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OCT 24 – ESB-MACC Día de los Muertos

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-7 p.m.
Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center

In 2015, the City of Austin’s Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center will have a variety of activities associated with their 6th annual Día de Los Muertos event, including sugar skull making, altar building, and a car show. The annual Día de Los Muertos event will be held on October 24, from 2-7 p.m., at the ESB-MACC.

This is the largest annual event at the ESB-MACC and is free, open to the public and a great outing for families (feel free to bring chairs). The event will also include live music and entertainment, family art activities, a costume contest and more.

6th Annual Día de Los Muertos Car and Bike Show
ESB-MACC invites you to participate in their annual Day of the Dead celebration by displaying your custom or classic car or bike. This colorful community event grows every year, and it continues to provide an opportunity to celebrate Latino culture. Altars are also suggested and may be placed inside or outside a vehicle. Display your pride and car or bike this year for a chance to win a special prize.

Ofrenda (Altar) Building
For the annual Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, the ESB-MACC invites you to install a temporary altar outside along the perimeter of the zócalo. Día de Los Muertos is an indigenous Mexican holiday that celebrates the life cycle. As part of this tradition, altars, or ofrendas, are built to commemorate loved ones who have passed away including family, friends, or even well-known leaders and activists. Ofrendas can also function as artworks in their own right.

The ritualistic and artistic processes involved in the creation and display of the ofrendas and their components continue to initiate storytelling and discussion. Please join in celebrating and honoring the dead through the living tradition of ofrenda building this year. If you would like to participate by building an altar, please go to the website, download and complete the participation form.

Sugar Skull Making Workshops
The Día de Los Muertos program at ESB-MACC has been presented since its opening in 2007. Look for family activities on their website such as Día de Los Muertos Monotypes classes, mask making classes and sugar skull making workshops, and an altar building specialty workshop.

Learn the traditional art of sugar skull making during hands-on workshops, where both children and adults are invited to help create sugar skulls for this annual event. Participants will learn more about the significance of Día de Los Muertos and the beginning process of the sugar skull construction. Participants will receive a complimentary sugar skull kit to decorate at home.

2015 Schedule:
Oct. 3: Sugar Skull Making – 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 10: Sugar Skull Making – 10:30 a.m.
Call 512-974-3785 to register for the free event.

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OCT 17 – Easter Seals Central Texas Día de los Muertos Festival

Saturday, Oct. 17, noon-10 p.m.
Fiesta Gardens

Easter Seals Central Texas invites you to the 3rd Annual Día de Los Muertos Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon-10 p.m. at Fiesta Gardens West End, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

The annual fundraiser helps Easter Seals Central Texas support children and adults with disabilities within Central Texas.

The highlight of the festival is a combination of vibrant, rhythmic Latin, rock, and pop music and cultural performances featuring headliner Emilio Navaira, who has charted more than 10 singles on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks charts in addition to six singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Emilio is also one of the few Tejano artists to have significant success in both the United States and Mexico, and has been called the “Garth Brooks of Tejano.”

Music and performer additions to the line-up feature local and international artists including La Vida Bohéme, Son de Rey, Kinski, Son Armado, Devin Banda, Grupo de Danza Mexica-chichimeca de Austin, Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico de Texas and DJ Frank Castle. Everyone will be able to join in a special parade led by Austin Samba School and Las Monas.

The day’s events feature a full day Día de Los Muertos experience with live music, cultural performances, Kid’s Zone activities, vendors, food, and drink. The community (individuals or groups) is invited to participate in a special tradition of the holiday with a “build your own altar” contest at the festival with awards presented on site.

The event benefits Easter Seals Central Texas, which has served the community for over 78 years. Tod Marvin, President, and CEO said, “We were thrilled with the continued success of this event. It is exciting to see Austin embrace a fun, family-friendly celebration of music, food, and culture in such a big way and an event where proceeds support a great mission of helping people with disabilities live independently. Pairing live music with the observance of Día de Los Muertos truly reflects Austin’s cultural diversity and our ‘unique’ personality. We are privileged to be present at this celebration of life.”

VIP tickets and $15 pre-sale general are available online at Kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult ticket. The event benefits local nonprofit Easter Seals Central Texas which provides support and resources for children and adults with disabilities.

The Presenting Sponsor for the Festival is EZPAWN. Other sponsors include William Gammon Insurance, United Healthcare, Superior HealthPlan, Google Fiber, H-E-B, El Jimador Tequila, CLS Partners, HPI Real Estate Services, Seton Healthcare Family and Esquivel Events. Media sponsors include KUT/KUTX, Univision Austin TV and Radio, El Mundo Newspaper, Austin American Statesman, Austin, ¡Ahora Sí! And Do512.

Since 1937, Easter Seals Central Texas (ESCT) has been a leading provider of patient-centered services and support for children and adults with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. We are a locally funded and locally governed non-profit organization based in Austin and currently serving 8,500 clients in 21 Central Texas counties.

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Austin Días de los Muertos 2015

Austin Días de Los Muertos 2015

Oct. 17 – Nov. 7

With Austin’s growing pool of Día de los Muertos events, the Mexican holiday is observed in Texas’ capital like nowhere else. As the epicenter of all things Día de los Muertos, ubiquitous combinations of parties, processions and vigils will celebrate our heritage and culture from mid-October to the first week of November.

Día de los Muertos is observed locally with activities taking place in cultural centers, parks, museums, music venues, shops, restaurants, schools and other locales. Organizers have prepared a number of festivities in a continued joint effort to promote Día de los Muertos as a signature event.

Austin has embraced the indigenous Mexican holiday in all its rich cultural and artistic traditions since 1984, when Mexic-Arte Museum first marked the day with a community-wide, participatory festival in downtown Austin. Reinterpreting and creating Day of the Dead events has connected the community in the present with long held practices that bring the past to life, making it part of Austin’s present.

This year, Austin Días de los Muertos will blend Halloween merriment with the cultural significance and gravity of Día de los Muertos from Oct. 17-Nov. 7.

About Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican and Mexican American holiday now celebrated around the world whose intricate history is intertwined with the history of Mexico and Mexican culture. Practiced on November 1-2, the Day of the Dead is a period during which the graves of loved ones are decorated, special foods like mole and pan de muerto are made, ofrendas are built to honor the dead, and special festivals and processions are held.

The Day of the Dead has its origins in ancient Mesoamerican cultures that blended with those of the Spanish who arrived in Mexico in the early 1500s. During the early 20th century, Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada popularized the skeleton images associated with the holiday by his humorous drawings of calaveras, thereby establishing a uniquely Mexican style of art. Later, the Chicano Movement embraced the Day of the Dead as a way to recover pre-Hispanic and Mexican identities.

November 1, called “Día de los Angelitos” (day of the little angels), is dedicated to the souls of deceased children, while November 2 is set aside for the souls of adults. Before the observances, families may clean their homes to prepare for the arrival of the souls of their loved ones. Many also visit cemeteries to decorate the graves of the dead with their favorite items and flowers. Graves and ofrendas are decorated with papel picado, photographs, cherished objects, marigolds (cempasúchitl), and skeletons made of paper or clay. Food and drink are placed on the ofrendas for the dead. It is believed the dead enjoy the tastes and smells of the food.

Today, the Day of the Dead projects a healthy, humorous, and celebratory view of life and death as unique as the history from which it came. The holiday continues to be celebrated by not only Mexicans and Mexican Americans, but people from Latin America, Europe, the United States and other countries, from Asia to Africa, which have similar traditions of remembering deceased family members.

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2015 Austin Days of the Dead Calendar

2015 Austin Días de los Muertos Calendar
Easter Seals
Saturday, Oct. 17, noon-10 p.m.
Fiesta Gardens

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-7 p.m.
Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center

Austin Pets Alive!

Tricks and Treats Gala

Sunday, Oct. 25, 5-9 p.m.


Hyatt Regency Austin

208 Barton Springs Road


Austin Symphony
Sunday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m.
Long Center’s Dell Hall

Water 2 Wine

Spooktacular Story Themed Dinner and Wine Pairing

Date: October 28th
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Space is limited to 15 People
Price: $35

4036 South Lamar, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78704

For tickets:

Mexic-Arte Museum
Saturday, Oct. 31, noon-8 p.m.
Mexic-Arte Museum

Central Market
Saturday, Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m.
Central Market (4001 North Lamar)

Planet K
Saturday, Oct. 31, 9:30 p.m.
Krieg Baseball Fields

The University of Texas at Austin
Monday, Nov. 2, 6-9 p.m.
2400 Inner Campus Drive

Round Rock
Saturday, Nov. 7, 4-9 p.m.
Prete Main Street Plaza

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