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San Antonio Filled with Art, Culture, Festivals and Thrills This Fall

September 4, 2015 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

A vibrant cultural scene and Halloween thrills for all ages make San Antonio a great place to take a fall getaway. Fall visitors can also save more than $1,800 on their San Antonio trip, including incredible deals at SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, hotels, restaurants and attractions, with the city’s SAVE program.

Unique experiences awaiting travelers in San Antonio includes:

  • SeaWorld San Antonio’s Howl-O-Scream (Weekends, October 3 – 31): Featuring Unearthed™, a collaboration with The Blair Witch Project’s producer Robin Cowie, Howl-O-Scream is packing on the frights this Halloween. With rides, haunted houses, shows and themed bars, there’s plenty of terrifying fun for thrill seekers.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ Fright Fest (Weekends, October 3 – November 1): Featuring a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy from 13 terrifying Halloween-themed attractions and five horrific haunted houses to four live musical shows and four scream-worthy scare zones – and everything between.http://www.tourismlegal.com.au/
  • San Antonio Museum of Art’s 28 Chinese (September 5 – January 3): The result of more than six research trips and more than 100 studio visits, this exhibit presents artwork from 28 contemporary Chinese artists spread throughout six of the museum’s galleries. Works on view range from paintings and photographs to sculptures and video by new talents and several of China’s best-known artists including Ai Weiwe.
  • McNay Art Museum’s Mir?: The Experience of Seeing (September 30 – January 10): Featuring more than 50 remarkable paintings, drawings and sculptures created by Joan Mir? between 1963 and 1981, this exhibit is drawn entirely from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.
  • Luminaria (October 23 – 24): This celebration of San Antonio’s rich and unique arts community is a free, two-day art, music and performance festival held in the city’s River North neighborhood (near the San Antonio Museum of Art and Museum Reach portion of the River Walk). Luminaria brings together an inspiring mix of local and international talent of multiple art disciplines to exemplify San Antonio’s long history of being a crossroads of diverse cultures.
  • El Día De Los Muertos (October 24 – November 7): San Antonio celebrates “Day of the Dead,” a Mexican cultural tradition where families remember the departed and share memories of their loved ones, in all corners of the city. Altars, art exhibits, food and live music can be found at celebrations including at La Villita (October 24 – 25), Market Square (October 31 – November 2) and SAY Sí (November 5 – 7).

San Antonio’s fall events are complemented by its SAVE program, which provides deals to more than 70 hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, attractions, museums, shops and experience-oriented tours. Visitors can plan their perfect San Antonio fall getaway and secure SAVE discounts at www.visitsanantonio.com or by downloading the “SAVE in San Antonio” app.

Below is a sample of events that will keep San Antonio visitors busy this fall. For more events, visit www.visitsanantonio.com.


  • 1 – 30: FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA – Various locations
  • 3 – November 8: Narrative Axis and Territory exhibits – Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
  • 4 – 6: Renaissance on the River – La Villita
  • 5 – January 3: 28 Chinese exhibit – San Antonio Museum of Art
  • 6: Echale! Latino Music Estyles – Pearl Amphitheater
  • 10: McNay Second Thursday – McNay Art Museum
  • 11: Art Party: Scholar’s Room – San Antonio Museum of Art
  • 11 – 13: Alamo City Comic Con – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
  • 12: Brews and Blooms – San Antonio Botanical Garden
  • 12: International Accordion Festival – La Villita
  • 12: Second Saturday Art Walk – Various locations along South Flores Street
  • 12: Mercado O’liva – Mission Marquee Plaza
  • 19 – 20: Jazz’SAlive – Travis Park
  • 27: Siclovia – Broadway Street to Alamo Plaza and Dignowity Park
  • 30 – January 10: Mir?: The Experience of Seeing – McNay Art Museum


  • 3 – November 1: Fright Fest – Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • 3 – 31: Howl-O-Scream – SeaWorld San Antonio
  • 3 – January 31: Bodies Revealed – The Witte Museum
  • 10: Chalk It Up – Houston Street between Jefferson Street and Main Avenue
  • 10: Second Saturday Art Walk – Various locations along South Flores Street
  • 16 – 18: World Heritage Designation Celebration – Spanish Colonial Missions/Various locations
  • 17: San Antonio Beer Festival – Maverick Park
  • 23 – 24: Luminaria – River North Neighborhood
  • 24: BOOtanica and Plant Sale – San Antonio Botanical Garden
  • 24 – 25: ElDía De Los Muertos Celebration – La Villita
  • 29: Halloween Dance Party – McNay Art Museum
  • 30: Night at the DoSeum – The DoSeum
  • 31: More Delightful Than Frightful – Morgan’s Wonderland


  • 5 – 7: Muertitos Fest – SAY Si
  • 13: Housecore Horror Festival – Aztec Theater, The Korova and Holiday Inn Riverwalk Hotel
  • 14: Second Saturday Art Walk – Various locations along South Flores Street
  • 14: Diwali San Antonio – La Villita


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