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La Villita's Dia de los Muertos Event Honors the Dead with Art, Music, and Poetry

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 9, 2014) – The public is invited to celebrate Día de los Muertos in the heart of downtown at La Villita Historic Arts Village on Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2. The two-day event includes a community altar exhibition, hands-on educational workshops, drum and dance procession, poetry readings and live music throughout the weekend. Festivities take place 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday and all are free and open to the public.


In 2013, a total of 26 altars covered more than 6,000 square feet of the historic village creating the largest outdoor display of altars in the city. This year the footprint has expanded to accommodate additional participants for this one-of-a-kind San Antonio event for all to enjoy. Individuals, families, artists, and groups are invited to build their own altar for the Día de los Muertos altar contest made possible by event sponsors. Application details can be found at


One of the great attractions of the event is Las Monas, a troupe of giant, interactive puppets with lavish costumes that lead a procession throughout La Villita and around the Community Living Altar at Maverick Plaza. Workshops will be led by Jesus de la Torre who will teach visitors about the origins and traditions of honoring the dead with hands-on arts activities. Three different Mariachi bands will perform throughout the weekend, including Mariachi Flor de Jalisco, a female trio.


For the second year the event will include concerts at Arneson River Theatre on both days. Piñata Protest who packed the outdoor theatre to capacity last July will headline Saturday’s lineup. Other weekend performers include: local talents Azul Barrientos, Los Clavos del Wesso featuring Juanito Castillo, plus Austin’s Como las Movies and singer-songwriter Gina Chavez. Sunday will feature performances by the legendary Las Tesoros and closing with headliner Nina Diaz. Día de los Muertos performances at Arneson River Theatre are also free this year.


This event is sponsored by The San Antonio Current, Blue Moon, Starbucks, Gibson, and 


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Tuesday, September 29, 2020