25 Festivals In and Around San Antonio to Check Out This Fall 

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Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of fun activities to take part in. We gathered the best things to do and sights to do right in your backyard this fall.
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Sept. 22-23, San Antonio Burlesque Festival
100 Crossroads Blvd., Balcones Heights, sanantonioburlesquefest.com
Any burlesque fan - just anybody that can appreciate good quality entertainment - will be sad to miss this year’s burlesque showcase. Featuring stars like Jasper St. James, Foxxy Blue Orchid, Ginger Snaps, Lucy Lips and more, the two-night show will let you feast your eyes on plenty of talent.
Photo via Instagram, elledujourburlesque
Sept. 22-24, Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival
Multiple locations, Downtown Bryan, texasredsfestival.com
Food and wine fests are great, but even better when that food is steak. You can’t miss this fest full of two of the best delicacies Texas has to offer.
Photo via Facebook, Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, BalloonaPalooza Tour
12210 Leslie Rd., Helotes, balloonapaloozatourllc.com
Enjoy the day with food vendors, musical acts and BLANK, all while watching hot air balloons take their place in the Texas sky. You can even go up for a private balloon ride for the low price of $300.
Photo via Instagram, balloonapaloozatour
Oct. 5-8, Gruene Music and Wine Fest
Gruene Historic District, New Braunfels, (830) 629-5077, gruenemusicandwinefest.org
Where else can you sip on wine and dance around to live music in public without judgment? This classy affair is the perfect opportunity to have fun and get a little bit of culture in.
Photo via Instagram, mrsjupe_in3rd
Oct. 5-14, We Flamenco Fest
Multiple locations, facebook.com
The week-long fest features events for every kind of flamenco lover. Whether you’re infatuated with the fashion, want to learn how to dance, love the sounds of the culture or simply want to be enamored by seasoned dancers, you’ll have plenty of events to choose from.
Photo via Instagram, sun_carlos
Oct. 6, Howl at the Moon Pink Party
111 W. Crocket St. #201, howlatthemoon.com
Ever wanted to drink pink Miller Lite? Here’s your chance. And you can help the fight against breast cancer, too. Photo via Instagram, claywalden
Sept.29-Oct.1, Alamo Beer Company Oktoberfest
415 Burnet St., alamobeer.com
The wait is (almost) over, San Antonio! Get a taste of Germany right here in San Antonio, with German fare and Alamo Beer Company. Live music from TubaMeisters, Ennis Czech Boys and Klein Steins will keep you in the spirit across this three-day fest.
Photo via Instagram, alamobeerco
Oct. 7, Bark in the Park
Sunken Garden Theater, 3875 N St. Mary’s St., thomasjhenrylaw.com/event/bark-in-the-park
Calling all pet owners and animal lovers! The pet-friendly event raises awareness about animal issues in the community, while letting you and your family enjoy vendors, music and food. Even if you don’t have a pup of your own, go out just to support the cause. All proceeds will go toward the Animal Defense League and San Antonio Pets Alive.
Photo via Facebook, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys
Oct. 7, San Antonio Zine Fest
732 S. Brazos St., (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org
The city’s first-ever zine fest will provide a space for self-published comics, poetry, non-fiction, photography, art and more. Plus, both kids and adults can take part in workshops throughout the day.
Photo via Instagram, mementomorriss
Oct. 8, Japan Fall Festival: Discover Japan
The Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St., facebook.com
Infuse yourself in Japanese culture, art and music with performances and activities throughout the day.
Photo via Facebook, Japan-America Society of San Antonio
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Oct. 10-14, Floresville Peanut Festival
Multiple locations, Floresville, (210) 685-6654, floresvillepeanutfestival.org
Y’all already know that these small towns don’t disappoint with their festivals. Floresville offers games for kids, a royal court, not one but two (!) parades, a street dance, live entertainment and a carnival. Of course, that also includes plenty of peanut-themed fair foods.
Photo via Instagram, gaviotalibreart
Oct. 14, Latino PRIDE Festival
514 W. Commerce St., facebook.com
The spotlight is on Latinos of the LGBT community for this festival in hopes of raising awareness of Latinos living with AIDS. This loud and proud party, which will have music, food and games, hopes to bring people together to fight against the epidemic in the community.
Photo via Instagram, sacurrent
Oct. 14, Whisky and Liquor Festival
3201 E Houston St., (210) 646-9992, facebook.com
Do not pregame. If you can hold your liquor, you’ll have a blast at this boozy festival. You might even forget you’re inside Freeman Coliseum.
Photo via Instagram, whiskyliquorfest
Oct. 15, Hispanic Trails Cultural Festival
4522 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 889-3928, facebook.com
Celebrate the end of Hispanic Heritage Month with bang! This fest gives access to authentic food, music, entertainment and crafts from cultures all over Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.
Photo via Facebook, Sociedad Cultural Hispanoamericana San Antonio, Texas
Oct. 21, San Antonio Beer Festival
Dignowity and Lockwood Parks, sanantoniobeerfestival.com
So we might be a little biased, but we promise this booze-infused fest is not one to miss. Take your pick from more than 400 craft and premium beers from all over the world, all in one place.
Photo via Instagram, sacurrent
Oct. 27-29, Lebanese Food Festival
6070 Babcock Rd., (210) 690-9569, facebook.com
San Antonio’s Lebanese community is bringing you the chance to experience its culture up close and personal. Food might be at the center of the family-friendly festival, but there will also be live music and a dance troupe.
Photo via Facebook, San Antonio Lebanese Food Festival
Oct. 28, Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest
100 Main St., Fredericksburg, (830) 997-8515, fbgfoodandwinefest.com
Head on out to the Hill Country to get some of the best wine Texas has to offer during Fredericksburg’s own food and wine festival. Whether you’re more inclined to white wine or prefer red, you can enjoy food and music throughout the day.
Photo via Facebook, Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest, October 28, 2017
Oct. 28-29, Mala Luna Music Festival
5757 U.S. Hwy. 90 W, malalunamusicfestival.com
Future. Lil Wayne. Wiz Khalifa. Migos. Playboi Carti. If you’re not there, you’re seriously missing out.
Photo via Instagram, elimiah_87
Oct. 28-29, Texas Clay Festival
1296 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels, texasclayfestival.com
Looking for the perfect handmade craft to add to your collection? Or perhaps interested in seeing some live demonstrations? You can get both at the Texas Clay Festival.
Photo via Instagram, anniesartistlookbook
Nov. 3, Tango of the Vines
The Witte, 3801 Broadway St., tangosatx.com
Sample various cuisines popular in San Antonio while sipping on wine coming from the Texas Hill Country. Your taste buds will thank you.
Photo via Instagram, yelpsanantonio
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Nov. 3-12, Wurstfest
178 Landa Park Dr., New Braunfels, (830) 625-9167, wurstfest.com
If you have a stomach for sausage or fascination with German culture, you’ll be in heaven at Wurstfest. With more events on the weekends, this sausage-infused festival offers something every day, with music, dances and wursts - duh - to keep you entertained and stuffed.
Photo via Instagram, mebecka
Nov. 4, Diwali San Antonio
La Villita, 418 Villita St., (210) 207-8100, diwalisa.com
Look no further for live entertainment, a fireworks show and - the best part - authentic Indian cuisine.
Photo via Instagram, gersonicyouth
Nov. 4, Fideo Loco Festival & Cook-Off
9607 Southton Rd., gordafabulosa1.com/fideolocofest
Do we need to say anything more? You already know an entire festival dedicated to every Mexican family’s staple dish is going to be lit. Whip up your fam’s prized recipe for the contest or just go to sample, you’re bound to enjoy yourself.
Photo via Instagram, spanglishspoon
Nov. 4, Flow Fest and Run
Yanaguana Garden, 434 S Alamo St., (210) 222-8430, greensatx.org
Take the family out for a day of active fun, starting with a run (or walk) along the river. Then you can enjoy the day with yoga, live music, fresh food throughout.
Photo via Instagram, joerisgc
Nov. 10-11, Luminaria - Arts Come To Light
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, (210) 721-1670, luminariasa.org
Just taking a look around the city will make you realize how much San Antonians love color, shapes and expressing our creativity. Luminaria is a self-described incubator for that creativity and cutting-edge artistry, geared toward making San Antonio a city of the arts. The two-day festival includes musical performances, art studios and more.
Photo via Instagram, luminariasa
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Sept. 22-23, San Antonio Burlesque Festival
100 Crossroads Blvd., Balcones Heights, sanantonioburlesquefest.com
Any burlesque fan - just anybody that can appreciate good quality entertainment - will be sad to miss this year’s burlesque showcase. Featuring stars like Jasper St. James, Foxxy Blue Orchid, Ginger Snaps, Lucy Lips and more, the two-night show will let you feast your eyes on plenty of talent.
Photo via Instagram, elledujourburlesque