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7th Annual Día de los Muertos Announces Entertainment for October 26 and 27 Events now at Hemisfair

Gisela Girard |

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 4, 2019) – The largest annual Day of the Dead celebration in Texas, Día de los Muertos (Muertos Fest), will take place Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27 at its new location in Hemisfair, featuring a two-stage, back-to-back lineup of rich, cultural entertainment and alt-Latino sounds. The official event lineup, just released, includes more than 25 musicians and bands, dance groups and poets that will take the stage during this free, two-day event, as well as the SoundCream Airstream that will serve as a third entertainment area with a full lineup of DJs.

“When we made the move from La Villita to Hemisfair, it was in anticipation that this year’s Día de los Muertos now at Hemisfair would be bigger and better than ever and our entertainment lineup really speaks to that,” says Jim Mendiola, event artistic director. “This amazing and eclectic lineup of bands and musicians happens nowhere else but San Antonio. Mexican traditional mixes with Westside oldies mixes with alternative Latino creating a unique experience. And it’s all free!" 

Musical highlights for 2019 include Grammy award-winning La Santa Cecilia nu-cumbia pioneer El Dusty, Tejano punkeros Piñata Protest, songstress Azul Barrientos and the San Antonio soul of Eddie & the Valiants. Las Tesoros de San Antonio, who were recently recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as National Heritage Fellows, will return for their sixth straight performance at Día de los Muertos.

The 2019 lineup also includes: La Santa Cecilia • Las Tesoros de San Antonio • El Dusty • Piñata Protest • Bidi Bidi Banda  • Money Chicha • Azul Barrientos • Eddie & the Valiants •Buttercup • Los Nahuatlatos • FEA • Cesar K-OSO • Canción Cannibal Cabaret • Blackbird Sing • Ghost Tracks • Fantástico • Rat King Cole • Pavel Demon & the Revenant • Juan & Armando Tejeda  • Guadalupe Dance Company • Mariachi Flor de Jalisco  • Tallercito de Son • Mariachi Nuevo Estilo • Mariachi Nuevo Jalisco • SoundCream Airstream DJs.

Día de los Muertos at Hemisfair fuses Mexican American culture with contemporary art and alternative Latin music for a dynamic and authentic celebration in the heart of San Antonio’s downtown. The entertainment lineup reflects that unique perspective with a little something for everyone. 

The main stage will be located in the parking lot adjacent to Magik Theatre and will feature performances that range from traditional mariachi and ballet folklorico to an all-star Selena tribute. The Tower Stage, sponsored by Metro by T-Mobile, will focus on alt-Latino bands.  

The Dance, Drum and Puppet Procession happening Saturday, October 26, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 27, at 3 p.m. will feature Las Monas and the larger than life-size puppets that have become a signature aspect of the largest Día de los Muertos event in San Antonio. Attendees can also enjoy poetry readings by Victoria Garcia-Zapata, Anthony the Poet and more.

In addition to its vibrant entertainment, our event boasts a large curated arts market with more than 60 vendors selling original Day of the Dead inspired crafts and artwork; workshops; children’s programming and the largest open altar exhibition and contest in the city. 

The event benefits Inner City Development, a volunteer-led non-profit that has been serving the needs of the city’s west side community for over 50 years. Sponsors of this year’s Muertos Fest include the City of San Antonio Center City Development and Operations Department, Bexar County, Hemisfair, McDonald’s, Dos Equis, Metro by T-Mobile, Centro San Antonio and H-E-B. Additional Event partners include Telemundo San Antonio, KABB-Fox, WOAI-TV, the San Antonio Current and VIA Metropolitan Transit.

The 7th Annual Día de los Muertos event is now at Hemisfair—630 Nueva Street. All festivities are free and open to the public. To learn more, visit MuertosFest.com.

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About Día de Los Muertos (Muertos Fest)

Día de los Muertos, also known as Muertos Fest, is the largest and most well-known Day of the Dead Festival in Texas. Established in 2013, Día de los Muertos is held annually in downtown San Antonio, Texas and touts the largest open altar exhibition and contest in the city. Named as one of the 10 Great Day of the Dead Celebrations in the world by USA Today, the event was named the second best Día de los Muertos Celebration in the country by Tripping.com. To learn more, visit MuertosFest.com. Follow Día de los Muertos on Facebook at @DiadeLosMuertosSanAntonio and on Twitter and Instagram @MuertosFest.