Mankato residents have a unique opportunity this year to experience the vibrant traditions of Día de los Muertos right in Riverfront Park.
On Saturday, October 28th from 11 am to 4 pm, Old Town Mankato will come alive with music, dance, food, and activities to honor deceased loved ones and celebrate Mexican heritage.
Experience Live Music and Dance
The event will feature performances from Mariachi Estelar, a professional mariachi band, as well as folkloric dancers from Zamora Dance Company.
Visitors can expect beautiful traditional music from mariachis as well as intricate and energetic dance routines that bring Mexican culture to life.
The Aztec dancing troupe Tezkatlipoka will also perform ancient Aztec dances passed down through generations.
In addition to the music celebration, you’ll get to experience Mexican wrestling in action. With shows at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Sample Authentic Food
What’s a party without food? Local food trucks will be onsite offering a taste of traditional Mexican dishes. Savor tamales, tacos, elotes, churros, and more authentic Día de los Muertos treats.
Delicious Pupusas, Casper’s Mr. Taco, Tacqueria Las 3 Lunas, Chencho’s truck, La Borinqua, La Michoacana, Sugar Ink, and more will be onsite.
Mankato Brewery and Cerveza Artesanal Del Muerto will be onsite with a portion of the sales going right back to the celebration.
Explore and Create
The event will also include a makers market featuring local artists and crafters. There will even be a life-size Day of the Dead Barbie Box you can pose in thanks to Christensen Farms.
Browse their Día de los Muertos-themed works ranging from calavera figurines to jewelry and clothing. Kids can enjoy free craft activities.
Remember Loved Ones
At the heart of Día de los Muertos is honoring deceased friends and family. An ofrenda, or altar, will provide space to place photos and mementos of loved ones and reflect on their lives.
Visitors are also encouraged to wear face paint or sugar skull makeup to get into the spirit.
Shuttle service will be available from the 100 East Cherry Street bus stop and parking ramps. For all the details, check out their Facebook Events Page. Also, make sure to check out the other 30 Things to do in Mankato MN