Dia de los Muertos Fest
October 27, 3:00 pm
October 28, 12:00 am
The 2018 Corpus Christi Dia de Los Muertos Festival will be held October 27th, 3pm to midnight. Now in our 11th year, the Dia de los Muertos Festival has become one of Corpus Christi’s most popular events. It has been listed as a Top 10 US Dia de los Muertos Celebration by MSNBC, and voted Best Festival in The Bend Magazine’s Locals List (2016, 2017, 2018).
The Dia de Los Muertos Festival (Day of the Dead) is one of the most exciting events in Corpus Christi, thanks to all there is to see and do. Free concerts by Latin-influenced musicians and up-and-coming Texas bands, as well as cultural performances, are held on three stages. Entertainment includes Native American, folklorico and contemporary dancers, Mariachis, and bands that play Cumbia, Tejano, Conjunto, Salsa, Latin Pop and Rock. Music headliners this year are Grupo Massore, Bang Data and Corpus Christi’s own Mexicana. In addition, Lucha Kaboom! wrestling returns this year with appearances by Blue Demon Jr., Psycho Clown and other popular wrestlers.
A crowd favorite at the festival is the Hecho-a-Mano Art Expo. Browse the more than 85 vendors selling arts and crafts, jewelry, and other handmade items, or have your face painted in classic Dia de los Muertos style. Art students from Texas A&M Corpus Christi will perform sculpture and printmaking demonstrations and serve as puppet masters for our famous over-sized Calaveras.
The Kids Corner has lots of activities to keep the children busy, from the rock-climbing wall, crafts, and games, to the community mural painting. Plus, Del Mar College architecture students will create Treat Street, a kid-sized block of haunted houses where kids can Trick-or-Treat for candy.
An important part of the day for most festival-goers is stopping by the Walk of Remembrance altar display at The Ritz. Here, you’ll find moving ofrendas/altars created by children, families, artists, and other members of the community to honor departed family members, soldiers, celebrities, community leaders, and others. The ofrenda, a sacred Mexican tradition, holds the deceased’s favorite foods, personal possessions, flowers, candles, incense and other symbolic items to represent the life of the departed. Visitors are invited to leave written memorials and/or photos of their own deceased loved ones on the tribute wall and community altar at the center of the display.
Experience one of our region’s most distinctive festivals! You’ll have a great time eating, drinking, dancing, and shopping, all while learning about one of the richest and most ancient traditions in the world.
For more information including sponsorship and volunteer information visit: http://diadelosmuertoscc.com .
The Dia de los Muertos Festival is organized by K Space Contemporary in partnership with Electra Art*Axis Tattoo. Proceeds benefit, K Space Contemporary, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to presenting contemporary art to South Texas.