The City of Austin’s Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center will have a variety of activities associated with their seventh annual Día de los Muertos event, including sugar skull making, altar building and a car show. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1-6 p.m.
This is the largest annual event at the ESB-MACC, and is free, open to the public and a great outing for families (feel free to bring chairs). The event will also include live music and entertainment, family art activities, a costume contest and more.
ESB-MACC invites you to participate in their annual Day of the Dead celebration by displaying your custom or classic car or bike. This colorful community event grows every year, and it continues to provide an opportunity to celebrate Latino culture. Altars are also suggested and may be placed inside or outside a vehicle. Display your pride and car or bike this year for a chance to win a special prize.
The public is also encouraged to install a temporary altar outside along the perimeter of the zócalo. As part of the Día de los Muertos tradition, altars, or ofrendas, are built to commemorate loved ones who have passed away including family, friends, or even well-known leaders and activists. Ofrendas can also function as artworks in their own right.
There will also be family activities throughout the month of October, including workshops for making paper mache mini skeletons, sugar skulls and calaverita glitter tin nichos. These are hands-on workshops where both children and adults are invited to create traditional Days of the Dead crafts. Participants will learn more about the significance of Día de los Muertos and the beginning process of the sugar skull construction. For more information, please visit maccaustin.org.