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Top 5 Cities in Texas to Celebrate the Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos, which translates from Spanish to “Day of the Dead,” is a Mexican holiday that celebrates loved ones and family members who have passed away. Dia de los Muertos typically takes place in early November, while some celebrations on this list actually occur near Halloween. However, this holiday is not related to or shouldn’t be confused with Halloween.

Dia de los Muertos is now celebrated throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States. Nowadays, decorative skull face paint has become a common costume for those celebrating the Day of the Dead. An altar for the deceased, known as an ofrenda, along with a huge party with food and drink are common staples found at these celebrations. Embrace the Day of the Dead this fall at these top Texas cities that have the best Dia de los Muertos celebrations.

San Antonio Dia de los Muertos Celebration in San Antonio
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San Antonio

There are a few Day of the Dead celebrations that occur in San Antonio. The one at Hemisfair is one of the liveliest, featuring art booths, ofrendas, music, and food, and is a not-to-be-missed cultural event in the city. Sign up for the Altar contest or catch the live presentations. There are two stages of live bands, dancers, and poets, as well as a DJ stage, a children’s stage, and dance, drum, and puppet procession. You’ll also be able to see the largest open altar exhibition in the city. If you have extra time, check out the best things to do in Downtown San Antonio.

Dates: October 28th-29th, 2023
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Corpus Christi Dias de los Muertos in Corpus Christi
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Corpus Christi

Multiple blocks in downtown Corpus Christi are dedicated to this city’s annual Dia de los Muertos festival. This large festival features three stages that provide live music from a variety of music genres, from Latin Pop to Mariachi to Tejano tunes. Kids can enjoy face painting, crafts, and games at the Kids’ Corner. While adults can enjoy the food, drinks, and over 75 shop vendors. Community members are also encouraged to create altars that will be displayed during Corpus Christi’s Day of the Dead festival. Other events and activities include a self-guided walking tour of altars throughout downtown and several art exhibitions.

Date: October 28th, 2023
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Austin Viva La Vida Fest, Austin
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Austin

Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin hosts a Dia de los Muertos festival every year known as Viva La Vida Fest. This event is the longest-running Day of the Dead festival in the city of Austin. There are many activities that occur during Viva La Vida Fest. Live music, retail vendors, and local art are some of the main attractions. The Grand Procession is a parade that starts off the celebration and is a great way to view elaborate Dia de los Muertos costumes. However, don’t forget to browse through the Education Pavilion to view artist demos and fun, interactive art displays. End the day by indulging in some traditional Mexican fare and hanging by the pool at your Austin vacation rental.

Date: October 28th, 2023
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Denton Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival
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Denton

The Dia de los Muertos festival in Denton, known as Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, is a unique mix of Dia de los Muertos, Halloween and a celebration of fall. Grab a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, listen to live music, view circus acts and stare at all the costumes at this fun and family-friendly fest. The coffin races at Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival shouldn’t be missed, as it has become a popular event at this unique Dia de los Muertos celebration.

Date: October 27th & 28th, 2023
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Houston MECA's Dia de los Muertos Festival
Credit: MECA's Dia de los Muertos Festival by MECA Houston

Houston

Houston has a couple of Dia de los Muertos events, including a fun run and parties and celebrations. One of the best Dia de los Muertos celebrations is put on by MECA. Enjoy altar and retablo exhibitions, community workshops and a variety of foods from the Americas. You’re sure to have a great time no matter what event you choose to attend in Houston during Day of the Dead. Looking for more fun? Check out these free things to do in Houston.

Dates: October 28th & 29th, 2023
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