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Día de Muertos

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Commemorate Día de Muertos in San Antonio

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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.

Common Questions

What is Día de Muertos?
Also known as “the 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, they 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.

Join us in commemorations across San Antonio and from your home!

Experience Day of the Dead in San Antonio this fall. Enjoy a special exhibition of 18 calaveras (monumental skulls) hand painted by local artists throughout Downtown San Antonino to honor those lost during the COVID-19 pandemic and other causes. Bihl Haus Arts will also transform into a larger than life ofrenda by artist David Zamora Casas.

Join in on the festivities from home with a special broadcast of the Day of the Dead River Parade, featuring 20 decorated river barges or with San Antonio’s longest-standing Día de Muertos celebration at Centro Cultural Aztlan. The annual Día de los Muertos Festival, also known as Muertos Fest is going virtual with a Community Living Altar, and you are invited to submit photos of your dearly departed for inclusion. Other online editions of Día de Muertos will include the McNay Art Museum’s weekly field trip, Muertitos Fest from SAY SÍ, San Antonio Botanical Garden’s cooking class, the 10th annual Dia de los Muertos Night Run and Pearl’s virtual altars.


Day of the Dead River Parade Broadcast

See the list of local stations that San Antonio’s Day of the Dead Parade will be featured on.
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