ESB-MACC Día de los Muertos

In 2015, the City of Austin’s Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center will have a variety of activities associated with our 6th annual Día de los Muertos event, the biggest annual event at the ESB-MACC, including sugar skull making, altar building and a car show. Our annual Día de los Muertos event will be held on October 24, from 2-7 p.m., at the ESB-MACC. The event is free, open to the public and a great outing for families (feel free to bring chairs). The event will also include live music and entertainment, family art activities, costume contest and more.

  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-7 p.m.
  • Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center

6th Annual Día de los Muertos Car and Bike Show

MACCESB-MACC invites you to participate in our annual Day of the Dead celebration by displaying your custom or classic car or bike. This colorful community event grows every year, and it continues to provide an opportunity to celebrate Latino culture. Altars are also suggested and may be placed inside or outside a vehicle. Día de los Muertos is an indigenous Mexican holiday that celebrates the life cycle through the building of temporary altars to commemorate loved ones who have passed. Display your pride and car or bike this year for a chance to win a special prize.

Ofrenda (Altar) BuildingMACC altar

For our annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, the ESB-MACC invites you to install a temporary altar outside along the perimeter of the zócalo. Día de los Muertos is an indigenous Mexican holiday that celebrates the life cycle. As part of this tradition, altars, or ofrendas, are built to commemorate loved ones who have passed away including family, friends, or even well-known leaders and activists. Ofrendas can also function as artworks in their own right. The ritualistic and artistic processes involved in the creation and display of the ofrendas and their components continue to initiate storytelling and discussion. Please join us in celebrating and honoring the dead through the living tradition of ofrenda building this year. If you would like to participate by building an altar, please go to our website, download and complete the participation form.

 Sugar Skull Making Workshops

The Día de los Muertos program at ESB-MACC has been presented since its opening in 2007. Look for family activities on our website such as Día de los Muertos Monotypes classes, mask making classes and sugar skull making workshops, and an altar building specialty workshop. Llearn the traditional art of sugar skull making! During these hands-on workshops, both children and adults are invited to help us create sugar skulls for our annual event. Participants will learn more about the significance of Día de los Muertos and the beginning process of the sugar skull construction. Participants will receive a complimentary sugar skull kit to decorate at home.

2015 Schedule:

  • Oct. 3: Sugar Skull Making – 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 10: Sugar Skull Making – 10:30 a.m.


Call 512-974-3785 to register for the free event.

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