Nov 1, 2023 - News

How Austin celebrates Día de los Muertos

Children wait to perform at the city of Kyle's annual Día de los Muertos celebration. Photo: Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images

While Día de los Muertos is a holiday that originates in Mexico, Austin has plenty of ways to mark the important religious and cultural event.

What's happening: The city's longest-running Día de los Muertos event — Mexic-Arte Museum's annual Viva La Vida parade — concluded Saturday, but celebrations continue throughout the city this week.

🌳 Waterloo Greenway transformed its stage into an ofrenda by local Tejana florist Yliana Lara, and Tito's Handmade Vodka added an ofrenda for pets created by artist Ernest Ramirez.

  • Enjoy live music, face painting, live art, food vendors and more.
  • Festivities kick off at 6pm Wednesday.

💐 The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center will host its Alma y Corazon Ceremony from 5:30-8pm at the Oakwood Cemetery, featuring author Mariana Nuño-Ruiz McEnroe.

  • This free event is open to the public, and guests are invited to bring non-perishable objects like notes, flowers and photographs to add to the ofrenda.
  • RSVP for the free event online.

🍿 Siete will host a drive-in movie night at 6:30pm Thursday at Blue Starlite Drive-In, where they'll screen "Coco."

  • Tickets are $40 per car and include Siete snacks, tamales and specialty chocolates.
  • Attendees can also bring their own food and drinks.

💥 The MexAmeriCon Comic Con kicks off at 1pm Saturday, showcasing Mexican American and Latino comic book, graphic novel and zine artists.


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