WHEN? Saturday, October 23, 2-10 PM WHERE? 5th Street, between Congress & Brazos HOW MUCH? FREE!
Mexic-Arte Museum presents Día de los Muertos as Viva la Vida Fest to celebrate life and our environment through art and culture. The festival brings together a diversity of people in Austin to pay homage to friends, family, and heroes, featuring an exhibition, education programs, a grand procession with costumes and props, and a street celebration with traditional foods, hands-on art activities, artist demos, local retail booths, live music and performances. Click here for more information! You may also contact (512) 480-9373 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Urban Chalk Art Pre-Procession Festivities, complementing Viva la Vida Fest, click here.
COOKING A LA INDEPENDENCIA With Chef Iliana de la Vega and Ernesto Torrealba Presented by Edible Austin 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Edible Austin and Mexic-Arte Museum are proud to present celebrated Chef Iliana de la Vega and Ernesto Torrealba who will demonstrate a menu commemorating the anniversaries of Mexican Independence and Revolution. The menu will feature chiles en nogada, mole de olla and a coconut ante (cake). Tastings and recipe cards will be available for guests at this exceptional demonstration of authentic Mexican cuisine! Admission is free, and setaing is limited - priority will be given to Mexic-Arte Museum Members. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 20, to email@example.com or (512) 480-9373 x84.
TEXAS GUITAR QUARTET Presented by Austin Chamber Music Center 2:00 - 3:00 PM This special concert celebrates Hispanic Heritage in ACMC's annual collaboration with Mexic-Arte Museum. Since its inception in 2005, the Texas Guitar Quartet is quickly being recognized as one of Texas’s top guitar ensembles. Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel and Mitch Weverka, all of who have garnered acclaim and critical praise as soloists on concert stages around the world and in a multitude of international guitar competitions, comprise TxGQ. Admission is free. Limited seating, first come first serve.
VIVA LA VIDA FEST: PLAZA SALTILLO (PRE-PROCESSION FUN!)
12:00-4:00 PM Live Music by Johnny Degollado from 2:00-4:00 PM 5th & Comal at Plaza Saltillo FREE Admission!
As a new feature of Viva la Vida Fest, Mexic-Arte Museum will be presenting Pre-Procession Festivities at Plaza Saltillo on 5th and Comal in East Austin. Activities will include urban chalk art demos and hands-on participation, face painting, as well as other interactive learning experiences with art! All Austin schools are invited to join the celebration as Mexic-Arte Museum prepares for the Procession, with a special invitation to schools in the Holly neighborhood. Children of all ages and their families are encouraged to attend - come in costume, or bring one to change into to join the Procession when it departs at 6:00 PM!
VIVA LA VIDA FEST: GRAND PROCESSION
6:00-7:00 PM Departs from Plaza Saltillo at 5th & Comal
The Grand Procession begins to gathers at 5:00 PM at Plaza Saltillo in East Austin, bringing together a vibrant and varied mix of the traditional, contemporary, and Austin “weird.” The Procession – including costumes, props, live music, dancers, and floats – marches down historic 6th Street and culminates at 5th and Congress, marking the transition from the afternoon to the exciting evening portion of the street festival. The following are the main categories:
Colonial Mexico featuring the Independence
Modern Mexico featuring the Revolution
Contemporary / Keep Austin Weird (anything goes!)
VIVA LA VIDA FEST: COSTUME CONTEST 7:30-8:00 PM Main Stage 5th Street (between Congress & Brazos)
Every year, after the Procession arrives to the Dia de los Muertos festival at Mexic-Arte Museum on 5th Street, there is a costume contest! There is a different theme each, and this year, because we are celebrating the Bicentennial of the Independence, and the Centennial of the Revolution, we are calling for participants to dress up as Emiliano Zapata, Pancho Villa, an Adelita/Soldadera, Miguel Hidalgo, or your favorite hero or heroine of the Independence or Revolution! There will be four prizes: 1) best Adelita/Soldadera 2) best Revolutionary or Independence hero 3) best costumed Chihuahua, and 4) best Frida Kahlo!