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
Pop Pistol • Grupo Frackaso • Mexican Stepgrandfather • Pochos Chidos
Fantastico! • Blackbird Sing • La Chichada • Tallercito de Son • Las Monas
The Guadalupe Dance Company • Mariachi Nuevo Estilo
Juan & Armando Tejeda performing traditional Conjunto
Bravo Ballet Folklorico • Mariachi Flor de Jalisco • Mariachi Nuevo Jalisco
Poetry by Victoria Garcia-Zapata, Eddie Vega, Jacinto Jesus Cardona and Claudia D. Cardona
Floating Altar by Ana Fernandez • Art Installations by Momo & Pompa • Workshops by Colectivo Cultural
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.
Forever Petals by Vee
Karma Candle Makers
Art by Laura Simoneaux
Deva Designs by Alison
Ay Que Cute
Princess and the Monkey
Mystic Angel Creations
Art of Karen Faye
La Casa Frida
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
La Villita Historic Arts Village 210-207-8614
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).
Saturday, Oct. 28: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29: Noon to 10 p.m.
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.
RIDE VIA to DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 2017 CELEBRATION
Let’s VIVA to La Villita and be the life of the party!
VIA Metropolitan Transit encourages you to ride any of VIVA’s three routes to the Día De Los Muertos 2017 Celebration Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29, at La Villita Historic Arts Village.
Enjoy FARE-FREE service on all VIA VIVA routes, Saturday, Oct. 28.
Whether it’s VIVA culture (Route 11), VIVA missions (Route 40) or VIVA centro (Route 301), VIA makes it easy for you to get to the celebration. In addition to the three VIVA routes, VIA also has numerous daily routes that provide service to or near La Villita (see map below). Visit our Trip Planning page at VIAinfo.net to map out your trip or plan your trip with the VIA goMobile app.
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