See you in 2022!

Friends, festival-goers, and participants, we have made the tough decision to postpone Denton's Day of the Dead Festival 2021 until October 2022 due to the increasing impact of the Delta variant of COVID-19. This was not an easy decision, but the committee believes it is in the best interests of our Denton / North Texas community.

Plans are in motion for the 2022 festival, and we look forward to welcoming all of our vendors, performers, coffin racers, and attendees back next fall. In the meantime, we wish you all health and happiness.


Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival is a free multicultural family-friendly festival for families in Denton, Texas. We celebrate and honor the hallmarks of autumn in the American Southwest including the harvest, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

You’ll enjoy it right down to your bones.

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What to do


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  • The coffin races have easily become one of the most popular attractions of the Day of the Dead Festival. Spectators seem to show up earlier every year to stake their claim on the more coveted viewing spots on Hickory to root for their favorite teams and businesses!

    Coffin Races
  • Wear your finest costume and bring your own paper lantern or puppet and join us in a merry walk down the streets of historic downtown Denton! The parade is free and open to all ages, especially the young at heart.

    Twilight Lantern Parade
  • For our younger goblins and ghouls, the Pumpkin Patch offers a variety of tricks and treats, with free games, a bounce house, and entertainment geared to smaller kids.

    The Pumpkin Patch
  • Cirque is a little fright and a lot of laughter! You will endure a delightful descent into the macabre, including a collection of bone-chilling poetry, spine-tingling short stories, and spooky songs. But don’t worry ﹘ our performance is an appropriate spectacle for the entire family.

    Cirque du Horror
  • Join our annual Costume Contest to see colorful characters and the creative ingenuity our community has to offer. Children and adults alike are invited to strut their spooky stuff in front of an audience and panel of judges. Think your costume could take home the grand prize?

    Costume Contest

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