Outdoor Festival: 4th Street between Congress and San Jacinto Indoor Festival: Brazos Hall, 204 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
Mexic-Arte Museum is thrilled to announce its annual Viva la Vida Festival on October 29, 2016 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm in downtown Austin. This year, Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event features a grand procession (moving west on 6th St.) and street festival (4th St, from Congress to San Jacinto) with Muertos Mercado, costume contest, live music, food trucks, and community altars. Art activities for children and families will also be available in the neighboring Frost Bank Tower Plaza, where the public will have an opportunity to take pictures with parade props, including large-scale moving sculptures and mojigangas.
Additionally, the festival grounds have expanded this year to include Brazos Hall, where the public can enjoy the Muertos Mercado, face painting, and lively performances. On the Brazos Hall rooftop, the Estrella Lounge will spotlight specialty beverages, a live Day of the Dead tattoo exhibition, on-site Day of the Dead henna tattoos, and activities for Museum Members, partners, and tattoo artists and clients.
Mexic-Arte Museum remains open featuring the exhibitions Icons & Symbols of the Borderland (Main Gallery) and Community Altars: A Celebration of Life (Annex Gallery).
The 2016 event is co-sponsored by the City of Austin.
PARADE Parade staging: 10:00 am Parade launch: 12:00 noon Admission: FREE Special Parade Component: A homage to Mexico's most popular singer, the late Juan Gabriel AKA "El Divo de Juarez"
Route: The parade will gather on5th street between I-35 Northbound Frontage Road and Waller Street, traveling west on 6th street to the festival location at 4th and Congress.
Image: Visitors shopping at the 2015 Viva la Vida Festival at Brazos Hall. Photo by Krystal Malloy.
FESTIVAL Outdoor Location: 4th St between Congress and San Jacinto Featuring: Food trucks, Lowrider Exhibition, face painting, outdoor decorations, dance performances, costume contest Indoor Location: Brazos Hall (1st floor), 204 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 Featuring: Muertos Mercado, live music, and dance performances Time: 12:00 noon — 8:00 pm Admission: FREE
12:45 pm Opening Ceremony with Keito Academy
1:00 pm Marisol Ospinal & Te Amo Peru
1:45 pm KALUA 2:45 pm Flamencura Music & Dance 4:00 pm Tiarra Girls
5:15 pm El Tule 6:30 pm DJ uLOVEi
Homage to Juan Gabriel.
12:00 pm DJ Sonido Acuario and El Show de Los Karaoke Amigos Leonor Esqueda y Gabriel Perez
1:00 pm Parade Finale
2:00 pm Costume Contest
2:30 pm Homenaje al Juan Gabriel with El Show de Los Karaoke Amigos Leonor Esqueda y Gabriel Perez
5:15 pm Johnny Degollado y Su Conjunto
6:30 pm DJ Sonido Acuario
Image: Tacos by Vaquero Taquero.
Mom & Pops All Natural Frozen Pops
Pan de Muerto / La Mexicana
Veracruz All Natural
Image: Patrons dancing at Brazos Hall. Photo by Chris Caselli.
ESTRELLA LOUNGE Location: Brazos Hall Rooftop, 204 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 Time: 12:00 noon—8:00 pm Admission: Members & Patrons Featuring: Specialty beverages, a live Day of the Dead tattoo exhibition, on-site Day of the Dead henna tattoos, and activities for Museum Members, partners, and tattoo artists and clients.
EXHIBITIONS Community Altars: a Celebration of Life Location: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, 78701 Time: 10:00 am — 8:00 pm Admission: $5.00 for Exhibitions,
FREE for Members
Image: Children at Viva la Vida Festival. Photo by Faustinus Deraet.
EDUCATION ACTIVITIES Location: Frost Bank Tower Plaza, 401 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701 Time: 12:00 noon—6:00 pm Admission: FREE Activities: Marigold crowns, Mask-Making, Posada Prints, Bibliographia Screen Printing, and Facepainting