Dia de los Muertos

New tradition hits Bay City to honor those who have passed


Starting a new annual tradition in Bay City, the Harvest Moon Concert – Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event, held on Saturday, Nov. 3 gathered folks from all over to enjoy an evening at LeTulle Park.

The free event included things to do for all ages, including a pumpkin patch for photo ops and an exhibit by the Art League.

“This event was our best one yet,” said Bay City Tourism Director Heidi Martinez. “The turnout was huge and I am pleased it was so highly attended.

“A steady flow of people all day long with a crowd for the headlining band,” said Martinez. 

Live music throughout the day leading up to headliner Joe King Carassco who took the stage after dark for a great performance. 

“I never heard him live before, but wow! He really knows how to give us a good show,” said Marlene Leville. “I came out here with my sister just to walk around for a few minutes and ended up staying all evening just because of the great music and the amazing Mexican food.” 

One of the bonus features were the free rides via golf cart shuttle from the parking area to the venue, allowing for a stress-free evening of fun and relaxation under the stars.

An interactive Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar created by members of the Art League of Bay City and Matagorda County stood at the entrance, greeting attendees as they walked into the event area. 

“This was a really nice idea for an event and I hope it continues to grow into something bigger every year,” said Sharon Rodriguez. “Just knowing that this community is so diverse and inclusive is a wonderful thing because not all communities are like that.” 

The assortment of food trucks offered tasty and unique edibles along with members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church serving Mexican specialty foods of every kind.

The Bay City Lady Lions featured a beverage tent with several vendors peddling an array of custom jewelry, handcrafted items, specialty t-shirts and much more.  

Tourism Director Heidi Martinez shared some insight on possible tentative plans for next year’s event.

“Next year we plan to add some more children’s games, dancers and possibly a barbecue cook-off and also a Day of the Dead parade,” said Martinez. “We will probably move the event to the last Saturday in October next year depending on the decision of our Tourism Council Members at our next meeting. We are thankful for the support from the community. We were happy to meet people that came from Houston and Angleton. We anticipate bringing more tourists next year as well.” 

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