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10 lively events to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Houston

10 lively events to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Houston

Dia de los Muertos San Antonio the Pearl
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It's known as Dia de los Muertos, aka the Day of the Dead. To some, the holiday has been referred to simply as "Mexican Halloween."

More accurately, it's a chance for Mexicans to pray for and remember friends and family who have passed away, and help support their spiritual journey. The Day of the Dead is actually multiple days — from October 31 through November 2. It's also a chance for some fun. 

Here's a rundown of Dia de los Muertos events that'll be happening in the next few days.

Wednesday

Sugar Land Heritage Museum 
The museum has already been showing a Dia de los Muertos exhibit, which will close Saturday. This exhibit explains the significance of the holiday in Hispanic cultures across North and Central America. 10 am.

Thursday

The National Museum of Funeral History 
The popular museum will present a four-day Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos fest, where people can learn more about the Latin customs surrounding the day's celebrations. 10 am (noon Sunday).

Axelrad
Expect an all-night, Dia de los Muertos shindig, featuring live music from Two-Star Symphony, Dayta, OG Bobby Trill, and Squincy Jones. People are welcome to dress up. 7 pm-1:30 am.

Talento Bilingue de Houston 
The beloved cultural center will present Calavera con Calavera, a play that'll be performed by theater troupe Grupo de Teatro Indigo, from Thursday through Sunday. Of course, this play will center on the Day of the Dead. 8 pm.

Friday

San Jacinto Memorial Park Funeral Home
Who says a funeral home can't be fun? The home will present a Dia de los Muertos party with live music, traditional food, face painting, and more. Bring photos and memorabilia to place on the altar for your loved one. 3:30-7 pm.

Yoga Pod West Houston 
The studio will host a Dia de los Muertos flow and social, where people are encouraged to show up with bright colors, skulls, and flowers. Mexican snacks will be served after class. 4:30-6:30 pm.

Discovery Green
The downtown venue will host a Dia de los Muertos festival, presented by Arandas Bakery. This event will feature hands-on art activities, artist demos and cultural performances, as well as a custom, three-tiered altar where people can place items. 6-10 pm.  

Avant Garden 
Look for Thorn & Moon Magickal Market's special Day of the Dead Festival, which will feature live music, local art, a goth yoga class, fun stuff for the kiddies and, apparently, witchcraft. 7 pm-midnight.

Saturday

Children's Museum of Houston
The kiddo haven will transform into a Land of the Dead for a Coco-inspired Day of the Dead celebration. And, yes, characters from the hit Disney/Pixar movie will be there to hang with the kids. 10 am-6 pm.

Magnolia Park
The park will host its fifth-annual Dia de los Muertos block party. It's a free, family-friendly celebration that will have live music, food, altar-building and chances to learn about the neighborhood's rich history. Noon-7 pm.