33rd Annual Festival & Parade Celebrating Day of the Dead.
Mexic-Arte Museum Upcoming Events - January
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: 12 noon – 8 pm
Admission: FREE
Parade Launch: 12:00
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 Plazawhere 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.

Read More.  #VivaLaVida2016

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 on 5th 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.

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

Image: KALUA

Indoor Stage:
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.

Outdoor Stage:
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.

Cool Beans
Hay Elotes
Mom & Pops All Natural Frozen Pops
Pan de Muerto / La Mexicana
Veracruz All Natural
Vaquero Taquero

Día de Los Muertos Mercado:
Central TX Blood and Tissue Bank
Discovery Auto
Eya Claire
Illustrated Ink
Jonathan Rebolloso
Jumpolin Piñata
Karla Valles
Las Ofrendas
Latino Toons

Mayan Expressions
Metro PCS
Mexican Masterpieces
Nailivic Studios
Paloma Mayorga
Poco a Poco

Image: Patrons dancing at Brazos Hall. Photo by Chris Caselli.
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.
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.
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

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. © Mexic-Arte Museum 2016.

Special thanks to the City of Austin Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Advisory Commission. 

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