This is Halloween – or at least, the weekend before our spookiest holiday. Not only are organizations around San Antonio marking Halloween with enthusiasm, but the India Association of San Antonio is celebrating Diwali and disABILITYsa is putting on the 13th annual AccessAbility Fest. Read on for ways to fill your weekend. And don’t forget about Día de los Muertos celebrations around the city – we have a whole separate list for that.

Briscoe’s Spooky Sixth Birthday

The Briscoe Western Art Museum celebrates its sixth birthday with free admission on Friday. Visitors can enjoy cupcakes, kids crafts, and a spooky tour of the museum at 1 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St.

Foodie Cinema: Hocus Pocus

It’s a Halloween classic for a Halloween weekend. The San Antonio Botanical Garden will also give a brief presentation on locally harvested produce, and guests can sample a fall-inspired tasting and beverage menu after. Members pay $31.50 and non-members pay $35. Find tickets here.
Friday, 6-9 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.

Haunted River

Get boozy drinks and hang out at the Haunted San Antonio River on Friday evening. Adults (18 and older) can participate in a costume contest with cash prizes of $250 for first place in each category and $750 for the grand prize winner. Haunted River wanderers can also check out Extreme Escape Haunted photo rooms. The family-friendly version will be held at the Shops at the Rivercenter Lagoon from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with 2,500 free trick-or-treat bags to give away. Find event details here.
Friday, 6-10:30 p.m.
Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St.

We Will Rock You: The Musical

In this Queen-inspired musical, Galileo and Scaramouche go on a journey to save rock ‘n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world where the genre has died and musical instruments have disappeared. Get tickets here.
Friday, 8 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
$45 and up

Hallowine Run

Push yourself to complete a 4-mile run on Halloween weekend and reward yourself when you’re done with delicious treats and adult beverages at the Hallowine Run. You can do the run on your own ($45), as part of a team ($45), or watch runners as a spectator ($20). There’s also a Little Monster Dash for the wee ones ($10). Find more information here. Register for the run here.
Saturday, 8-10 a.m.
The Falls area at The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Pkway

Nature Walk: The Wildlife of Phil Hardberger Park

Learn about the wildlife that calls Phil Hardberger Park home, and explore the park while listening to Christine Westerman explain how the wildlife interacts with the local ecosystem. The walk is free, but you can register for it here.
Saturday, 8-10:30 a.m.
Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, 8400 NW Military Hwy.

Butterfly Identification Walking Workshop

Naturalist Jessica Leslie guides attendees through the Old Fashioned Garden and the Texas Native Trail, learning how to identify butterflies as well as the plants they use for food and reproduction. Members pay $9, while non-members pay $10. Register for the event here.
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.

13th Annual AccessAbility Fest

The 13th annual AccessAbility Fest, hosted by disABILITYsa, starts with the abilitySTRONG parade at 9 a.m., starting at Avenue E and East Houston Street. After the parade, the festivities continue at Market Square with live entertainment, activities, and food. Adopt a tree or create a sensory board at the festival. The festival aims to promote inclusivity and brings businesses and organizations to Market Square who want to share their services and programs for people living with disabilities. Find out more about the parade and festival here.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St.


Bring the kiddos to the San Antonio Botanical Garden to trick or treat, scavenger hunt, make a scarecrow, and watch performances by the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. BOOtanica guests also receive $2 off of garden admission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find ticket information here and event information here.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.
Included with admission, $0-$12


Dachshund races and costume contests. What could be better? Admission is only $3, and parking is free. Find more event information here.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Retama Park, 1 Retama Pkway, Selma, TX

IASA Diwali

Happy Diwali! The festival of lights falls on Sunday, Oct. 27 this year, and the India Association of San Antonio is celebrating with snacks, dinner, and programming at Our Lady of the Lake University on Saturday. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 3-9 p.m.
Thiry Auditorum, Our Lady of the Lake University, 411 SW 24th St.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure

The Majestic Theater is showing a live-action Peppa Pig performance for kids and parents to enjoy. In this show, Peppa gets ready to go camping with George, Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep, and Gerald Giraffe. Tickets start at $29.50. Find tickets to the show here.
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
$29.50 and up

Moonlight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Want to bounce the night away while in your Halloween costume? The San Antonio Botanical Garden is bringing inflatable party rentals and a haunted lake to its bounds for a spooky evening. Enjoy live music, tarot card readings, and games at the Garden of Good and Evil. There will also be food trucks and a cash bar. Must be 21 years and older to attend. Members pay $30, and non-members pay $35. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 6-10 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.

Garden Tea Party: Sugar, Spice, and Squashes

Relish the autumnal season at the San Antonio Botanical Garden with a tea party menu featuring fall produce. Members pay $31.50, and non-members pay $35 for tea party admission. Find tickets here.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.

Hot Wells Harvest Feast 2019

The Hot Wells Ruins have been stabilized, so celebrate at the seventh annual Harvest Feast on Sunday. This year, 35 chefs and mixologists bring their best cooking and drink-making to the event. Individual tickets are $75, couple tickets are $135, and VIP tickets cost $300 for an individual and $500 for two. Sponsorships are also available, starting at $500. Find tickets and sponsorship information here.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hot Wells Ruins, 5500 S. Presa St.

SAGE Community Block Party – HalloEast

San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) is shutting down the New Braunfels corridor from Dawson Street to Blue Bonnet Street for HalloEast. Partake in family-friendly activities such as browsing a pumpkin patch, entering giveaways and a costume contest, and eating free food.
Sunday, 3-6 p.m.
600 block of N. New Braunfels Ave.

Moscow Nights

The Russian String Orchestra, with Russian-American cellist Nina Kotova, performs at the San Fernando Cathedral as part of the Musical Evenings series presented by Musical Bridges Around the World. The event is free, and seating is first come, first served.
Sunday, 7-8 p.m.
San Fernando Cathedral, 115 N. Main Plaza

Goo Goo Dolls: The Miracle Pill Tour

Best known for their 1998 hit “Iris,” the rock band from Buffalo, New York, comes to San Antonio on Sunday. Tickets start at $39.50. Find tickets here.
Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
$39.50 and up

Pumpkin Patch at the Pearl Farmers Market

It’s almost Halloween, so your pumpkin enthusiasm window is growing smaller. Head to the Pearl for a pumpkin and some local shopping. You can also paint your pumpkin teal in support of the Teal Pumpkin Project, which promotes inclusiveness on Halloween – especially for kids with food allergies who may not be able to partake in all Halloween candy.
Saturday, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pearl Farmers Market, 312 Pearl Pkway

BOOtanica Plant Sale

Shop for native plants, succulents, grasses, and butterfly-friendly plants at the Botanical Garden’s BOOtanica sale. Buy 4-inch pots for $4, one-gallon pots for $8, and larger pots for $15 and up. You don’t need to buy botanical garden tickets to access the plant sale, but you need them to go into the garden.
Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.

Mala Luna Music Festival

The 2019 lineup for Mala Luna includes Miguel, Rick Ross, Summer Walker, Diplo, and Ms. Hot Girl Summer herself, Megan Thee Stallion. Single-day general admission tickets cost $89, while two-day GA passes cost $109. Only small clear bags will be allowed in the stadium, and no outside food or beverages, alcohol, or glass containers will be allowed. More frequently answered questions can be found here. Buy tickets here.
Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium, 5757 West U.S. Hwy. 90
$89 and up

Celebrity Fan Fest: Preview Con

Get autographs and photos with celebrities this weekend at Celebrity Fan Fest’s Preview Con. Single-day tickets cost $40 and $30 for Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and you get to say hi to actors such as Brendan Fraser and Zachary Levi. (Children pay $10 for each day.) And if you buy your June 2020 passes to Celebrity Fan Fest early, Preview Con admission is included. Find more information here. Find the schedule here.
Expo Hall at Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St.

Lebanese Food Festival

St. George Maronite Catholic Church is putting on the 12th annual Lebanese Food Festival, complete with performances by a Lebanese dance troupe, a live band, and of course, Lebanese food. Children younger than 12 pay $1 for admission, while adults pay $3. Find information here.
Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, 1-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
St. George Maronite Catholic Church, 6070 Babcock Rd.

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Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang covered local government for the San Antonio Report.