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Austin Days of the Dead Highlighted Events
October 18 – November 8, 2014


Saturday, October 18


Mexic-Arte Museum

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.

Mexic-Arte Viva

Mexic-Arte Museum

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.

Mexic-Arte Museum – Viva la Vida Festival

October 18, 2014

Time: 12:00-9:00 pm

Admission: Free

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.

Friday, October 24

Austin symphony of terror

Austin Symphony Orchestra

Symphony of Terror

October 24, 2014 8:00 p.m.
Dell Hall – The Long Center for the Performing Arts
Conductor: Peter Bay

WARNING! This concert is not for the faint of heart! Bring the wolf’s bane, stake, and garlic because this concert will have you shaking in your seats with excitement! The Austin Symphony will get you in the Halloween spirit with music dedicated to your favorite horror movies. Hear music from Psycho, Jaws, Poltergeist, Beetlejuice, The Shining and more!

All concertgoers are encouraged to dress up as your favorite character. Don’t miss this one night only event!

Saturday, October 25

Easter Seals family

2nd Annual Día de los Muertos Festival 

Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Center 

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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:

Sunday, October 26

Austin Symphony Orchestra

Austin Symphony Orchestra

Halloween Children’s Concert
Frightfully Fun Music for the Entire Family!

October 26, 2014 2:00 PM
Dell Hall – The Long Center for the Performing Arts
Conductor: Wesley Schulz

This year’s spook-tacular show is sure to have you shakin’ in your boots! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall as the Austin Symphony presents its annual Halloween Children’s Concert, featuring mind-chilling songs that are entertaining for all ages!  You can hear music from Hansel & Gretel, Phantom of the Opera, Pirates of Caribbean, Spiderman and many more!

The entire family is encouraged to join in on the fun and dress to impress in their favorite costumes while attending a concert full of “boo-tiful” music.

Saturday, November 1


Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Día de los Muertos 2014

Saturday, November 1st, 2014, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Mercado festival begins at 2 p.m.

600 River Street

Dedicated this year to the memory of Sam Z. Coronado, the annual Day of the Dead celebration is the biggest annual event at the ESB-MACC. The day is held as an indigenous Mexican holiday that celebrates the life cycle through the building of temporary altars to commemorate loved ones who have passed.

The colorful community event grows every year, with a featured event being the displaying of custom or classic cars or bikes. ESB-MACC encourages the public to display pride with your vehicle or bike for a chance to win a special prize. Altars are also suggested and may be placed inside or outside a vehicle.

The free event will also include:

Ofrendas (Altars) Exhibit

The Mercado Festival will begin at 2 p.m. featuring handmade crafts by Latino artisans.

There will also be a Paseo de Artes with information from local art organizations, including select performances from 2:30-4 p.m., in addition to DJ music.

Live music and entertainment from 5-10 p.m. featuring El Tule, Trampia, La Rondalla de Austin, Brass Band with Felipe Borrero, and Danza Azteca Chichimeca.

More activities include:

Costume Contest

Family Activities

Sugar Skull Making

Classic Car and bike show

Saturday, November 1

Austin Tequila Fest

The 5th Annual Austin Tequila Fest

Casa Chapala

On Saturday, November 1, Casa Chapala’s Austin Tequila Society will present  the 5th Annual Austin Tequila Fest: An Evening of 100 percent de Agave Spirits Tastings, Day of the Dead Celebration, and International Food Pairings with live music and cultural performances benefiting Austin Pets Alive!

Saturday, November 1

LuckyChaos Theater

LuckyChaos Theater Projects presents:
Día de los Muertos – A bone tickling celebration!

Saturday, Nov. 1
Two shows: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Salvage Vanguard Theater (2803 Manor Road)
Admission: $8 general admission

In celebration of Día de los Muertos, LuckyChaos Theater presents a night of comedy with headliner, Shades of Brown, Austin’s long running, all-minority improv troupe. With suggestions from the audience and drawing from personal experiences, Shades of Brown will weave comedic, larger-than-life tales of family, love and the celebration of passed ones. Joining Shades of Brown will be a standup comedian as well as other bone-tickling acts.


Sunday, November 2


Krewe du Bisoux presents
2nd Annual DAY OF THE DEAD Procession + Celebration

Sunday, November 2, 2014
5 p.m.- 1 a.m.
At Maison d’Etoile, 2109 E Cesar Chavez St.
Suggested admission: $5

Gather at Maison d’Etoile (located at 2109 E. Cesar Chavez Street) between 5-7pm for pre-parade libations and any last minute costume and make up help you might need! We’ll have a couple makeup artists here if you’d prefer to leave your sugarskull face to a professional…No appointment necessary; just show up and get your name on the list!

Parade rolls at 7:30 p.m. sharp, led by the Minor Mishap Marching Band through the neighborhood streets of East Austin.

The procession is kid friendly and all are welcome! Remember to wear your walking and dancing shoes!

Parade ends at Tamale House East (located at 1707 E. 6th Street) at 8:30pm.

Remember our loves who have passed on with an offering to the altar.

Celebrate with the living as we dance the night away!

Monday, November 3

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Día de los Muertos at The University of Texas

Monday, November 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

2400 Inner Campus Drive – UT campus

Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity – Eta Alpha Chapter at The University of Texas at Austin is hosting its annual Día de los Muertos event on Monday, November 3, 2014, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at 2400 Inner Campus Drive on the UT campus.

This fun event is free and open to the public. There will be performances from local and student organizations. We will also have altars, face painting and free food as long as supplies last.

The event is sponsored by Sigma Lambda Beta Educational Foundation, the UT Center for Mexican American Studies, Senate of College Councils, UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and Sorority and Fraternity Life.

 Saturday, November 8

Ballet Folklorico

Round Rock Día de los Muertos Festivities

Downtown Round Rock

Saturday, Nov. 8, 6-10 p.m.

Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee, Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, City of Round Rock, Round Rock Arts and Univision will be sponsoring a Día de los Muertos procession and festival from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in downtown Round Rock. Día de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life.

Schedule of Events
3 p.m. — Remembrance Making
5 p.m. — Line up for Procession at Prete Plaza
6 p.m. — Start procession to Main Street Plaza
6 p.m. — Craft vendors and Art Gallery in ArtSpace
6 p.m. — Nicole Reyes
6:30 p.m. — Mariachi Los Gallos
6:45 p.m. — Austin Samba
7:15 p.m. —  Round Rock Ballet Folklorico
8 p.m. — Salero, Latin tropical band

Participants are encouraged to dress up and join the procession to be part of the celebration.

No vehicles will be allowed in the Procession.

We would like costumes in the following categories:
Elvis look-alikes
Frida Kahlo look-alikes
“La Catrina” (La Calavera Catrina – The Elegant Skeleton)
Large puppets
Sugar skull painted faces
Colonial Mexico
Music makers
Marching bands