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Seventh Annual Día de los Muertos Festival Expands, Now at Hemisfair, October 26 and 27

Lindsey Amick |

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 28, 2019) – Now in its seventh year, San Antonio's beloved, cultural festival Día de los Muertos, also known as Muertos Fest, moves from La Villita to its new home at Hemisfair. The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27. The largest Day of the Dead event in Texas, the 2019 Día de los Muertos festival is bigger and better than ever, offering expanded art booths, ofrendas, music, food and an experience that has become a tradition for San Antonio and beyond.

“In the seven incredible years since the festival’s beginning, the San Antonio community has helped grow our event beyond the walls of La Villita,” says Jim Mendiola, Día de los Muertos artistic director. “We look forward to the future that Hemisfair will provide with more altars, more music and expanded programming for children.”

Deemed one of the 10 Great Day of the Dead Celebrations in the world, Día de los Muertos at Hemisfair will feature two days of vibrant events and entertainment celebrating this Mexican tradition, all of which are free and open to the public. Proceeds from the event will benefit Inner City Development, a nonprofit organization that responds to emergency, educational, and recreational needs of the neighborhood on the near Westside of San Antonio.

“We’re ecstatic to be the new home of this cherished event rooted in culture, history and family,” says Andres Andujar, Hemisfair CEO. “It makes sense that two San Antonio staples—Día de Los Muertos and Hemisfair—would converge to create an authentic experience for all to enjoy.”

Converging traditional art and culture with the best in live music and entertainment, festivities will include a two-stage lineup of live bands, dance and poetry performances; an arts market featuring original Day of the Dead crafts and artwork; a drum, dance and puppet procession; workshops; children’s programming and more.

The Día de los Muertos open altar exhibition and contest is the largest of its kind in San Antonio and the true heart of the festival. Altars are an important part of Día de los Muertos tradition, honoring loved ones that have passed on, and are believed to show departed souls the way home and remind them that they are remembered and loved.

Día de los Muertos invites locals and tourists alike to experience, enjoy and remember. To learn more about Día de los Muertos, or Muertos Fest, and to stay up-to-date with the latest entertainment lineup, visit MuertosFest.com. Applications for arts vendors, food vendors and altar exhibition and contest participants are now being accepted online.

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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.

About Hemisfair

The Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) was created by City Council in 2009 to redevelop the former site of the 1968 World’s Fair in San Antonio, Texas. HPARC is dedicated to the transformation of Hemisfair into a sustainable, self-funded urban district with residences, local businesses, unique programming and three parks—Yanaguana Garden, Civic Park (Phase II) and Tower Park (Phase III). Hemisfair is where San Antonio meets: it is a vibrant gathering place for a day with friends and the city’s biggest celebrations. HPARC is a 501(c)3 local government corporation, supported in part by the Hemisfair Conservancy, an independent 501(c)3. For more information, visit hemisfair.org and follow @hemisfair.

About Inner City Development

Inner City Development is a nonprofit, community based organization that responds to emergency, educational, and recreational needs of the neighborhood on the near Westside of San Antonio in the vicinity of the Alazan-Apache Public Housing Project. It has been operating in this area, the economically poorest area of Bexar County, since 1968. The mission of the organization is to lift the dignity of the individual. This is done by providing critical, supportive, basic life services and inspiring persons to participate in the betterment of their neighborhood through volunteerism. With the exception of one part-time administrative assistant, the organization is run by an all-volunteer staff and administration.