With our city’s vibrant Mexican heritage + community, Dia de los Muertos celebrations are already gearing up around San Antonio.
To prepare — let’s explore the roots of this holiday and some of San Antonio’s upcoming celebrations.
Día de los Muertos (aka Day of the Dead), is a holiday traditionally celebrated Oct. 31-Nov. 2. It originated in Mexico, with roots tracing back 3,000 years to Aztec and pre-Aztec Indigenous peoples. To this day, it’s celebrated in communities with Mexican heritage, and all over Latin America.
An important distinction: this is not a Mexican version of Halloween. In this celebration of life, participants are reunited with the souls of dead relatives + loved ones. The honored dead are often given offerings at gravesites or ofrendas (alters) at home, and are celebrated with festivals.
Plan ahead for Muertos Fest, one of USA Today’s “America’s Top Ten Fall Festivals for 2023,” on Saturday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 29. The free event at Hemisfair includes food and drink vendors, Grammy award-winning headliner Ozomatli, a drum + puppet procession, community ofrendas, and craft vendors — but it’s not the only way to join the celebration.
Don’t miss out on these other events:
- Day of the Day River Parade | San Antonio River Walk | Friday, Oct. 27 | 7-8:30 p.m.
- Cultural Celebration: Día de los Muertos | Market Square | Saturday, Oct. 28 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Dia de los Muertos | Briscoe Western Art Museum | Saturday, Oct. 28 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Dia de los Muertos: Celebrando las Misiones | Mission Marquee | Saturday, Oct. 28 | 3-10 p.m.
- Dia De Muertos At Pearl | Historic Pearl | Thursday, Nov. 2 | 5-9 p.m.