--> Día de los Muertos Events in El Paso and Southern New Mexico, 2013Firstly, my apologies for not posting this sooner...I've been sorely neglecting this blog over the past few years, especially since other forms of social media have taken off and blogs have been in sort of a decline. Hopefully many of you will take part in several of the events here in the El Paso southwest this weekend.
My long-standing favorite event is Día
de Muertos at Centro Mayapan, 2000 Texas. The celebration features
traditional altars, calavera poems
and a catrina contest. Dance company
Comparza de Chinelos de Zapata will also perform. The event will be from 3 to
10 p.m., Saturday, November 2.
Día de los Muertos Festival at
Concordia Cemetery. The Concordia Heritage Association and the Paso del
Norte Paranormal Society are having their annual event from 4 to 8 p.m.,
Saturday, November 2 at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell. Admission is $5,
$1 for students, children, seniors and military. The event will have face
painters, live music, storytelling and a ghost tour from 9 to 11 p.m. For more
information, call 694-2317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Día de los Muertos
Celebration. This event is for the whole family, and will be held at the
San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Live music from Chuco Soul Project, Bella
Fusion and DJ Onemanjazz, plus live art, card readings and fire dancers! Event
starts at 5 p.m., Saturday, November 2. Admission is $5 at the door. Kids 5 and
younger are free.
Buena Vista Día de los Muertos.
This is one I’ve never attended, and I’m looking forward to. The celebration is
all day Saturday, November 2, at 120 Courchesne. There will be altars, art
picnic workshops and an exhibition by David Lyon Andersen. Iya Khan will
perform from 9 a.m. to noon, and Ceiba will have a workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission
is free. For more information, call 619-886-1892 or email email@example.com.
Día de los Muertos at the El Paso
Museum of Art. Hands-on activities, storytelling and more from 11 a.m. to 4
p.m., Saturday, November 2. A candle-decorating workshop will also be held
(Cost: $10 for non-members). A celebration featuring an ofrenda (altar) to artists who have passed, pan de muerto and chocolate will be offered. Admission is free. For
information, call 532-1707 or visit elpasoartmuseum.org. Also at the museum is
a special catrina art show called “Hermosos Huesos,” featuring the work
of artist Wayne Hilton. The exhibit is currently open, and ends Wednesday,
Día de los Muertos Counterculture
Festival, 3 p.m. to 1:45 a.m., Saturday, November 3 at Paulina’s Badlands
Billiards, 77932 Franklin. Lots of performers at this event! Matachinez
Guadalupanos, Folklorica Quetzalez, Bella Fusion (fire dancers) and ten bands,
including Fixed Idea and Get the Honey. Costumes are encouraged! Admission is
$5 at the door; kids 10 and younger are free! Call 269-6774 for more
Day of the Dancing Dead. Starting
5 p.m., Saturday, November 2. This downtown block party will be held on Mills
Avenue between Kansas and Stanton. Food trucks, go-go dancers, stilt walkers,
music and much more. General admission is $15; VIP admission is $30. Tickets
available at the Network, 317 E. Mills.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration in
Mesilla Plaza, Mesilla, New Mexico. This is another long-standing Día de
los Muertos event, and runs all day Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November
3. Several altars will be displayer, and artists selling folk art, crafts and
much more! Just off Mesilla
Plaza, Café de Mesilla, 2051 Calle de Santiago is featuring a Día de los
Muertos art exhibit and altar. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Border Book Festival Foundation Día de los Muertos, Las
Cruces, New Mexico.
Based at Casa Camino Real, 314 South Tornillo Street in downtown Las Cruces.
There will be a downtown procession at 5 p.m., Saturday Nov. 2 to San José
Cemetery. Afterward, music, posole