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San Antonio Celebrates Día de los Muertos Like No Other City In the U.S.

Suzanne Flores |

San Antonio, TX -- August 8, 2018: When it comes to Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, there’s no place in the United States that observes this traditionally Mexican holiday quite like San Antonio. This year, as the city celebrates its Tricentennial anniversary, there will be more than 20 unique events from October 20 through November 3 -- more than any other city in Texas, and likely any other city in the country. 

Mexican roots run deep in San Antonio (which is a previous colonial capital of New Spain and state capital of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas). The city is a three-hour drive from the U.S.-Mexico border, and more than 60 percent of the city’s population is of Mexican descent. This cultural heritage is evident through San Antonio's unwavering celebratory spirit -- the city hosts a seemingly endless roster of festivals and events each year, including the 10-day-long Fiesta San Antonio in April -- and also is distinctly felt when it comes to Día de Los Muertos.

This year’s events run the gamut, from small gatherings with traditional altars and face painting to multiple-day festivals featuring live music, stilt walkers, Mexican cuisine and festive parades. In addition to official celebrations, restaurants and cafes across San Antonio will showcase altars, customary décor and fresh-baked pan de muerto, a popular type of sweet bread that is also used as an offering to loved ones who have passed. This collective spirit offers an unforgettable way to experience the city, as well as to gain insight into this unique, historic holiday which views death with lightness and humor rather than fear. Most events are family friendly, allowing children to learn about the rich traditions of the holiday, helping it continue for generations to come. 

For a calendar of events, visit here. Below are highlights of some of the top celebrations happening throughout the city: 
 
Muerto Fest 
Date: Saturday, October 27 – Sunday, October 28
Location: La Villita
About: Set right off the River Walk, La Villita hosts a major celebration for Day of the Dead fusing traditional culture with contemporary Latino music, and features the largest open-air altar exhibition in the city. Events are free and open to the public and include live music at Arneson River Theater, original Day of the Dead art, a living altar, a dance, drum and puppet parade, live poetry and more. Musical performances range from traditional mariachi musicians and folklorico dancers to Tex-Mex punk and electronic cumbia.  

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Date: Saturday, October 27
Location: Plaza Avenida
About: Free and open to the public, the celebration at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center offers art-making workshops, face-painting, a peace and remembrance procession, various community altars -- and of course, pan de muerto and chocolate. 
 
Pearl
Date: Thursday, November 1 – Friday, November 2
Location: Pearl Park
About: Pearl Park will be transformed for its elaborate Día de los Muertos celebration with artist-created and community altars placed throughout the property, live music, a procession and children's crafts. On-site locales, including Hotel Emma, will join in the festivities with unique altars and original programming. All events are free and open to the public.

SAY Sí Muertitos Fest
Date: Friday November 2 – Saturday November 3
Location: SAY Sí
About: Each year, SAY Sí, a local creative youth development organization, curates one of San Antonio’s most comprehensive Día de los Muertos celebrations, providing three days of unique cultural happenings including a multidisciplinary showcase of student art, altars, family folk art workshops, gourmet food, an artisan mercado and live cultural performances highlighting local dancers, musicians and entertainers.
 
Centro Cultural Aztlan
Date: Friday, November 2
Location: Centro Cultural Aztlan
About: Since 1977, Centro Cultural Aztlan has held the longest-standing Día de los Muertos celebration in the city. Community artists transform the center’s gallery into a giant art installation by creating unique altars that feature traditional elements such as photos of loved ones, marigolds, incense and candles. The overall event illustrates the artistic, cultural and religious facets of this meaningful holiday.
 
For more information, please visit: www.visitsanantonio.com

Media Contact:
Suzanne Flores
Suzanne.Flores@giantnoise.com
(210) 701-8370

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