The view of the Tower of the Americas from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Photo by Scott Ball.
Octoberfest at Tower of the Americas takes place on Saturday afternoon from 2 - 5 PM. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

It’s First Friday, and more importantly, it’s October! Get ready for the spooky season with Octoberfest at the Tower of the Americas and Bark in the Park. Also this weekend: Hemisfair turns 4, Wu-Tang Clan lands in San Antonio, and plenty of 5K races.

Sustainability Walk

The San Antonio Botanical Garden practices conservation in its maintenance of the beautiful flowers and greenery on display. Docents will walk guests through the different methods the garden employs to operate sustainably. The walk is included with museum admission, but registration is required. Register for the walk here.
Friday, 10-11:30 a.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.
Included with museum admission, $9-$12

Hemisfair’s 4th Birthday Bash

Hemisfair turns 4 years old, and the park is celebrating with a birthday party. Dress in your best disco threads and get ready to boogie the night away. Enjoy live music, a photo booth, and birthday cake. Hemisfair’s monthly Art in the Park will also take place at the Central Games Plaza from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., bringing a wide variety of artistic activities for experimental and curious kiddos.
Friday, 6-9 p.m.
Hemisfair, 630 E. Nueva St.


First Friday Opening of Hiveminded

First Friday means lots of art at Blue Star Arts Complex. At Flax Studio, Hilary Rochow’s Hiveminded explores how little pollinators have a big impact on the earth. She uses intricate pen drawings to show the complex systems that feed the world.
Friday, 6-10 p.m.
Flax Studio, 1420 S. Alamo St.

Kids Zoo Ball

Who better to play dress-up at a fancy fundraising gala than kids? The San Antonio Zoo is putting on a fun-sized version of their annual Zoo Ball Gala for its younger visitors to enjoy. Kid tickets cost $75, adult tickets cost $100, and tables start at $1,000. Children must have a chaperone and must be 17 years or younger to qualify for a kid ticket. Find tickets and more information here.
Friday, 6-9 p.m.
San Antonio Zoo,
$75 and up

First Friday Pub Run

You know the drill: dress up in theme and bring your ID, money, and sense of fun. In the spirit of October, break out your Halloween costume and meet at Moses Rose’s Hideout at 7 p.m. Full bar crawl list and order can be found here. Must be 21 years or older to participate.
Friday, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Moses Rose’s Hideout, 518 E. Houston St.

Rio Bravo

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary of “Rio Bravo,” with live music from Mariachi Azteca de America. The performance showcases Mexican and Tejano dance, set against the backdrop of historical tales. Actor Jesse Borrego joins this year’s “Rio Bravo” performance. Tickets cost $10 to $25, while tables may be reserved for $125. Find tickets here.
Friday, 8 p.m.
Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St.
$10 and up

Oktoberfest San Antonio

Mayor Ron Nirenberg will tap the ceremonial keg around 6 p.m. on Friday to kick off Oktoberfest at Beethoven Halle and Biergarten. The Deutsch Volkstanzverein will dance and the children’s choir will sing Friday as well. Saturday brings a sing-a-long of traditional beer hall songs and a clogging group. Tickets cost $10 at the gate, while children and active duty military members may attend for free.
Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-midnight
Beethoven Mannerchor, 422 Pereida St.

Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K 

The Wounded Warrior Project aims to honor and empower wounded warriors, and runners and walkers have a chance to do that at the Carry Forward 5K on Saturday morning. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m., and the run starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration costs $40 the day of the race, and $35 if you register before. Register here for the race.
Saturday, 7:30 a.m.
Mission County Park, Pavilion 1, 6030 Padre Dr.

3rd Annual 5k Run For Water

Nonprofit Vida Para Todos Guatemala is raising money to buy water filters for Guatemala residents with its 3rd annual 5K race. Children 9 years and younger may run for free, runners ages 10 to 13 years pay $15 to run, and everyone else pays $40. Register for the run here.
Saturday, 8-11a.m.
Lady Bird Johnson Park, 10700 Nacogdoches Rd.

Monthly Fun Run

San Antonio RoadRunners is putting on its monthly fun run with distances of 1/2 mile, 1 mile, and 3 miles. Kids have their own run of 100 yards. The kids run starts at 8:30 a.m. and other races follow.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
McAllister Park, Al Becken Pavilion 1, 13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd

The Purple Run

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness month, Our Lady of the Lake University is hosting the Purple Run. Runners pay $40 on race day. Dogs can run too, and their $8 registration includes a bandana. Find more information here.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Our Lady of the Lake University, 411 SW 24th St.

Texas Pollinator BioBlitz

Master naturalist and author Patty Leslie Pasztor will help you identify butterflies and nectar-producing plants at Phil Hardberger Park. The event should be fun for older children and adults. Get ready to learn about pollinators and how to support them. You can register for the free event here.
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, 8400 NW Military Hwy.

20th Annual Huevos Rancheros Gala & Art Auction

Celebrate huevos rancheros and community, culture, art, and family at the 20th Annual Huevos Rancheros Gala and Art Auction. Enjoy the music of Eddie & The Valiants, Conjunto Heritage Taller, and DJ Despeinada at the gala. Guests can also meet the 2019 King and Queen Huevo. Find tickets and more information here.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Plaza Guadalupe, 1327 Guadalupe St.

Inclusion Programming

Hemisfair is bringing fun, inclusive activities for both adults and kids to Yanaguana Garden on Saturday. The park will give away 100 copies of Kathryn Jenkins’ book ABCs for Everyone, Inclusion Alphabet, guests can listen to that and We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio read aloud, and enjoy music at the final Inclusion Programming event of 2019.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Yanaguana Garden

San Anto Zine Fest

Self-published authors and artists bring their work to the San Anto Zine Fest on Saturday. Browse works of poetry, nonfiction, personal stories, anthologies, photography, comics, and art. The event will have six panels and plenty of exhibitors and workshops. Free and open to all ages.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Central Library, 600 Soledad St.

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 40th Annual Fashion Event: Giving With Style

The Salvation Army is hosting its annual fashion event to not only help women find fresh fashion for their closets, but to raise money for the nonprofit’s mission. Guests can enjoy brunch and a silent auction. Individual tickets are $75, and sponsorship tables – which include early access to the Chic Boutique for shopping – start at $1,250. Find more information and tickets here.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Omni Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd.
$75 and up

Octoberfest at Tower of the Americas

Beer lovers, get ready for beer samples from 24 different breweries. The first Octoberfest at the Tower of the Americas will also include live music, a costume contest, and giveaways. Lederhosen not required, but you might find yourself feeling more in the spirit if you choose to wear them. General admission costs $35 in advance and $40 at the gate, while military and Landry’s Select Club Members receive a discount. Find more information and tickets here.
Saturday, 2-5 p.m.
Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.

Mehregan Festival (Persian Autumn Festival)

Welcome autumn with Persian music, dance performances, food, and shopping. The event is free, but space is limited. First come, first served. Reserve your spot here.
Saturday, 2 p.m.-midnight
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, 108 Blue Star

2019 Bark in the Park San Antonio

Ooh and ah over spooky and cute pets at Bark in the Park on Saturday. The annual event benefits Animal Defense League of Texas and San Antonio Pets Alive. Families can enjoy a kids zone, a pet expo, adoption drive, and the Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume Contest. Going to Bark in the Park is free, but registering a pet for the costume contest costs $7. Register your pet for the contest here.
Saturday, 4-9 p.m.
Sunken Gardens Theater, 3875 N. St. Mary’s St.

Move. Fit. Live. 4th Annual Fit Bash

Try fitness classes for all ages at the 4th annual Fit Bash, featuring Zumba, yoga, cardio strength, and prime time classes for people ages 65 and older. Participants can also indulge in free massages, an obstacle course, and food, shakes, and health and wellness education from local vendors. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 6:30-9 p.m.
Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair, 434 S. Alamo St.

Wu-Tang Clan: 36 Chambers 25th Anniversary Celebration Tour

The group behind “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Protect Ya Neck” is blessing the Majestic Theatre on Saturday night with their presence. Wu-Tang Clan stops in San Antonio as part of its 25th anniversary tour for its debut album, 36 Chambers, which was released in 1993. Get tickets here.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
$99 and up

StMU 5K for the Neighborhood

St. Mary’s 6th annual 5K race raises money for nonprofits that assist people who live around the college campus. Dogs are welcome and participating pups will get a free bandana. Student registration costs $10, and non-students pay $20. Register for the race here.
Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-noon
St. Mary’s University, 1 Camino Santa Maria St.

ArmyDillo Run

For this run, runners can choose between a 5K, a 10-miler, and a 20-miler. Registration for the 5K costs $35, while the 10- and 20-miler cost $45 each. The race goes over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, and begins at 7:30 a.m. Register here.
Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Leon Creek Greenway Valero Park Trailhead, N. Loop 1604 West & W. Interstate Hwy 10

Free Yoga at the Good Kind

The Good Kind in Southtown is offering its last free yoga session of the season on Sunday. Register for the class here.
Sunday, 9-11 a.m.
The Good Kind, 1127 S. St. Mary’s St.

Blessing of the Animals

All dogs are angels, but why not get your pup some extra validation by taking it to be blessed? Girls Scouts of Southwest Texas and Travis Park Church are holding a Blessing of the Animals on World Animal Day at Travis Park, so bring leashed dogs, pets in carriers, and even stuffed animals if you so please to be blessed. A group blessing will happen at 2 p.m., story time at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and food trucks will be present.
Sunday, noon-3 p.m.
Travis Park, 301 E. Travis St.

Family Day: Egyptian Adventure

The San Antonio Museum of Art is offering Egyptian-inspired activities to bring the history and art to life. Kids can make Egyptian collars, a mummy book, and write in hieroglyphics on papyrus. Children 12 years and younger may participate for free.
Sunday, noon-3 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave.
Included with museum admission, $0-$20

San Antonio Soul

Celebrate authentic San Antonio sound at a Hemisfair and KRTU 91.7 FM-organized music festival on Sunday. The Foreign Arm plays at 2 p.m., DJ SunnyBoy takes the stage at 3:15 p.m., and Eddie & The Valiants featuring Little Henry Lee close out the day at 4:15 p.m. Organizers are providing picnic blankets spread out on the grass for the first 100 couples and families to enjoy. Guests can also buy snack baskets at the event. So bring the whole family and settle down for some outdoor, real San Antonio sound.
Sunday, 2-6 p.m.
Hemisfair, 630 E. Nueva St.

Alamo City Furry Invasion

In case you were wondering why giant anthropomorphic animals are walking around downtown San Antonio, the annual local furry convention takes over the Wyndham on the River Walk this weekend. Pre-registration is closed, but registration opens at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Single-day passes cost $35 for Friday and Saturday, and $25 for Sunday. Weekend passes cost $55. Guests ages 15 and younger must have a parental guardian, but guardians get free registration (one per minor). Find more information here.
Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk, 111 E Pecan St.
$25 and up

Mo Amer’s Texas Homecoming Tour

Houstonian Mo Amer brings his jokes to the Laugh Out Loud Club in San Antonio this weekend. Much of his humor draws on his experiences as an Arab American immigrant; Amer fled Kuwait in 1990 with his family and relocated to Texas. Amer’s latest tour brings him to Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Find tickets here.
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410

San Antonio Riverwalk Oktoberfest

Enjoy polka music from the Austin Polka Band, a stein hoist contest, keg tapping, yodeling, and of course food and lots of beer.
Friday-Saturday, 4-8 p.m.
Bier Garten Riverwalk, 126 Losoya St.

Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang is the local government reporter at the San Antonio Report.