Top 13 + Halloween Events

Top 13 + Halloween Events

Mark Your Calendar for Great Things to Do During Museum Month

Museum Month Partner Institutions have no shortage of exciting events in October, from serious to social to spooky. Here’s a lucky 13. Visit each institution’s website for more information.

VIA’s three VIVA routes (11, 40 & 301) connect you to ALL Museum Month Partners.  Ride VIVA routes FARE-FREE every Saturday in October.

  1. October 3, 6:00–8:00 p.m. |Witte Museum: Conversations of Confluence

Come meet and engage with a panel of some of the Witte’s most influential partners in creating the Tricentennial exhibition Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History

  1. October 4, 5:30–9:00 p.m.| Briscoe Museum of Western Art: Fall Fandango Concert

Celebrate the Briscoe's fifth anniversary at this concert featuring the English/Spanish roots rock group Sisters Morales and get an exclusive after-hours look at the exhibition Destino San Antonio, showcasing vintage San Antonio in 3-D.

  1. October 4, 5:00–8:00 p.m. (SSA); 7:00–10:00 p.m.(BSC) | Blue Star Contemporaryand Southwest School of Art:Opening Receptions for Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the ButterflyBSC,

This traveling exhibition is curated by Risa Puleo is co-presented by Bluestar Contemporary and Southwest School of Art and Blue Star Contemporary. The opening reception will be a roving party at both institutions.

  1. October 6, 1:00–3:00 p.m. |Blue Star Contemporary: Community Engagement: The Intersection of Art and Activism

Sylvie Blocher, Rolando Briseño, Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark, and David S. Rubin discuss their involvement in the production of Blocher's videos, with a focus on the role of political activism and community engagement in making art. They’ll respond to issues raised in the videos, including racism, gun violence, and representations of the history of the Alamo.

  1. October 6, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. |San Antonio Museum of Art: Yachting with the Kennedys

Explore music and performance art in all corners of the Museum highlighted by a scavenger hunt and grand finale of the 6-SIDED Keyboard. Composer Nathan Felix has assembled an eclectic group of musicians and performers, such as Justin Boyd & From Those Who Follow the Echoes, who will use the theme of “electro” and “synthesizer” for their original compositions.

  1. October 7, 2:00–5:00 p.m. |San Antonio Art League and Museum: Artist of the Year Talk and Jazz Concert

Join Artist of the Year Steven G. Smith for a gallery talk and jazz concert.

  1. October 11, 6;00–9:00 p.m.| McNay Museum of Art: McNay Second Thursday

Experience art and enjoy FREE general admission to the museum during this family- and pet-friendly event. Tours of the main collection galleries are offered at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs to lounge on the grounds while listening to Josh Big Cedar Fever. 

  1. October 12 & 13, 7:30–10:00 p.m.|Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens: Hello from The Other Side: 75 Years of Spiritualism

Learn about the history of spiritualism in America and commune with a spirit or two! These incredible evenings feature presentations by Austin Seance inside Villa Finale and the neighboring Steves Homestead, both built in 1876. 

  1. October 13, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Artpace: Chalk It Up

Bring your family and friends to Artpace Chalk It Up, a festival of contemporary art, live music, and food trucks in which downtown Houston Street is transformed into a gallery–from the ground up.

  1. October 19 | SWELL Cycle: A Guided Morning Ride to the Museums

More information coming soon!

  1. October 19–21, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | San Antonio Missions National Historical Park: Mexican Art Show & Sale

Explore the beauty and influence of pottery throughout history, from mission-era to modern! The show at Mission San Jose, sponsored by Western National Parks Association, features Oaxacan woodwork by Jacobo Ángeles and Mata Ortiz pottery by Jorge Quintana, who will be present at the event to show his artwork. 

  1. October 21, 1:00–3:00 p.m.| UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures: San Antonio: Heavy Metal Capital of the World

Join historian Gregory Peek and a panel of music-scene personalities as they recount the Alamo City’s place in the heavy metal landscape.

  1. October 26, 7:00–9:30 p.m. | The DoSeum: ReDo Fall Fest

Don your favorite scarf or go all out with your most creative Halloween costume for a nostalgic evening of classic carnival games and fall-themed food, drinks, and activities. 

BONUS! Celebrate Halloween with Us:

1. October 22–October 31, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Dia de los Muertos: Ofrenda Displays at Mission San José Granary
View ofrenda displays made by descendants of the missions. These ofrendas are erected for Dia de los Muertos, or All Soul's Day, and pay homage to departed loved ones. FREE

2. October 26, 7:00–10:00 p.m. | Halloween at the McNay
Calling all 21+ ghosts and goblins! Join us for our fifth annual Halloween Party for a night of dancing in the McNay courtyard. Enjoy boo-zy drinks, light bites, and a fun dance party. Be sure to come dressed for the costume contest!
Tickets: $40 per person, $35 for Members.

3. October 26, 7:00–9:30 p.m. | The DoSeum: ReDo Fall Fest
Don your favorite scarf or go all out with your most creative Halloween costume for a nostalgic evening of classic carnival games and fall-themed food, drinks, and activities. 

4. October 27, 3:30–7:00 p.m. | A Spooktacular Halloween at Villa Finale
This event harkens back to celebrations of the late 19th century when neighborhoods would get together to observe Halloween with costumes, games and delicious treats!  Kids ages 3 – 12 can decorate their own trick-or-treat bag, play Halloween-themed games, enter a screaming contest, march in a costume parade, participate in a “fun dash” trick-or-treat, enjoy snacks and more!  Parents can also impress their little ones by entering the “Purple People Eater Pie Eating Contest” (limited to 6 contestants on a first-come, first to participate basis).  Prizes awarded for scariest, funniest, most creative, parent and overall costumes. 

5. October 30, 6:30–7:30 and 7:30–8:30 p.m. | Haunted History Halloween tours at the San Antonio Museum of Art
Join us for a special All Hallows’ Eve tour as we visit the mummies, monsters, and spirits haunting our galleries. All ages and costumes are welcome! No full face masks or accessories such as wands, swords or scepters allowed in the galleries.

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