There are tons of great Dia de Los Muertos celebrations and festivals in San Antonio taking place this weekend, and we’ve put the best together in an easy-to-use guide for your convenience.
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. San Antonio has some of the best places to celebrate and honor the holiday this weekend.
Read on for our guide to some of the best Dia de Los Muertos celebrations in San Antonio this weekend from November 1-3.
Día de los Muertos at the Pearl | Nov. 1-2
Join the Pearl development for their third annual honoring of lost loved ones at their Dia de Los Muertos Celebration. Attending visitors will celebrate with a two-day event and can anticipate to enjoy live music from local artists, family friendly crafts, as well as vendors offering delicious food and drinks. Displays of altars created by local and regional arts will be available for viewing. As always, they encourage costumes and face-painting as part of tradition.
This event is completely free and will be from 5-9pm on Friday Nov.1 and Saturday Nov. 2 at the Pearl Brewery, 303 Pearl Pkwy Ste 300, San Antonio, TX 78215. No tickets needed!
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Celebrando Tradiciones: Día de Los Muertos | Nov. 1
This free community event is set to take place Friday Nov. 1 from 6pm to 11pm. There will be performances by the Guadalupe Dance Company, Mariachi Azteca de America, Guadalupe Dance Academy and Mariachi Academy. Some of the fun events to participate in at Celebrando Tradiciones are; art-making workshops, visiting community altars at the Galeria Guadalupe, face-painting, and enjoying some delicious foods such as pan de muerto y chocolate. Other yummy foods will be available from vendors by WestFest/Urban Take Over.
Día de Los Muertos Celebration con Esperanza | Nov. 1
Join in on celebrating the departed with some displays of community altars/ofrendas, live music, face painting for children, food and more! This event will highlight something very special; a reading of literary ofrendas to remember the dead featuring poems poking fun at the living. Everyone is welcome and people are encouraged to dress up and join in on the fun. No tickets necessary. Take a look at their website for the performance lineup, also this event is free from 5-11 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1.
Day of the Dead San Antonio | Nov. 1-3
The city of San Antonio will be hosting a festival on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at the La Villita Historic Arts Village. This three-day celebration will be holding an annual tradition starting the Nov. 1 kicking off the first-ever “Catrinas on the River” parade commemorating Day of the Dead hallmarks on San Antonio Riverwalk. The festival will be including a 5K race that celebrates life, live performances, colorful altars, and much more.
Muertitos Fest | Nov. 1-2
SAY Sí will be presenting an education event with student art, altars, folk art workshops, food booths, and an artisan Mercado. Attendees can expect to enjoy live music, sideshow entertainers and hands-on activities for the kids. This event is Friday from 6-10:30 pm and Saturday 12-4 pm. Free.
Día de los Muertos on the Old Spanish Trail | Nov. 2
Centro Cultural Aztlan in San Antonio’s Deco District is one of the most talented neighborhood festivals. At noon an Altares y Ofrendas exhibition will take place leading to a 5 pm march from Deco District H-E-B back to the gallery. There will also be art installations presents along The Old Spanish Trail while enjoying live music. Special altares are said to be honoring the late San Antonio mayor Lila Cockrell, jazz musician Jim Cullum and artist and activist Gene Elder. This event is 100% free and sure to be something not to miss!
12th Annual Día de Los Muertos Fireworks Festival | Nov. 2
A great way to celebrate the end of Dia de Los Muertos is with fireworks and the 12th annual Dia de Los Muertos fireworks festival is sure to be something to please. Come and join in on the fun and watch fireworks at District 7’s Woodlawn Lake Park. Bring some lawn chairs and blankets if you decide to attend. A memorial balloon release will take place as well as appearances by Grupo Folklorico de Bendiciones and the Tehuan Band of Mission Indians. Fireworks start at 8:15pm sharp so make sure to be there from 4-pm, also this event is free.
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Still looking for more weekend fun? Make sure to check out our guide to the best things to do in San Antonio this weekend.