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How to Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Dallas — Authentic Live Performances, Indulgent Specials, and More In Honor of the Dead

Concerts, "Coco," and More to Mark the Occasion

BY // 10.28.21

Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is celebrated on November 1 and 2. In Mexican heritage, it is a celebration of those that have been lost. Honorary alters are set up and traditional dishes are made for those who have died, symbolizing a reunion of sorts for the living and the dead.

This year, several Dallas spots are participating in the Día de los Muertos celebrations with food and drink specials, live performances, and arts and crafts.

The Big Parade

On Saturday, October 30, the City of Dallas will host its annual Día de los Muertos Parade at Dallas City Hall from 6 pm to 7 pm. The day will also include live music, arts and crafts, food, and more. An afterparty will follow at AT&T Discovery District.

A Musical Concert

Halloween afternoon at 3 pm, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is hosting a Day of the Dead concert featuring traditional Latin American music and culture, guest artists, and activities for the whole family. Tickets are available here.

Authentic Celebrations

Head to Crown Hill Memorial Park & Mausoleum on November 2 and 6 for a free Día de los Muertos celebration. Located at a cemetery that is traditionally visited by families on the Day of the Dead, the celebration starts off with an opening parade and includes a dance performance by Grupo Pakal Mayan Dance Company, mariachi music by Mariachi Lone Star, children’s activities, a screening of Coco, and more.

Taking place at Latino Cultural Center on October 30 at 7 pm, the Festival de Calaveras is a night of food, drinks, music, poetry, and more. There will be a tasting of traditional cuisine, as well as the option to bring a photo of your loved one to add to the ofrenda. Marta Salazer will perform songs and poet Nephtali De Leon will end the evening with a reading.

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Head to Oak Cliff to celebrate Día de los Muertos with Dallas chocolatier CocoAndre. (Courtesy)

Local Restaurant Celebrations

On October 30 from 5 pm to 9 pm, CocoAndré Chocolatier in Bishop Arts is hosting Día de los Muertos Oak Cliff along with Oak Cliff Cultural Center. The family-friendly event includes live music, dance performances from native Dallas groups, food, arts and crafts, goods from local vendors, and more. Also, make sure to purchase one of the chocolate shop’s famous sugar skulls.

On November 2 at 5 pm, Taqueria La Ventana is hosting its annual Día De Los Muertos celebration at each of their Dallas locations. Though, the main event will take place at the downtown location with a DJ (Addison and Cedar Springs will also have), free Pan de los Muertos for the first 150 guests, traditional hot chocolate and churros, an El Jimador activation, and giveaways.

Book a spot at Miriam Cocina Latina near Klyde Warren Park on October 28 for its El Jimador tequila tasting and paint class for Día de los Muertos. From 6:30 pm to 9 pm, you’ll taste a tequila flight and paint an original sugar skull design on a T-shirt along with light bites. Tickets costs $35 per person. For reservations call 214-855-5275.

Celebrate the Day of the Dead at Te Deseo on October 31 from 11 am to 5 pm. The Latin American restaurant will be hosting a day party with tequila shots, champagne, a DJ, dancing, and a special brunch-inspired menu all day. Book your reservation here.

Mesero Dallas Dia de los Muertos
Each location of Mesero has set up a unique alter display and is offering a special margarita. (Courtesy)

Head to any location of Mesero now through November 3 to celebrate The Day of the Dead. The Mexican restaurant chain is offering a special margarita created by Luis Castillo. It’s a frozen margarita with blood orange purée, St.-Germain, foam, and a hibiscus spice salt. Each location will also have its own Día de los Muertos alter displays to honor loved ones who have passed.

Plano’s Legacy Food Hall is hosting a free Día de los Muertos Festival on Sunday, October 31 at 1 pm. The festivities include family activities like face painting and screening of Coco followed by live performances by Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi Rosas Divinas, and Los Skamales.

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