FolklIfe Festivals

Dia de Los Muertos

The Mission Historical Museum hosts an annual Dia de Los Muertos Family Festival. The community enjoyed festivities that celebrate this traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to remembering and commemorating ancestors; honoring both death and the cycle of life. This vibrant celebration of Dia de Los Muertos featured live entertainment, a variety of food, craft vendors, and a special community produced altar exhibit.  These beautiful altars include personalized and traditional elements honoring the lives of their departed loved ones. The altar or ofrenda tradition of Dia de los Muertos builds a bridge for the dead to travel between this world and the next. Family and friends place personal items of the deceased on the altar to entice them to return. This tradition is meant to be welcoming and deeply cultural. It is done with love, respect, sometimes with a touch of humor.

November 2, 2019

Mission Historical Museum

Artesano Market Days

Artesano Market Days was created to contribute to the rich cultural awareness of our regions artisan’s talents, history and traditions and to expand the wealth of these artisans both domestic and foreign.   During this festival, the public enjoys two days of International artisan vendors, unique artwork, culturally charged entertainment and more!

February 7 & 8, 2020

Mission Event Center

Tardeada Zapateada

Our community always has a great time at the Mission Historical Museum’s Tardeada Zapateada Cinco de Mayo celebration! The Museum presents Tardeada Zapateada every year to bring a deeper cultural awareness of the beauty that Folklorico dancing and this regions music has to offer.  Mission’s families came out to enjoy an afternoon to evening of cultural entertainment by local singers, folklorico and mariachi groups.  Families also enjoy kid’s activities and, a variety of local food vendors.

May 2, 2020

Leo Pena Placita Park

dates and location may change as needed