Culinaria Fall Restaurant Weeks
During this year's Culinaria, San Antonians can grub on some of the best food from the finest restaurants in the Alamo City for two entire weeks. Restaurants will feature three-course prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner ($10-$15 and $25-$35, respectively). Some of the participating restaurants thus far are Cured, Bliss, The Esquire Tavern and Bavarian Brauhaus, to name a few. For each meal, restaurants donate to Culinaria, which provides the means for students to enter into culinary fields. Multiple locations, August 15-29, culinariasa.org.
Very few things are as refreshing as a raspa, and now they have their own festival thanks to Big Daddy's Eats and Treats. The second annual festival will have food, music, fun and games at Rosedale Park. Warning: your tongue will probably change colors several times over. $7-$10, August 15, bigdaddyseatsandtreats.com.
Brews and Blooms
This hoppy event brings together two beautiful things: flowers and beer. When the heat of summer begins to fade (it will happen, promise), the San Antonio Botanical Gardens provides the perfect setting for a relaxing evening, complete with food truck fare and music. $15-$25, September 12, sabot.org.
Oktoberfest At Beethoven Maennerchor
If you can't make it to Wurstfest, don't fret, you can eat all the brats and drink all of the Spaten Oktoberfest your belly desires at Beethoven's two-weekend long Oktoberfest (October 2-3 and 9-10) here in SATX. Prost! Prices vary, beethovenmaennerchor.com.
Gruene Music And Wine Festival
The celebration began in 1987 as a one-day event and has now become a four-day party that celebrates Texan, German and Americana music, wine, beer and food. Get some liquid courage and jump on to this storied dance floor. Prices vary, October 8-11, Gruene Hall, gruenemusicandwinefestival.org.
The 55th Annual FUNstival brings Greek culture to SA in mid-October at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. With music, dance, food and wine the festival will have you saying "opa!" $3, October 16-18, stsophiagoc.org.
San Antonio Beer Festival
Beer lovers, rejoice! With over 250 brews, from porters and stouts to ciders and pale ales, the 10th annual Beer Festival takes over Maverick Park on October 17. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy live music while sipping on a cold beer. Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday. $40-$80, October 17, tickets on sale now at sanantoniobeerfestival.com.
Lebanese Food Festival
Experience the Lebanese culture with entertainment, dance, music and food. But let's focus on the food: hummus, baklavas, falafels and plenty of pita bread to go around. $1-$3, October 23-25, St. George Maronite Church, stgeorgesa.org.
Día De Los Muertos
This traditional Mexican holiday commemorates departed loved ones. Altars (ofrendas) are set up around the city where beautiful art is displayed and poetry readings and calavera processions take place. People place skulls, marigolds and the departed person's favorite food and drinks on the altars. Prices vary, November 2, multiple locations.
3rd Annual Tango of the Vines
Tango of the Vines showcases some of the tastiest wine from the Texas Hill Country (yeah, we can make wine too, California!). This festival takes place at the Lambermont Castle. Relax in the outdoor gardens, sample food from local restaurants and sip on the nectar of the gods. Proceeds from the event benefit the Amniotic Fluid Embolism Foundation. $60-$100, November 6, afesupport.org.
German history runs deep in the Texas Hill Country. Celebrate it with lots of beers, music, carnival rides and, of course, sausage (which puts the wurst in wurstfest). The 10-day festival takes place in New Braunfels. Get those lederhosens ready, y'all. Prices vary, November 6-15, wurstfest.com.
Knowns as the festival of lights, Diwali coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates the victory of light over dark, good over evil. This free event features Indian music, dances and cuisine, vendor booths and a lighting ceremony. November 14, La Villita, diwalisa.com.
Untapped Festival has already taken place in Dallas, Forth Worth, Austin and Houston, and now San Antonio joins that list. The festival, which combines indie music and beer, comes to San Antonio. Details are still in the works, but you will definitely want to stay tuned, because this festival is sure to be kickass. Price vary, November 21, untapped-festival.com.
La Gran Tamalada
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center hosts this annual community event, which brings together the tradition of making tamales with storytelling. Cultural experts show participants how to make the delicious golden-wrapped tamales, so you can take the tradition home with you. Free, date TBA, guadalupeculturalarts.org.
Tamales! at Pearl
Here in South Texas, winter (or even Christmas dinner) isn't complete without some tamales. Tamales! at Pearl features over 40 vendors selling their yummy wrapped treasures for $1-$5. Lines do tend to get crazy, so head out there early to snag some of the best tamales in San Anto, and don't forget to take cash! Free, usually the first week in December, atpearl.com.