Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos in Austin: 2018

Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday where families and friends gather to celebrate, remember, and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. In Austin, Dia de los Muertos festivities, parades, and even fireworks will be happening over the next several weeks, offering Austinites of all ages plenty of fun ways to celebrate. Not all of these events are free, but we feel like they’re worth spending your entertainment dollars on.

2018 Día De Los Muertos Events in Austin

Dia de los Muertos
October 18  |  at 4 p.m.  |  APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln
A day of fun and laughter, and remembering our loved ones passed. Learn about this traditional holiday with this fun, engaging, cultural program through stories, music, shadow show puppetry, and arts and crafts. FREE!

Un día de risas y diversión y de recordar a nuestros queridos muertitos. Aprende sobre este día tradicional con este divertido y encantador programa cultural, por medio de cuentos, música, teatro de sombras y manualidades. GRATIS!

Round Rock Arts Dia de los Muertos Exhibit
October 20  |  from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  |  ArtSpace, 231 East Main, Suite 160, Round Rock
Join us in celebrating one of the oldest traditions of the Americas-Dia de los Muertos. Honoring and commemorate the dead by immortalizing their lives! Let’s remember & celebrate our ancestors through traditional and innovative use of festive bold colors.  Capture the spirit and color our walls or submit a small creative sculptural alter! Open to all artists / medium! Don’t forget our “17 and Under” division! Artists 17 and under, receive a separate Best Of Show award!

Únete a nosotros para celebrar una de las tradiciones más antiguas de las Américas: el Día de los Muertos. Honra a nuestros muertos creando altares coloridos, flores y velas. Conmemora a los muertos inmortalizando sus vidas.

Plan on attending a fun and colorful night! Meet the artists of Dia De Los Muertos, get your face painted, have a tequila shot and so much more! Hors d’oeuvres sponsored by:  Center Art Club of Round Rock.

ROSITA Y CONCHITA: Día de los Muertos Play in English and Spanish
October 20, 21, 27, 28, November 2  |  various times  | Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 West 18th Street
Back by popular demand! Two sisters try to reunite on the Day of the Dead. Along the way Rosita keeps getting lost, but she miraculously finds her way to Conchita through familiar sounds, sights and smells. Kids of all ages will love the rhyming bilingual dialogue and touching images. Based on the award-winning children’s book Rosita y Conchita by Erich Haeger and Eric González. Featuring live son jarocho music by Austin artists! $10-15. Dates, times and tickets available here.

 

Rosita y Conchita, photo from Austin Scottish Rite Theater

 

Dia de los Muertos
October 24  |  at 3:30 p.m.  |  APL – St. John Branch, 7500 Blessing Ave
A day of fun and laughter, and remembering our loved ones passed. Learn about this traditional holiday with this fun, engaging, cultural program through stories, music, shadow show puppetry, and arts and crafts. FREE!

Un día de risas y diversión y de recordar a nuestros queridos muertitos. Aprende sobre este día tradicional con este divertido y encantador programa cultural, por medio de cuentos, música, teatro de sombras y manualidades. GRATIS!

Dia de los Muertos
October 26  |   at 10:30 a.m.   |   APL – Central Library, 710 W. César Chávez St (3rd floor, children’s area)
A day of fun and laughter, and remembering our loved ones passed. Learn about this traditional holiday with this fun, engaging, cultural program through stories, music, shadow show puppetry, and arts and crafts. FREE!

Un día de risas y diversión y de recordar a nuestros queridos muertitos. Aprende sobre este día tradicional con este divertido y encantador programa cultural, por medio de cuentos, música, teatro de sombras y manualidades. GRATIS!

Dia de los Muertos
October 27  |  from noon to 6 p.m. |   100-200 block E 4th St, Austin
Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Festival and Parade is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. The festival features a Grand Procession, the Education Pavilion with hands-on art activities and artist demos, a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day. This year’s festival theme is alebrijes, fantastical creatures of Mexican folklore! Grand Procession: Noon-1pm. Festival: Noon-6pm. FREE ADMISSION!

SUPER SATURDAY
This year, Austin Film Festival, Mexic-Arte Museum, and Texas Book Festival will be teaming up to offer a full day of culture and activities in the heart of downtown Austin.
At 2pm, Texas Book Festival and Mexic-Arte Museum will present author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson, Newbery Medal winners of Last Stop On Market Street, for a reading and signing of their new picture book, Carmela Full of Wishes from Penguin Kids, at the Festival’s Education Pavilion.
At 4pm, the three organizations will be teaming up to a host a free public screening of Disney Pixar‘s Academy Award®-winning animated feature Coco at the Paramount Theatre, which will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s co-writer Matthew Aldrich.

Dia de los Muertos
October 27  | from 2 to 4 p.m.  |   Pflugerville Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville
Enjoy storytime, crafts (while supplies last), sugar skull decorating (one sugar skull per family), and a free screening of Coco in Spanish. This event is recommended for adults and those with children at least 5 years of age. All children must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

Dia de los Muertos (New Braunfels)
October 27   |  from 12 to 10 p.m.   |   DOWNTOWN off San Antonio Street, New Braunfels
Come out to celebrate the 3rd Annual New Braunfels’ Dia De Los Muertos Festival on October 27 from 12pm-10pm located DOWNTOWN on San Antonio Street. We will have a lot more kids events through the day and a lot more face painters! FREE ADMISSION!!! This cultural event will feature local food and food trucks, drinks, arts & crafts, an ofrenda (offering space) for honoring the lives of loved ones passed, vendor booths, shopping, contests and live entertainment. This event is hosted by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Alliance (HBA).

Dia de los Muertos
October 29  |  at 11 a.m.  |  APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln
A day of fun and laughter, and remembering our loved ones passed. Learn about this traditional holiday with this fun, engaging, cultural program through stories, music, shadow show puppetry, and arts and crafts. FREE!

Un día de risas y diversión y de recordar a nuestros queridos muertitos. Aprende sobre este día tradicional con este divertido y encantador programa cultural, por medio de cuentos, música, teatro de sombras y manualidades. GRATIS!

Planet K Texas Fireworks and Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
October 31  | at 9:30 p.m.  |  East of Pleasant Valley, behind Krieg Baseball Field, 515 S Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin
On Halloween, thousands of spectators will gather with Planet K to rejoice and celebrate the lives of loved ones passed. There will be a grand display of life affirming fireworks, celebrating Dia De Los Muertos, the traditional Mexican holiday, Planet K style.

Brownout Presents: Brown Sabbath – Dia de los Muertos
November 1  |  at 7 p.m.  |  Mohawk Austin, 912 Red River
Brownout presents: Brown Sabbath – Dia De Los Muertos with Henry + The Invisibles and Chulita Vinyl Club on Thursday, November 1st 💀.

Dia de los Muertos
November 1  |  at 6:30 p.m.   |   APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Drive
A day of fun and laughter, and remembering our loved ones passed. Learn about this traditional holiday with this fun, engaging, cultural program through stories, music, shadow show puppetry, and arts and crafts. FREE!

Un día de risas y diversión y de recordar a nuestros queridos muertitos. Aprende sobre este día tradicional con este divertido y encantador programa cultural, por medio de cuentos, música, teatro de sombras y manualidades. GRATIS!

Día de los Muertos at the Mexican American Culture Center
November 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. and November 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. |  Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St
The ESB-MACC’s Día annual celebration honors the traditions of Día de los Muertos while bringing together local musicians and artisans. This two-day destination event includes an altar exhibition, live music and dance performances, and an afternoon of activities for the whole family that includes piñatas, sugar skull decoration, face painting, and more!

The celebration starts on 11/2/18, the official date of the holiday, with “La Alumbrada”, and continues the following day on 11/3/18 with “Día de la Familia.”

Friday, November 2 (5-9pm) Día de los Muertos “La Alumbrada”
Altars throughout the grounds of the ESB-MACC will be illuminated with lights and marigold flowers as community gathers to remember their loved ones. Chocolate or “xocolatl” was first consumed as a bitter drink by the Aztecs and Mayans, and the ESB-MACC will continue this ancient practice by serving complimentary hot chocolate to warm the soul as we welcome the memory of those who have passed.

Featuring:
• Ofrendas (altars) exhibition on view, the public can participate
• Blessings/ limpias by Marika Alvarado
• Mariachi Corbetas, the Samuel Lopez Group, Mauricio Callejas
• Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklórico, Danza Azteca Guadalupana
• Sugar skull decorating
• Local artisan booths
• Food truck by Pakal, and tamales by Lupita Catering
• Complimentary hot chocolate and pan de muerto (as supplies last)

Saturday, November 3 (1-4pm) Día de los Muertos: “Día de la Familia” As the celebration of Día de los Muertos continues, Saturday will be an afternoon filled with family fun and discovery. Activities will focus on families and youth, with art installations and piñatas provided by Las Piñatas ATX. Students in the teen Caminos program will be assisting with youth activities such as paper mache, sugar skull decorating, and face painting.
• Ofrendas (altars) exhibition on view, public can participate
• Music by Mauricio Callejas
• ATX Piñatas – Children will have an opportunity to receive a free piñata.
• Day of the Dead Presentation at 1:30pm and 3:00pm
• Face Painting
• Sugar Skull Decorating

Altar Exhibit:
The main focal point of Día de los Muertos has always been the altars or ofrendas in memory of loved ones who have passed away. The community is invited to create an altar or add objects to the collective altar to honor family members, public figures, and local heroes who have passed. Altar building commences on October 29th and culminates on November 2nd both inside the Community Gallery and outside, stretching onto the Zócalo. The outdoor altars will be on display until November 9th and altars inside the Community Gallery will be on view until December 1st . To create an altar, email Gricelda at [email protected] or visit maccaustin.org.

Dia de los Muertos (Round Rock)
November 3  |  from 4 to 10 p.m.   |   Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad, Round Rock
Parade starts at 5 p.m. Presented by Round Rock Ballet Folklorico. FREE!

Dia de los Muertos at Central Market North
November 3  |  6 to 9 p.m.  | Central Market North, 4001 North Lamar
An Austin Favorite for the Whole Family! Come out to Central Market North Lamar for their annual Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring Austin Samba School and Las Monas de San Antonio! Free! Bring your friends and family, grab a snack, and prepare for the biggest and most elaborate Central Market show of the year, complete with puppets, live drums and dozens of dancers. Feeling especially festive? Come out in your own Day of the Dead face paint and costume and join in on the dancing and celebration. Prepare to dance, clap, and smile through two spectacular sets at one of Austin’s favorite fall events!

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Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku
As a long time Austin resident, Laurie is a big fan of dive bars, the Spurs, and low-key celebrity stalking. She's also a UT grad with a master's in New Media Journalism, and has never met a pug that she didn't like.
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