All the Ways El Paso is Celebrating Dia de los Muertos on Oct. 29
The city’s largest Day of the Dead festival returns to downtown El Paso on Saturday, Oct. 29. The day-long event will include the popular and highly anticipated Dia de los Muertos parade.
Contrary to its name, Day of the Dead is more joyous than macabre. It’s a day of celebration that is far from a gloomy affair, and there’s no better example than the event sponsored by the City of El Paso.
Dia de los Muertos 2022
The event will include a special Downtown Art & Farmers Market, a variety of free hands-on activities and live performances hosted by the El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.
Live entertainment in San Jacinto Plaza, themed streetcar programming, and a festive parade will also be part of the day-long celebration to honor our dearly departed.
Dia del los Muertos Parade
The parade will feature a cavalcade of catrinas, catrins, calaveras, community floats, and larger-than-life marionettes and Mojigangas.
It will get underway at 4 p.m. The parade route will be different this year, traveling north on Santa Fe St., turning right on E. Franklin Avenue, right on N. Mesa in front of San Jacinto Plaza, and then right on W. Mills.
Downtown Art and Farmers Market will set up along E. Main with arts and crafts vendors in the Coffee Box parking lot and food and drink vendors next to San Jacinto Plaza.
A Community Alter will be on view in the Arts Festival Plaza right next to the El Paso Museum of Art.
Museum Drop-In Activities
El Paso Museum of Archaeology @ El Paso Museum of Art
Skeleton Wands and Giant Calaveras, 11 am – 4 pm (while supplies last)
El Paso Museum of Art
Alebrije Mask Painting, 11 am – 4 pm (while supplies last)
El Paso Museum of History
Sand Art of Oaxaca, 12 pm – 6 pm (while supplies last)
Entertainment at San Jacinto Plaza
Rodriga Rockmore 11:00 – 11:45
Trillo 12:00 - 12:45
Camino Real Folklorico 1:00 – 1:30
Melancholy 10 1:45 – 2:30
Sound Decay Records Intermission
Cuahutli Folklorico & Mariachi Los Arrieros 3:00 – 3:45
12 Inch spins 4:00 – 4:45
Souldies EP 5:00 – 5:45
Drag of the Dead 6:00 – 6:45
Souldies EP 7:00 – 7:45
Mariachi Los Toritos 8:00 – 8:45
Entertainment in Arts Festival Plaza
Matachines Maria Guadalupe 2:00 – 2:40
Samba Drummers 5:15 – 6:00
Streetcar service and Streetcar programming
Streetcar service will begin at 11 a.m.
• Learn about the history and tradition of Dia De Los Muertos, with La Calaca Maldonado. Boarding for the free event starts at 6 p.m. at the Convention Center Stop at Santa Fe and Henry Trost on Streetcar 1511.
• From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. DJ Rockmore will be spinning hauntingly groovy tunes. Boarding starts at the Convention Center stop also on Streetcar 1511.