10 things to do at Hispanic Heritage Museum - Dia de los Muertos in San Angelo, Texas
Dia de los Muertos, San Angelo, Texas
Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on October 28th and 29th in San Angelo, Texas! Inevitably in life, we all must deal with death. The holiday largely originated in Mexico by the indigenous and Spanish people, who created customs honoring deceased loved ones, resulting in what has evolved into this beautiful holiday tradition. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion, and Spanish culture, Día de los Muertos is celebrated each year at the end of October and early November. Día de los Muertos is a time for families to honor and welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief, joyful reunion that includes food, drink, and celebrations with flowers, bright colors, and lively festivities.
The San Angelo Hispanic Heritage Museum & Cultural Center brings this vibrant and rich tradition to life on the banks of the Concho River with fun for the entire familia!! This festival begins at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Plaza, including the River Stage Amphitheater, and extends across Celebration Bridge to Bart DeWitt Park. Both days are filled with free activities, live performances, and music. We invite you to bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up at the River Stage Amphitheater to claim your spot for each day! Come make wonderful memories with your familia by celebrating and commemorating those we have loved and lost.
1. Visit the largest community altar in the State of Texas – yes, in San Angelo – created with thousands of balloons and hundreds of flowers!
2. Attend the Día de los Muertos Car Show featuring some of the most beautifully customized cars with altars in their trunks.
3. Run in the annual Carrera de los Muertos 5K/10K live run or participate in the virtual 5K/1 Mile by walking or running at your own pace on the beautiful banks of the Concho River.
4. Watch the Catrina contest presented by KSJT-FM 107.5. The Catrina is a long-standing symbol of Día de los Muertos. She symbolizes our willingness to laugh at death itself. Contestants will turn themselves into skeletons using elaborate makeup. The skeletal appearance, highlighted with flowers and artwork, is the icon of Día de los Muertos!
5. Free activities for the whole familia! Bring the kids and participate in ceramic activities, piñata hour, flower making, crown making, sugar skull decorating, painting on our Día de los Muertos mural, and more!
6. Enjoy performances throughout the day including the Fort Concho Elementary Damitas y Charritos, Lakeview Chieffettes, Ballet Folklórico Azteca, Prep Academy, Leos Imports Fashion Show, local band Animo.
7. Walk in the procession honoring lost loved ones across Celebration Bridge, led by the Lakeview Mariachi Band, Fort Concho percussion students, and Catrina contestants.
8. Shop multiple vendors and food trucks.
9. The “En Plein Air Texas International Juried Competition Artists Paint Out” will be held on Saturday morning. A children’s paint out and art scavenger hunt, where children of all ages are invited to join, will receive free painting kits.
10. Close out the celebration with a Día de los Muertos folklórico performance by the award-winning dance group Mexico 2000. It will be followed by a musical performance by Rhythm & Sound Machine celebrating the music of Gloria Estefan in conjunction with a laser light show by Laser Spectacles at the River Stage Amphitheater.