• December 4, 2021
 Día de los Muertos Celebration Returns to Downtown El Paso

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Día de los Muertos Celebration Returns to Downtown El Paso

The City of El Paso invites the public to celebrate the Mexican holiday known as Día de los Muertos at the annual Día de los Muertos Festival from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, in the Downtown Arts District.

“We are thrilled to announce the return of the in-person Día de los Muertos festivities to the Downtown Arts District,” said Cultural Affairs and Recreation Managing Director Ben Fyffe. “This event has grown in popularity thanks in large part to community support and the collaboration of our downtown quality of life organizations.”

The big, colorful bash will include live performances, hands-on activities, art vendors, interactive workshops, a special art and farmers market, a community altar, an evening parade and themed rides on the El Paso Streetcar. Visitors are encouraged to wear Día de Los Muertos costumes and calavera masks or face paint.

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • Downtown Art and Farmers Market: Noon to 7 p.m. at the Convention and Performing Arts Center
  • Arts and Crafts, Performances and Community Altar: Noon to 9 p.m.

o    El Paso Museum of Art: Live performances, Arts & Crafts Workshops to include making paper marigolds, mini altars.

o    El Paso Museum of History: Community altar where visitors can bring LED lights, artificial flowers, and remembrances of loved ones.

  • Meet and Greet La Calaca Maldonado on the Streetcar: 4 to 5 p.m. at the Convention Center Streetcar Stop, followed by a Ride and Legends on the Streetcar from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Dia del los Muertos Parade: The parade starts at 4 p.m.

o    The parade begins at San Antonio Street and Santa Fe Street before moving north on Santa Fe Street, turning right on N. Oregon Avenue, right on N. Mesa Street, right on W. Mills Avenue, and ending at El Paso Museum of Art.

The public is invited to ride the Streetcar downtown to enjoy the festivities. Streetcar service will be offered  from noon to 11 p.m. Free parking will be available at the Glory Road Transfer Center from noon to 7 p.m. Streetcar service will be suspended from 4 to 5 p.m. to accommodate the parade. Masks are required on the streetcar per Federal Transit Administration policy. Masks are strongly recommended inside City of El Paso facilities including the El Paso Museum of Art and El Paso Museum of History.

ABOUT DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATIONS

Día de los Muertos combines a celebration of life with a remembrance of loss. The celebration has become an opportunity for the community to explore and experience downtown safely.

Funding provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts Cultural District Program, El Paso Museum of History Foundation, El Paso Museum of Art Foundation, and Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.

For more information on the Dia de Los Muertos Celebration, visit epma.art/diadelosmuertos.

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