La Villita Presents

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Benefitting Inner City Development


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!

 
free to the public

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10am – 11pm
Sunday, October 29, 2017, noon – 10 pm

 

Activities

Altar Contest

Altar Building Contest

Enter Contest Here

Live Poetry

Live Poetry

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Workshops

Workshops

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Art Vendors

Vendors

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Procession

Procession Times

Saturday, Oct 28th, 7pm
Sunday, October 29th, 3pm

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Music

The Lineup

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Full Schedule

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Altars

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.

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Altar Exhibition & Contest

sponsored by San Antonio Current

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.

Enter Altar Exhibition Contest Here

Students

sponsored by San Antonio Current

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

Festival Information

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: info@muertosfest.com

LOCATION

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.

Address

418 Villita St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205.
(Please note that Villita St. is a pedestrian only street).

Festival Hours

Saturday, Oct. 28: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29: Noon to 10 p.m.

PARKING

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.

For more information: VIAinfo.net/VIVA | (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, 2017

Art Vendor Application

FOOD VENDORS

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, 2017

Food Vendor Application

2017 sponsors

Historic Village of La Villita Logo
Bexar County Logo
Center City Development & Operations Department Logo
MetroPCS logo
Disney | Pixar Coco logo
Bud Light Logo
Starbucks Logo
Viva Via Logo
IBC Bank Logo
Historic Village of La Villita Logo
San Antonio Current Logo
Ricos Logo
HEB Logo
MOMO & POMPA logo
Riverwalk Logo