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Participate in Dia de Los Muertos at La Villita

Colorful Dia de Los Muertos skulls

The October fun has only begun! Get ready for your favorite annual events here in San Antonio, TX to celebrate culture and time-honored traditions outside of your apartment at The Mansions at Briggs Ranch. Today our blog is highlighting Día de los Muertos at La Villita. Read on to learn more about how you can participate in this great event.


First, figure out what to expect. As explained on the site, “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.”


Look forward to free events open to the public on Saturday, the 27th, from 10 am to 11 pm and Sunday, the 28th, from noon to 9 pm. Dance and sing along to live music at Arneson River Theater, buy or appreciate original day of the Dead art, check out the living altar, bask in live poetry, and view the dance, drum, and puppet procession for the full experience.


You can also even participate in the alter exhibition and contest tradition! Apply and build your own altar for the celebration in a group, by yourself, or with family. It’s a great way to start a new tradition or to try your hand a great activity. First and second place winners get $2000 and $1000, respectively, and the fanfave winner receives $500.


Students in grades K through 12 with a faculty or school approved organizational sponsor may also enter the student altar competition for a $500 prize. It’s worth a shot — if not for the prize, for the experience!


While you’re out celebrating, don’t forget to enjoy Pan de Muerto, a sweet bread for the holiday, and learn about how others celebrate it come the first and second of November.


Do you celebrate Día de Muertos? What are your favorite traditions of the holiday or other October ones? Share with the rest of the apartment community in the comments so we can better appreciate and learn from those in and out of our community. Happy celebrating!