Today is the day a new Día tradition begins in Austin as Easter Seals Central Texas presents its first annual Día de los Muertos Festival, to be held from Noon until 11:00 p.m. at Fiesta Gardens. This unique festival features a full day Dia los Muertos cultural experience with live music, performances, art, costume contest, food and drink. The festival brings together a dynamic blend of the Austin musical landscape with vibrant Dia de los Muertos traditions. Proceeds will benefit Easter Seals Central Texas’ mission of providing exceptional services to people with disabilities.
The event features Tejano inspired musical performances by artists including Little Joe y La Familia, Del Castillo, Los Texmaniacs featuring Augie Meyer, Flaco Jimenez and Rick Trevino, DaHeBeGeBees, Los Autenticos, Dale Watson and more. The festival is also proud to celebrate the 73rd birthday of Grammy winner, Jose Maria De Leon Hernandez “Little Joe,” a legend in Tejano music and leader of the band Little Joe y la Familia.
The festival features fun and excitement for the entire family as well as a Ni Zone with safe entertainment and activities for children of all ages and abilities. There will also be a Los Muertos costume parade, face painting in traditional styles for all ages, commemorative altars by local artists and merchandise evoking the spirit of the holiday.
The event benefits Easter Seals Central Texas which has served the Central Texas area since 1937. Denise Reams White, Vice President of Development says, “We are excited to engage with the Austin community around this exciting cultural event to raise money for our important mission. We look forward to growing it into a uniquely Austin yearly festival.”
Currently, Easter Seals Central Texas serves approximately 7,000 people in 22 Texas counties and provides in excess of $150,000 in uncompensated care to the local Central Texas area each year. Services are focused into multiple areas of care ranging from birth to advanced age including outpatient medical rehabilitation, workforce development and community and housing services.
General admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $55. For more information on Día de los Muertos Festival, Easter Seals Central Texas or to purchase event tickets, visit http://austindiadelosmuertos.com/.