Día de Los Muertos Celebration brings together traditional art and culture with the best in live music entertainment to create a two-day destination event for the City of San Antonio to celebrate the Day of the Dead. The event hosts a variety of activities over the weekend celebration including the largest open altar exhibition in the city.

Events were free and open to the public including: live music at Arneson River Theater; original Day of the Dead art; living altar; dance, drum and puppet procession; live poetry and more!  Benefiting Inner City Development.

altarcontestRicos was the sponsor of the Student Altar Exhibition Contest.
One of the most popular activities, the altar exhibition is an open contest where anyone can sign up to build an altar at the event. In addition, a dedicated student competition was held. The exhibition is the largest altar exhibition in the city and spreads throughout the Villita Street and Alamo Street. A panel of judges determined the winners.

Prizes included:

  • 1st Place: $2,000
  • 2nd Place: $1,000
  • Fan Favorite (voting): $500
  • Student Prize: $500

Día de Los Muertos Celebration was held this year on October 29-30, 2016 at La Villiata.

Entertainment included:

Saturday – Arneson River Theater

  • El Conjunto Nueva Ola
  • Los Nahuatlatos
  • Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto Siempre
  • Volcan
  • Femina X
  • Grupo Frackaso

Sunday – Arneson River Theater

  • Mexrrissey – Mexico Goes Morrissey
  • Las Tesoros de San Anto
  • Azul Barrientos
  • Pochos Chidos
  • Viva Las Vegas


Sponsored by City of San Antonio Center City Development & Operations Department, Arts & Culture, City of San Antonio, Ricos, Starbucks, MetroPCS, Bud Light, Do210, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio Current, Taco Cabana and H-E-B, Taco Cabana.

For more info on the event, please visit:


Facebook Page

Facebook Event Page