Downtown San Antonio will feature several cultural celebrations during the first weekend of November. Beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, La Villita will host a Día de los Muertos Workshop and Festival that continues through Saturday, November 2. The event will feature lively dance, a drum and puppet procession, art and handcraft displays, workshops and more commemorating the Day of the Dead.
The next day, San Antonio’s annual celebration of Indian culture and traditions, Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights, will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at Hemisfair Park from 5-10 p.m. Co-hosted by the City of San Antonio and Anuja SA, the Chennai Sister City local nonprofit organization, Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights features traditional Indian dance, entertainment, food and crafts. Some of the highlights of this free, family-friendly celebration include a fireworks display; the releasing of lighted candles, known as diyas, into the fountains of Hemisfair Park; and the Parade of States, a lively and colorful showcase of the diversity of various Indian regions.
“Vibrant events like the Diwali Festival and Día de los Muertos are among the reasons why San Antonio is considered a globally-relevant 21st century city," said Mayor Julián Castro. “We take pride in showcasing the diversity of San Antonio and providing these kinds of meaningful, cultural experiences in the heart of our city.”
For more information on La Villita’s Día de los Muertos events, ticket prices, performances and more, visit lavillita.com.
For more information on Diwali San Antonio, visit diwalisa.com/ or call the City’s International Relations Office at 210-207-8100.