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20 Food and Drink Festivals San Antonians Should Totally 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 this season. We gathered the best things to do (and by that we mean where you can get your grub and drink on) in and around San Antonio this fall.
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Wurstfest
$12-$15 (though there’s free admission during select times), Fri Nov. 2-Sun Nov. 11, 178 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels, wurstfest.com
If you’ve got a thing for German sausage and brews, you better get your ass to Wurstfest. The 10-day festival also has plenty of entertainment to keep you in a German mood all day long. Be sure to read up on the history of Wurstfest to really appreciate the hell out of it.
Photo via Instagram / 365thingsaustin
San Antonio Grilled Cheese Fest
$30-$60, Sat Nov. 10, 1pm, St. Paul Square, 1174 E Commerce St, eventbrite.com
The inaugural Grilled Cheese Fest is set to be an exciting one, y’all. You’ll be able to sample cheesy bites from local vendors (from the likes of Benjie’s Munch, Toastie Buns food truck and Bexar Kitchens to name a few) and vote for your fave! Plus, there will be live music throughout the afternoon.
Photo via Instagram / meltshop
Gruene Music & Wine Fest
Prices vary, Thu Oct. 4-Sun Oct. 7, Various locations, New Braunfels, gruenemusicandwinefest.org
Get the best of both worlds with the this spectacular music and wine fest just up I-35. There isn’t a one-price, all-access wristband here, as events throughout the four-day fest are priced separately. Even if you don’t make a getaway out of the fest, it’s worth picking an event or two to treat yourself to.
Photo via Instagram / patricio.ap
San Antonio Beer Festival
$45, Sat Oct. 20, 1:30pm, Dignowity & Lockwood Parks, 701 Nolan St, sanantoniobeerfestival.com
Beer lovers, this one’s for you. You’ll get a sample glass and punch card to choose 12 samples from 400+ premium and craft beers brought to you by 125+ breweries from around the world. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to score additional samples for a super low price. So head on out to the park and get your beer on, y’all.
Photo via Instagram / sabeerfestival
Fideo Loco Festival & Cook-Off
Free admission, Sun Nov. 11, 11am, Rosedale Park, 340 Dartmouth St, facebook.com
Back for a second year, Fideo Loco Fest is ready to throw it back to your childhood. As we’ll have cooler temps, you’ll be able to slurp up noodles and support a great cause. The puro event is geared toward bringing awareness to anti-bullying.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
Tango of the Vines
$60-$100, Fri Nov. 2, 7pm, The Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, tangosatx.com
Celebrate your sense, more specifically taste and smell, and head on out to the sixth annual Tango of the Vines. You’ll get to explore the food landscape across San Antonio and top it off with locally-made wine, brews and cocktails.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
GrillsGiving
$10-$150, Sat Nov. 17, Noon, Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Dr, facebook.com
Ahead of Thanksgiving, CPS is bringing you even more food-filled family fun. Head on over to Mission County Park to enjoy a barbecue cook-off. Your meat-filled day will be made complete with live music and entertaining games to keep the kids happy.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
Wine Down at the Garden
$60, Sat Nov. 10, 6pm, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, sabot.org
For the third year now, the Botanical Garden is inviting San Antonians to get boozy. Wine Down lets you sample wines from the Texas Hill Country and pair them with bites from local eateries. You’ll feel extra fancy with a cirque-style performance and classical music in the garden.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniotidbits
Rivertini
$75-$125, Thu Oct. 4, 6pm, Wyndham Garden Riverwalk Museum Reach, 103 9th St,, sariverfoundation.org
Back for its 10th year, this riverside cocktail competition brings bartenders together to create exceptional, themed drinks. In addition to getting your booze on, you’ll be able to enjoy a DJ spinning vinyl and light refreshments from Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.vortooth
Floresville Peanut Festival
Free admission, Fri Oct. 12-Sat Oct. 13, Various locations, Floresville, floresvillepeanutfestival.org
Though there’s events going on all week, you’ll want to head down to Floresville during the weekend. With a parade and full-blown festival grounds with food booths, live music, carnival rides and plenty of peanuts, you and the fam are bound to have a blast.
Photo via Instagram / amanda_placek
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Mole Throwdown
$40-$75, Thu Oct. 18, 6pm, Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Rd, Ste 103, facebook.com
Get back to your roots and save the date for the 10th annual Mole Throwdown. Centro Cultural Aztlan focuses on Chicano & Latino art and culture, or in this case, mole. Local restaurants and chefs will cook up the mole, and there will be beer (or cocktail) offered to complete your puro meal. There will even be a tequila bar! Just don’t forget to vote for your favorite mole.
Photo via Facebook / Centro Cultural Aztlan
Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest
$25, Sat Oct. 27, Noon, Marktplatz, 126 W Main St, Fredericksburg, fbgfoodandwinefest.com
For just $25 and a drive up to Fredericksburg, you (and your crew, no doubt) will be able to score the sips and bites of the Hill Country. You’ll get the best of Texas food, wine, beer, music and vendors! Consider this your fall getaway and make a vacation out of it.
Photo via Instagram / fredericksburgfoodwine
Parktoberfest
Free, Sun Sept. 30, 3pm, Brackenridge Park, 3700 N Saint Marys St, facebook.com
After you bike your way through Siclovia, head on over to Brackenridge Park for some extra fun. In line with fall happenings, the park’s conservancy is celebrating San Antonio’s German heritage. You’ll be able to score free beer samples, jam out to live German music and even purchase German bites. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one.
Photo via Instagram / joseangel_siller
Liquor, Beer & Wine Fest
$50-$250, Sat Sept. 29, 7pm, Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E Houston St, eventbrite.com
When we say the largest boozy event in the world happens here, we’re not kidding. The Liquor, Beer & Wine Fest brings distillers from all over the world to the Alamo City for a booze-filled evening. Just be sure to balance out your drink with bites from local chefs. There will also be live music, raffles, games, prizes and a few surprises.
Photo via Instagram / lbwfsa
Oktubrefest
Free admission, Fri Oct. 12, 4pm, Markest Square, 514 W. Commerce St, facebook.com
Celebrate the best of San Antonio’s Mexican and German heritages with the inaugural Oktubrefest. Here’s your chance to score bratwursts, pretzels and German pastries as well as gorditas, tacos and aguas frescas – all in one place. We have a feeling this is gonna be one you don’t want to miss.
Photo via Instagram / sgonzalez910
Margarita Pour Off
$15-$20, Sat Oct. 6, 2pm, Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium, 5757 US-90, facebook.com
Are you ready to get your margarita on? Well, you better be, ‘cause the Margarita Pour Off is coming up soon. The one-day boozy event gets you a load of everyone’s favorite drink and access to live music and food trucks.
Photo via Instagram / annareiswig
Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio
$8-$18, Sun Nov. 18, Noon, SA Shrine Auditorium, 901 North Loop 1604 W, eventbrite.com
Put on by the Puerto Rican Heritage Society, this one-day fest offers family-fun while letting you into a culture that has a solid presence in SA. There will be plenty of performances to keep you fascinated (both dance and music), as well as bites that’ll have you feeling good.
Photo via Facebook / Puerto Rican Heritage Society
Texas Mead Fest
$15, Sat Oct. 27, 10am, Seguin Town Square, 101 E Court St, Seguin, texasmead.org
Mead is gonna be front and center at the Texas Mead Fest in Seguin. Back for a seventh year, the one-day fest features 7 meadiers/wineries, a homebrew competition, and honey tastings so you can get really familiar with mead. Naturally, there will also be live music and food vendors to make your day complete.
Photo via Instagram / madmanmario
Veteran Beverage Festival
Prices vary, Sat Oct. 13 & Sun Oct. 14 8am- 8pm, San Antonio Event Center, 8111 Meadow Leaf Drive, vabevcomp.com
This two-day booze fest lets you drink like a champion. You can purchase sampling tickets or opt for the branded sampler’s cup that get you unlimited pours. Or, if you want to go all out you can choose from an array of VIP options. Either way, you’re more than welcome to get boozy and support veterans in the process. It’s a win-win, y’all.
Photo via Instagram / thepaternosterpub
Hidden Trails Barktoberfest
$5 donation, Sat Oct. 13, Noon, Hidden Trails Community, 32118 Lemon Mint, Bulverde, facebook.com
Benefitting San Antonio Pets Alive, the second annual Barktoberfest is all about pups and beers! You can bring the fam and your furry friends out for a day of brews in Bulverde. A small donation will get you three full-size beers, and you’ll be able to take advantage of food trucks, games and will even have the chance to adopt a dog if you want.
Photo via Instagram / hiddentrailslife
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Wurstfest
$12-$15 (though there’s free admission during select times), Fri Nov. 2-Sun Nov. 11, 178 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels, wurstfest.com
If you’ve got a thing for German sausage and brews, you better get your ass to Wurstfest. The 10-day festival also has plenty of entertainment to keep you in a German mood all day long. Be sure to read up on the history of Wurstfest to really appreciate the hell out of it.
Photo via Instagram / 365thingsaustin

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