Día De Los Muertos Festival & Market
At The Museum

October 9, 2022

1PM – 5PM

Join the International Museum of Art & Science for our annual Día de los Muertos Festival on October 9 from 1-5 PM.

This lively event will include performances, a display of altares created by community organizations, and a Market at the Museum featuring regional artists & artisans. UTRGV Ballet Folklorico will be performing along with Mission Parks & Recreation. Visitors can also enjoy poetry readings by UTRGV College of Fine Arts Creative Writing department.

Activities include a candle painting, exhibit tours, and a sugar skull decorating (additional $3 each.)

IMAS Día de los Muertos Festival is presented by H-E-B Helping Here with additional support from Humanities Texas.

Shop from Local Vendors at the Market

Community Altars Exhibit

This year’s community altar display is honoring Inspiring Latinas. Community members and organizations were invited to create an altar for a woman who empowered their Latinx communities. Altars will be on view in the museum’s Discovery Pavilion from Sunday, October 9 through Saturday, November 5.

Partners participating in this year’s exhibit:

IDEA College Preparatory San Juan National Art Honor Society

Joshua Torres 

McAllen Public Library

Mission Historical Museum

South Texas Reproductive Justice

UTRGV Center for Mexican American Studies

Admission Cost

The Día de los Muertos Festival & Market is included in the cost of admission. Sugar skulls decorating is an additional fee of $3. General admission is $5. Admission for children ages 4-12, students with ID, and Senior Citizens 65+ is $3. Admission is $1 per person for WIC and EBT cardholders  (up to four people per card). Public school K-12 educators, children 3 and under, and IMAS Members receive free admission. More information can be found online at theimasonline.org or during operating hours at (956) 681-2800.

Schedule of Events

PERFORMANCES (Discovery Pavilion):

2:00 p.m. Mission Parks and Recreation Folklorico

3:00 p.m. Poetry Readings, UTRGV Dept. of Creative Writing

4:00 p.m. UTRGV Ballet Folklórico


1:00-5:00 p.m. Shop the Market at the Museum, North Courtyard

1:00-5:00 p.m. Craft with Mission Historical Museum, Galleries

2:00 p.m. Letter Writing with UTRGV Department of Creative Writing, Discovery Pavilion

Craft with UTRGV Center for Mexican American Studies


2:30-5:00 p.m. Sugar Skull Coloring with UTRGV Art Education

Discovery Pavilion

Ephemeral Décor: Día de Muertos Objects

El Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican celebration centered around the memory of those whose time has run out in the physical dimension, but remain, in essence, in the spiritual world. It is with the close observation of the formal components of this festivity, that one comes to realize: the fleeting quality of all its elements construct an allegory that ties the ephemeral aspect of the celebration with our own lives.

In this virtual exhibit, a selection of decorations used in el Día de Muertos celebrations are independently analyzed to understand, how the same objects’ materials are an echo and reminder of life’s ephemeral quality and our fleeting time.

Ephemeral Décor
IMAS Altar for Dia de los Muertos