One of the greatest benefits of living in San Antonio is the variety of “things” to see and do. This weekend is no exception as there are a variety of different Fall-specific events happening in and around the city. No need to research, ten of the best fun things to do in San Antonio this weekend are already described below. Hopefully this list will make researching for this weekend’s Friday celebration, date night, or family outing a little more simple.
1. Take a Short Trip to the Gruene Music and Wine Fest
Looking to make a quick weekend getaway? Gruene, Texas is a San Antonio favorite for a quick change of scenery. The town itself maintains the quaintness and charm of the settlement that emerged in the 1800s. Gruene has developed into a local favorite because of its small town atmosphere, fabulous bed and breakfasts, well-known restaurants, and proximity to the Guadalupe River. The Gruene Music and Wine Fest began in 1987 as a fundraiser for United Way. Over the years the event has greatly expanded and become a four-day can’t miss festival featuring marquee musicians and countless wine tastings. Don’t miss out on the fun; after all it only happens once a year!
When: Friday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Saturday from 12pm to 9pm, Sunday from 1pm to 10pm.
Where: 1601 Hunter Rd. in Gruene Historic District, New Braunfels, TX 78130
2. Get Lost in the South Texas Maize
Nothing feels more like fall than getting lost in a corn maze. Whether you’re an adult looking for the perfect date to make you feel young again or a parent hoping to expose kids to fall traditions, you can’t go wrong with this autumn classic.
Over the years the South Texas Maize in Hondo has added a variety of additional attractions, including jumping pillows, a pumpkin patch, a mountain slide, and hay rides. No matter your age, a trip to the South Texas Maize is sure to be worth the trip.
When: Friday from 5pm to 9pm, Saturday from 10am to 9pm, Sunday from noon to 5pm.
Where: 911 Old Hwy 90, Hondo, TX 78861
3. Experience Texas Friday Night Lights
For most Texans, the end of summer evokes memories of busy Friday nights revolving around football games. San Antonio high school teams consistently compete for state championships and there are plenty of great match ups to watch this weekend! Check out the listings in the paper to see when your local team plays and enjoy a great night experiencing one of Texas’ greatest traditions. If college sports are more your style, San Antonio has options for you as well. Thanks to the UTSA Roadrunners, San Antonio now has its very own Division I football team. To sweeten the deal, the Roadrunners play home games in the iconic Alamodome, located just steps away from the San Antonio Riverwalk. This weekend UTSA returns to face the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in what should be a great game. With so many choices there are few reasons not to cheer on the boys of fall somewhere in the San Antonio area.
When: Various times Friday and Saturday. UTSA vs. Louisiana Tech Saturday at 6pm
Where: Various Locations. UTSA- Alamodome, 100 Montana St, San Antonio, TX 78203
4. Watch a Street Transform at Artpace’s Chalk it Up
This weekend Artpace Chalk It Up will transform entire city blocks of San Antonio into an outdoor art gallery, easily viewable and understood by spectators of all sizes. Primarily using street chalk, Local San Antonio artists will take to the streets and use the pavement as a canvas to create incredible murals. But the event will feature far more than just chalk. Houston Street will play host to food trucks, live music, other performances, and a photo booth as part of the family-friendly event. The murals are sure to be a spectacle and given the unique canvas, make sure to get a selfie while you still can!
When: Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Where: Downtown Houston Street, between North Flores and Jefferson.
5. Enjoy a Classic with Ballet San Antonio’s Swan Lake
Considering Swan Lake’s run as the most famous ballet of all time, it is hard to believe that this weekend marks the show’s San Antonio debut. However, San Antonio residents can take consolation in the fact that the show will debut this weekend in the state of the art Tobin Center. The ballet is sure to impress as the San Antonio Symphony provides live music accompaniment. Young or old, the time is always right to take in a cultural classic like Swan Lake.
When: Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm.
Where: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205
6. See Pat Green at the Historic Gruene Hall
The soundtrack to a generation of Texans, Pat Green will once again take his place on the stage of Gruene Hall this Saturday. While the concert coincides with the Gruene Music and Wine fest, it is still set to be a fantastic performance in its own right. For those who want to experience Gruene but don’t have an entire day to set aside for wine tastings, this event is a great compromise!
Gruene Hall itself contains a tremendous amount of history. A number of famous musicians made names for themselves on the Gruene Hall stage, including San Antonio’s own George Straight. Throw on some boots, and head on out to Gruene Hall for a true Texas Hill Country experience.
When: Friday at 9pm.
Where: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130
7. See Real Bodies Revealed at Witte Museum
Have you ever wondered what happens to bodies donated to science? Not for the faint of heart, Bodies Revealed is a true to life anatomical experience. The exhibit is made up of real human bodies and body parts put on display so the public can learn what the human body truly looks like. Whether you’re hoping to learn more about the science behind your body, or looking to add an educational element to the beginning of the Halloween season, this exhibit is sure to impress.
When: All weekend. Museum Hours on Friday and Saturday are from 10am to 5pm, Sunday from noon to 5pm.
Where: 3801 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
8. Encounter Thrills at Fright Fest and Howl-O-Scream
While it is not quite Halloween yet, San Antonio’s local theme parks prove it’s never too early to celebrate. Both Sea World and Six Flags Fiesta Texas are open this weekend as part of their Halloween festivities. Each park puts it’s own spin on Halloween decorations and events. Fiesta Texas offers a variety of haunted houses, rides, and shows. Similarly, Sea World offers haunted houses, rides, a Halloween themed Shamu show, and themed bars. You can’t go wrong with either choice, as both offer tremendous rides and shows. Now that the weather is cool and lines are short, it’s the perfect time to spend a day at one of the most popular San Antonio attractions.
When: Six Flags opens Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10pm. Sea World opens Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 11pm with scares beginning after 7pm.
Where: Six Flags Fiesta Texas, 17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257
Sea World San Antonio, 10500 Sea World Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251
9. Visit the Majestic for The Screwtape Letters
The Majestic Theatre remains one of San Antonio’s most elegant escapes after nearly 90 years in operation. The Majestic is a National Historic Landmark and a must-see for fans of theatre. This weekend, C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters graces the Majestic stage.
An adaption of one of C.S. Lewis’ most well-known works, The Screwtape Letters has become a highly successful stage play. The show comes to San Antonio this weekend for performances that are already nearly sold out. It’s sure to be a tremendous and thought-provoking performance, with the added bonus of experiencing one of the greatest architectural treasures in the Texas Hill Country.
When: Saturday at 5pm and 8pm.
Where: Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston St. San Antonio, TX 78205
10. Spend a Day on the Farm
San Antonio is known for the Alamo and the San Antonio Riverwalk, but most visitors don’t realize just how close the city is to the country. Within twenty minutes of downtown you can feel as if you’re in the middle of the Texas prairie. Quite frankly, you are. Devine Acres Farms offers a taste of the country life combined with a celebration of fall at their Fall Countryfest. The Countryfest includes a number of traditional fall activities like scarecrow dressin’, horseshoes, pumpkin painting, and sack races. If you’re looking for a Saturday of simple fun in wide-open spaces, Fall Countryfest is the place for you!
When: Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Sunday from noon to 5pm.
Where: Devine Acres Farms, 944 FM 2200, Devine, TX 78016