October Festival Listing

Oktoberfest San Antonio, usually 2 weekends in October. Head over to the Beethoven Halle & Garten to celebrate the ultimate German festival! Much of San Antonio’s culture was developed by prosperous German immigrants, especially in the King William historic neighborhood. Music, food and dancing plus specialties like bratwurst, reubens, and (of course) beer will be available to help put you in the spirit! They’ll make you feel right at home. Suggested donation is $5 at the gate. www.beethovenmaennerchor.com.

Fall Arts & Crafts Show, usually the second weekend in October. Located along the River Walk Extension near the Chamber of Commerce, this Arts & Crafts Show displays some of the most unique hand made merchandise available anywhere. Whether it's jewelry, pottery or fine art you are interested in, you can catch up on your holiday shopping. Enjoy a stroll along the picturesque River Walk in fine fall weather, stop to talk to our vendors who are anxious to share information about their craft, and take home an item that will enhance your home, wardrobe or garden.

International Accordion Festival, www.internationalaccordionfestival.org. Held annually each October in La Villita, the IAF features performances, workshops, open mic sessions, and accordion jams. You can enjoy everything from Panamanian pindin to Parisian musette, from Balkan to Basque, from Czech polka to Creole zydeco, from Americana to Acadiana and more over three stages for two days. Dancing and fun for the whole family. Free admission all day.

Greek FUNstival, annually in October. www.stsophia.tx.goarch.org. A 3 day Greek cultural experience with music, dance, wine, and food. Greek gift items are also available in our "Plaka" (town square).  You won't want to miss taking a tour of a historic St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church (1926) and see an impressive display of religious icons depicting the Greek Orthodox faith.  When it is time to relax, enjoy a cup of authentic Greek coffee with a delectable Greek pastry.

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures El Dia de los Muertos, Oct 30th – Nov 2nd annually, www.texancultures.com . More than 500yrs ago, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. Even today, people still don skull masks called calacas and dance in honor of their deceased relatives. Skulls are also placed on altars that are dedicated to the dead. Sugar skulls are eaten by a relative or friend. Unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of life, the Aztec natives viewed it as the continuation of life. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. To them, life was a dream and only in death did they become truly awake. In San Antonio, this millenniums old tradition is still celebrated. Altars dot our homes and businesses, while celebrations occur where all participants enjoy memories of the beloved who have passed over. Special breads and cakes are shared. ITC shares this with a party for children. Call for more info (210)458-2330.

Los Altares del Mercado, starting mid-month Oct & extending through Nov 2. www.marketsquareSA.com.  Local high schools place altars or ofrendas throughout the Mercado to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos. Features a procession with costumed dancers Nov 2 at 1pm. 514 W Commerce, (210)207-8605. Free.

BOOtanica!, usually the Saturday before Hallowe’en. The annual BOOtanica! Fall Festival at the San Antonio Botanical Garden brings families together to celebrate the traditions of Halloween and the excitement of fall gardening. Booths of fun plus the Botanical Society volunteers will host a Plant Sale. Located at 555 Funston i/s with N New Braunfels Ave, and details at www.sabot.org.

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