Austin Days of the Dead Highlighted Events
October 18 – November 8, 2014
Saturday, October 18
VIVA LA VIDA FEST 2014 COMMUNITY ALTARS EXHIBITION
To honor the dead, artists create ornate altars consisting of traditional adornments such as cempasuchitl (marigolds), foodstuffs, and memorabilia commemorating a deceased individual. This year the Mexic-Arte Museum will commemorate the passing of one of the original co-founders, Sam Z. Coronado.
Altars will be on view from September 19–November 23, 2014 and during the Museum’s annual Viva la Vida Festival on October 18, 2014.
VIVA LA VIDA/DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS PARADE
October 18, 2014
Note: Time Change for Parade
Parade staging: 11:00 a.m. Line-up on 6th Street (between Comal and Chicon)
Parade launch: 12:00 noon Parade runs down 6th St. to 4th & Congress (about 45 to 60 minutes)
To Participate: Register here
The community is invited to participate in Mexic-Arte Museum’s 31st Annual Viva la Vida/Día de los Muertos Parade on Saturday, October 18, 2014. People of all ages dressed in skeleton costumes, families, university groups, portable altars, noise makers, Chihuahuas, Aztec dancers, samba dancers, Ballet Folkloricos, colorfully decorated cars will gather and assemble a joyful procession.
VIVA LA VIDA FESTIVAL
October 18, 2014
Time: 12:00-9:00 pm
Location: 4th St. and Congress, Downtown Austin
The annual street festival is Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event and features a Grand Parade/Procession, artists and entertainment, an exhibition inside the museum, and educational programs. Attendees will also enjoy traditional foods from local food trucks, hands-on art activities, artist demos, and traditional and contemporary Latino art. The 2014 event is co-sponsored by the City of Austin.
Saturday, October 25
2nd Annual Día de los Muertos Festival
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Center
2100 East 3rd St., Austin, TX 78702
Día de los Muertos Festival is a unique festival featuring a full day Día los Muertos cultural experience with live music, performances, art, kid’s zone, food and drink. The festival brings together a dynamic blend of music with vibrant Día de los Muertos traditions.
Pre-sale tickets $15 until day of the event. Tickets sold at the door will cost $20. Children under 12 are free with a paid adult.Proceeds from the festival will benefit Easter Seals Central Texas’ mission of promoting independence and creating opportunities for people with disabilities.
Tickets available at: www.austindiadelosmuertos.com/tickets.html