Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an integral and important part of the rich historic culture here in San Antonio. With much of our community’s population with Mexican- and Indigenous-American roots, the city’s various annual celebrations provide an opportunity for San Antonians to express their regards for loved ones who have passed through art, costume, music, food, and community engagement.
There is no shortage of events planned throughout the community for those who wish to participate in the celebration. Below are the CO LAB Magazine staff picks of this week’s festivities:
40th Annual Dia de los Muertos
This is one of the city’s largest celebrations, and features a variety of artisans and events for all ages. Admission is free for kids, and only $3 for adults.
Día De Los Muertos at Pearl
Wednesday, Nov. 1 and Thursday, Nov. 2
From the event page: “Pearl Park will be transformed into the rich traditional Mexican holiday that remembers family and friends that have passed away with altars/ofrendas, music, a procession, children’s crafts, and programming.”
DIY Sugar Skull Decor at Hotel Emma
Bring the whole family out to Hotel Emma to unleash your creative side with decorative sugar skulls, Wednesday Nov 1 at 6:00 pm. This event is free to the public!
Dia de Los Muertos Barrio Procession and Fandango
at San Antonio Cultural Arts Center
This family friendly event, held Thursday Nov. 2nd at 6:00 pm, will include face painting, free art workshops, music, dancing, and a community altar.
Día de los Muertos | Community Celebration at Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
This celebration on Wednesday, November 1st, will include readings of poetry and literature as well as a showcase of the artists works located inside the Esperanza Center.
Free Dia De Los Muertos Fireworks at Woodlawn Park
All ages are welcome to celebrate at Woodlawn Park on Thursday, Nov. 2nd. The event is hosted by Planet K Gifts. Among the activities will be live art exhibitions, a car parade, lots of food and activities, and a spectacular fireworks display. Funds raised at this event will be donated partly to hurricane relief efforts in Texas, The Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Wherever you decide to celebrate the holiday this year, we here at CO LAB Magazine wish all of our readers a Feliz Día de los Muertos!