Today is Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday honoring the souls of deceased family and friends through food, drinks, and ofrendas.
The holiday is recognized by many of the estimated ~9.5 million Texans of Mexican descent — here are three ways to participate in Austin.
Día de los Muertos at Waterloo Park | Tues., Nov.1-Wed., Nov. 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Moody Amphitheater | Free | The stage will be transformed into a community altar at this two-day event featuring local music + dance performances, Latino-owned vendors, and face painting.
AVANCE-Austin’s Día de los Muertos | Wed., Nov. 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center | $10+ | Eat dinner, watch dance performances, and take in a reading of “Rosita y Conchita,” a children’s book set during the holiday.
Día de los Muertos Festival | Now-Sat., Nov. 5 | 5-10 p.m. | Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center | Free | The center’s Austin Studio Tour exhibit opens on Tues., Nov. 1, ofrenda viewing begins on Wed., Nov. 2, and the festival takes place on Sat., Nov. 5.
Learn more about the history of Día de los Muertos here.