SAN ANTONIO -- Now in its seventh year, San Antonio's cultural Día de los Muertos festival, also known as Muertos Fest, is moving from La Villita to the Hemisfair.

  • October 26 and 27
  • Largest Day of the Dead event in Texas
  • More booths, ofrendas, food and music

The event takes place during the last weekend in October.

It is dubbed the largest Day of the Dead event in Texas and is now expanding to offer even more art booths, ofrendas, music, and food.

“In the seven incredible years since the festival’s beginning, the San Antonio community has helped grow our event beyond the walls of La Villita,” said Jim Mendiola, Día de los Muertos artistic director. “We look forward to the future that Hemisfair will provide with more altars, more music and expanded programming for children.”

Deemed one of the 10 Great Day of the Dead Celebrations in the world, Día de los Muertos at Hemisfair will feature two days of vibrant events and entertainment celebrating this Mexican tradition, all of which are free and open to the public.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Inner City Development, a nonprofit organization that responds to emergency, educational, and recreational needs of the neighborhood on the near Westside of San Antonio.

“We’re ecstatic to be the new home of this cherished event rooted in culture, history and family,” said Hemisfair CEO Andres Andujar. “It makes sense that two San Antonio staples—Día de Los Muertos and Hemisfair—would converge to create an authentic experience for all to enjoy.”

Festivities will include a two-stage lineup of live bands, dance and poetry performances plus more.

The Día de los Muertos open altar exhibition and contest is the largest of its kind in San Antonio and the true heart of the festival. Altars are an important part of Día de los Muertos tradition, honoring loved ones that have passed on, and are believed to show departed souls the way home and remind them that they are remembered and loved.

To learn more about Día de los Muertos, or Muertos Fest, visit Applications for arts vendors, food vendors and altar exhibition and contest participants are now being accepted online.