Neighborhood Events


Lavaca and Friends publishes a free weekly newsletter that alerts you to all the arts and entertainment events going on in the neighborhood and the broader downtown area, by which we mean everything from The Pearl to Lone Star. Each newsletter covers more than one hundred events, including art gallery openings, live music, festivals, and theater.

Update - June 24, 2020: Because of the Coronavirus, we suspended the newsletter from mid March through late June. This was the first time since its inception - a decade ago - that an issue didn’t go out. Although the Coronavirus still persists, we restarted the newsletter today, to include interesting online events offered by local venues.


Check out our latest newsletter for a complete list of events for the period:

Thursday, October 15 through Wednesday, October 21

And check below for a handful of especially interesting things we've spotted that are happening soon.

  • Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival

    Throughout the month of October

    Online, presented by The Texas Butterfly Ranch

    "The Texas Butterfly Ranch is proud to present the fifth annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival. The Festival will unfold online this year throughout October. All events are free and open to the public. Join us and learn about the majesty of the migration, the importance of the wildlife pollinators that make one out of every three bites of our food possible, and our special connection to Mexico. Monarch butterflies move through Texas each fall on their way to the Mexican mountains to arrive in time for Day of the Dead. In this year of COVID-19 and a raised awareness of social injustice, we celebrate the spiritual aspect of the migration..."

  • 28th Annual Texas Clay Festival

    10AM - 5PM

    Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25

    Online, presented by Texas Clay Festival

    "Due to the current health crisis, we will not be joining together in person like usual, but we are excited to host our first ever virtual event, where anyone can join. The festival will take place on October 24 & 25, featuring around 60 incredible artists, exclusive content from our artists themselves, and two days of live stream demos..."

  • Travis Tritt Solo Acoustic

    7:30 PM

    Wednesday, October 28

    H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle

    "Enjoy a special evening with CMA and Grammy award-winning country artist, Travis Tritt. Experience this rare opportunity featuring the multi-platinum artist in an intimate solo-acoustic setting where his powerful voice and his guitar are the subject of the spotlight. An up-close and personal event punctuated by personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences... the Grand Ole Opry member will bring his award-winning songs to life and leave the audience with a truly memorable experience..."

  • Art Heist

    Time varies

    Performances Through Saturday, October 31

    Downtown San Antonio, starting at the Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle

    "Following a wildly popular sold out run at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Art Heist makes its US premiere in San Antonio! Become a detective on a downtown San Antonio walking search for a criminal mastermind in the all-new interactive theater show Art Heist. Put your NCIS, CSI and Law & Order skills to use and walk off the quarantine poundage to solve a ripped-from-the-walls, real-life master robbery of thirteen works of art, valued at half a billion dollars. Based on a true story of the world’s biggest art caper, Art Heist is a true crime walking show where socially distanced groups move through five walkable locations in downtown San Antonio to gather clues. The amateur gumshoes interact with a wild group of wily career criminals, slimy con men, rumpled art recovery specialists, a possible inside man, a gentle psychopath, and the larger-than-life but definitely real self-proclaimed 'Greatest Art Thief of All Time'..."

  • Bucktoberfest

    9 AM - 11 PM

    Saturday, October 24

    The Buckhorn Saloon, 318 E Houston

    "Join us for our first annual Bucktoberfest at the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum! We will have traditional German foods, beers, vendors and live music with Terry Cavanagh. Bring the whole family – Bucktoberfest is open to all ages..."

  • YOSA Standing Ovation Week

    Events at 12 PM and 6 PM each day

    Monday, October 19 thru Friday, October 23

    Online, presented by YOSA (Youth Orchestra of San Antonio)

    "Join us online for an inspiring week of music and conversation during YOSA Standing Ovation Week... a series of virtual conversations and performances highlighting the heroes of music during COVID-19. An amazing guest lineup will feature performers and leaders from San Antonio and around the world. Master of Ceremonies Rick Cavender will host the week’s events... Sponsorships and donations from this event support YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) whose music education programs reach more than 2,500 young musicians every year..."

  • Vogt Auction Galleries' Texas Art Auction

    1 PM

    Saturday, October 24

    Online, presented by Vogt Auction Galleries

    "Featuring 200+ lots of original artworks fresh-to-market from private collections and estates throughout Texas. The auction will feature original artwork by Texas artists..."

  • The San Antonio Old Town Ghost Tour

    Times vary

    Every day

    Starts at the corner of Crockett and N St. Mary's

    This tour "takes you through historic downtown San Antonio to 8-12 different locations around the Old Town area. Our tours are designed to give you a glimpse of the dark underbelly of San Antonio’s history, each haunted location ratcheting up the tension of the tour... You will see several key historic locations and properties around downtown San Antonio and the Old Town area..."

  • UTSA Football

    2:30 PM

    Saturday, October 24

    The Alamodome, 100 Montana

    "The 2020 home slate and first season under head coach Jeff Traylor marks the eighth year of C-USA play. Bring the entire family to experience Roadrunner game day fun!" Watch UTSA battle it out with Louisiana Tech.

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Every day

    Online, presented by The Magik Theatre

    "Would you trade your best friend for three magic beans? When Jack does, he gets into a high-altitude adventure and more gold than he could ever spend. Even so, Jack is unhappy. Find out what happens when Jack learns that a true friend is the greatest treasure in the world. Don’t miss the chance to bring this classic fairy tale to life – follow us as we climb up to the wondrous world of the beanstalk. Suitable for all ages."

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