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SAN ANTONIO, TX (Oct. 29, 2014) – Historic Market Square has something for everyone—especially during the holiday season beginning with Halloween and continuing through the New Year. Día de los Muertos takes center stage in the heart of downtown on Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2 offering hands-on arts activities, drum and dance procession by Las Monas, altars by local elementary and high school groups, and plenty of live music. Historic Market Square is located at 514 W. Commerce Street and parking is available along Commerce Street and under Interstate 35.
Later in the holiday season, visitors will not be disappointed whether it’s wrapping tamales or wrapping gifts they are seeking. On the weekend of Nov.15 Market Square hosts Tamalada in the Plaza led by Jesus de la Torre of Colectivo Cultural. Participants are invited to participate in the hands-on demonstration to learn about the long tradition of tamal-making. Then get your furry friends ready and head down to the lively market for Blessing of the Animals on Dec. 13 to take part in the pet parade and group blessing. All events are free and open to public. The full calendar of events is online.
The Department for Culture & Creative Development invites you to explore San Antonio. Historic Market Square offers shopping, dining, culture, and entertainment year-round for visitors and locals. It’s the perfect place for locals to shop for out-of-town friends and family to send them a piece of San Antonio. Browse over 100 unique shops and galleries to find a wide variety of items with Latino flavor ranging from tortilla makers to tortilla holders, handcrafted pottery and jewelry to hand-woven textiles and plenty more.
Selected events from 2014 holiday calendar:
Friday, Oct. 31
Trick or Treat at Historic Market Square
Noon – 6 p.m.
Bring the kids down to the shops at Market Square for Halloween goodies. FREE
Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2
Día de los Muertos & Los Altares del Mercado
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Las Monas procession takes place at 1 p.m. both days. Live music plus free arts and crafts activities for all ages. Altars created by local elementary and high school groups will be on display. FREE
Saturday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16
Tamalada in the Plaza
11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Both days
Two-day culinary event with hands-on demonstration of tamal-making open to all ages and led by Jesus de la Torre of Colectivo Cultural. FREE.
Saturday, Dec. 13
Blessing of the Animals
Noon – 6 p.m.
Bring your pets and take part in the pet parade and group blessing. Individual blessings will also be available. Explore the free petting zoo on site for the day. Pets must be on a leash. FREE
Friday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 4
College Football Fan Fiesta
Times to be determine
Tailgate party all weekend with Texas Country, Tejano, Latin, and R&B music, plus plenty of street food and arts & craft vendors. FREE
Your guide to arts and culture events in San Antonio is GetCreativeSanAntonio.com. Contact Historic Market Square at 210.207.8600 or find out the latest on the Facebook page.