One of the most popular expressions of German kultur is Oktoberfest, a two-week long party filled with beer, polkas, and piles of food. Founded in 1867, Beethoven Maennerchor is one of the oldest German singing societies in Texas, and hosts of the annual fall celebration in SA at their Halle und Garten with an outpouring of good cheer. Prost!
$3-$5; 5pm-midnight October 5-6, 12-13, Beethoven Maennerchor, 422 Perieda, (210) 222-1521, beethovenmaennerchor.com
Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Gala & Silent Art Auction
The main fundraiser for San Anto Cultural Arts and their famous mural public art program, this gala has street sense (entrance fee is a suggested 99 cents to $99) and a sense of humor — each year a King and Queen Huevo are chosen to reign over breakfast. This is the 15th running — the event's Quinceañera — and the royals are famed SA painter Alex Rubio and Carmen Tafolla, world-class writer and SA's inaugural Poet Laureate. Art works by 50 local artists will be donated for auction.
Donation; 9am-noon October 6, Plaza Guadalupe, 1327 Guadalupe, (210) 226-7466, sananto.org.
Solar demonstrations, food, and outdoor fun fill this community fest presented by Solar San Antonio, a nonprofit dedicated to making solar energy part of our new economy. Followed on October 7 with the Solar Tour, presenting 20 private and commercial solar sites in metro SA. Check website for map and times.
Free; 9am-4pm October 6-7, Lion's Field Park, 2809 Broadway, (210) 354-0236, solarsanantonio.org
Imagine streets from The Pearl to Alamo Plaza as a pedestrian and bicycle pathway with no cars, but packed with stops along the way for music and refrescos. What sounds like a futuristic urban dream happens twice a year in SA, part of the Ciclovía movement that began in Bógota, Colombia three decades ago, and has since appeared in cities worldwide to promote bicycle use as the healthy choice for body and planet.
Free; 10am-3pm October 7, Alamo Plaza and Broadway, (210) 433-6391, siclovia.org
Eating scrumptious delights doesn't have to add inches to your waistline. Feastivál is Culinaria's focus on health, with savory dishes by local chefs, cooking demos, wine seminars, and heaps of healthy recipe advice.
$20-$35; noon-3pm October 7, The Pearl, 200 Grayson, (210) 822-9555, culinariasa.org
Una Noche de la Gloria
This West Side extravaganza is the fall festival for the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, but has grown into the one of the biggest street expressions of art, music, and fashion in the city.
Free; 6pm-midnight October 13, Plaza Guadalupe, 1327 Guadalupe, (210) 226-4064, gqvelasquez.com
Chalk It Up
Kids join SA's top artists to turn sidewalks into color magic during this community fest that spotlights the street art of I Madonnari, a tradition that began in Italy during the 1500s when wounded artist-soldiers painted homages to the Virgin in front of cathedrals as a request for blessings (and alms). Traditionally, copies of masterpieces are rendered but the SA fest excels in original work.
Free; 10am-4pm October 13, Houston Street, (210) 212-4900, artpace.org
San Antonio Beer Festival
Tastes from 150 craft and premium beers made by the likes of Pedernales Brewing Co., South Austin Brewing Co., and Adelbert's Brewery are offered with grilled and baked goodies, while rocking to music by Whiskey Ships, The Offbeats, and more during the Current's autumn beer bash at HemisFair Park, benefitting theFund, San Antonio's United Arts Fund.
$25 advance, $35 door; 1-6pm October 27, Hemisfair Park Arch Plaza, 600 HemisFair Plaza Way, (210) 227-0044, sacurrent.com
Taste of San Antonio
Food, beer, and wine tastings by area restaurants fill this celebration hosted by the San Antonio Restaurant Association.
$10-$35, noon-5pm October 28, Freeman Expo Hall, 3201 E Houston, (210) 734-7663, agarc51.wix.com/taste-of-san-antonio
Día de los Muertos
Altares, ofrendas, and candy skulls mark the Day of the Dead in Mexico. So too in SA during a cascade of events including URBAN-15's musical explosion Carnaval de los Muertos; the floating altars of Noche de Recuerdos; a month-long art show at Centro Cultural Aztlan; parades, poetry, a 5-K night run, and more for all ages.
Free; 8pm November 2, Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg, Ste 103, (210) 432-1896, sacalaveras.com. Aligned events October 27-November 3.
The humble sausage has attained culinary perfection in Texas. For over 50 years, Wurstfest has celebrated the feat in an annual exuberance of German heritage. This year the 10-day party features 40 bands, torrents of beer, and fest-food such as kartoffel puffers (potato pancakes), potato soup, bratwurst, and Wurst tacos. A host of side-events include the Wurst Tour de Gruene, Wurstfest Regatta at Canyon Lake, and the Wurstfest 10K Walk.
$6-$8; 5-10pm Mon-Wed, 5-midnight Thu-Fri, 11am-1am Sat,11am-10pm Sun, November 2-11, Wurstfest Grounds, 120 Landa Street, New Braunfels, (830) 625-9167, wurstfest.com