Coming Back in 2021!

After much discussion, review of public health information pertaining to COVID-19 and concerns about the ability to adequately socially distance within our festival’s small footprint, the leadership of the Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival has decided to cancel the 2020 event.

Like you, we will miss the music, food, art, costumes and races. But the health of our attendees, our vendors and volunteers is our primary concern.

We are planning for a big celebration in 2021, and we hope all of you will join us. We also hope everyone will join us in supporting the many local business owners who have sponsored our event for the last 10 years, as they are enduring the biggest economic crisis of their lives.

Check our website and our social media accounts for news about Day of the Dead 2021.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.


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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