Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a celebration focusing on remembering friends or family who are no longer living. Day of the Dead started in Mexico, where it is a three day event, from October 31st through November 2nd. Typically in the United States, Halloween is celebrated on October 31st, November 1st is All Saints Day, and November 2nd is All Souls Day.
With America being a constantly changing culture, Americans and Mexican-Americans have incorporated Day of the Dead festivities and events into their lives. While many American celebrations pale in comparison to the Mexican celebrations, there are still plenty of things to do and see here for Day of the Dead.
Celebrating Day of the Dead in Fort Worth and Surrounding Areas
Artes de la Rosa
Rose Marine Theatre
1440 North Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76106
On Saturday October 30th, there will be a free Day of the Dead festival beginning at 7:00pm and including music, ballet, and face painting. This event is child friendly and will take place rain or shine.
Museum of the Americas
216 Fort Worth Highway
Weatherford, TX 76086
Museum of the Americas features Native American, Mexican, and Latin American art. The exhibits include folk art, Mexican altars and religious art, and masks. General admission is free and guided tours are by appointment only.
Museum of Nature and Science
1318 South 2nd Avenue
Dallas, TX 75210
On Friday, October 29th the Museum of Nature and Science will have a children’s Day of the Dead event that includes decorating a sugar skull and preparing a skeleton. General admission tickets will be required, and the event is from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Texas Woman’s University
304 Administration Drive
Denton, TX 76210
September 13th through October 15th, the Blagg-Huey Library will have a Day of the Dead and All Souls exhibit on their first floor. The library is free and child friendly.
Many local haunted houses are ready to supply you with fun, fright, and excitement. As Day of the Dead approaches, more events may be planned than currently. For event news, please consult Fort Worth’s Calander of Events, or post your own event there.