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Austin Days of the Dead Highlighted Events
October 19 – November 2, 2013



Planet K Texas Fireworks

Planet K Día de los Muertos Texas Fireworks

Behind Krieg Field
East of Pleasant Valley Road
9:30 p.m.
Here’s an event to celebrate the lives of loved ones passed by coming together as a community to rejoice as Día de los Muertos and Halloween intersect this year in East Austin. The Latin American holiday, Día de los Muertos, is celebrated with Planet’s K’s annual 20-minute epic display of fireworks at 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


6th Annual Día de los Muertos
Central Market North

4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
From 6-9 p.m.
Now one of the highlights on the Central Market North Lamar’s cultural calendar, the 6th Annual Día de los Muertos event features Las Monas de San Antonio (with their giant Day of the Dead puppets) and Acadêmicos da Ópera (the Austin Samba School), a group of over 40 drummers and 60 dancers led by Robert Patterson, a.k.a. Tio Jacaré. A Brazilian carnival style parade winds through the Central Market park and arrives at the Cafe Deck area for an evening you won’t want to miss. D.J. Manolo Black will be spinning all your Latin favorites to keep the spirits lively. Central Market’s free Day of the Dead party is open to the public and as a family event – replete with Brazilian dancing and skeleton costumes – the food and the fun that come along with the holiday.




Manifestation Celebration’s Día de los Muertos
Emo’s Austin

2015 E Riverside Drive
Doors at 6:30 p.m.
The Manifestation Celebration is a group that brings together a community of conscious co-creators in a celebration of our innately human capacity for artistic self-expression and conscious evolution. The measure of their commitment can be discovered at their Día de los Muertos event at Emo’s on Friday, November 1. On a night full of possibilities, performing are The Orb, Opiuo, Random Rab, Live Ft. Cedar Miller, Nadis Warriors, Eliot Lipp Live, Blue Sky Black Death, Kupira Marimba, and The Android Jones Visual Experience. Tickets are available at


Empire Control Room

Empire Control Room Dia de los Muertos

606 E. 7th
Doors: 9 p.m.

Come welcome the dead, Friday, November 1, at Empire Garage. Don your Day of the Dead masks and your most dapper funeral attire for the procession and dance fiesta with Moombahton Massive & Peligrosa. Los Monas giant puppets will be your guide into the gates of the Empire Garage, transformed with a giant alter offering up earthly decadent gifts and vices for our dead! Presale tickets on sale now: $15. Door: $20.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (With events also on Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26)

6th Annual Día de los Muertos
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

600 River Street
From 1-9 p.m.
This annual celebration is a multi-week affair geared for the family. Activities begin Saturday, October 5, 1-3 p.m. with a Día de los Muertos Monotypes class ($12 per pair or youth, age 5-16, and a guardian, age 17+). ¡Sabados en Familia! Día de los Muertos mask making class is Saturday, October 12, 1-4 p.m. ($12). A free sugar skull making workshop, at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m., is Saturday, October 19, and there’s an altar building specialty workshop from 1-4 p.m. ($12) on Saturday, October 26. On Saturday, November 2, low cost family art activities are from 1-5 p.m. There are also artists and artisans, Aztlan Dance Co., Proyecto Teatro and children’s community presentations, live music, food and beverage, altars, a costume contest, a custom, classic, and lowrider auto contest, as well as a lowrider bike contest and display.


El Sol y La Luna

Día de los Muertos
El Sol y La Luna

600 East 6th Street
From 8 p.m.-Midnight
Bringing the Latin holiday to 6th Street is El Sol y La Luna, whose big Día de los Muertos show is a celebration of life, love and laughter. There’s no cover, so drop in to marvel at the altar, check out the costume contest and a showcase of local artists, and dance to the music of Huerta Culture. Huerta Culture will be playing live from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. for your dancing pleasure. Come in costume for the Day of the Dead or come in your Halloween costume. Edmo Martinez, Rachel Stewart, and Katy Woodbury will be exhibiting works pertaining to the Day of the Dead and will be present starting at 7 p.m. to talk about their work.



Día de los Muertos with DeVotchKa and special guest Girl in a Coma

ACL Live

310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
Doors at 6:30 p.m.
The romantic rock band DeVotchKa will take the stage for their annual Halloween performance with this year’s theme of Día De Los Muertos. For years, DeVotchKa has been putting on legendary performances for Halloween. Complete with full costumes, the Halloween shows are often the most talked about performances of the year. Guests this year can expect a fully decorated Moody Theatre and band, complete with intricate costumes encompassing this year’s theme of Día De Los Muertos.



ReVenton 2013: Fiesta del Día de Muertos

The Rattle Inn

610 Nueces St

From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Join us to celebrate the Day of the Dead at The Rattle Inn with V-Day Austin en Español. This party is the first event of the V-Day Austin en Español Season 2013-2014. At the end of the season, 90% of the raised funds will be donated to our local SafePlace shelter and 10% of the funds will be donated to the V-Day Global efforts. All the organizers are members of the Austin community. Tickets just $5.


Krewe du Bisoux

Krewe du Bisoux’s Day of the Dead Procession & Celebration

A.B. Cantu Pan American Rec Center Park/Tillery Park

2100 E. 3rd St./801 Tillery St.
From 7 p.m.
From the founders of 12th Night Austin, Krewe du Bisoux presents the tradition of a yearly procession on the Day of the Dead to Austin. Gather at A.B. Cantu Pan American  Rec Center Park at 7:00pm, then the parade rolls at 7:30 p.m. led by the Minor Mishap Marching Band. The parade ends at Tillery Park (located at 801 Tillery St. between Lyons and Castro) at 8:30pm. Route is 1.3 miles; remember to wear your walking shoes! Suggested admission to celebration is $5. Please bring an offering for the altar to our beloved dead. Enjoy spirits and melodies to honor our dearly departed. Photobooth by Fun Loving Photos.



Guero’s Día de los Muertos

1412 S. Congress Avenue
From 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Every first Saturday of the month for the last year El Tule has had a great time spending the night from 6:30-9:30 with fans, friends and family at Guero’s on South Congress.

Come spend Día De Los Muertos with us as we celebrate those that have moved on with food, drink and dance…the way they would have us do it.

 Free as always and early enough to bring the little ones.


 The White Horse

Día de los Muertos at the White Horse

 The White Horse, 500 Comal Street

Doors:  9 p.m.

Saint Elmo Soundstage presents Día De Los Muertos with the Flametrick Subs, Midwest Monster, Mr. Lewis and the Funeral 5 at The White Horse. The White Horse Honky Tonk will make ya boogie in celebration of Día De Los Muertos if ya know what’s good for ya. The club features a full-service bar, outdoor patio and smoking area, live music seven days a week, two pool tables, Bomb Tacos taco trailer, a giant dance floor, a pretty little photo booth, shoe shine station, and whiskey on tap. The Flametrick Subs is an Austin-based rockabilly trainwreck. Johnny Cash meets the Devil at a dive bar, they get drunk and shoot speed in the graveyard. Too loud to listen to, too fast to dance to, too slow to mosh to, too many lyrics to pay attention.


 Round Rock Día de los Muertos

Round Rock Día de los Muertos

Downtown Round Rock, 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. 2, 2013 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

  • 5 p.m. Line up for Procession at Centennial Plaza
  • 6 p.m. — Start procession to Main Street Plaza
  • 6 p.m. — Craft vendors and Art Gallery in ArtSpace
  • 6:30 p.m. — Music and performance by Round Rock Ballet Folklorico
  • 7 p.m. — Arts Group performs
  • 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


 UT Dia de los Muertos

Eta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta Día de los Muertos

UT Main Mall (Tower on UT Campus, facing south)
6-9 p.m.

The University of Texas at Austin’s Eta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity presents its annual Día De Los Muertos event on Monday, November 4, from 6 – 9 p.m. on the Main Mall (Tower on UT campus, facing south). The group has teamed up with Campus Events + Entertainment Mexican American Culture for a Day of the Dead celebration which will include a keynote speaker, cultural performances, face painting, sugar skull making, community altars and a free cultural dinner.

Preceding the Día De Los Muertos on Thursday, October 31, Eta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity is hosting its annual Haskell Street Haunted House, where resident Lori Renteria and her family of East Austin’s Haskell Street open their doors for a block party on Halloween to provide a safe Halloween and trick or treating environment for the children and family. Sigma Lambda Beta brothers participate in the event by building the haunted house for Ms. Renteria, and also work the Halloween games so children can play and so they can get tasty treats. The event is from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at 1511 Haskell St., Austin, TX 78702.




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30th Annual Viva la Vida Festival
Mexic-Arte Museum

5th Street between Congress & Brazos
From 2-10 p.m.
Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event is co-sponsored by the City of Austin. Apart from the signature Grand Procession, the free event features Latino artists and entertainment, an exhibition with community altars 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 popular Grand Procession begins east of Interstate 35 on East 6th Street (between Comal and Chicon). Participants will gather near Plaza Saltillo before 5 p.m. and the procession begins at 6 p.m., heading west along 6th St., then south on Congress Avenue to the museum at 5th Street.



1st Annual Día de los Muertos Festival
Fiesta Gardens

2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street
From Noon-11 p.m.
The inaugural Día de los Muertos Festival, benefiting Easter Seals Central Texas, promises to be a vibrant day of culture, art, music and food to include holiday traditions including a stellar line-up of music from Dale Watson, DaHeBeGeBees, Los TexManiacs, featuring the legendary Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez and Rick Trevino, MoneyShot Band, El Tule, Peligrosa, Los Autenticos, Este Vato, The Whiskey Sisters, Cast-n-Crew, Las Monas, and Austin Samba School. A highlight of the festival is the 73rd birthday of José María De León Hernández, better known as the beloved music icon, “Little Joe,” of the band Little Joe y la Familia. The “Niños Zone” features entertainment and activities for children of all ages and abilities. There’s also an exhibition of elaborately decorated altars, food, beverages and merchandise, and a “Los Muertos Costume Parade” on the evening schedule. Pre-sale tickets are $20; $25 at the door with children 12 years and under free with a valid purchased adult ticket. Proceeds from the Dia de los Muertos Festival will benefit Easter Seals Central Texas’ mission of providing exceptional services to people with disabilities.


Gypsy Lounge

Viva los Muertos!

Gypsy Lounge

1504 E. 6th St.

From 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with live music from Son de Rey and Los Federales.


3rd Annual “Tejano Idol Competition”

H&H Ballroom

4404 Brandt Road
The Austin Tejano Music Coalition (ATMC) presents the 3rd Annual “Tejano Idol Competition.” The statewide singing contest highlights Tejano music as an active genre of music in Austin, the state and the nation. The contest will showcase unknown talent on the web and at the finale. The competition features 20 contestants, three celebrity judges and a room full of Tejano music fans. The ATMC CANTA committee will select 20 individuals to perform at the six hour finale with winners receiving a cash prize as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and an Audience Award will be presented.