10 Día de los Muertos Events to Attend this Weekend


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Día de los Muertos is a time to come together with your family, and to pay respects to your departed loved ones by creating elaborate altars with which to honor them. On these altars, we leave goodies to be enjoyed by the spirits of our loved ones from the other side. Such goodies might include pan de muerto, fruits, or tequila for our spicier relatives. If building your own altar is too much for you however, there are several altar-heavy venues and festivals that you can explore during this year’s Day of the Dead weekend. You can delight in the artistic creations of others without having to go through too much trouble yourself.

I will recommend leaving a shot or two of tequila out for your deceased loved ones though, regardless of the artistic caliber of your homemade altars. A spirit’s journey back to you is probably pretty tough, so show some appreciation.

Día de los Muertos: La Ofrenda

The Southwest School of Art celebrates Día de los Muertos with an installation by artist Kathy Sosa titled “La Ofrenda.” Through her work, Sosa reinterprets traditional altars with the use of vibrant colors and a folk-driven aesthetic. The exhibition will be open from October 28 to November 9. Free, Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta, (210) 224-1848, swschool.org

Say Sí's Muertitos Fest

Say Sí kicks off their annual Día de Los Muertos celebration with Saints & Sinners, a celebration of all apparitions, and then some. The night includes vegan and gluten-free food via Vegeria vegan restaurant, poetry, an altar showcase and live music from Maya Guirao World Music Project. $30, 7:30-10:30pm, 1518 S Alamo, (210) 212-8666, saysi.org/muertitos-fest -Jessica Elizarraras

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center’s Día de los Muertos Community Celebration

This Día de los Muertos festival will feature altars, a tour of San Fernando Cemetery #1, sugar skull face painting, traditional calavera readings, and more. Live music at the event will include Son Jarocho, Bene Medina y su Conjunto Aguila, Las Tesoros de San Antonio, Los de Esta Noche. Free, 3pm Saturday, Rinconcito de Esperanza, 816 S. Colorado, (210) 228-0201, esperanzacenter.org

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San Anto Cultural Arts is holding a free Día de los Muertos themed block party and ribbon cutting to celebrate their new building expansion. Activities will include face painting and sugar skull making. Local artists will showcase their work at the event, and local musicians are scheduled to play throughout the day. Free, 11 am Saturday, San Anto Cultural Arts, 2120 El Paso, (210) 226-7466, sananto.org

Rene Roberts’ Día de los Muertos Ball

Rene Roberts is throwing its 5th annual masquerade party at the Guadalupe Theater on Nov 1. The party is adults only and guests are asked to arrive in costume with skeleton faces. Music will be provided by DJ Joe Afro, and tickets can be purchased from Rene Roberts Hair Studio. $35-$200, 6pm Saturday, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St, (210) 324-2662

Día de los Perros

Green Dog Kennels is hosting its 4th Annual Día de Los Perros celebration at The Cove. In honor of Día de Los Muertos, this doggy festival aims to unite all dog lovers in San Antonio by encouraging you to come out with your pet (in costume, of course) to enjoy craft beer, food, and a canine-only costume contest. Free-$25, 1pm Saturday, The Cove, 606 W Cypress St, (210) 227-2683, greendogkennels.com

Muertos Fest

La Villita is celebrating Día de los Muertos with a weekend-long event. Muertos Fest will feature original artwork, poetry, and an altar exhibition contest. Live concerts will be held at Arneson River Theatre, featuring such artists as Pinata Protest, Azul Barrientos, and Femina-X on Saturday, and Nina Diaz, Master Blaster Sound System, and Las Tesoros on Sunday. Free, Saturday 10am and Sunday 1pm, La Villita, 418 Villita St, muertosfest.com

Día de los Muertos at Market Square

El Mercado will be fully adorned with altars for Día de los Muertos weekend. Aside from the creative displays honoring the deceased, Día de los Muertos in the square will feature performances by Las Monas Dance Group and poetry readings. There will be live music and crafts, and Los Altares del Mercado will be set up inside the Farmers Market building. Free, Saturday and Sunday 11am, Market Square, 514 W. Commerce, (210) 207-8605

Planet K Fireworks Celebration

Planet K’s 7th annual Día de lost Muertos celebration will be taking place at Woodlawn Lake. The event will feature local artists and vendors, and activities such as face painting, live ice carving, sugar skull making, and a vintage car show, all leading up to the fireworks show. Free, 3pm Sunday, Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati, (210) 859-0665

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is throwing a fun and educational Día de los Muertos bash on All Saints’ Day. The event will feature art-making workshops for all ages, altars, and traditional dance performances. Free, 5pm Sunday, Museo Guadalupe, 723 S Brazos St, (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org

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