25 fall date ideas in San Antonio for around $50 or less
People may associate spring with love, but we think fall is a perfect time for romance. As we escape the scorching heat of the South Texas summer, yummy fall flavors and fun seasonal events abound, perfect for an outing with your boo — and you don't have to break the bank to have a great time, either.
It doesn't matter if it's your first date or your hundredth — these date ideas are sure to be fun for couples at all stages of their relationships. And they're all relatively affordable — or free!
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Coordinate your Halloween costumes with your bestie/S.O.
Halloween costumes aren’t just for kids expecting bucketfuls of candy, and coordinating your spooky digs with your partner, your platonic ride-or-die, or even a group of couples is a great way to get creative for the holiday. Whether you want your costume theme to lean a little spooky (Joker and Harley Quinn, Jason and Freddy, a horde of zombies!) or classic (peanut butter and jelly, Daphne and Velma, Dorothy and her Wizard of Oz posse), there is power in numbers, and you are sure to dominate any local costume contest if you get crafty with it.
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Catch a free movie screening courtesy of Slab Cinema
Multiple locations, slabcinema.com
Put a spin on a classic movie date by taking your partner to an outdoor movie showing! While you can catch a free movie from various venues and organizations, the traveling outdoor screen from Slab Cinema has outdoor movie showings down to a science with their giant inflatable movie screen that they set up at various venues around town. Slab Cinema screens everything from recent blockbusters to arthouse classics, so no matter your tastes you’re bound to find a showing that’s up you and your date’s alley. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and make sure to pack some extra layers as the weather starts getting colder.
Photo via Instagram / sama_art
Enjoy the cooler temperatures at a local park
While fall in San Antonio hardly brings properly chilly weather, we can expect some cooler days here and there as we leave the scorching summer behind us. Grab some fresh air and enjoy the milder fall weather at one of SA’s many gorgeous parks. Enjoy the art in San Pedro Creek Culture Park, or visit Denman Estate Park's traditional South Korean pavilion. Jog in Hardberger Park, take a mid-day picnic at Brackenridge Park or do some yoga at O. P. Schnabel Park. Really, just pick the park close to you and you and your date are bound to have a good time. Look here for some park picks.
Photo courtesy of Brackenridge Park Conservancy
Get boozy at the San Antonio Beer Festival
$45-$55, noon-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Crockett Park, 1300 N. Main Ave., sanantoniobeerfestival.com
Back for a 16th year, the annual San Antonio Beer Festival invites you to Crockett Park to sample from more than 400 beers from more than 150 breweries. Take your pick from brews hailing from San Antonio to Boston and beyond, plus sip wine, cider and more. Visitors are encouraged to set up in Crockett Park with lawn chairs and picnic blankets to enjoy live music, food vendors and offerings from local vendors, making the fest ideal for both casual beer drinkers and craft snobs alike. The San Antonio Beer Fest is presented by H-E-B and benefits the San Antonio Food Bank.
Photo by Jaime Monzon for San Antonio Beer Festival
See how tough you are at a haunted house
It’s no secret that San Antonio loves haunted shit. There’s always the option to explore places around town that have actual claims of being haunted, but who knows if you’ll actually see anything going that route. If you prefer the predictable unpredictability of a dark hallway that contains at least two freaky clowns, one of San Antonio’s decked-out haunted houses will be just right for you and your boo. Whether you stop by Rolling Oaks Mall for the Haunted Oaks horror attraction
(complete with a horror-themed selfie spot, of course) or check out one of 13th Floor Haunted House’s three new themed attractions
, you are sure to make some memories with your date this spooky season.
Photo courtesy of 13th Floor Haunted House
Have a photoshoot in a pumpkin patch
You may cringe at the constant pumpkin photos in your Instagram feed, but you won’t roll your eyes at the opportunity to have a cute, fun photoshoot with your favorite piece of eye candy. Make it a double-date so that you can take turns playing photographer for each other, or just bug someone nearby for a few photos. Say cheese!
Photo courtesy of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church
Celebrate Oktoberfest around San Antonio
San Antonio may have a lot of Latinx influences, but there’s no denying that we know how to party like the Germans. Celebrating brats and beer, you can catch plenty of Oktoberfest happenings throughout October — from brewery events to full-fledged festivals. If you and your boo both like to get boozy and can eat your weight in sausage, it might just be a match made in heaven. Cheers!
Photo by Katelyn Earhart
Have a slice of pumpkin pie at Bill Miller Bar-B-Q
Multiple locations, billmillerbbq.com
Some people wait all year just to score a slice of pumpkin pie from Bill Miller. Whether you fall into that category or not, treat yourself to a cheap date with your sweetie before this seasonal treat disappears off the menu again.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Miller Bar-B-Q
Cheer on the Spurs at a home game
1 AT&T Center Parkway, (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com
While most San Antonians are Spurs fans every day of the year, it’s super fun to be a dedicated fan right at the start of the season. Show your loyalty to the Silver & Black and cheer on the team during early season games without breaking the bank.
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Hit up some Halloween parties
If you and your lover of those couples that waits all year for Halloween — putting up decor and starting your horror movie marathons promptly on October 1st — attending some Halloween shindigs is a perfect date night plan. Whether large scale events with competitive costume contests and live music or more lowkey house parties drinking amongst friends are more your scene, you are sure to find the perfect event to show off your cool costumes and enjoy the night.
Photo by Katelyn Earhart