Y’all remember how October is always a busy month? It’s seriously no joke.
So let’s skip the small talk and get to filling in our calendars, shall we? I’m already double- and triple-booked!
Saturday, October 1
SAAMOM’s Children’s Clothing and Equipment Sale, 8:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Crown of Life Lutheran Church—Semi-annual sale of gently-used strollers, furniture, bedding, toys, books, children’s clothes, children’s shoes, maternity clothes, and more. Bring your reusable shopping bags. Cost is $1 at the door.
Kids Workshop: Fire Truck, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at area Home Depot stores—Join a hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a toy fire truck with real wheels so you can race it to the rescue. Once the toy truck is built, your child can decorate it with paint and vehicle stickers. Free.
BOOtanica—Let’s Get Batty, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Botanical Garden—Celebrate autumn at the Garden! Each week will focus on a different fall theme with fun, hands-on activities. Members enjoy this program for free. Free with general admission.
Boerne Book Festival, 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Patrick Heath Public Library—A celebration of books and storytelling with local authors. A rain date is scheduled for Saturday, October 8. Fun activities for children presented by Patrick Heath Public Library Children’s Corner. Free.
Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, 7:00–8:00 P.M. at AT&T Center—Members of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team will kick off the tour on September 15. The country wide tour runs through November 13 and will make stops across the United States. Tickets are $29 to $299.
Yanaguana Indian Arts Market, 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at the Briscoe Western Art Museum—Over 40 of the most respected Native American artists showcase and sell their handmade works of art including basketry, jewelry, carvings, beadwork, pottery, and more. Storytelling, dancing, musical performances, demonstrations—as well as Native American-inspired food—offer visitors a glimpse into tribal tradition and contemporary Native culture. Free.
Sunday, October 2
Family Day: Color Me Contemporary, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Museum of Art—Line, shape, and color collide in this captivating family day. Be inspired by the artists of today as you mix things up with paint, collage, and more. Free admission for all Pre-K 4 SA students and their families on this family day. Museum admission is free 10:00 A.M. to noon on Sundays. Otherwise, free with museum admission.
My Princess and Me 2016, 1:00 P.M. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—A magical event where daughters receive a professional hairstyle from top hairstylists in San Antonio, make-up application, a keepsake photo with Mom, and party in royal style—all while helping support the children of St. Peter–St. Joseph Children’s Home. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the event.
Monday, October 3
John Steptoe’s Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, 6:30 P.M. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel a half-day’s journey through a mystical jungle to be presented to the king. Along the way, the two girls encounter a number of extraordinary situations designed to test their kindness, compassion, and strength of spirit. Recommended for ages five through adult or grades K through six. Tickets are $9–$14.
72nd Annual Floresville Peanut Festival at Wilson County Courthouse and Jail—Goober Games kicks off on Tuesday with games and activities for all children. The carnival begins on Thursday. Friday afternoon starts with a Kiddie Parade for children and their friends to show off their floats and costumes, with the winners invited to participate in the Big Parade on Saturday. Tickets available for purchase for games, food, and beverage. Free admission to the grounds.
Thursday, October 6
Fall Homeschool Field Trip, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Divine Acres Farm—Lots of hands-on activities including a hayride, learning about and feeding barnyard friends, painting a mini pumpkin, learning all about the lifecycle of a pumpkin and how pollination plays a role, plus time to run and play on the playground, mazes, etc. Bring your own lunch or purchase one on site. All ages are welcome. Arrive between 9:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. Reservations only required for groups. Admission is $7 per person; children two and under are free.
Octonauts Live!: And the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure, 6:00 P.M. at the Majestic Theatre—For the first time ever, the Octonauts are bringing their live stage show to the U.S. The show features brand new and fan favorite songs from the entire crew of beloved underwater explorers, led by the intrepid Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii, and Medic Peso. Join them as they embark on an exciting new quest through an aquatic world full of adventure, interactive opportunity, and “must-sea” surprises from coast-to-coast. Tickets are $24.50–$39.50.
Friday, October 7
Starting Out Wild: Spiders!, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages one to three years. Learn all about spiders and spider webs. These high energy, engaging programs are a perfect way to foster an appreciation of the natural world. It is recommended that a child be walking. RSVP required. Visit fosana.org to reserve your spot. Suggested donation is $3 per person, or $6 per family. For more info, call 210-207-3782 or email [email protected]sanantonio.gov.
KLRN Screening: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween, 7:00–9:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—The Cat in the Hat will make photo appearances. Families are encouraged to wear child-friendly costumes and bring snacks and blankets. Free.
Saturday, October 8
Kids Club: Un-Nature Hike, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Herff Farm (Boerne)—Hike around the farm in search of things that don’t belong in nature and then take those items and make them into recycled art. Admission is $5 per family.
Chalk It Up, 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. along Houston Street—Contemporary arts festival that turns five downtown city blocks into a chalk canvas, showcasing local emerging artists and raising funds for art education. Everyone is encouraged to become an artist for a day and work on a collaborative, city-block-sized mural. Take part in hands-on activities like screen printing, button making, and chalk spirographs. Free.
Fun Family Art Day: Hispanic Heritage Celebration, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Inspire Community Fine Art Center—Join instructor Laura Rhodes Jimenez and the Inspire crew at this special event. There will be storytelling (both in English and Spanish) and make-and-take art activities inspired by the richness, beauty, and diversity of Latin American cultures, plus tasty treats and other wonderful surprises. Wear your favorite Latin American-inspired attire if you would like, and come have fun. Free.
STEAM Saturday Archaeology: Can You Dig It?, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Witte Museum—Experiment with archeaology at the Witte Museum during their annual celebration of Texas Archealogy Month. Excavate artifacts at a mock dig, find out how to make piant and create your own rock art like the ancient people of the Pecos region, and meet professional archaeologists. Your whole family will “dig” this exciting day of hands-on learning and discovery. Free with museum admission.
Opera in the Park, 5:00–8:00 P.M. at Travis Park—Presented by Alamo City Opera. Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy a unique afternoon in the park. Support local performing arts by spreading the word and bringing your family for a memorable day downtown. Free.
Sunday, October 9
Tellebrations!, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures—Spooky tales with storyteller Carolina Quiroga-Stultz. Come with your family to hear and experience eerie tales of Texas ghosts, unsolved mysteries from Texas and Latin America, and spooky (but not too scary) stories for the younger ones. Admission is free every second Sunday of the month. Free.
Tuesday, October 11
Brackenridge by Train, 5:30 P.M at the Train Depot–And you thought a train ride through Brackenridge Park couldn’t get any better! We’ll be making stops to hit piñatas, fly kites and more. Registration is recommended as seating is limited. RSVP to [email protected].
Wednesday, October 12
Growing Up Wild: Who Lives in a Tree?, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages 3–7 years. Learn about the animals that live in trees. Growing Up Wild builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. RSVP required; visit fosana.org to reserve your spot. Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family. For more information, please call 210-207-3782 or email [email protected]
Thursday, October 13
Storytelling II & Leave No Trace, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East—Students practice storytelling skills in front of an audience as they tell their nature stories to their classmates. They will also be treated to a presentation by the Leave No Trace Partners from Denver, Colorado and will participate in activities using Leave No Trace practices. This class is part of the Middle School Fall Explorer series of classes for students 10–14 years old. Class size is limited and registration is required. Suggested donation is $3 per person or $5 per family.
Friday, October 14
Free Outdoor Film Screening & Fair: The National Parks of Texas, 5:00–9:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza–Presented by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office in partnership with the National Parks Conservation Association and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. The fair will include an evening of interactive activities, short-film clips and will conclude with the documentary, National Parks of Texas: In Contact with Beauty. Venue open at 5:00 P.M. and the movie begins at dusk around 7:30 P.M. Bring your own blanket, picnic and lawn seating option. Free popcorn wil be provided by City Base Cinema. Free.
Saturday, October 15
BOOtanica—Monarch Madness, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Celebrate autumn at the Garden. Each week will focus on a different fall theme with fun, hands-on activities. Free with general admission.
Monarch Migration, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Voelcker Homestead (Phil Hardberger Park East)—Drake White, Master Naturalist, provides an outdoor program with a tour of the Butterfly Learning Center created by Alamo Area Master Naturalists. A kid-friendly activity is included. Free and no registration required. A donation to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.
FARM: Fall Family Festival, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Herff Farm (Boerne)—Presented by the Upper Cibolo Creek Watershed Partnership. This event will include pumpkin painting, hay bale maze, water activities, crafts and more. Free.
Guadalupe River State Park Star Party, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Guadalupe River State Park—Join members of the San Antonio Astronomical Association and Park staff for a night of stargazing. Check out the moon and other celestial wonders following a presentation at the amphitheater, located behind the Discovery Center. Please be aware that the program will be cancelled in the event of bad weather. This program is free with a Park Pass or $7 daily pass (children ages 12 and under are free).
Free Outdoor Movie: Zootopia, 8:00–10:30 P.M. at Yanaguana Garden (Hemisfair)—Your community movie theater with free screenings of contemporary hits and classic throwbacks, brought to you by neighborhood businesses. Food, drink and music starting at 7:30 P.M., show time starts at 8:30 P.M. Come early and stake out your spot!
Sunday, October 16
10th Annual AccessAbility Fest, 11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Historic Market Square–Join with over a hundred partner organizations and businesses for this event, a gateway to resources, opportunities and independence. Brought to you by Reaching Maximum Independence, Inc., Wave Health Care and Valero Energy Foundation. Supported by Deaf Interpreter Services, Exceptional Kids, A Resource for the Special Needs Community, Professional Contract Services, Inc., Romo Medical Equipment, University Children’s Health and San Rafael Healthcare, Inc. Free.
Japan Fest (Aki Matsuri), 11:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at Japanese Tea Garden—The purpose of the event is to celebrate Japanese culture and to help San Antonio’s sister city, Kumamoto, recover from major earthquake damage earlier this year. Japan Fest features fun, food, and entertainment. See Japanese entertainers, find games for younger visitors, and enjoy the fantasy world of cosplay. In addition, food booths will offer delicacies from Asia, and vendors will have a wide variety of unusual goods. Admission is $3 for adults and free for kids.
Family Art Play: Tales from Ancient Lands, 3:00–4:00 P.M. at the McNay Art Museum—Join storyteller Mary Grace Ketner for exciting and exotic tales, including Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves and Scheherazade, in the exhibition Orientalism: The Middle East Onstage. All ages are welcome to attend. Free with museum admission; children and teens ages 0-19 are free.
Friday, October 21
Starting Out Wild: Spiders!, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Learn all about spiders and spider webs. These high energy, engaging programs are a perfect way to foster an appreciation of the natural world. RSVP required. Visit fosana.org to reserve your spot. Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family. For more information, please call 210-207-3782 or email [email protected]
Toddler Art Play: Spooktacular!, 10:30–11:30 A.M. at McNay Art Museum—Drop in for a mini-museum-visit-meets-creative-playtime for children under five. Dress in costume or wear paint clothes for a messy, fun time at the museum. Weather permitting, program will be outdoors. Free for members, $10 for non-members.
Saturday, October 22
Teddy Bear Clinic, 9:00–11:30 A.M. at University Health System—Join Alamo City Moms Blog and University Health System for a tour of the new Children’s Emergency Department and light snacks. Teddies, dolls, and other stuffed lovies are welcome in the Teddy Bear Clinic where they will be diagnosed and treated just like a pediatric patient utilizing the new Children’s Emergency Department. Plus, each child will receive a new teddy bear! Tickets are available HERE.
Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at the Historic Pearl—During peak monarch butterfly migration week, celebrate San Antonio’s unique place in the storied monarch butterfly migration—right in the middle of the flyway. Education and fun provided by Green Spaces Alliance, Trinity University, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Zoo, and TBG Partners. Free.
BOOtanica—Scarecrows & Critters, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Botanical Garden—Celebrate autumn at the Garden. Each week will focus on a different fall theme with fun, hands-on activities. Free with general admission.
Bracken Cave Bats! Bats! Bats!, 1:00–2:30 P.M. at Cody Branch Library—Join us as Fran Hutchins, Director of Bracken Caves, shows us the mysterious and wonderful world of the Mexican free-tailed bat. Free.
Haunted Swim, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Natatorium—A dance, swimming with ghouls, a Halloween costume contest, a Scary Tale Circle, Pumpkin Patch Pics, a Haunted House, a Kids Haunted Maze, and Terrifying Tube races are among the free ghoulish activities planned for youngsters ages 12 and under. Swimming is on tap too, but swimwear is a must. Little ghouls may wear their swimsuits or bring them along to change into when they’re ready for a dip. Free.
Halloween Spooktacular: Pirates!, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at Laurie Auditorium—Yarrr! The San Antonio Symphony takes a daring voyage into pirate territory for this annual family favorite. Don an eye-patch and bring your swashbuckling friends to participate in the Spooktacular Costume Contest: “treasure” and other booty to be awarded onstage during the concert. All manner of witches, ghosts, goblins, and superheroes are welcome to participate, too. Program to include Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance and music from the award-winning movie series Pirates of the Caribbean. Tickets are $7 for children and $10 for adults.
Free Outdoor Movie: Beetlejuice & HalloVista2016, 5:00–9:00 P.M. at Northwest Vista College—Food trucks, bounce houses for kids, and haunted houses both for adults and kids. Come dressed in your Halloween costume to participate in a costume contest. Movie will show at sundown about 7:00 P.M. Bring your lawn chairs. Free.
Monsters, Inc., 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Sunken Garden Theatre—Gates open at 6 P.M. and the movie begins at sunset. Enjoy a costume contest and free outdoor movie screening in the historic Sunken Garden Theatre along with a short film on the amazing history of Brackenridge Park. Food trucks will be on hand for an easy dinner. This is an alcohol-free event. Free.
Sunday, October 23
15th Annual Festival of Puerto Rico, 12:00–6:00 P.M. at San Antonio Shrine Auditorium—Experience traditional aspects of Puerto Rican culture including cuisine, arts and crafts, and energy-packed music with continuous performances. Explore the kids’ zone with Puerto Rican children’s games, storytelling, and hands-on arts and crafts. Food and instrument demonstrations with ensembles of folklore music, salsa bands, a special dance program, and even a friendly dance competition. Tickets are $5 for children ages 4–11 and $12 for adults if purchased in advance.
Tween Yoga, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Half Moon Power Yoga—Join AMCB’s Michelle for an engaging class for tweens (9-12) exploring yoga poses, yoga games, breathing, and relaxation exercises. No previous experience needed. $15 per tween.
Wednesday, October 26
Growing Up Wild: Who Lives in a Tree?, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—For ages 3–7 years. Learn about the animals that live in trees. Growing Up Wild builds children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. RSVP required. Visit fosana.org to reserve your spot. Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family. For more information, please call 210-207-3782 or email [email protected]
Friday, October 28
Little Pumpkins Palooza, 5:00–8:00 P.M. at Guadalupe Community Center—Plenty of fun for the whole family: music, activity booths, pumpkins, costume closet, haunted house, and trick-or-treat safety. Catholic Charities is accepting donations of new or used costumes and/or Halloween decorations through October 21; costumes will be made available for families in need at this event. Drop off locations are at the Guadalupe Community Center, 1801 West Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and Catholic Charities at 202 West French Place. Free.
Family Flicks: Tales of the Night, 5:00–10:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Museum of Art—From renowned animator and storyteller Michel Ocelot comes a dazzling and magical new film that is certain to delight children, families, and animation fans of all ages. Mummies and Monsters tours at 5:15 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. inside the museum, and art-making activities from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Film and art-making activities are free. Tours are free with museum admission (free admission for children 12 and under).
Image from Mitchell Lake Audubon Center website
Saturday, October 29
Brackenridge Nature Bike Tour, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Breckenridge Park–Meet at Joske Pavilion. Bring your kids and their bikes for a guided bike tour to explore Brackenridge Park. Learn about controlling invasive plant species and identify ways to improve park flow both internally and externally. Ages 4+. Free.
Hocus Pocus 5K & Trick-or-Treat Trot, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Valero Energy—Costume contest with cool prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners. Included with your registration is your custom tee and everyone who attends packet pickup receives a custom Trick-or-Treat bag. Race benefits the Animal Defense League of Texas. Registration for 1K Trick or Treat Trot, $20; 5K Registration $35; 5K Walk-ins: $40 (no shirt guarantee after Oct. 24). Online registration closes Oct. 28 at 4 P.M.
Hoot & Harvest Festival, 9:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center—Community festival celebrating nature during the harvest season. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume and participate in trick or treating. This year’s attractions include live birds and other animals; pumpkin maze; hay bale bowling; pumpkin decorating; nature scavenger hunts; bird, butterfly, and native plant walks; native plant sale; and various workshops. Free.
HallowSeum, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at The DoSeum—We’re putting the boo in bippity boppity boo with a magical day of bewitchment. Whether wandering through our enchanted hedge maze, marveling at magical fairy dancers, or finding the treat in our magician’s tricks, you’re sure to have a spellbinding Halloween at The DoSeum! Spooky activities include fairy dancing, fantasy actors, fairy village making, and face painting. Tickets are $5.00 for members and $17.00 for non-members.
BOOtanica: Día de los Muertos, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at the San Antonio Botanical Garden—Celebrate autumn at the Garden. Each week will focus on a different fall theme with fun, hands-on activities. Free with general admission.
Día de los Muertos Festival, 5:00–10:00 P.M. at New Braunfels Farmers Market—This fun-packed festival will have cultural food, arts and crafts, shopping, live music and entertainment, as well as educational information on the history of the day. This event is hosted by the Hispanic Business Alliance, a part of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. Free.
Free Outdoor Movie: Willy Wonka, 6:00 P.M. at Dellview Park–Sponsored by City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño, District 1 and the Dellview Neighborhood Association. Free.
Free Outdoor Movie: Nightmare Before Christmas, 6:30–10:30 P.M. at Nani Falcone Park—Presented by District 7 as part of its annual fall festival. Free.
Día de los Muertos at La Villita Historic Arts Village—Traditional art and culture with the best in live music entertainment to create a two-day destination event for the City of San Antonio to celebrate the Day of the Dead. The event hosts a variety of activities over the weekend celebration including the largest open altar exhibition in the city plus dance, drum and puppet procession, live poetry, and more. Free.
Sunday, October 30
Halloween Spook-tacular, 10:0 A.M.–7:00 P.M. at Kiddie Park—Unlimited ride bands will be only $7 for all kids in costume. Ages 3 and under contest will start at 1 P.M. and the ages 4-12 contest will start at 2:30 P.M. The top 3 finalists in each age category will be entered into a drawing to win a KP Original Party Package. All finalists win two free unlimited ride bands and all participants will receive fun KP prizes, just for entering. Trick-or-treating at the rides will begin at 4 P.M. and last until we run out of candy. Don’t forget your candy bags.
Family Film: The Princess Bride, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at the McNay Art Museum—Share this classic film with your family at a special Halloween screening with treats for kids of all ages. Costumes welcome.
September 30–October 30
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Playhouse—Disney’s beloved classic grandly opens the 2016-2017 season. Watch as Belle turns the heart of a cruel and selfish beast of a prince, capturing his enchanted household with her kindness and returning them to their human form through her love. Tickets are $10-$40.
September 30-November 6
Duck for President at the Magik Theatre—The animals from Click, Clack, Moo are back. This time, Duck decides to run for office to avoid working on the farm, but being in charge isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. Based on the book by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Adapted by James E. Grote, with music and lyrics by George Howe. Sensory-friendly performance 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 15—click here for tickets. Tickets are $12-$15.