Dia de los Muertos Festival
October 30, 2021
The 2021 Corpus Christi Dia de Los Muertos Festival will be held Saturday, October 30, 3 pm to midnight. Now in its 14th year, the Dia de los Muertos Festival has become one of Corpus Christi’s most popular events. It has been nationally recognized in multiple lists as a top Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Texas and the U.S., and voted Best Festival in The Bend Magazine’s Locals List five years running (2016-2020).
The Dia de Los Muertos Festival (Day of the Dead) is one of the most exciting events in Corpus Christi, thanks to all there is to see and do. Free concerts by Latin-influenced musicians and up-and-coming Texas bands, as well as cultural performances, are held on three stages. Entertainment includes Native American, Folklorico and contemporary dance, Mariachis, and bands that play Cumbia, Tejano, Conjunto, Salsa, Latin Pop and Rock.
A favorite past-time at the festival is the Hecho-a-Mano Arts and Crafts Expo. Browse the more than 60 vendors selling arts and crafts, jewelry, and other handmade items, or have your face painted in classic Dia de los Muertos style. Art students from Texas A&M Corpus Christi will perform sculpture and printmaking demonstrations and also serve as puppet masters for our famous over-sized Calaveras.
An important part of the day for most festival-goers is stopping by the Walk of Remembrance Altar Display. Here, you’ll find moving ofrendas created by children, families, organizations, businesses, and other members of the community to honor departed family members, soldiers, celebrities, community leaders, and others. The ofrenda, a sacred Mexican tradition, holds the deceased’s favorite foods, personal possessions, flowers, candles, incense and other symbolic items to represent the life of the departed. Visitors are invited to leave written memorials and/or photos of their own deceased loved ones on the tribute wall and community altar at the center of the display.
Be sure to check out the art exhibitions at K Space Contemporary! This year, we unveil new large-scale paintings by local artists in our new Dia de los Muertos Art Collection, and Arte Inmersivo an interactive, immersive, selfie-worthy art display with a life-size piñata donkey, marigold room and giant sugar skull made of plastic bottles.
We also get the kids involved in the fun! The Kids Corner has lots of activities to keep the children busy, from the rock-climbing wall, crafts and games, to decorating sugar skulls while young performers dance and sing. The Youth Art Exhibition features works of art by area students in grades 6 – 12. Extravagancia de Piñatas is a contest in which area K-12 school groups compete for bragging rights (and classroom funds). To determine winners, we ask visitors to vote for their favorite piñatas!
Experience one of our region’s most distinctive festivals! You’ll have a great time eating, drinking, dancing, and shopping, all while learning about one of the richest and most ancient traditions in the world.
The Dia de los Muertos Festival is organized by K Space Contemporary in partnership with Electra Art*Axis Tattoo. Proceeds benefit K Space Contemporary, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and promoting contemporary art in South Texas.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401