2021 Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Street Festival is Canceled but Socially Distant Activities will Go On
Due to the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases, festival founders K Space Contemporary and AXIS Tattoo announce the cancelation of the street festival portion of the 2021 Dia De Los Muertos Celebration scheduled for October 30 in downtown Corpus Christi. The safety of the general public, artisans and vendors, festival volunteers, performers and every individual involved in the festival remains the prominent factor in the committee decision. This is the second year the street festival has been cancelled due to the ongoing global pandemic.
“We place the safety of everyone involved with the Dia De Los Muertos Street Festival above everything,” Michelle Smythe, K Space Contemporary Executive Director, said. “We believe it is in the best interest of our local participants and visitors from out-of-town who travel to Corpus Christi to attend this cultural heritage festival to reduce the health risks involved with gathering crowds. We will replace our traditional street festival with activities where people can easily practice safe social distancing and where the number of participants can be controlled. We will certainly miss all of our friends and family who visit our festival every year. We are confident in our decision and we look forward to presenting the festival when it is safer for everyone.”
Now in our 14th year, the Dia de los Muertos Festival has become one of Corpus Christi’s most popular events. It has been nationally recognized as a top Dia de los Muertos Celebration in the US / Texas, and voted Best Festival in The Bend Magazine’s Locals List six years running (2016-2021).
A national holiday in Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is a time when deceased friends and family members are remembered, honored and celebrated. It is a poignant time, both solemn and joyous, with colorful customs, pageantry, and whimsy despite the sobering subject. Our festival pays tribute to this tradition.
As Corpus Christi’s most anticipated event of the fall, the Dia de los Muertos Festival has brought life, music and culture into the downtown community since 2008. While things will look a little different, the festival’s goals remain the same: to celebrate and honor the rich cultural heritage of Mexico and South Texas, unite our community and promote our city.
The Dia de los Muertos Festival is the primary fundraiser for operating funds for K Space Contemporary, a 501c3 non-profit arts organization.
Many aspects of the Dia de Los Muertos Celebration will continue as planned inside K Space Gallery and throughout downtown Corpus Christi:
Extravagancia de Piñatas Contest for K-12 groups
Youth Art Exhibition Students in grades 6-12 at Fresco
Walk of Remembrance Ofrenda Display at the Ritz Theater
Downtown Altar Tour Self-guided walking tour of altars
Tienditas de Dia de los Muertos Market featuring selected vendors inside K Space Contemporary
Mil Milagros Fine Art Exhibition at K Space Contemporary featuring local artists age 18+
Dia de los Muertos Art Collection Exhibition at K Space Contemporary
Tribute to Frida and Diego By David Ramirez at K Space Contemporary
Ofrenda and Photography Exhibition La Palmera Mall
Virtual Programming – social media, website, YouTube