Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a holiday in which friends and family gather to remember loved ones who have passed away. In Austin, this has grown into a city-wide, party, procession and vigil, celebrating the city’s multi-ethnic heritage with several Día de los Muertos events happening over the next several weeks.
— Rosita y Conchita @ Austin Scottish Rite Theater
Weekends at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. through Oct. 28, as well as a special evening performance on Nov 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Rosita y Conchita is a Día de los Muertos bilingual play about two sisters who try to reunite on the Day of the Dead. Along the way Rosita keeps getting lost, but she miraculously finds her way to Conchita through familiar sounds and images. Based on the award-winning children’s book Rosita y Conchita by Erich Haeger and Eric González. Tickets are $10 for children ages 3-11, free for ages 2 & under, and $15 for ages 12 & up. You can get tickets online here.
— Día de los Muertos Festivities @ Various Austin Public Library Branches
Oct. 24 through Nov. 1
Learn about this traditional holiday at this fun, engaging, cultural program presented through stories, music, shadow show puppetry, and arts and crafts at various dates/times and different branches of the Austin Public Library. Free and open to the public. Click here for a schedule.
— Viva la Vida Parade & Festival @ Downtown Austin
Saturday, October 27, 12 – 6 p.m.
Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Fest is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos festival, featuring a Grand Procession at 12 p.m. followed by, hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day. Free and open to the public!
— Día de los Muertos Celebration @ Pflugerville Public Library
Saturday, October 27, 2-4 p.m.
Celebrate Día de los Muertos with a storytime, crafts, sugar skull decorating, and a movie screening of Coco in Spanish. Recommended for children at least 5 years of age, and must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Free!
— Día de los Muertos Fireworks @ Krieg Field
Tuesday October 31, 9:30 p.m.
Planet K’s Annual Texas Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., and take place behind Krieg Baseball Fields, on S. Pleasant Valley Rd., just south of the Colorado River. Also expect face painting, live art exhibits, vendor booths, community/charity booths, and food trucks.
— Día de los Muertos Celebration @ Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Friday, November 2 & Saturday, November 3
This two-day event includes an altar exhibition, live music and dance performances, and an afternoon of activities for the whole family that includes piñatas, sugar skull decoration, face painting, and more! The celebration starts on Friday, Nov. 2 from 5-9 p.m. with “La Alumbrada”, and continues the following day on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1-4 p.m. with “Día de la Familia.” Click here for full details.
— Día de los Muertos Festival @ Centennial Plaza (Round Rock)
Saturday, November 3, 2-10 p.m.
Round Rock Ballet Folklorico presents this annual, free festival for the whole community. Enjoy a full line-up of performances, live music, and parade, activities for kids, arts & crafts and food vendors. Dress up in your finest Calaca, Frida, Selena or Prince apparel. Click here for more info.
— Dia de los Muertos @ Central Market North Lamar
Saturday, November 3, 6-9 p.m.
Join Central Market for their annual Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring Austin Samba School and Las Monas de San Antonio! Bring your friends and family, grab a snack, and prepare for the biggest and most elaborate Central Market show of the year, complete with puppets, live drums and dozens of dancers. Feeling especially festive? Come out in your own Day of the Dead face paint and costume and join in on the dancing and celebration. Free and open to the public.
–> For even more Día de los Muertos events, including parties for grown-ups, click here.