Spotlight of Events at the Historic Pearl for Fall 2020

Thursday 22nd, October 2020 / 10:11 Written by
Spotlight of Events at the Historic Pearl for Fall 2020

Pearl Announces Fall 2020 Programming Including Dia de los Muertos Celebrations

Farmers Markets, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, and other  Activities Available Online at Pearl

Pearl is thrilled to announce its virtual and campus-wide programming for fall 2020. The season will kick off with autumnal activities to enjoy at home followed by a socially distant Día de los Muertos celebration featuring in-person and virtual altars. The fall festivities will continue with culinary content for Thanksgiving including curated curbside boxes available for purchase.

“While we’ll miss being together for some of our most popular signature events, we will honor this time of year with special offerings through Farmers Market and new virtual programming and culinary content,” said Pearl’s Chief Marketing Officer Elizabeth Fauerso.

The 2020 fall programming is as follows:


Pearl will continue to host the Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Safety measures remain in place, including mandatory masks for vendors and hand sanitizing/washing stations throughout the footprint. Additionally, guests have the option to use Pearl’s Farmer’s Market Curbside service on Fridays between 3 and 7 p.m. 

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Pearl Farmers Market will feature pumpkins for purchase from Braune Farms so families can carve their own Halloween creations at home. The market will also offer Halloween themed goodie boxes available online starting on Friday, October 23.

The market will also host the 28th Annual Herb Market on Saturday, October 17, and will feature specialty herbs and other items. The herb of the year is Rubus.

Though Fiesta was canceled this year, Pearl will honor the beloved tradition by selling Pearl and Pearl partner Fiesta medals through Farmers Market Curbside. Medals will be available to purchase online beginning October 30 through December 1.    


To celebrate fall harvest, Pearl will release a series of videos featuring Hotel Emma’s chef, John Brand. Brand will share his favorite pumpkin recipes using seasonal produce from Pearl Farmers Market’s regional producers and family farms. The videos will be released on Pearl Farmers Market social media pages on October 21 and 22.

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Pumpkin carving stencils will also be available at the Pearl Farmers Market to take home at no charge and can be picked up on October 24, 25, and 31. Stencils available while supplies last. 


The city-wide celebrations may be off, but Pearl reimagines its annual celebration honoring loved ones who have passed as a largely virtual experience. In addition to the onsite community altar, videos of altars at two offsite locations will be available to view on Pearl social media pages. Altars will be located at the Mexican Cultural Institute and at the Carver Community Cultural Center.

The Mexican Cultural Institute and the Consulate of Mexico in San Antonio, in partnership with the San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council (SAMFCO), are proud to create an altar in honor of Manuel Felguérez, one of the earliest and most prominent proponents of abstract art in Mexico, who passed away this summer from COVID-19. In December 2019, Felguérez was recognized by the government of Mexico City as a figure of Living Cultural Heritage for a lifetime dedicated to the arts.

Pearl fall 2020

The Carver Community Cultural Center has invited local artist Kaldric Dow to create an altar dedicated to those who have lost their lives to social injustice. From the artist: “I wanted to celebrate the people who were killed by police in this altar; I think it’s an excellent way to use the Day of the Dead celebration to mourn but also celebrate the lives for the friends and families who are missing their loved ones. I’d like to bring a strong visual representation of who they were and what they liked, with vivid colors of the altar. I’ve also placed a painting of mine in as an offering to them; I feel a lot of my paintings have a kind of searching emotion, a strength in them that the photos of the dead carry also.”

Pearl’s annual community altar will be on view at the Pearl Shade Structure from November 1 to 8. Masks will be required when visiting the altar. The altar will be created by Jon Hinojosa, Artistic Executive Director of SAY Sí, with help from SAY Sí alumni and staff. The theme of the altar is Amor y Esperanza (Love and Hope) and is dedicated to those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. The altar will consist of four levels and four sides, representing the four stages of life, the four points of the earth, the four seasons, and the four mathematical points upon which the pyramids were built. SAY Sí is developing an interactive app where people can leave names of their loved ones in lieu of leaving physical mementos at the altar. 

The public can also purchase Maker Kits from Feliz Modern POP beginning October 13. Options include a Catrina Collage by local artist Regina Moya or a Sugar Skull Piñata by Manola & Maria and Lua Bash. Kits include instructions and materials, and how-to demos by the artists will be available on Pearl’s Facebook page on November 1.  

The Mexican Cultural Institute will have a booth at the Farmers Market on Sunday, November 1, where they will give out ceramic skull banks which kids can decorate at home. Marigolds will also be given out at the Farmers Market info booth. Banks and marigolds available while supplies last.

Azul Barrientos will round out the Día de los Muertos celebration with a special, online performance that commemorates the traditional Mexican holiday. The performance will be available to view on Pearl social media pages on November 2. 

Additionally, Hotel Emma and La Gloria will each have altars on display and Pan de Muerto will be available at Hotel Emma to complete the socially distant celebrations at home.


Pearl fall 2020

Those hoping to avoid crowded grocery stores this holiday season will be able to purchase everything needed for a Thanksgiving feast at Pearl Farmers Market Curbside. Products include a box with ingredients and recipe cards for a variety of Thanksgiving sides, turkey brining kits, pies, and centerpieces. Thanksgiving products will be available for preorder starting November 1 through 21, with curbside pickup on November 24. There will be no curbside pickup the Friday following Thanksgiving.

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