explore our Treasured Heritage
Our authentic Day of the Dead celebration ties in perfectly with the culturally significant designations our city has received. Our Spanish missions were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site; the first in Texas. San Antonio was also designated a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, for our booming food scene, inspired by our many culinary and cultural influences. Plan a visit to experience our missions and our many dining options and be prepared to be amazed and hungry for more.
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