Family Programming

October - December

BOOtanica Saturdays in October, 10 am – 2 pm:  Celebrate autumn at the Garden.  Each week we will focus on a different fall theme with fun, hands-on activities.  Fee:  Free with admission.
October 1- Let’s Get Batty!
October 8 – AgriLife Harvest Celebration
October 15 – Monarch Madness
October 22 – Scarecrows and Critters
October 29 – Dia de los Muertos

Saturday Family Drop-In Programs, 10 am – Noon.  Fee:  Free with admission.
November 12
December 10

Winged Wonders

June 4 - October 30, 2016

From May to October, we’ll highlight the Garden’s winged friends, especially monarch butterflies and hummingbirds. These winged wonders find sustenance for their life cycle here at the Garden, sensitizing all of us to the importance of habitat for those who “co-habit” with us.  The Botanical Garden plays a significant role as an Official Monarch Waystation.  San Antonio is the only Monarch Butterfly Champion City, taking the National Wildlife Federation Pledge in 2015 to increase pollinator habitat.

Family Drop-In Programs
Saturdays from 10 AM – 12 PM
September 24
Free with Admission
Join us for some hands-on family fun!  Programming will vary but will include activities such as reading a story about a pollinator, creating a simple craft, playing a game, and taking part in a garden exploration activity.


Chipotle Sustainable Film Series

September 29, 2016 and October 27, 2016

This year’s Chipotle Sustainable Film Series brings you two films related to agricultural practices.

September 29 –  Inhabit: A permaculture perspective introduces permaculture – a design method centered on utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems, and showcases the diversity of projects already underway.

October 27 – Island Earth is a pre-release sneak peek version of the film depicting the struggles and triumphs of people fighting to take back their natural resources from corporations, while exploring what it will really take to ‘feed the world’ through provoking interviews with the world’s top biologists and farmers.” Let us know you’re coming by registering here.

Free Admission. Gates open at 6, movies screen at sundown.

Come early for Chips and salsa from Chipotle Mexican Grill (while supplies last).

Outside food, beverages, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

Family Flashlight Night

November 4, 6pm – 8:30 pm, Fee: Regular admission applies.
Members enjoy this event for free with early entry at 5:30pm.

Join us for Family Flashlight Night at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Explore the Garden at night. Find your way through the Light Maze, hear a story read aloud and view the night sky with SALSA (San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers)!

Be sure to bring your flashlight and maybe a sweater in case it’s a cool night.
Stay tuned for free shuttle parking information.

Art in the Garden

June 2016-June 2017

Blue Star Contemporary and the San Antonio Botanical Garden are delighted to announce Alyson Shotz as the artist for their 2016-2017 Art in the Garden collaboration (opening June 30, 2016).  For her yearlong exhibition at the Garden, Brooklyn-based artist Shotz has conceived a newly commissioned large-scale, freestanding steel sculpture, Scattering Screen.  It features small mirrored circles that “reflect light and scatter the visible surroundings into thousands of tiny pieces,” per the artist. Sponsored by City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development, John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts.

Note: No touching, climbing, or professional photography and reproductions of the artwork permitted.

Dog Days

December 3-4, 2016

Dog friendly events at the Garden!

Happy Howlidays – December 3-4
Dog friendly weekend at the beautiful Botanical Garden, all decked out for the holidays.  Cost: General admission + $5 donation per dog (on a leash, please) will go toward local animal friendly charities.
Members enjoy free admission + $5 donation per leashed dog.