Just last year USA Today named La Villita’s annual Day of the Dead festivities as one of the world’s ten greatest Día de los Muertos celebrations. For 2017–and judging by what we saw today when we went to check out, event organizers appear to have gone out of their way to live up to that designation.
The two-day event is rooted deeply in Mexican culture and heritage, specifically a centuries-old annual holiday through which families honor the memories of deceased loved ones. (And here’s a bit of trivia we learned recently: the “los” in Día de los Muertos is not used on Spanish-speaking countries.)
As you can see from the photo above and the ones that follow in our gallery, La Villita marks the Mexican holiday with a lively affair that prompts creative expressive and play from locals and visitors alike.
Oh, did we mention that it’s free and family-friendly?
Activities continue through tomorrow (Sunday, October 28) in downtown San Antonio. If you go–and we think you should, expect food, contemporary Latino music, shopping, and the famous community altar exhibition honoring deceased loved ones. You can even vote on your favorite ofrenda.
Story and photos in gallery (below) by Pamela Price
La Villita Historic Arts Village
418 Villita St #9
San Antonio, TX 78205