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Art Festivals & Events

Annual Art Festivals & Events

While many of San Antonio’s art festivals have long legacies, the newer events quickly gain popularity. Not only do San Antonians appreciate art, but they also enjoy the music, food and dance that are part of almost every citywide celebration.

February

On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour: This celebration of local visual and cultural art continues to grow, with more than 280 artists participating in its 10th season.

CineFestival San Antonio's orginal indie film festival, and the nation's longest running Latino film festival. 

March

Contemporary Art Month: Events and exhibits take place throughout the month to celebrate contemporary art.

April

Fiesta Arts Fair: The Southwest School of Art holds this event on their grounds during the first weekend of Fiesta. The 120 juried artists from around the U.S. show and sell ceramics, paintings, jewelry and more.

Starving Artists Art Show: Two days of incredibly talented individuals working together to serve a greater cause. Join San Antonio artists in La Villita as they showcase their creations!

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September

Fotoseptiembre USA: An international photography festival featuring exhibits in venues throughout the city and around the Texas Hill Country.

October

Chalk It Up!: ArtPace hosts this one-day festival on Houston Street, bringing together local children, families and top artists who create original sidewalk murals.

Yanaguana Indian Arts Market, October 7-8: This one-of-a-kind market showcases Native American artists and offers visitors a glimpse into the Native American culture. 

La Cantera Art Festival: The Shops at La Cantera sponsors a three-day festival featuring the fine handcrafted work of local and national artists.

Grey Forest Open StudiosThe Grey Forest community may only be a mile long, but it’s big on art. The Grey Forest Open Studios tour is a free event in mid-October when you can visit studios and gardens to view and purchase artwork. Located near Bandera Road and Scenic Loop Road.

Una Noche en la Gloria: Celebrate with contemporary performance artists through their music, film, and literature at the corner of Brazos Street and Guadalupe Avenue just west of downtown. 

November

Luminaria: A free, one-day festival downtown devoted to a variety of art forms—visual, music, theatre and performance, literary, media and dance—at indoor and outdoor venues.

International Peace Market: Local and visiting artisans and vendors sell handcrafted gifts at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center during this two-day event.

Olmos Park Terrace Uptown Art Stroll: Pottery, jewelry, photography and mixed media are among the artworks you’ll discover during the two-day self-guided tour of more than a dozen artists’ studios and homes the first weekend in November. Close to 50 artists participate in the event, which takes place in venues between McCullough and San Pedro Avenues, south of Basse Road and north of Dora.

December

Hecho a Mano: A three-day fine art and craft market at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, featuring traditional and contemporary handmade items.


Recurring Art Events

Art Walks
See some of the most provocative art in the city and meet the working artists who produce it. Each art walk is in a different neighborhood, so it's a great chance to explore areas throughout the city. Galleries and shops stay open late and all sorts of spontaneous creativity—dancing, costumes, music, food—erupts.

First Thursdays (Bi monthly)

King William Cultural Arts District - Near Downtown
On the first Thursday of every other month, celebrate the opening of an artist’s show at the King William Association headquarters, 1032 S. Alamo Street. A sidewalk art sale takes place and nearby galleries and restaurants invite you to stop in. Event begins at 6:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

First Fridays

Southtown Arts District - South of Downtown
South Alamo Street (near South Presa Street) is the starting point for the First Friday festivities featuring art, crafts, live music and food over many blocks. The event includes studios and galleries in the King William Historic District and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Most are open from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

Second Fridays

Tobin Hill - North of Downtown
This monthly event sponsored by the Tobin Hill Arts Alliance begins at the intersection of E. Dewey Place, N. St. Mary’s Street and Josephine Street. Art and sculpture are on display in area studios and galleries from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

Second Saturdays

Southtown Arts District - South of Downtown
Art galleries and performance spaces near the intersection of South Flores Street and Lone Star Blvd. beckon you to visit on the second Saturday of the month. Experience live music, dramatic performances, film screenings and art ranging from traditional to contemporary.