Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard Report
As October waxes, so does the autumnal weather;
Families and friends visit pumpkin patches together.
Though All Hallows’ Eve has not yet arrived,
Many events in the city are Halloween-aligned.
We’ve scoured social calendars for events left and right,
And hope you may be inspired by them over the next few nights.
Kiddie Park Grand Re-Opening Weekend
The classic Kiddie Park reopens at the San Antonio Zoo this weekend. It will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find pricing here.
Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St Mary’s St.
$2.50 and up
Jazz in the Garden: Ruby Alexander
Enjoy live jazz at the Japanese Tea Garden’s gazebo on Friday evening with Ruby Alexander. Food and drink can be purchased at the Jingu House; please do not bring your own. The garden will provide some seating, and attendees can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Find more information here.
Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.
Japanese Tea Garden, 3853 N. St. Mary’s St.
One for the Books
Need an excuse to break out that fancy mask you bought a few years back? The Roosevelt Library is throwing a masquerade party benefiting San Antonio Youth Literacy on Friday evening. Party guests can enjoy small bites, cocktails, live music, and a silent auction. No costume necessary to attend. Find tickets here.
Friday, 8-11 p.m.
Roosevelt Library, 311 Roosevelt Ave.
Zumba in the Park
Free Zumba! Get your body moving on Saturday morning. Classes are taught by professional Zumba instructors and are held at the base of the Tower of the Americas once a month.
Saturday, 9-10 a.m.
Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
Celebrate the herb of the year, Agastache foeniculum – also known as the Giant Blue Hyssop – at the 28th annual Herb Market at the Pearl. Vendors will bring their own wares, featuring different herbs and gifts, and shoppers can enjoy live music while they browse. Rebel Mariposa of La Botanica cooks for a special presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Find more information here.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pearl Farmers Market, 312 Pearl Pkway
Learn about the Phil Hardberger Park’s dairy farm history on Saturday. Kids can watch cows being milked and visit the Butterfly Learning Center and the Children’s Vegetable Garden. The event is free, but you can register here. Additional parking will be available at the 13203 Blanco Rd. parking lots.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon
Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, Voelcker Historic Homestead, 1021 Voelcker Ln.
2019 Dos Nancies Tipica Sale
Guatemalan creators have made artisan items for San Antonians to shop on Saturday. The event is free, but VIP tickets get you in the door early – at 10 a.m. Proceeds go to the Friendship Bridge, a nonprofit that provides microfinance, education, and preventative health services to Guatemalan clients. Find more information and VIP tickets here.
Saturday, noon-3 p.m.
Los Patios, 2015 NE Loop 410
It’s all in one place – pumpkin patch photos, a dog costume contest, a dog kissing booth, nail trimmings, and pet fosters and adoptions. Celebrate Howl-O-Ween with your favorite furry friend. Adults pay $15, while children can attend for free. Proceeds benefit the San Antonio Humane Society. Find tickets here.
Saturday, noon-4 p.m.
Lucy’s Doggy Daycare and Spa, 5010 N. Loop 1604 W.
San Antonio Beer Festival
Eat good food, soak in live music, play games, and drink plenty of beer at the 14th annual San Antonio Beer Festival. Attendees can try more than 450 beers from more than 125 breweries around the world. Kickstand SA will be providing valet bike service as well, so ride your bicycle to the festival if you have one. A portion of the festival’s proceeds benefits the San Antonio Food Bank, so you’re drinking for a good cause. Must be 21 years or older to attend. No pets allowed. Find tickets here.
Saturday, noon-6:30 p.m.
Dignowity and Lockwood Parks, 701 Nolan St.
Central Library’s Annual Halloween Party
Bring the whole family to partake in mildly scary stories, fun crafts, and tasty treats. Costumes welcome, but not required.
Saturday, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, 600 Soledad St.
Gaze and Graze
Friends of Bonham Academy are putting on a night under the stars featuring snacks, drinks, and a silent auction. Tickets start at $15, and can be purchased here. Proceeds will benefit the kids of Bonham Academy.
Saturday, 6:30-11 p.m.
Herrera Plaza, 1800 W. Commerce St.
$15 and up
Free Screening: Bumblebee
It’s the prequel to the Transformers series, it’s a free screening, and there is beautiful weather outside. Bring blankets, chairs, snacks, and anything else you might need for an outdoor movie screening. Movie starts after sunset.
Saturday, 7-10 p.m.
Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave.
Jody Watley plays her first San Antonio concert this Saturday at the Jo Long Theatre. The thrice Grammy-nominated and Grammy winning artist will show off her R&B, hip hop, house, jazz, pop, and spoken word vibes, and perform with her band and dance collective, SRL. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Jo Long Theatre at the Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry
Noche Azul de Esperanza: Chavela Vargas
This month’s Noche Azul concert pays tribute to Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold onsite starting at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first served. Attendees are welcome to bring their own seat cushions but not their own chairs.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave.
Free Beginner Yoga
Mobile Om continues its weekly free yoga lessons on Sunday at Confluence Park. Bring a mat, water, and wear comfy clothes.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St.
Starting this Sunday, shop local vendors’ wares at a new pop-up open air market in St. Paul Square. Sample delicious eats, browse handmade goods, and relish the crisp autumnal weather while it lasts. The pop-up market will grace St. Paul Square every Sunday through Dec. 15.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Historic St. Paul Square, 1174 E. Commerce St.
Enjoy a pet costume contest and a dachshund dash at the annual Barktoberfest. You can also find good snacks and cold beer at the festival. Make sure to have proof of up-to-date rabies vaccinations for your furry friend if they join you. Find the schedule of events here.
Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Animal Defense League of Texas, 11300 Nacogdoches Rd.
93rd Annual Rose Festival
Celebrate the parish patroness St. Therese, also known as “The Little Flower,” on Sunday with live music, dancing, lotería, BBQ plates, and vendors. Kids can enjoy a pumpkin patch, a dunk tank, face painting, sumo wrestling, and more. Free admission and free parking available.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, 1715 N. Zarzamora
Artisans in the Garden
Shop local vendors and artists while listening to live music and sipping on craft beer on Sunday at the Ella Austin Community center. Visitors can enter raffles as well. Proceeds will go toward the Eastside Sprout Community Garden and the Dignowity Hill community.
Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Ella Austin Community Center, 1023 N. Pine St.
Cocktail Scavenger Hunt: Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Find the spices and plants that are on your scavenger hunt list to earn your cocktail and paired tastings at the San Antonio Botanical Garden on Sunday. Members pay $22.50, while non-members pay $25. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Find tickets here.
Sunday, 12:30-3 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.
Half Price Books Clearance Sale
The clearance sale you’ve been waiting for is here! Everything is $2 or less. First 100 customers receive a free tote bag, but bring your own so you have plenty of empty carrying space once you stock up on books, DVDs, video games, and comics. Free parking available. Half Price Books coupons and promotions will not be accepted. All sales are final. Bring cash, checks, and credit cards, and get ready to get shopping.
Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
San Antonio Event Center, 8111 Meadow Leaf Dr.
Fall Pumpkin Patch
Buy a pumpkin, take the perfect pumpkin picture for your Instagram feed. The pumpkin patch is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every day until Nov. 8.
Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
Alice in Wonderland
Curiouser and curiouser! Ballet San Antonio brings the Lewis Carroll classic to life this weekend in four performances – Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. There will also be a post-show reception on Friday for $40 per person, and a meet-and-greet with the cast Saturday after the afternoon performance for $40 per person. Tickets to the show start at $35. Find tickets here.
Ballet San Antonio, 115 Auditorium Cir.
$35 and up