Legend has it there’s a day in the year when the souls of the dead ancestors come back to this world to mingle with their beloved living ones.
It’s the Day of the Dead, the ancient Mexican tradition that had a reboot in Austin in the 60s, amid the Chicano Movement, as a way for Hispanics to reconnect with their origins. Today the tradition is present in Austin with multiple big events every year. But there’s one festival for which the main premise stands out–celebrating the dead to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
That’s the vision of the Día de los Muertos Music Festival by Easter Seals Central Texas, a nonprofit that helps patients with special needs in the Capital Area region, where one in eight people live with a disability. Through this event, Easter Seals seeks to bring awareness and collect funds for their programs, which include helping children with autism or developmental delays and providing therapy to patients with spinal cord injuries, among many others.
This year, Easter Seals will hold its all-day fourth annual Dia de los Muertos Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Fiesta Gardens. The event will be headlined by Los Angeles band Ozomatli and metal-meets-mariachi quintet Metalachi. Other acts will include all-sister local band Tiarra Girls and Austin Samba School.
The event is completely family-friendly and features an H-E-B Kid’s Zone with interactive activities such as face painting, piñatas and calavera mask-making. General admission tickets are $30 and VIP tickets are $150. Children six years old and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. All festival profits will benefit Easter Seals’ client families. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit www.austindiadelosmuertos.com.