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Posted: 3:38 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

Saturday's pick: Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Austin 

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Day of the Dead Procession and Celebration
7 p.m. Saturday. $5 donation. Pan American Park, Third and Caney streets. www.dayofthedeadatx.com. A procession led by Austin’s Minor Mishap Marching Band leaves Pan American park at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, ending at Tillery Park (801 Tillery St.) by 8:30 p.m. after a 1.3 mile walk. At Tillery Park, join in on a celebration honoring loved ones with an altar for offerings, a slideshow, live music and more. More celebrations: Dia de los Muertos at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center. Free. 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday. 600 River St. www.austintexas.gov.

By Virginia Yapp

Dia de los Muertos -- the Mexican holiday celebrating and honoring loved ones who have passed away -- is a popular holiday here in Austin. From processions to altars to traditional music, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the day of sugar skulls, ofrendas and pan de muerto around town.

1. Every year, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center celebrates the Day of the Dead with a free, all-day family-friendly celebration. Head over between 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday to see altar exhibits, decorate sugar skulls, make masks and and check out ther classic car and bike show. The center will also have live music, an artist market and food onsite.

2. Krewe de Bijoux hosts a New Orleans-style Day of the Dead Procession & Celebration that gathers at 7 p.m. at Pan Am Park. The parade, led by the Minor Mishap Marching Band, then follows a 1.3-mile route across the East side to Tillery Park. Admission to the party at the park is $5, and attendees will find music, drinks and a photo booth onsite.

3. DeVotchKa and San Antonio's Girl in a Coma perform at a Dia de Los Muertos-themed evening at ACL Live. The Moody Theatre will be totally decked out in festive fashion, and the bands will be wearing costumes in celebration. The show kicks off at 8 p.m., and tickets are $30-$40.

4. Over at Empire Control Room, it's time for Dia de los Fantasmas, starring who else but Grupo Fantasma with Chico Mann. The venue will offer cocktail specials, free face painting, a photo booth and some spooky visuals. Head over at 9 p.m. for the 21+ event. Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

5. Rattle Inn hosts ReVenton beginning at 10 p.m. The annual Fiesta del Dia de Muertos kicks off "Vagina Monologues" Austin en Espanol season, and proceeds benefit SafePlace and V-Day Global Efforts. Salero and Alma Negra are set to perform, and DJ Danny Navoa will spin records. Admission is via a $5+ donation at the door.

6. Visit Esquina Tango for Calaveras & Diablitos: Dance of the Dead, a dance party with music by Planet Brown. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume, and there will be face painting onsite to help you get into the festive mood. Admission to the 9 p.m. event is $7 at the door, and it's BYOB.

7. And, finally, the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls host their first-ever Carnival of Death at the Thunderdome. From 4 to 6 p.m., there's a family-friendly kids' carnival with games, face painting and a cake walk, and at 6 p.m., the skaters hit the banked track. Stick around for an afterparty at the venue with performance art and dancing. Costumes encouraged. Admission is $10 at the door.

Looking for additional ways to celebrate Dia de los Muertos? Visit our events listings for tons of ideas, or take a look at our Day of the Dead makeup tutorial and start getting ready!

About Virginia Yapp

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