Oct. 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mexic-Arte Museum is thrilled to announce the return of its annual Viva la Vida Festival and Parade on October 27, 2018 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm in downtown Austin. This year, Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event features a Grand Procession and street festival (on 4th Street from Colorado to Brazos) with artist vendors, live music, and food trucks. Art activities for children and families will also be available in the neighboring Frost Bank Tower Plaza, where the public will have an opportunity to take pictures with parade props, including large-scale moving sculptures and mojigangas. Mexic-Arte Museum remains open during the exhibitions of Viva la Vida: Celebrating 35 Years of Mexic-Arte Museum’s Día de los Muertos, and Danzas Matlachines: Tesoros y Patrimonio Cultural, Las Tradiciónes Continúan.
The 2018 event is co-sponsored by the City of Austin.
About Viva la Vida 2018
Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Festival and Parade is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Entering its 35th year, the annual celebration includes a Grand Procession, the Education Pavilion—with hands-on art activities and artist demos—as well as lively festivities featuring traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music, and performances throughout the day.
Leading up to this year’s festival, Mexic-Arte Museum will be hosting a FREE Museum Day and FREE Family Day on September 23, 2018 with artist in residence collective KUNIKLO. Art activities will highlight this year’s theme of “Alebrijes”, fantastical creatures of Mexican folklore—most recently featured in Disney-Pixar’s movie Coco. KUNIKLO will guide visitors (of all ages) through the creation of decorative masks and alebrije caterpillars using recycled materials.