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.