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. There are several Día de los Muertos events happening in the Austin area over the next several weeks.
Mark your calendars for these family friendly events to check out:
— Día de los Muertos Celebration @ Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Saturday, October 21, 3-7 p.m.
All ages are welcome to attend this free, yearly event brought to you by City of Austin at the MACC! Enjoy lots of great vendors, music, dance performances, and fun for the whole family. Also note that the MACC is hosting several family workshops this month, too. You can get details about signing up for one here.
— Rosita y Conchita @ Austin Scottish Rite Theater
Weekends through October 29, showtimes at 11 a.m. & 1 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 $8 for children; $12 for ages 12 & up, which you can purchase online here.
— Viva la Vida Parade & Festival @ Downtown Austin
Saturday, October 28, 12 – 8 p.m.
The Mexic-Arte Museum is thrilled host Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event featuring a grand procession and street festival (from Colorado to Brazos) with artist vendors, live music, food trucks, and community altars. Art activities for children and families will be also be available in the neighboring Frost Bank Tower Plaza, where the public will have an opportunity to take pictures with parade props, including large-scale moving sculptures and mojigangas. Free and open to the public!
— Día de los Muertos Celebration @ Pflugerville Public Library
Saturday, October 28, 2-4 p.m.
Enjoy stories, crafts, and a movie. All ages are welcome. The event will begin with a special bilingual story time with Ms. Silvia. She will share the history of the holiday and will read stories followed by plenty of craft opportunities and then a screening of The Book of Life.
— Día de los Muertos Festival @ Centennial Plaza (Round Rock)
Saturday, October 28, 2-9 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. Click here for the schedule of events.
— 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. While the fireworks are visible from all of East Austin and beyond, Krieg Baseball Fields are a great place to enjoy the show.
— Día de los Muertos Festivities @ Cepeda Branch Library
Wednesday, November 1, 6 p.m.
It’s time for books, stories and fun, with laughing skulls, lively music and mask-making amidst fluttering butterflies. Come enjoy this family literacy-based art program for people of all ages.
— Día de los Muertos Concert @ Stubb’s
Saturday, November 4, Doors at 5 p.m.
Easterseals’ Disability Awareness Day will culminate with the fifth annual Día de los Muertos concert at Stubb’s. Headlined by Grupo Fantasma, featuring performances by DJ King Louie and the Tiarra Girls, the concert is a unique Día de los Muertos cultural experience with art, food and drink. 100% of proceeds benefit the Easterseals Central Texas mission to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. Tickets are $30 which can be purchased online here. This is an all ages event.
— Dia de los Muertos — Let’s Dance @ Central Market North Lamar
Saturday, November 4, 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 tequila tastings and parties for grown-ups, click here.