This fall in San Antonio, a tapestry of culture, flavors, and thrilling events awaits. The Alamo City is home to one-of-a-kind events and activities for everyone. Whether you're immersing yourself in cultural heritage and celebrations, indulging in delicious cuisine, exploring Halloween festivities across the city, witnessing creativity being unleashed, or marveling at celestial wonders, we invite you to start your travel checklist and experience the best of San Antonio this fall.
✓ Immerse Yourself in Culture
Día de Los Muertos (Muertos Fest)
During the fall season, San Antonio offers a multitude of festivals that will embrace you with our rich tapestry of culture. Discover the 8th annual World Heritage Festival, where the city comes together to protect and promote our World Heritage. Delve into the rich history the city was built upon and get a better understanding of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the nation's largest Día de Muertos celebrations where everyone is welcome to commemorate this celebration of life in San Antonio. Or embrace the vibrant celebration of light over darkness at DiwaliSA, one of the largest Indian festivals in the country.
Fall Cultural Checklist:
- Between Yesterday & Tomorrow, Now – November 17
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas Oktoberfest, August 26 – October 30
- World Heritage Festival, September 6 –10
- Black History River Tour, September 23
- Oktoberfest, September 12 – November 21
- San Antonio Tango Festival, September 22
- Step Afrika!, October, 20
- Day of the Dead River Parade, October 27
- Day of the Dead Celebrations at La Villita, October 28 – 29
- Día de los Muertos at Hemisfair (Muertos Fest), October 28 – 29
- DiwaliSA, November 4
✓ Indulge in Culinary Delights
Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival
For culinary enthusiasts, don't miss the many food festivals around the city. For example, at the Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival you can sample local and international cuisines, savor exquisite wines, and enjoy live music amidst a vibrant festival atmosphere. Best of all, you’re in the Culinary Capital of Texas, so you can expect to be treated to a gastronomic journey that showcases the diverse flavors and rich culinary heritage of Texas. Come hungry and leave with a newfound appreciation for the culinary wonders that make San Antonio the ultimate destination in Texas for food lovers.
Fall Culinary Checklist:
- Whiskey & Women, third Thursday each month August - November
- CULINARIA Restaurant Weeks, August 12 – 26
- Tequila & Tacos Festival, October 7
- San Antonio Beer Festival, October 21
- Texas Tamarindo & Chamoy Festival, October 21
- Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival, October 26 – 29
✓ Embrace the Spirit of Halloween
Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld San Antonio
San Antonio knows how to celebrate Halloween, and there are numerous venues where families can enjoy a thrilling and safe experience. Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld San Antonio, the San Antonio Zoo, and the San Antonio Botanical Garden all offer special Halloween-themed events, including haunted houses, trick-or-treating, costume contests, and spooky shows. You will have a blast exploring these attractions while embracing the spirit of Halloween. And for your more grown-up Halloween tastes, consider a Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour of downtown or hit one of the numerous haunted houses across the city.
Fall Halloween Checklist:
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas Fright Fest, September 9 – October 30
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas Kids Boo Fest, September 10 – October 30
- SeaWorld San Antonio Spooktacular, September 14 – October 29
- SeaWorld San Antonio Howl-O-Scream, September 15 – October 29
- San Antonio Zoo's Zoo Boo, September 16 – October 31
- Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics, October 26, 27
- HalloWine Run, October 28
✓ Discover Creativity
Artpace's Chalk it Up
Arts abound here in the Alamo city, and fall is a great time to explore our city’s extensive offerings. There are over 20 museums and galleries across the city, not to mention art around every corner with our public art collection. Or you can catch a show at the Majestic Theatre, Carver Community Cultural Center, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, and more.
If you’re looking for a unique way to experience art, check out the immersive experiences throughout the city. From Artpace’s 20th Annual Chalk It Up Festival, interactive installations at Hopscotch and vibrant displays of art, music, and performances at Luminaria, there is no shortage of ways to experience the art and culture that step outside the traditional museum setting.
Fall Arts & Culture Checklist:
- Dream Tomorrow Today, June 10- September 24
- Fiesta Noche Del Rio, August 4 @ 8:30 pm- 10:15 pm
- San Antonio Black International Film Festival, October 5-8
- Fall River Walk Artisan Show, October 6
- Chalk it Up Festival, October 14, 2023
- Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival, October 21
✓ Marvel at Celestial Wonders
Nature enthusiasts and budding astronomers will be captivated by the celestial wonder of October’s annular solar eclipse. San Antonio, being the largest city in the US that the eclipse will encounter, offers the perfect opportunity for an up-close experience of this awe-inspiring astronomical phenomenon. Prepare to be amazed as you witness the stunning display of the eclipse's celestial magic against the backdrop of San Antonio's vibrant cityscape.
Fall Eclipse Checklist:
- Moon at Noon, October 14
- Annual Solar Eclipse at Mission San Jose, October 14
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas Solar Eclipse at the Park, October 14
- Alamo Beer Hall Ring of Fire Viewing Party, October 14
- Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, October 14
- View More Eclipse Events Here
With the cooler weather, there’s no better time to enjoy outdoor San Antonio than in the fall. Between miles of biking and hiking trails, acres of parks and green spaces, wildlife experiences at the San Antonio Zoo, and the world-famous San Antonio Botanical Garden, there is no shortage of options to choose from.
Fall Outdoors Checklist:
- Imaginary Worlds, May 6- October 29
- Tour de Las Misiones, September 9 @ 7:00 am- 2:00 pm
- Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival, October 7
✓ Get Outside
That’s truly just the beginning of the amazing wonders that await you this fall in San Antonio. The city is brimming with vibrant energy and an enchanting allure that is sure to captivate your senses. With unforgettable journeys, undeniable charm, and diverse experiences, San Antonio promises an enriching and entertaining experience for visitors of all ages.
Start making your fall checklist today!