It's ofrenda season.

The City of El Paso Dia de los Muertos Festival returns to downtown El Paso on the last Saturday of the month. The day-long event will include the popular and highly anticipated Day of the Dead parade.

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Dia de los Muertos October 2023

El Paso Museum of Art
El Paso Museum of Art

Contrary to the day’s 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 what has become the largest Day of the Dead celebration in El Paso.

This year the City of El Paso will celebrate the Mexican holiday that honors the memory of the deceased on Saturday, October 28 with a festive event that will include local performers, food trucks, and a float-filled parade in the Downtown Arts District.

What to Know If You Plan to Go

Activities will take place in the Downtown Arts District from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 28. Attendees are encouraged to wear colorful Día de Los Muertos costumes and dresses, and rock that calavera face paint.

Dia del los Muertos Parade

Museums and Cultural Affairs Department - City of El Paso Facebook
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department - City of El Paso Facebook

The Dia del los Muertos Parade will get underway at 4 p.m. on San Antonio St. and feature community floats, larger-than-life marionettes, mojigangas, and alebrijes.

On View and To Do

• Downtown Art and Farmers Market is moving from its usual location and taking place in the Coffee Box parking lot from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Live entertainment at San Jacinto Plaza starting at 11 a.m. as well as a variety of exhibits and free drop-in activities hosted by the El Paso Museum of Art, and the El Paso Museum of History.

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