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Dia de los Muertos events in Houston

Honoring past loved ones

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(Cristian Newman)

HOUSTON – Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a day to demonstrate love and respect and celebration of those who have gone before us.

The holiday originated in Mexico and is celebrated Nov. 1 and 2, when souls of the dead are believed to come down from the afterlife and reunite with their families.

Families make festive altars to honor their past loved ones, with candles, sugar skulls, flowers, food or drinks that person had enjoyed, for their journey back home to heaven.

In Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated with parades, music and other activities in celebration throughout the country. The holiday is also celebrated in the U.S., including many events in Houston.

  • Calaveras Y Diablitos Art Show 
    What: This is a one-day art show in celebration of Allhallows Eve, life and the afterlife.
    When: Saturday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
    Where: The Hardy & Nance Studios
    902 Hardy St., Houston, Texas 77020
  • Dia de los Muertos Festival: Honoring our Past, Celebrating Our Future
    What: A festival honoring Day of the Dead. Come and learn the meaning and how different cultures celebrate it.  
    When: Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. –7 p.m.
    Where: MECA,
    1900 Kane St., Houston, TX 77007
  • Day of the Dead Celebration
    What: Dia de los Muertos celebration with Danzas Folkloricas, Aztec fire dancers, mariachi bands, crafts and more.
    When: Sunday 
    Where: Kemah Boardwalk,
    215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah, Texas 77565
  • Calavera Con Calavera
    What: The Annual “Calavera con Calavera” theatrical play returns in honor of the Dia de los Muertos celebration.  The play will have English subtitles.
    When: Nov. 1-4 at 8 p.m. 
    Where: Talento Bilingüe de Houston,
    333 S. Jensen Drive, Houston, TX 77003
  • 5th Annual Magnolia Park Dia De Los Muertos Block Party
    What: Family-friendly celebration brings performances, traditional altar-building, food and more. 
    When: Nov. 3 from noon-8 p.m.
    Where: American Legion,
    7599 Avenue C, Houston, TX, 77012
  • Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration
    What: Day of the Death exhibit and celebration. Take a look at altars and leave your loved ones a message in the Book of the Death.
    When: Nov. 1- 4
    Where: National Museum of Funeral History,
    415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090
  • Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead in The Heights
    What:  Fun educational experience that details the rich culture and significance of Dia de los Muertos.
    When: Nov. 10 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.. 
    Where: Montie Beach Park
    915 Northwood St, Houston, Texas 77009
  • Dia de los Muertos presented by Arandas Bakery
    What: This free festival celebrates and remembers those who have departed.
    When: Nov. 2, from 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
    Where: Discovery Green,
    1500 McKinney St., Houston, Texas 77010