For the second year now, Southtown The Arts District (STAD), an organization that fosters community engagement and creativity in the C ollins Garden, King William, Lavaca, Lone Star and Roosevelt neighborhoods, will present a sprawling arts festival of its own. The festival, designed to encourage walking/biking to galleries and other venues within its five-mile radius, was born, according to organizer Yvette Benavides, from a desire to “share with our city who and what makes Southtown tick.”
After a successful first run that saw participation from 34 STAD members and brought together more than 2,000 art lovers, this year’s festival, which boasts a new partnership with Luminaria, is poised to be even better.
With more than 25 unique events, STAD Festival will augment Luminaria’s offerings, making for one fantastic weekend of arts and exploration. During the day on Saturday (11am-4pm), STAD Festival will present special Luminaria programming alongside its own separate events. Luminaria happenings during this timeframe include Artist Brunches ($35, 11am-12:30pm Sat, Nov. 11), a slew of workshops and readings, and a CD sales/signing session with Luminaria-featured musical acts including Castro, Peterson/Hayes Duo, AMEA, Tatsuya Nakatani, Filthy, Daisy & Buck, Henry Brun and King Pelican.
When asked about how she hopes to see the multi-site festival develop, Benavides expressed hopes that more San Antonians will be drawn to the area and that, eventually, every artist and arts organization in Southtown will participate in it. “Imagine,” she mused, “all the artists and creatives in the community hosting workshops, studio tours, brunches…”
While we imagine all STAD Festival could become, it’s important to support it now for what it is — an excellent opportunity to fill your Saturday with inspiration, exercise, and an intimate view of some of the most culturally vibrant neighborhoods in town.
Free unless otherwise noted, 11 am-10 pm, Saturday, November 11, Collins Garden, King William, Lavaca, Lone Star and Roosevelt neighborhoods, sastad.com.