Pearl announces Día de los Muertos celebration with altars and live music

SAN ANTONIO – Pearl honors a traditional Mexican holiday with its annual Día de los Muertos celebration.

The free event will take place from 5-9 p.m. on November 2 at The Pearl, located at 303 Pearl Parkway.

Visitors can expect multiple altars/ofrendas, children’s activities, live music, art installations and more.

“As one of the largest Hispanic-majority cities in the country, San Antonio’s Día de los Muertos celebrations stand out from the crowd,” said Mesha Millsap, CEO of Pearl. “At Pearl, we contribute to these celebrations with our own shrines, music and activities, providing a space where our community can celebrate and remember loved ones in a culturally meaningful way.”

Día de los Muertos Celebration at Pearl (Pearl)

There will be stilt walkers from the dance company at the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Centerdrummers and puppets, Los Olvidados & Las Monas, and live music by a Mexican-American folk singer and native of San Antonio, Tish Hinojosaaccording to a press release.

Activities also include face painting and the opportunity for children to join in and celebrate the beloved party.

El Rincon del Alebrije, presented by the Consulate of Mexicowill have wooden guitars and calavera benches for kids to paint and take home.

Día de los Muertos Celebration at Pearl (Pearl)

Altars and art installations created by local artists and institutions to honor various personalities will be located throughout the Pearl.

There will also be a community altar for guests to participate in.

Altars and art installations for 2022 include:

  • Community altar by artist Hector Garza and students from High School of the Incarnate Word – This year’s community altar will be created by artist and teacher Hector Garza and his students at Incarnate Word High School. The altar is dedicated to all women who have lived incredible lives of struggle and resilience. The community is invited to write a name on an LED candle to light up the altar.
  • Altar of the Mexican Cultural Institute – This year, the Mexican Cultural Institute will exhibit an altar in honor of Mexican singer, songwriter, actor and film producer Vicente Fernández.
  • Catrina’s garden and altar by the artist Regina Moya – Artist Regina Moya will present four papier-mâché Catrinas, elegantly dressed skeletons often associated with the holidays, to be displayed next to an altar dedicated to San Antonio community activist Emma Tenayuca.
  • Tzompantli wall by Creative MM and Larry Servin – Martha Martinez of MM Creative and Larry Sevin will create a modern interpretation of a Tzompantli (skull) wall that was often displayed in several Mesoamerican civilizations.
  • Passage of concern by artists Manola and Maria Ramirez – The sisters and artists Manola and Maria Ramirez, part of the all-female collective Lavaca Studioswill create an immersive and interactive experience inspired by the belief that worries connect this world to the afterlife during Día de los Muertos.
  • Spiritlandia Skulls – Two monumental skulls painted by local artists from chef Johnny Hernandez’s Spiritlandia Calavera collection will be on display.

The altars will be visible from November 1 to 6. The Skull Wall, Catrinas, and Skulls of Spiritlandia will be in place until the first week of November.

Día de los Muertos Celebration at Pearl (Pearl)
Día de los Muertos Celebration at Pearl (Pearl)

You can also celebrate Día de los Muertos at Muertos Fest, the largest Día de Los Muertos festival in San Antonio.

More than 100,000 people are expected Feast of the Dead from October 29 to 30 in Hemisfair. KSAT12 will be on hand on Saturday, October 29 to record a primetime special, which will air on Sunday, October 30 from 8-10 p.m. on KSAT12, KSAT.com and KSAT+.

There will be four live music stages, 80 altars honoring local families and deceased loved ones, and special events for children, artists and families.

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