Viva la Vida/ Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival & Parade | Mexic-Arte Museum | Oct 18

Viva la Vida 2014

Mexic-Arte Museum celebrates its 31st annual Viva la Vida Festival on Saturday, Oct 18, from 12-9 pm in downtown Austin. The #free street festival is Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event featuring a Grand Procession (12 Noon), Latino artists and entertainment, an exhibition with community altars inside the museum and educational programs. Attendees also enjoy traditional foods from local food trucks, hands-on art activities and artist demos. #Austin #ATX #VIVA2014 #DiaMuertos #DayoftheDead

Participants are needed for all sections of the parade, including pre-Columbian, Modern Mexico, and Austin Weird. People of all ages dressed in skeleton costumes, families, university groups, portable altars, noise makers, Chihuahuas, Aztec dancers, samba dancers, Ballet Folkloricos, and colorfully decorated cars will gather and assemble a joyful procession. To participate in the parade, register here.

Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
 

Events May 2-10

Brenham Maifest 2014

Brenham Maifest | Brenham, Texas | May 2-4

Celebrate the annual Brenham Maifest, May 2-4, at historic Fireman’s Park in Brenham, Texas. This is one of the oldest heritage festivals anywhere in the south. Celebrate the heritage of German settlers in Texas with free live music, dancing, arts and craft vendors, food vendors and Saturday morning’s elaborate downtown parade.

Cinco de Mayo Austin 2014

Cinco de Mayo Austin | Fiesta Gardens Park | May 3-4

Fiestas Patrias of Austin invites you to its 9th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, May 3-4, at Fiesta Gardens. The two-day event includes a variety of Tejano and Conjunto bands. An all-day Conjunto Festival takes place on Sunday. The event also includes dancing, a car show, food and family activities.

Cinco de Mayo Austin Downtown Block Party 2014

Cinco de Mayo Downtown Austin Block Party | May 4

La Condesa is hosting their free Sixth Annual Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party on Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 1-9 pm, in celebration of the rich heritage and culture of Mexico. The annual downtown festival covers features food and free activities for the whole family. Music lineup includes Este Vato, Bombasta, DJ Chicken George & Chorizo Funk, Celsius, Vitera and more.

 

Polish Film: “Shivers / Dreszcze” @ Austin Public Library Manchaca Branch | May 4 | 3:30 p.m.

 

Austin Dance India Annual Showcase @ Asian American Resource Center | May 4 | 11 am – 1 pm

Austin Dance India’s Annual Showcase features the full student ensemble and Artistic Director, Anuradha Naimpally. Enjoy traditional Bharata Natyam as well as contemporary dances in colorful costumes by students of all ages. $5 Admission. All are welcome.

 

Spring Supper Club From Italy with Love May 2014

Spring Supper Club: From Italy with Love @ Olive & June | May 6

This sumptuous feast will kick off with Italian bubbles and serve an abundance the seasonal, vegetable-driven dishes that have made Shawn Cirkiel’s restaurant a beloved favorite. Nibble crostini, antipasti, green garlic risotto, a hearty ragu and other seasonal favorites—and end the evening with a dolci that promises to bring out the kid in everyone.

Austin Latino New Play Festival 2014

Austin Latino New Play Festival | May 8-10

Teatro Vivo presents the Austin Latino New Play Festival, May 8-10, at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The festival brings together Texas playwrights and audience members for staged readings and rich conversation about three Latino plays, each running just one night. After each reading, the playwright, director and actors participate in moderated talk-back sessions with the audience so attendees can provide feedback. Though the productions have Latino roots, they explore cross-cultural age-old themes and modern dilemmas that will surprise, challenge, engage and push the dramatic envelope for audience members accustomed to one-way conversations at the theater.

#Austin #ATX

 

The Big Squeeze Statewide Accordion Contest Finals and Concert @ Bullock Texas State History Museum | April 26

The Big Squeeze Finals 2014

Texas Folklife presents The Big Squeeze Statewide Accordion Contest Finals and Concert at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on Saturday, April 26, from 2-6 pm. Nine finalists compete for three grand prizes in polka, zydeco and conjunto. Winners will perform at the Texas Folklife’s highly acclaimed annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, June 7, 2014. #Free and open to the public. #Austin #ATX

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
 

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: A Tribute to Mexican Women | April 18 & 19

MACC Tribute to Mexican Women

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a 17th century Mexican nun, celebrated playwright, mathematician, and poet in a time when women were restricted from education. In 1667, this self-taught scholar entered a convent, the only place she was allowed to continue educating herself. Her work is now looked upon as a defense for women’s right to education. Celebrate Sor Juana’s legacy with Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 2014: A Tribute to Mexican Women, at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center, April 18 & 19. #Austin #ATX

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street
Austin, TX 78701
 

The Mexcentrics in PULGA Time Machine @ Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center | February 13 – March 1

Teatro Vivo Pulga Time Machine Feb 2014

What would the world be like if Selena had lived? That’s the question in “Pulga Time Machine,” a new sketch comedy show from Austin’s Mexcentrics troupe. “Pulga Time Machine” introduces Rogelio, the world’s biggest Tejano music fan, who must travel through time to save its biggest star. This new production brings together award-winning alumni from Teatro Vivo and The Latino Comedy Project for a night of laughs. Ages 18+. E.S.B. Mexican American Cultural Center | Feb. 13 – March 1 | #Austin #ATX

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street
Austin, TX 78701
 

Welcome 2014 @ El Sol y la Luna Restaurant with Les Brouvas and Huerta Culture

El Sol y la Luna New Year 2014

El Sol y la Luna Restaurant celebrates the New Year with live music, dancing, special raffles, great food and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Les Brouvas (visiting Austin from France) and Huerta Culture (psycho-cumbia) perform. No cover charge. #Austin #ATX #NYE2014

El Sol y la Luna Restaurant
600 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
 

Grupo Fantasma Mariachi Maskerade Ball @ The Belmont | New Year’s Eve

The Belmont New Year 2014

New Year’s Eve Grupo Fantasma Mariachi Maskerade Ball with special guests Piñata Protest @ The Belmont.  Doors: 7:30 p.m. | Show: 8:30 p.m. | Advance $30 – Day of Show $35 | VIP $60 | 21 and Up. #Austin #ATX #NYE2014

The Belmont
305 W. 6th Street

Austin, TX 78701