Fall holidays and celebrations are quickly approaching and that includes Día de los Muertos.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is associated with All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day and typically celebrated on November 1 and 2.

But the City of El Paso is getting a jump on things this year with a planned calavera-and-catrinas-filled celebration set for Saturday, October 23.

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El Paso Downtown Arts District 2021 Día de Los Muertos Celebration

Saturday, October 23, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The free community event will consist of Day of the Dead themed performances, a special Downtown Art & Farmers Market, free streetcar rides, and a parade in the Downtown Arts District with performers, floats and larger than life Mojigangas.

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Isaac Castillejos/Unsplash

The day-long celebration of our dearly departed will also include a variety of free hands-on activities and live performances hosted by the El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up and wear Día de Los Muertos costumes and calavera face paint, and those who have lost loved ones are invited to honor them by leaving artificial flowers and personal remembrances such as photos at the community altar at the El Paso Museum of History.

Event Schedule

Downtown Art & Farmers Market:
Outdoor artisan market at the El Paso Convention Center, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Performers, floats and larger than life Mojigangas beginning at 4 p.m. Travel San Antonio Street and Santa Fe Street before moving north on Santa Fe Street, turning right on N Oregon Avenue, right on North Mesa Street, right on West Mills Ave., and ending at El Paso Museum of Art.

El Paso Streetcar:
6 p.m. La Calaca Maldonado, a storyteller who dresses in the traditional Catrina costume, will entertain riders

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