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.