Fall is upon us, and events, festivals, and celebrations abound in San Antonio! Don’t forget to check out our 2019 Guide to Pumpkin Patches in San Antonio!

BONUS: October is Museum Month in San Antonio! Use your museum membership as a passport to San Antonio’s different cultural institutions throughout the month.
Experience:
—Reciprocal member admission* for two
—Special events
—Membership promotions
*Some limitations apply.

September 30–October 1

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets: $9 for adults, $5 for students
Sensory-friendly performance on September 30 at noon. Based upon the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall. A fun-filled musical from the award-winning playwright/composer who brought you Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly. Return to Horace B. Smedley School, where the Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game. In fact, they have never even scored a single point! With such a poor record and a team that is out of control, kind-hearted Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when she enlists the help of her alter ego, the ill-tempered Miss Viola Swamp, to coach the team and whip them into shape.

Wednesday, October 2

Growing Up Wild: Looking at Leaves, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park | Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family
Ages 4–7. Learn to identify leaves by the shapes, sizes, and colors. Growing Up Wild builds on a child’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Activities are designed to provide an early foundation and appreciation of nature. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]

Thursday, October 3

A’Lante Flamenco, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center | FREE! (Reservation required)
A’Lante Flamenco’s Flamencura takes the audience on a whirlwind voyage to a traditional Spanish flamenco club. Passionate and fiery performances by musicians and dancers illustrate elements of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of this unique art form. The audience will learn about Spanish history, castanets and guitars, and how the dancers and musicians work together to create beauty and passion. This interactive performance will have participants learning to play palmas and trying dance steps onstage. This performance is presented in collaboration with WeFlamenco Fest 2019, a week-long celebration of this beautiful art form.

Friday, October 4

Hemisfair’s 4th Birthday Bash, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Dress in your funky threads and be ready to get down and boogie for a disco theme! Live music, a kids’ DJ booth, art activities, and more! It’s going to be cool city!

Saturday, October 5

Inclusion Programming, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Final Inclusion Programming of the year. Celebrate with fun, inclusive activities for adults and children of all ages and abilities: 100 book giveaway of ABC’s for Everyone, Inclusion Alphabet by Kathryn Jenkins; story time by Beelingual Bees with readings of ABC’s for Everyone, Inclusion Alphabet by Kathryn Jenkins and We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio; music by Uncle Jumbo. Activities by: Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Morgan’s Wonderland, Believe It Foundation, Community First Health Plans, Tx Rio Grande Legal Aid, Behavioral Innovations, I Paint U, Sparrow Face Painting, Kompan Play Institute, and Dru Photography.

Fire Plane Workshop, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores | FREE!
Save the day during Fire and Safety Month and let your imagination soar as you build a fire plane. With a little help, you can learn to use a screwdriver to connect everything you’ll need to become airborne. You’ll be able to attach the wings, landing gear, adjust the tail fin, decorate the propellers with stickers, and be ready to fly. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft and will receive a certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

San Antonio Zine Fest, 9:00 A.M.–4:30 P.M. at Central Library | FREE!
San Antonio Zine Fest is proud to partner with San Antonio Public Library and the Latino Collection & Resource Center again to showcase self-published work of all genres, including: comics, poetry, nonfiction, personal stories, anthologies, photography, art, and much more! There will also be a full day of panels and workshops for folks to listen and learn from.

Expressive Therapeutic Rhythm Making, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Ecumenical Center | FREE!
The first Saturday of every month. These sessions are open to anyone, no experience necessary. Led by Jorge Ochoa, occupational therapist, expressive therapeutic rhythm making can have many benefits including accelerating physical healing and boosting your immune system and an overall feeling of well-being.

Outdoor Film Series: McFarland, USA, 7:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Grounds are pet friendly, and on-site parking is available. The venue opens at 7:00 P.M. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset. Movie details: Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach. He sees that some of the students show potential as cross country runners and turns seven students with no hope into one of the best cross-country teams.

Sunday, October 6

Family Day: Egyptian Adventure, 12:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE with museum admission [Pro tip: Enter the museum before 12:00 P.M. and admission is free for everyone!]
Walk like an Egyptian while you explore the art of ancient Egypt through family tours and fun activities. Craft an Egyptian collar, make a mummy book, and write your name in hieroglyphs on papyrus.

Tuesday, October 8

Free Family Night, 6:30–8:30 P.M. at The DoSeum | FREE!
Wristbands will be given out at 4:00 P.M. at the entrance. Wristbands guarantee entrance to Free Family Night. Once all wristbands are given out, capacity is reached. Everyone must be present to receive a wristband. Parking is limited; please plan accordingly. No outside food allowed inside. Limit stroller use, or use umbrella strollers only inside the Museum.

Saturday, October 12

Chalk It Up, 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. along Main Avenue and Houston Street | FREE!
This event turns Downtown San Antonio into a chalk canvas, showcasing San Antonio-based artists and raising funds for Artpace’s education and public programs. Chalk It Up encourages everyone to become an artist for a day to work on a collaborative city block-sized mural. Also enjoy food trucks, live music, and activities like Chalk Khan, Chalk It Up’s famous giant spirograph.

Sunday, October 13

Altars and Artifacts: Remembering Our Past, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures | FREE!
Telling stories has always been a way to preserve history. At this event you’ll discover a few different ways to do this! Learn about Día de Muertos altars from UTSA Honors College students who are preparing an ofrenda and exhibit about the holiday. On the museum grounds and living history areas, visit with archaeologists as part of Texas Archaeology Month. Hands-on activities, crafts, and more.

MasterChef Junior Live!, 2:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets $29.50–75
This all-new production brings the culinary hit TV show MasterChef Junior directly to you LIVE! Featuring head-to-head cooking competitions with past MasterChef Junior all-stars and fan favorites, Q&A sessions, and an overall immersive audience experience fun for all ages.

Monday, October 14

Little Sprouts: Ladybugs!, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | Registration: $15 per adult; $8 per child
Everyone loves ladybugs! Investigate the lives of these little red friends, and travel to the Old-Fashioned Garden to release ladybugs! For ages 3–5 years. Each Little Sprout Monday includes storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. All participants must be registered.

Wednesday, October 16

Baby Shark Live!, 2:00 & 6:00 P.M. at Majestic Theatre | Tickets: $19.50–49.50
Children one year of age and older require a ticket. The live show is based on Pinkfong’s viral earworm and global dance phenomenon. Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs including Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle BoogieMonkey Banana Dance, and of course, Baby Shark!

Thursday, October 17

Growing Up Wild: Looking at Leaves, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park | Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family
Ages 4–7. Learn to identify leaves by the shapes, sizes, and colors. Growing Up Wild builds on a child’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Activities are designed to provide an early foundation and appreciation of nature. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]

Outdoor Film Series: The Goonies, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Entertainment, food trucks, and a showing of the featured film The Goonies (PG) on the original jumbo screen. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Grounds are pet friendly, and on-site parking is available. The venue opens at 7:00 P.M. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset. Movie details: A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure.

Russian Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake, 7:30 P.M. at Majestic Theatre | Tickets: $44.50–89.50
Those faithful to the tradition of Swan Lake will appreciate Russian Ballet Theatre’s new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic. Choreographer Nadezhda Kalinina (Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Lirico, Omsk State Music Theatre) lovingly retouches the oldest St. Petersburg version of the ballet and adds her vision and something more that undoubtedly will leave audiences flushed with emotion. RBT’s dancers bring her choreography to life along with the new exquisite hand-painted sets and 150 new hand-sewn costumes.

Friday, October 18

Fall Into Music, 7:00 P.M. at Trinity Baptist Church | FREE!
First concert of the 2019–2020 season serves as an inauguration for new members and a celebration of returning members with interim artistic director Dr. Gary Mabry.

October 18–20

Alice in Wonderland, at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets: $35–114
Go down the rabbit hole with the dazzlingly beautiful Alice in Wonderland. This captivating production stems from the collaboration between choreographer Brian Enos and visual artist Luis Grané. Enos and Grané bring to life the classic Lewis Carroll story of a girl swept away by her imagination to a place of exquisite beauty and absurdity, where anything is possible and the probable is turned upside down. Alice in Wonderland combines Grané’s surrealist projection, costume, and set design with Enos’ hybrid of classical and contemporary movement to transport the audience on a journey through the fantastical!

Saturday, October 19

Nature Picture Book Picnic, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park | FREE!
Recommended for ages 5–8. Bring a snack and enjoy a picture book picnic with children’s author Catherine Stier. Begin at the outdoor classroom with a nature picture book storytime. Then the group will take a brief walk through Friedrich Park, seeking inspiration to create personal picture books about the natural world. Next, write and illustrate your own story or informational book about animals, flowers, trees, or anything in nature. Catherine Stier is a Texas Master Naturalist and the author of If I Were a Park Ranger and several other award-winning children’s picture books. RSVP required. For more information, email [email protected], or call (210) 207-3782.

Dairy Days, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Voelcker Historic Homestead at Hardberger Park  | FREE!
Discover Phil Hardberger Park’s Dairy Farm past at this annual event. There will be corn shelling, wool spinning, beekeeping, youth activities, and tours of the Butterfly Learning Center, historic buildings, and Children’s Vegetable Garden.

Movie in the Park: Flight of the Butterflies, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Screening takes place on the Great Lawn at Yanaguana Garden as part of the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival. Movie will start at sunset (around 7:00 P.M.). There will be butterfly activities for visitors to enjoy prior to the start of the movie.

Sunday, October 20

Monarch and Pollinator Festival, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Pearl | FREE!
The event features a People for Pollinators Parade, monarch butterfly tagging demos all day long, educational booths, family activities, and more. At noon, the festival will debut San Antonio’s specially commissioned, first ever Waggle Dance. The event consummates a week-long celebration of science, citizen science, art, and education. The event unfolds during peak monarch migration season in the nation’s first Monarch Butterfly Champion City, so declared by the National Wildlife Federation in 2015.

Picture Your World Youth Photography Weekend Workshop, 1:00–4:30 P.M. at Government Canyon State Natural Area | Registration: $20 per student
Hosted by Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, open to youth ages 8–18. Picture Your World digital photography workshops teach photographic composition and technique through hands-on demonstration, and constructive critique. Participants will produce a visual memory of their day and begin a creative portfolio while experiencing the wonders of the natural environment. Each workshop is led by the Carra Garza. The meeting location is the main exhibit hall next to the visitor center. Space is limited, and online registration is strongly encouraged. Fees may be waived for students demonstrating financial need. To request a fee waiver, please email [email protected]

Monday, October 21

Locals Day, during regular operating hours at San Antonio Zoo | Admission: $8
The City of San Antonio’s Parks and Recreation Department wants San Antonio to get outside and play by supporting the zoo’s popular Locals Days offer on select days for the rest of the year. Residents of San Antonio get standard admission to San Antonio Zoo for just $8 per person—a value of more than 50% discount on standard admission! Purchase tickets at the gate with proof of San Antonio residency.

Wednesday, October 23

SAY Sí’s Media Arts Studio Film Showcase, 7:00–9:00 P.M. at City Base Entertainment | FREE! ($5 donation recommended)
Annual showcase of student-produced films. In SAY Sí’s High School Media Arts Studio, student artists, ranging from 15–18 years-old, are given first-hand experience with film-making. As part of their annual Short Narratives Project, these high school youth filmmakers write and produce three original short narratives. This project gives youth the opportunity to be immersed in a professional film set and learn all about film-making from script-writing to post-production.

Friday, October 25

Noche de Coco, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at River Walk Plaza at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | FREE!
In addition to the screening, movie viewers will also enjoy Cabezones, large skulls decorated for the celebration, along with festive Catrinas, music, food and fun, for a family-friendly evening. The evening will feature a “Coco”-themed barge as a preview of the Catrinas on the River Parade, Children’s Ballet of San Antonio in a special performance and more surprises. Bring your own chairs and blankets (or use ours when you get here). Enjoy full concessions and cash bar service – no outside food or drinks allowed. Sorry, no pets allowed on the plaza.

Bat Walk, 6:30–8:30 P.M. at Medina River Natural Area | FREE!
Enjoy an interactive bat experience organized by San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. The event combines a bat walk with park naturalists, a craft activity, and live bats presented by Southern Wildlife Rehabilitation. Using an echo meter, families will identify bats by their call. Meet at the pavilion. Crafts and live bats: 6:30–7:30 P.M., Bat Walk: 7:30–8:30 P.M.

Saturday, October 26

AccessAbility Fest, 9:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Historic Market Square | FREE!
Hosted by disABILITYsa. The event is a gateway to resources, information, and opportunities for individuals overcoming barriers to independence and inclusion due to physical, cognitive, sensory, and mental health challenges with more than 100 exhibitors featuring information, products, and services in 16 Topic areas. Enjoy a costume contest, games and activities, health screenings, food concessions, live entertainment, and product & program demonstrations.  Kick-off the fest with the abilitySTRONG Parade at 9:00 A.M.

A Spooktacular Halloween, 3:30–6:00 P.M. at Villa Finale | Tickets: $5 for children 3–12; $10 for teens 13+ and adults
This event hearkens back to celebrations of the late 19th century when neighborhoods would get together to observe Halloween with costumes, games, and delicious treats. Kids ages 3–12 can decorate their own trick-or-treat bag, play Halloween-themed games, enter a screaming contest and a costume contest, participate in a “fun dash” trick-or-treat, enjoy snacks, and more!

Peppa Pig’s Adventure, 4:00 P.M. at Majestic Theatre | Tickets: $29.50–69.50
Peppa gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep, and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter, and live music. The happy campers soon settle down to sleep and listen to the gentle pitter-patter of rain. Safe and warm inside their tents, the excited group can look forward to morning time, when there will be lots of muddy puddles to play in. Children one year of age and older require a ticket.

KLRN Kids Fall Festival, 5:00–8:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Join KLRN Kids for fun and games. Special appearances by Luna from Let’s Go Luna! Wear your favorite child-friendly costume, preview some of our favorite PBS KIDS Halloween programs, and enjoy hands-on activities.

September 13–October 13

Mary Poppins at The Public Theatre of San Antonio | Tickets: $20–45
Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes. New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and co-presented by Ballet San Antonio. A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film.

September 28–November 10

Scarecrow Trail, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M at San Antonio Botanical Garden | FREE with admission
Dispersed throughout the Botanical Garden, visitors will be treated to scarecrows created by community organizations and partners. This artistic exhibit highlights creative and fun interpretations of scarecrows and the harvest season.

October 11–November 1

Bunnicula at Magik Theatre | Tickets: $15
Recommended for ages 5 and older but all ages are welcome. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the fluffy and fearsome classic tale of a dancing cat, a howling dog, and a vampire bunny—the perfect pet combination for any family. It’s a dark and stormy night, and Chester the cat and Harold the dog sit waiting for their owners to return home from the movies. Chester and Harold are more than just pets; they’re good friends too. When the Monroes finally get home, they come bearing a surprise: they’ve found a bunny in the movie theater. But this is no ordinary rabbit… This is the extraordinary Bunnicula. When the family’s produce starts losing its juice, Chester thinks he knows what’s causing the fantastic phenomenon. Bunnicula is a vampire! Or maybe Chester’s imagination is getting the better of him. Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends find room in their hearts, and in their home, for one very unique bunny.

October 15–November 15

Mexicraneos Street at Houston Street, Downtown | FREE!
As part of a street art exhibition, a series of decorated, sculptural skulls will line Houston Street and around Frost Tower, stretching the celebration into the heart of downtown and spotlighting the newest addition to San Antonio’s skyline.

October 28–November 8

Huicholes Tribute at Briscoe Western Art Museum | Free with museum admission
Day of the Dead San Antonio is bringing an incredible collection of Huichol art to the museum. Descendants of the Aztec, the Huichol people number about 18,000, most of whom live in the mountains of the Mexican states of Jalisco and Nayarit. Having withstood the Spanish Invasion, they are still striving to keep their culture alive and viable, despite the ever increasing physical and cultural encroachment of their Mexican neighbors. Peyote is a focal point for their ceremonies, and their colorful bead work and yarn work reflects a reverent and symbiotic relationship with nature. Cesar Menchaca founded Menchaca Studio along with Paricuta, a workshop created with the idea of irradiating the hardships these artists encounter when selling their creations. The more than 16 works on display will represent the work, the craftsmanship and talents of the Huichol people.

Heather
Heather was born and raised in San Antonio and became a mom in 2013 and again in 2018. She never imagined she'd be raising two sons but is grateful for the opportunity! Heather enjoys the outdoors and even mowing her own lawn. She and her husband Santiago look forward to raising two feminist boys who will hopefully be better at Spanish than she is. Her professional experience since graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Art History includes working for a variety of arts and cultural nonprofit organizations, from grassroots to governmental. She spent a few years as a stay at home parent and is easing her way back into the workforce. Her dream job would be to work for Sesame Workshop, or President of the United States. In the meantime, Heather enjoys filling her family's weekends with the diversity San Antonio has to offer.