Día de los Muertos Festival: Your guide to the 16th downtown Corpus Christi event

Corpus Christi's 16th Día de los Muertos Festival will return from 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the downtown area.

Organized by K Space Contemporary and Electra Art-Axis Tattoo, the festival's goals are to celebrate and honor the cultural heritage of Mexico and South Texas, educate and unite the community, draw tourists and residents to downtown Corpus Christi and promote the city.

A national holiday in Mexico, Día de los Muertos is a time when deceased friends and family members are remembered, honored and celebrated. A solemn and joyous time, with colorful customs, pageantry and whimsy despite the sobering subject, the festival pays tribute to the tradition.

On three stages, live entertainment will be held including music, mariachis, ballet folklorico, cultural dancers, youth performers, DJs and regional up-and-coming bands. As well, an art expo, a "kid's corner," an ofrenda display inside the Ritz Theatre, art exhibitions, food trucks and more.

A new addition to this year's Día de los Muertos Festival is a 5K and 1K Walk/Run. It will take place 8 p.m. Friday at Water's Edge Park. There will be age group awards, music and local vendors.

To register, and for more information, visit diadelosmuertoscc.com.

Yvonne Sacension dresses as La Catrina at the Día de los Muertos Street Festival on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.
Yvonne Sacension dresses as La Catrina at the Día de los Muertos Street Festival on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

Where can I park?

The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority will offer complimentary “Park & Ride” shuttles to the festival on Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Pickup designations will be at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Sanddollar parking lot, the Nueces County Courthouse and Corpus Christi City Hall.

Attendees are encouraged to use a rideshare service, such as Uber or Lyft, to arrive and get home safely. Additional parking will be available downtown, but will be limited. Towing will be enforced.

What will the weather be like?

Saturday will have a high of 73 and a low of 62, so be sure to wear a light jacket or a cozy sweater.

It will be cloudy and less humid, with wind gusts of 24 to 30 miles per hour.

What is the schedule?

L&F Main Stage (at Starr and Chaparral streets):

  • 3 p.m.: Opening ceremony

  • 3:30 p.m.: Mariachi Mexicanisimo

  • 4:30 p.m.: Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico

  • 5 p.m.: L.I.B.R.A.

  • 6:30 p.m.: La Union Columbiana

  • 7:30 p.m.: La Comparsa Tempoal Vera Cruz, MX

  • 8 p.m.: Los Garcia Bros.

  • 9:30 p.m.: Las Fenix

  • 11 p.m.: TBA

Ballet Folkloric Viva Mexico performs at the Corpus Christi's Día de los Muertos Festival in the downtown area Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.
Ballet Folkloric Viva Mexico performs at the Corpus Christi's Día de los Muertos Festival in the downtown area Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

La Retama Stage (at La Retama park):

  • Lineup TBA

The Ritz Stage (at The Ritz Theatre parking lot):

  • 3:30 p.m.: Corpus Christi Downtown Karate

  • 4 p.m.: Hidden Language

  • 5 p.m.: Mythica Tribal Bellydance Troupe

  • 5:30 p.m.: Alcorta's Ballet Folklorico

  • 6 p.m.: House of Hip Hop

  • 6:30 p.m.: Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico

  • 7 p.m. to midnight: SKIP Entertainment Dance Party

People watch Ballet Folkloric Viva Mexico dancers perform at the Corpus Christi's Día de los Muertos Festival in the downtown area Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.
People watch Ballet Folkloric Viva Mexico dancers perform at the Corpus Christi's Día de los Muertos Festival in the downtown area Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

Whataburger Kids' Stage (at the Kid's Corner at Starr and Mesquite streets):

  • 3:30 p.m.: Lezlie V., Team Dance and Teresa Saldivar

  • 4 p.m.: House of Hip Hop

  • 4:30 p.m.: Corpus Christi Downtown Karate

  • 4:45 p.m.: Mariachi Paloma Blanca

  • 5 p.m.: Kids Parade with DDLM Puppets & Mascots

  • 5:30 p.m.: Kids Costume Contest

  • 6 p.m.: Treasure Marshall & Friends

  • 6:15 p.m.: Lezlie V., Team Dance and Teresa Saldivar

  • 6:30 p.m.: Lezlie V. and Friends

  • 6:45 p.m.: Team Dance, Monica Lucido Clay and Teresa Saldivar

  • 7 p.m.: JME the Dream

  • 7:30 p.m.: Dance Party with JME the Dream, Lezlie V., Teresa Saldivar and Ray High School

  • 8 p.m.: The Revalution

  • 8:45 p.m.: La Comparsa Tempoal Vera Cruz, MX

  • 9 p.m.: Lezlie V. and Teresa Saldivar photo wrap-up

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John Oliva covers entertainment and community news in South Texas. Contact him at john.oliva@caller.com or Twitter @johnpoliva.

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