Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Dallas-Fort Worth

This festive holiday, also known as the Day of the Dead, honors loved ones who have passed away. It is a tradition that has been observed for thousands of years, mainly in southern Mexican states. Although it takes place around Halloween, it has nothing to do with trick or treating. Here are some events in Dallas-Fort Worth, in person and online.

FREE The annual celebration of the Latino Cultural Center takes place outside in the square. Advance reservations and masks are required. There will be an Aztec dance performance, an exhibition of altars, music, sugar skull kits, and stalls. On November 7th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the center will be showing a community altar to which ticket holders can contribute photos.

October 30, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. Free admission. Reservation needed. facebook.com/LCCDallas.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Mexican Consulate will host this program on Mexican history and culture. The DSO will play music by Mexican composers, accompanied by dance by Anita M. Martinez Ballet Folklorico. Masks are required. A video of the event will be posted online in early November.

October 31st at 11 a.m. at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $ 9. mydso.com.

The FREE Toyota Music Factory, Visit Irving, and the US Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation are hosting an evening of live music and a traditional altar honoring those North Texas residents who died of COVID-19. Face masks and social distancing are required. The program will be broadcast live at facebook.com/LasColinasDayoftheDeadFest.

October 31st at 7pm in the Texas Lottery Plaza at the Toyota Music Factory, 316 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. Free entry and parking. Reservation needed. toyotamusicfactory.com/texaslotteryplaza.

The Las Colinas Day of the Dead Festival takes place at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving on Saturday.

Presented by CocoAndré Chocolatier and friends, this annual party has been transformed into an interactive art experience through CocoAndré’s storefront this year. The exhibition is designed as a communal altar, and visitors can bring photocopies of photos, treats, trinkets, and other items to contribute to the ofrenda. (Items will not be returned.) Entry is free, but registration through Eventbrite is required.

1-2. November 6pm to 10pm at the CocoAndre Chocolatier, 508 W. Seventh St., Dallas. Free admission. facebook.com/cocoandre.

FREE The Hughes Family Tribute Center’s sixth annual event includes performances by walking entertainers such as the Mayan dance troupe Grupo Pakal, Mariachi Michoacan and Tharpo the Clown. Face masks and social distancing are required.

November 2, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Crown Hill Memorial Park, 9718 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas. Free admission. facebook.com/HughesFTC.

The exterior of Las Colinas at 2901 Kinwest Parkway on July 1, 2020 in Irving.  (Juan Figueroa / The Dallas Morning News)

FREE The City of Garland and several community organizations are hosting a virtual program in honor of the Day of the Dead, showing past Garland celebrations and the history and significance of the holiday.

November 2nd at 7 p.m. streaming on Facebook and YouTube. Free. facebook.com/PlayGarland.

A Dia de los Muertos character named Valentina poses before meeting families on the Mystic Acres Trick or Treat Trail as part of Six Flags Hallowfest in Arlington, Saturday, October 3, 2020. The town of Garland is hosting an event for families who want a are looking for an alternative to personal celebrations.

Stroll the grounds of the Farmers Branch Historical Park to view the altars of the Día de los Muertos in honor of the deceased, sample traditional Mexican tapas from local restaurants, sip craft beers and sangrias from Cedar Creek Brewhouse and Eatery, and listen She music from Mariachi Los Reyes de Dallas. Altars featured include Frida Kahlo, Juan Gabriel, Jovita Idár, and Farmers Branch pioneer Juan Hernandez. Personal guests are limited so everyone can stay a safe distance away. Pre-registration is required. Masks are required.

October 29, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch. $ 30. Tickets available online.

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