From: Saturday, October 28, 2023
To: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Austin Día de los Muertos Festival 2023
Austin throws some of the best parties, especially ones that involve costumes! For the Day of the dead celebrations, expect sugar skulls, skeletons, fireworks, alters, music and more.
- Visiting Austin during Halloween? Stay at the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, located in the Rainey Street Historic District, less than 1 km away from nightlife on 6th Street. This Austin hotel has one of our favorite rooftop pools in the city and hosts several LGBTQ events.
Viva la Vida Festival
- Awaiting Dates – Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Fest is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival.
- The festival features a Grand Procession, the Education Pavilion with hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, live music and performances throughout the day.
- Mexic-Arte Museum aims to to enrich and educate the community through the presentation and promotion of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latino art and culture. The museum is a 5 minute drive from the gay bars on South Congress Ave.
- Stay close to the festivities at The Driskill hotel, located in a historic building in the heart of downtown, with spacious rooms, a modern fitness centre and daily happy-hour.
Viva la Vida Street Fair
- Noon-6pm – Celebrations take place across the city, with the Mexic-Arte Museum taking centre stage.
- 4th Street between Colorado St. & Brazos St. – Stop by this street fest and parade to experience all the spooky fun in one place. Austin’s largest Day of the Dead celebration includes traditional food, vendor booths, a low rider exhibition, live music, and other performances throughout the day.
The Day of the Dead Parade
- The parade typically begins at 12pm and ends one hour later. Participants gather on 6th Street between 1-35 Southbound Frontage Rd and Red River St, traveling west on 6th St to the festival location at 4th St. & Congress.
- Stay close to the parade at the Hotel ZaZa, a 4-star boutique hotel with spacious rooms, a modern gym and luxurious amenities.
- Viva la Vida features over 20 Dia de los Muertos inspired artists, artisans, vendors, and makers! Visit the Muertos Mercado for the perfect addition to your Dia de Los Muertos altar or the perfect gift for a friend.
- Austin Lowriding presents lowriders, bikes, chrome, and hydraulics with fifteen of Austin’s finest rides. See them in action during the parade and get a closer look at the details at the exhibition!
Texas Fireworks Día de los Muertos Celebration
- Note this event takes place on 31st of October at 9.30pm
- Fireworks are no longer Fourth of July and New Years exclusive. End your celebrations of life with a bang at the Texas Fireworks show at Krieg Field, 517 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Día de los Muertos
- Awaiting Dates – Celebrate Día de los Muertos at Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park.
- A free two-day celebration includes community altars, cultural activations, live music, dance performances, and more!
Gay Halloween Events
- On the 31st of October, head to the streets around South Congress Avenue where you will find hot guys in the sexiest and often tiniest costumes as they go bar hopping in Austin’s most popular gay neighborhood. Enjoy the South Congress Candy & Cocktail Crawl a sure fire way to have you way more buzzed than anything you ever got in your plastic pumpkin as a kid.
- Stop by Hotel San José for a blood orange Morgue-a-rita and then hit Jo’s South Congress for a Ruby Dead Grapefruit punch, before making additional stops at Joann’s Fine Foods, Perla’s, and June’s.
- Other events not to be missed include the lantern-lit twilight parade, coffin race, and salsa cook-off together with colorful street performers and giant skeleton puppets. Several venues also host bar crawls and Day of The Dead Music festivals in the Historic Downtown Bastrop.
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Gay Map of Austin
The gay clubs in Austin are largely centered around the 4th street gay district and don’t get going until around midnight. Most of the city’s gay bars are within walking distance not only of each other but of dozens of other cool mainstream bars and clubs downtown, mostly in the hip Warehouse District that’s between the Texas Capitol building and the Colorado River. The gay scene in Austin is well integrated with the town so people mix and you’ll often spot gay folks hanging out at the music clubs, trendy lounges, coffeehouses, and restaurant bars that everyone else in town likes.
Also, Austin is home to a very popular and scenic gay sunbathing area, Hippie Hollow Park, a county-operated, clothing-optional park that’s about a 30-minute drive northwest of downtown, on the rocky but scenic shore of Lake Travis.
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We have chosen hotels in the old town of Austin that keep you close to all the shops and restaurants
Fairmont Austin Gold
5 Star, Great Pool
The Fairmont Austin Gold Experience offers 5-star accommodation in Austin, TX. Ideally situated in the Downtown Austin district, this 37-story luxury hotel offers extravagant dining options, a relaxing spa and state-of-the art meeting facilities.
4 Star – Central
Hyatt Place Austin Downtown offers air-conditioned accommodation & features a bar called Coffee to Cocktails that serves light appetizers. The property has a swimming pool and a fitness centre. A number of activities are offered in the area, such as cycling and hiking.
The LINE Austin
4 Star, Nice Pool
The LINE Austin features free bikes and outdoor swimming pool in the heart of Austin. Featuring a bar, In-room amenities include complimentary WiFi, floor-to-ceiling windows with lake and city views, and a fully stacked minibar. A private bathroom with complimentary toiletries.
4 Star, Location
Guest rooms at the hotel come with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a bath or shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. At Austin Marriott Downtown each room has bed linen & towels