Día de Los Muertos Celebration brings together traditional art and culture with the best in live music entertainment to create a two-day destination event for the City of San Antonio to celebrate the Day of the Dead. The event hosts a variety of activities over the weekend celebration including the largest open altar exhibition in the city.
Events are free and open to the public including: live music at Arneson River Theater; original Day of the Dead art; living altar; dance, drum and puppet procession; live poetry and more!
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10am – 11pm
Sunday, October 29, 2017, noon – 10 pm
El Conjunto Nueva Ola
Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto Siempre
Mexrrissey - Mexico Goes Morrissey
Las Tesoros de San Anto
Viva Las Vegas
From pre-Columbian times, the Day of the Dead has been celebrated throughout Mexico and Latin American countries. Today it is celebrated throughout the Americas on November 1 and 2, a time in which the living lovingly pay tribute and remember their departed friends and family members. Remembrances include family visits to the local cemetery, processions through town squares and inventive homemade altars honoring departed family members with photos, “Pan de Muerto” sweet bread and flowers.
For more information on traditional Day of the Dead altars visit: Celebrate Day of the Dead.
Altar Exhibition & Contest
Community members are invited to participate in this tradition by entering the Altar Contest and building their own altar for the Día de los Muertos Celebration at La Villita Historic Arts Village. Individuals, families and groups are all encouraged to submit their application.
Students in grades K-12 with a faculty/school or approved organizational sponsor (age 21+) are eligible to enter the student altar competition.
Enter STUDENT Exhibition Contest Here
GENERAL EVENT INFORMATION
The two-day event is free and open to the public, bringing together traditional art and culture with live music and entertainment to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Festivities include live music at Arneson River Theater, original artwork, a dance, drum and puppet procession, live poetry, and the largest open altar exhibition in San Antonio.
For general event information or information on how to participate as a sponsor, vendor or artist: email@example.com
La Villita Historic Arts Village 210-207-8614
La Villita Historic Arts Village, 418 Villita St., is located at the corner of South Alamo and Nueva Streets in downtown San Antonio.
Saturday, Oct. 28: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29: Noon to 10 p.m.
La Villita Historic Arts Village is located on the corner of S. Alamo St. and Nueva St. in downtown San Antonio.
418 Villita St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205.
(Please note that Villita St. is a pedestrian only street).
Please observe all traffic officers and No Parking signs. We want to minimize traffic congestion in the area. There are numerous parking lots and garages in the surrounding downtown area. Please consider carpooling, ride-sharing or public transportation if you would like to minimize parking issues.
Plan Your Bus Trip
Several VIA bus routes, including the new VIVA routes, offer convenient service to this year’s Día de los Muertos Celebration, Oct. 28-29, at historic La Villita.
To plan your VIA trip to Día de los Muertos at La Villita, use the online trip planner at VIAinfo.net or use a third-party mobile app like Google Maps, Moovit, or TripGo. Ride any VIA bus route that serves the downtown area, including VIVA Centro (301) and VIVA culture (11).
Bus schedules are listed at VIAinfo.net and available at VIA Transit Centers.
Cost: The best deal is a $2.75 Day Pass for unlimited rides, available on the bus. Single fares are $1.30 per ride.
For more information on how to ride VIA to Día De Los Muertos, call VIA Customer Service at (210)-362-2020.
ARTISTS AND HANDMADE GOODS
All items should be Day of the Dead Themed. Artists must supply their own booth or tent, if needed. Permit fee for artists is $75 per day/$150 total.
APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS SEPT. 22, 2017Art Vendor Application
Approved vendors must comply with all facility, health and fire code regulations, vendors are responsible for associated health and fire fees in addition to space fees applied. $300 per day (+permit fees and booth rental if needed) = $600 total (+permit fees and booth rental as needed).
Full guidelines are included in the downloadable Application.
APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS SEPT. 22, 2017Food Vendor Application