Commemorate Day of the Dead in San Antonio and participate in the largest Día de Muertos celebration in the United States from October 23 – November 2, 2021. Whether this is your first time hearing about Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos and are new to the tradition or you participate every year, everyone is welcome to commemorate this celebration of life in San Antonio.
Discover magic. And, experience the unforgettable spectacle of San Antonio’s annual Día de Muertos celebrations. Also known as “the Day of the Dead”, Día de Muertos is the tradition of celebrating and sharing memories of loved ones who have passed.
Showcasing its rich heritage, the city commemorates with more than 10 unique events during October and November. From traditional dressed altars, to virtual festivals, to live music and a floating procession, there’s something for everyone. Join us in-person, or virtually. And, celebrate the rich culture of these historic traditions.
What is Día de Muertos?
Also known as “Day of the Dead”, Día de Muertos is a tradition-filled day during which families remember the departed and share memories of loved ones. To celebrate their lives, friends and family participate in a variety of activities including lively processions and parades, and traditional dress and altar building.
What are all the items on the altars?
Sugar skulls, tamales, Pan de Muerto and more can all be found on Día de Muertos altars. Learn More about Day of the Dead altars here.
What are the Catrines & Catrinas?
Skeleton figures, especially elegantly dressed men (catrines) and women (catrinas), remind that we are all equal in death.
Discover Day of the Dead in a city bursting at the seams with Latin heritage and culture. Experience Dia de Muertos in San Antonio this fall! The opportunities to commemorate the occasion are endless.
We kick off the Day of the Dead celebrations in early October with the unveiling of the first Dia de los Muertos stamp by the United States Postal Service at Centro Cultural Aztlan. You can also attend San Antonio’s longest-standing Día de Muertos celebration at Centro Cultural Aztlan in November.
If your preference is outdoor festivities, live music, and vibrant celebrations, the annual Día de los Muertos Festival is held in downtown San Antonio at Hemisfair. National Geographic named this event as one of the best fall festivals in the United States in 2019.
The celebrations continue at the San Antonio River Walk for a special Day of the Dead River Parade featuring 20 decorated river barges.
Find additional opportunities to commemorate the occasion at the San Antonio Botanical Garden with a Foodie Cinema featuring Disney’s Coco or visit the last days of Frida Kahlo Oasis and Kahlo’s ofrenda and so much more. Check out more Dia de Muertos events throughout the Alamo City at the link below.