Artsy shindigs? Check. Badass music? Check. Free-flowing booze? Check. This fall, San Antonio plays host to an eclectic bounty befitting culture seekers of all stripes. In true San Antonio fashion, Día de los Muertos holds nearly as much weight as Halloween, with heartfelt and artistically designed altars often packing a more memorable punch than the predictable ghosts and goblins that haunt the season. Far from a comprehensive list of all fall has to offer in San Antonio, our roundup comprises 30 upcoming events and happenings worth plugging into your calendar.
‘Stage Frights: Madness, Monsters, Mayhem,’ September 26-December 31
Drawn from the McNay’s Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, “Stage Frights” showcases dramatic set and costume designs from productions of works by Shakespeare, Stravinsky and others. $5-$20, 10am-9pm Thu, 10am-4pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, 10am-4pm Tue-Wed, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org.
Destination: Kyoto, September 28
Inspired by SAMA’s Asian collection and the art of Kyoto, Japan, this glitzy gala featuring food, sake and dancing supports the museum’s operations. $200 (tables and sponsorships available), 7-11pm Fri, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.
Nas, September 29
The Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist from New York performs at the Tobin with support from rappers Wale and Nick Grant. $34.50-$54.50, 8pm Fri, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.
Wilco, October 2
Art rock act Wilco performs at the Tobin on their Southern U.S. tour in support of their 10th studio album Schmilco. California folk singer/songwriter Margaret Glaspy opens. $36.50-$89.50, 7:30pm Mon, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.
La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas, October 5
This film screening profiles the “controversial Mexican folk saint who personifies death” through conversations with scholars, followers and members of the clergy. A panel discussion follows the film. Free, 7pm Thu, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org.
Dracula, October 6-15
Greg Hinojosa directs Vic Trevino (as Dracula) in Killer Productions’ play based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror novel following the Prince of Darkness’ reign of terror. $15-$20, 8-10pm Fri-Sat, 3-5pm Sun, Woodlawn Pointe, 702 Donaldson Ave., (210) 480-5786, kp-dracula.brownpapertickets.com.
Worth Repeating, October 10
Held in conjunction with SAMA’s exhibition “The Latino List,” the “Because How I Am” edition of Texas Public Radio’s live storytelling series explores identity, how we define it, and the individual journeys it carves. $7-$10, 7pm Tue, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.
The Beach Boys, October 11
Known for their California surfer anthems and enduring influence on music for over half a century, the Beach Boys return to the Alamo City with a lineup led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. $45-$75, 7:30pm, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.
San Antonio Fashion Awards, October 12
Celebrating and uplifting San Antonio’s fashion community, Style Lush TV’s annual awards ceremony honors standouts in categories ranging from Model of the Year and Makeup Innovator of the Year to Best Womenswear Designer and Streetwear Designer/Brand of the Year. $75-$150, 6pm Thu, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.
Forbidden Broadway, October 12-14
Billed as a “funny musical roast of Broadway,” this award-winning show penned by Gerard Alessandrini pokes fun at Les Misérables, The Book of Mormon, Wicked and many more. $33.57-$39.50, 7:30pm Thu, 8pm Fri, 2pm & 8pm Sat, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.
‘Tales from the Creative Crypt,’ October 13
Aptly taking place on Friday the 13th, Karen and Eddy Rios’ Tales from the Crypt-themed Creative Creatures event promises local art, live tattoos, food and live music by Los Tejanos Muertos. $5, 7pm-midnight Fri, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, facebook.com/creativecreaturessatx.
Giselle, October 13
Ballet San Antonio stages a production of the classic 19th-century romantic ballet that tells a tale of unrequited love, betrayal and forgiveness. $24.50-$129, 7:30pm Fri, 2pm & 7:30pm Sat, 2pm Sun, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.
Little Shop of Horrors, October 13-November 5
Tim Hedgepeth directs the Woodlawn’s production of the cultish Off-Broadway
musical about a carnivorous plant that promises fortune to its caretaker in exchange for blood. $18-$29, 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 267-8388, woodlawntheatre.org.
Una Noche en La Gloria, October 14
Highlighted by an alternative fashion show that plays out on a catwalk erected in the middle of Guadalupe Street, the Contemporary Art and Literature Organization’s fall favorite takes shape in an artsy, inclusive, multimedia block party aimed at connecting artists and creative entrepreneurs. Free, 4-11:30pm Sat, corner of Brazos and Guadalupe streets, (210) 823-6382, lagloriaarts.org.
Whisky & Liquor Festival, October 14
Uniting local chefs and distillers from around the world, this one-day festival brings together 500-plus spirits, food to pair and casino games, with proceeds benefiting the Rey Feo Scholarship Foundation and Hispanic Community Education Fund. $80-$150, 7-11pm Sat, Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St., (210) 646-9992, facebook.com/liquorfestival.
Día de los Muertos Altar Exhibition, October 20-November 11
Galeria Guadalupe’s annual altar exhibit offers a space for individuals, groups and artists to present their own unique altars honoring those who have passed. Free, 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, Galería Guadalupe, 723 S. Brazos St., (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org.
San Antonio Beer Festival October 21
Now in its 12th year, the San Antonio Current
’s signature fall festival boasts more than 450 beers to sample from over 150 worldwide breweries. Guests (21 and up only) can sip brews in the park while enjoying live music, games, a wine garden and more. $35-$75, 1:30-6:30pm Sat, Dignowity and Lockwood Parks, 701 Nolan St., (210) 227-0044, sanantoniobeerfestival.com.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary, October 23
Known best for his portrayal of all-American square Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, actor Barry Bostwick visits San Antonio to host a screening of the 1975 cult classic complete with a costume contest, behind-the-scenes stories and a Q&A with the audience. $29.50-$39.50, 7:30pm Mon, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.
‘Mujer Power,’ October 27
Preceding a screening of the Gregory Nava’s 1997 biopic Selena, SAMA hosts a gallery talk celebrating influential Latina women featured in “The Latino List,” an exhibition of photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. $8-$15, 6:30pm Fri, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.
Rockula Horror Expo, October 27-29
This three-day expo celebrates all things rock and horror with celebrity guests including The Addams Family stars Lisa Loring (Wednesday Addams), Felix Silla (Cousin Itt) and Carel Struycken (Lurch). $5-$50, 5-11pm Fri, 11am-7pm Sat, 11am-6pm Sun, Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel, 111 E. Pecan St., (210) 354-2800, rockulahorrorexpo.com.
Alamo City Comic Con: Halloween Edition, October 27-29
In addition to celebrity guests like Chris Sarandon (voice of Jack Skellington) and Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Alamo City Comic Con’s Halloween edition features special effects makeup courses, “Houdini-style magicians,” a tattoo expo and interactive events — including a Miss “GOREgeous” Halloween Queen Pageant. $5-$250, 5-9pm Fri, 11am-9pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun, Alamodome, 100 Montana St., (210) 207-3663, alamocitycomiccon.com.
Constellations, October 27-November 19
SA2020 President and CEO Molly Cox directs Nick Payne’s romantic exploration of space, time and multiple universes. $20-$35, 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, The Playhouse, 800 W. Ashby Pl., (210) 733-7258, theplayhousesa.org.
Día de Los Muertos Celebration, October 28
Celebrate the lives of lost loved ones with a peace and remembrance procession, arts and crafts, community altars and performances. Free, noon-6pm Sat, Galería Guadalupe, 723 S. Brazos St., (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org.
Muertos Fest, October 28-29
A seasonal favorite, Muertos Fest lights up La Villita with an eclectic lineup of live music, artisan vendors, art-making activities, a drum and puppet procession, and a juried exhibition of Día de los Muertos altars honoring late family members and pop culture icons alike. Free, 10am-11pm Sat, noon-10pm Sun, La Villita, 418 La Villita St., (210) 207-8614, muertosfest.com.
Mala Luna Music Festival, October 28-29
Benefitting the Network for Young Artists, Mala Luna’s second edition moves from the Lone Star Brewery to Nelson Wolff Stadium for a weekend packed with hip-hop and electronic acts spanning from Future and Lil Wayne to Afrojack and Borgore. $109-$399, doors at noon Sat-Sun, Nelson Wolff Stadium, 5757 Hwy. 90 W., malalunamusicfestival.com.
‘Altares y Ofrendas’, November 2-10
Billed as San Antonio’s oldest and largest Día de los Muertos celebration, Centro Cultural Aztlan’s annual offering upholds the hallmarks of the pre-Columbian tradition while opening the gallery space up to a wide array of community artists honoring the dearly departed with altars incorporating keepsakes, ephemera and favored snacks and drinks. $3 suggested admission, 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103, (210) 432-1896, centroaztlan.org.
Steven Tyler, November 4
The iconic Aerosmith frontman performs old-school hits and solo material with support from the the Loving Mary Band and proceeds benefiting the Tobin Center’s Generation NEXT Education Initiative. $100-$1,000, 8pm Fri, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.
Flamenco Legends, November 10
Arts San Antonio imports the Madrid-based Paco de Lucía Project, a reassembled band that previously toured with flamenco guitarist Javier Limón. $29-$99, 7:30pm Fri, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.
Eddie at 80, November 18
Known for fusing jazzy elements with his Puerto Rican roots, 80-year-old pianist, composer, arranger and Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri brings his Latin Jazz Septet to Trinity courtesy of the nonprofit Arts San Antonio. $29-$99, 7:30pm, Trinity University, Laurie Auditorium, One Trinity Place, (210) 226-2891, artssa.org.
Peace Market/Mercado de Paz, November 24-26
A socially conscious alternative to the big-box madness of Black Friday, the Esperanza’s 28th annual Peace Market welcomes local, regional and international vendors, artisans and artists displaying and selling an eclectic array of handcrafted wares (“rugs, pottery, textiles, hand-embroidered clothing, paintings, sculptures y más”). Free, 10am-6pm Fri-Sat, noon-6pm Sun, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave., (210) 228-0201, esperanzacenter.org.