Today the Dia De Los Muertos Festival will take place at Oswaldo A. B. Cantu Pan American Recreation Center. After an extraordinarily successful first year, the all-day event benefiting Easter Seals of Central Texas, is back for another round of family-friendly cultural activities and entertainment at the popular eastside community center best known for its Hillside Summer Concert series.
The musical lineup includes a wide variety of latino artists from various backgrounds and traditions on two different stages. Fans can look forward to mariachi, ballet folklorico, cumbias, Tejano (courtesy of Grammy Award winners A.B. Quintanilla & the Kumbia Kingz All-Starz) and more to celebrate the traditional Dia De Los Muertos holiday and raise funds and awareness for individuals with disabilities and special needs.
The schedule is subject to change, but here’s the lineup:
Grupo de Danza Mexica-chichimeca de Austin Aztec Dancers (Opening Ceremony) – 1:20-1:40 p.m.
Lesly Reynaga -2:00-2:40 p.m.
Mariachi Nueva Generación – 3:00-3:40 p.m.
Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklórico de Texas – 3:40-4:00 p.m.
Austin Samba School – 4:00-4:20p.m.
Las Monas – 4:00-4:20 p.m.
DJ Syko – 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Tiarra Girls – 4:40-5:30 p.m.
DJ Syko – 5:30-5:50 p.m.
Son de Rey – 6:00-6:40 p.m.
Quimikoz Del Son – 7:00-7:40 p.m.
DJ Syko – 7:40-8:30 p.m.
A.B. Quintanilla & The Kumbia Kings All Starz – 8:30-9:45 p.m.
There will also be events for the kids (piñata parties!) and a Dia De Los Muertos procession at 4 p.m.
Long story short: A great event filled with family fun, pageantry, culture, tradition, and of course, music. Lots of cumbia this year not only from ABQ and crew, but also from DFW’s own Quimikoz Del Son (a group to watch, in my opinion).
The A.B. Cantu Pan-American Recreation Center is located at 2100 E. 3rd Street, at 3rd and Robert Martinez Jr. Streets in East Austin. Tickets are $20 at the gate, and children under 12 are free with a paid adult. All ages are welcome. VIP passes are $55 for those 21+. For more information, visit austindiadelosmuertos.com or follow the Facebook event here.