As San Antonio heads into October, it's time to shake up your dining routine. This week, the best eats can be found any place but restaurants. Dine under the Texas sky at the botanical garden or take in a sudsy show on the St. Mary’s Strip. The new season is a chance to fall in love with Alamo City all over again.
Wednesday, October 3
ArtFULL Wednesday: Food for Thought at McNay Art Museum
Tired of eating sad salads at your desk? Head out to the McNay from noon-1 pm for an illuminating lunch session combining art, culture, and food. This month the unique tasting experience takes a trip to Puerto Rico, serving bites inspired by the works on display. Best of all, no extra cost is required; the festivities are included with regular admission or museum membership.
Thursday, October 4
10th Annual Rivertini at Wyndham Garden Riverwalk Museum Reach
For a decade, this fundraiser for the San Antonio River Foundation has delighted cocktail enthusiasts by pitting Alamo City’s best bartenders in spirited competition. For $75 general admission, sample up to 15 themed cocktails and enjoy light bites from Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen. Pony up $125 and get extra perks like free valet parking, early entry, a $10 cab voucher, and a first edition Confluence Park medal.
Friday, October 5
Texas to Table at San Antonio Botanical Garden
Embrace the season with this farm-to-table dinner showcasing locally sourced ingredients. The evening begins with a 6 pm cocktail hour, followed by an al fresco feast in the Lucile Halsell Conservatory Courtyard. The bountiful menu from Fork and Garden chef Iverson Brownell and the Garden’s Dave Terrazas includes a hors d’oeuvres and four courses, including a lavish charcuterie board of seasonal fruits, meats, cheeses, and vegetables. The evening concludes with after-dinner coffee hour at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased here.
Southerleigh Tap Takeover & Stegosaur Record Release at Paper Tiger
This Pearl brewery and restaurant heads out to the St. Mary’s Strip for a day of debuts. Be one of the first to try Southerleigh’s limited edition Mountain Lion Lager while indie rockers Stegosaur kick out the jams from their latest release. Doors open at 8 pm for this $5 all-ages show featuring opening sets from Dance like Robots and Gentleman Rogues.
Saturday, October 6
Tower of the Americas First Annual Beer Fest
The Tower of the Americas turns into a biergarten for a day as 24 breweries gather to showcase more than 72 craft beers. Sip on seasonal Oktoberfest brews and pumpkin ales from 2-5 pm while dancing to live music and checking out some sweet rides from the Alamo City XL Modern Mopar Car Show. Then, spice things up by participating in a jalapeño eating contest. Pre-sale tickets are $35 until the day of the event or $40 at the door.