Celebrating “Dia de los Muertos” in Dallas-Fort Worth

Since Pixar’s Coco came out, “Dia de los Muertos” has been rising on the national stage in the United States. The goal of one of Mexico’s most important festivities (sometimes confused as a Mexican version of Halloween) is to show love and respect for family members who have passed away. 

Throughout Mexico, revelers dress up in strange makeup and costumes, organize parades and celebrations, sing and dance, and give offerings to loved ones who have passed away. Dallas-Fort Worth, one of the cities in the United States with a big Mexican population, will be holding some events in order to honor the dead. Here are some of them:

Día de los Muertos Festival: a free event that will be taking place on October 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. 

Outside on the plaza, the Latino Cultural Center’s annual event will feature music, sugar skull creative activities, and more. The annual Day of the Dead show, which will be open through Nov. 13, will feature artwork and altars in the galleries within.

Dallas Día de los Muertos: another free event that will be taking place onOct. 30 from 2 to 10 p.m. at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas.

Thousands of people attended the inaugural Da de los Muertos procession in downtown Dallas in 2019. The family-friendly event is returning downtown after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus. Live music, arts and crafts, concessions, and other vendors will be available at a festival at Dallas City Hall from 2 to 10 p.m. At 6 p.m., the procession leaves City Hall and proceeds west on Marilla and Young streets, north on Griffin Street, east on Commerce Street, south on St. Paul Street, and west on Young Street before returning to City Hall. Those dressed in traditional garb are encouraged to participate in the procession, and onlookers are allowed to watch.

Día de los Muertos Concert: on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. Tickets are ranging between $20-$80

This concert will feature music by Mexican composers such as Arturo Márquez and José Pablo Moncayo, and will be presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Mexican Consulate. There will be activities and festivities for the whole family.

These are some of the most important events that will be celebrating “Dia de los Muertos” in Dallas-Fort Worth this weekend, if you are interested in experiencing out more of them, check out the full list here.

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