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Halloooooweeeeen in San Antonio


If, like many others, Halloween is your favorite holiday of the year then you probably already have your day of spooks and surprises planned out. If, on the other hand, you’re still trying to figure it out, check out our list of must-do’s in San Antonio for Halloween.

Pumpkin Patch

Start the festivities off right by visiting University Methodist Church’s pumpkin patch, which takes place every day from 9 am to 8:30 pm, and is a great family adventure no matter what your age! The pumpkin patch is located at 5084 DeZavala.

Fright Fest

Six Flags’ famous Fright Fest is back this year with even more light-hearted scares. If you dare, step into their various haunted houses, including a medieval torture chamber filled with, they claim, hundreds of tortured souls. Their “Buried Alive” haunted house takes you through creepy tunnels and passageways towards the undead while “Wicked Hollow” takes you into a mysterious forest of deadly wolves and witches. Make sure to get some cotton candy after because nothing will dispel nightmares better than pink, fluffy sugar!

Dia de Los Muertos

On October 30, from 4-7:30, Cherry Street Bicycle Co-op will be hosting a free block party and ride to the cemetery on the Eastside in honor of those who have passed. Besides creating an altar, they’ll have face painting for the kiddos. Bring your own bike or they’ll have one for you. They will be shutting down the New Braunfels corridor from Nolan to Burnet and fill the streets with engaging family-friendly fun! Other activities include a costume contest, moon bounce, haunted house, games for all ages and other entertainment.

13th Floor

If Haunted Houses are your thing, then nothing gets you screaming more than the 13th Floor, considered the #1 Haunted House in America. This year, 13th Floor is introducing a new attraction called “Feral Moon,” that features a cursed cemetery filled with crypts and tombs where a dark werewolf roams free!

Cemetery Tour

If you like real thrills as opposed to fake chills you’ll love the cemetery tour at 517 Paso Hondo San Antonio put on by the Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour. Here you can walk amidst authentic tombstones, escorted by a costumed docent. Learn about the history of some of San Antonio’s sons and daughters as you travel back in time.

Hangar Halloween Dog Costume Contest

For a little levity, enter your pretty pup into the coolest contest in town. Dress them up like ghosts and goblins and let the crowd vote for their favorite pooch. The top three dogs that receive the loudest cheers will win first, second and third place. Registration begins at 4:30 on October 30. The contest starts at 5:30.

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Christmas in San Antonio


San Antonio is a magical city to live in during the Christmas holiday, especially once the lights are up on the river walk! Spending an evening downtown can actually make you feel like you’re on vacation somewhere exotic. Strolling along the river, stopping for dinner and drinks or simply some fudge and a caramel apple from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is a special winter treat, but there are plenty of other delights to be found this season:

Windcrest Light Up

If you’ve lived in San Antonio for long, then you have probably already had the pleasure of driving through the Windcrest neighborhood on the northeast side of town to see all the Christmas lights. If not, then make this a new tradition. They’ve been delighting families since the 1950’s. We recommend bringing some hot cocoa (in safe containers) and cookies for the slow drive through the twinkling lights! Windcrest is adjacent to the Interstate 35/Loop 410 interchange, just 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Besides enjoying the almost 2 million lights that illuminate the river walk each Christmas season, downtown is also a hub of Christmasy activity throughout the month of December. One of the more popular events is the Holiday Arts & Crafts show that takes place on December 11th from 11 am to 11 pm on the river walk (extension) near the Chamber of Commerce. You can shop for pottery, jewelry and other fine art made by local artisans.  http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/

Christmas Music & Other Fun

When it comes to live Christmas music, The Tobin has got San Antonio covered. This year, they will be showcasing a number of performances, including Conspirare Christmas with special guest Matt Alber on December 8, Robert Earl Keen’s ‘Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee’ on December 15, the San Antonio Symphony’s ‘Holiday Pops,’ on Dec. 18-20, and everyone’s favorite, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (the musical) on Dec. 21-24. For more details on these and other events, visit their website. www.tobincenter.org

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Viva Fiesta San Antonio!


It’s that time of year again – the time to crack confetti eggs on people’s heads, eat oysters until you’re sick and see some of the best parades in America! If you don’t know what we’re talking about then it’s likely you’re new to SA or you’ve been living in a cave for the past few decades.

If you’re new to Fiesta – an 11-day long festival that runs this year from April 16 – 26 – you can get overwhelmed with all of the exciting events. Fiesta, which began in 1891 and was centered around the Battle of Flowers Parade back when women would meet in front of the Alamo and throw blossoms at each other, now brings in millions of people and hundreds of millions of dollars into the city each year and has spawned a nearly infinite number of events.

Here are some of our favorite events you don’t want to miss:

WEBB Party – Friday, April 17th:

The WEBB Party is one of Fiesta’s kick-off parties and this one takes the cake. It used to be held at the San Antonio Museum of Art until they caught people sneaking into closed-off exhibits. A fundraiser for the AIDS Foundation, it’s still one of the most entertaining Fiesta events with live music, dancing, performances, endless food and drinks.

Incognito Fiesta’s Masked Ball – Saturday, April 18th:

This isn’t the only masked ball that takes place during fiesta, but it is the best one! Who doesn’t love dressing up in beautiful outfits and mysterious masks – it’s almost like you’re at Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro!

A Taste of New Orleans – Sunday, April 19th:

Foodies love the array of amazing New Orleans food on offer at this popular event.

Cornyation – Tues, April 21st – 23rd:

Corynation, not to be confused with Coronation, is like San Antonio’s own version of Saturday Night Live set to music. Current events are made comical with the addition of dance, costumes and King Anchovy. For laughs, this is a must-see event! Get your tickets as soon as they go on sell because they sell out immediately.

King William Fair – Saturday, April 25th:

Once a quaint neighborhood event of arts, music and food – King William Fair has evolved into a giant all-day street party. Many people bring their dogs and dress them up in outfits. Dog-lovers will also enjoy the Pooch Parade, which takes place on the same day in Alamo Heights.

Fiesta Flambeau Parade – Saturday, April 25th

Just like most of the other parades, but with lights!

One of the other fun things about Fiesta is many of the local businesses have special medals made that they sell or give away. You’ll also notice San Antonians decorate their houses with flower wreaths and bright colors. You can find all sorts of fun decorations and party favors at the Fiesta store at 2611 Broadway or other vendors, including Fiesta on Main or Amols, which is downtown.

For more info on fiesta events or to inquire about tickets, go to fiesta-sa.org. We hope to see you there!