Based in the rituals of the country’s traditional Shinto religion, Aki Matsuri (translated as “fall/harvest festival”) observances abound in Japan as folks give thanks for nature’s bounty (especially the rice harvest) and generally celebrate the season. Our local answer to this beautiful tradition has become, over the years, one of the coolest ways to celebrate and engage in Japanese culture in San Antonio. This year’s fest will go down, once again, at the Witte, and will be split into two days (with nighttime festivities on Saturday and daytime activities on Sunday). The events are ticketed separately and, as you might imagine, the night fest is geared a bit more towards adults. The two days will feature both distinct and overlapping elements. Whether attending one day or both, fest-goers can expect food, drinks, music, dance, theatrical performances and artsy opportunities, with Japan’s rich cultural and spiritual traditions at the heart of it all. Visit the website below for details and tickets.