5 neighborhoods. 1 District.

Southtown The Arts District (STAD) comprises 5 neighborhoods: Collins Garden, King William, Lavaca, Lone Star and Roosevelt. Directly connected to downtown, these neighborhoods host San Antonio’s creative culture. Cutting edge bars and restaurants, innumerable artist studios, art complexes, museums, distilleries, breweries, architects and designers reside here. STAD is home to First Friday and Second Saturday, the city’s longest running artwalks (20 years). These events are great opportunities to support our local art scene and businesses as well as meet people in the district.

STAD Objective

The objective of STAD and this website is to unify, market and promote STAD’s creative culture and businesses under one District making it easier for the general public, collectors and tourists to find us.

STAD Support

This is your community and you want to be a part of the next step. The area has grown steadily over 25 years and rapidly in the last five demonstrating growth, longevity and sustainability. It is time to unify, market and promote STAD’s creative culture under one brand. See how you benefit.

STAD boundaries

North to South: Cesár Chavez to I-90 and East to West I-37 to I-35. Map


STADcastSa  San Antonio’s Newest Podcast hosted by Joe Turner & Burgundy Woods. Discussing events, arts, culture, food and everything in-between. Listen on Itunes or Soundcloud.  Be a guest or share your music. Email them at stadcast@gmail.com.

STAD Thank you

This website would not be possible without the support of the Department of Arts & Culture, District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales and District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño. Thank you for your consistent support and endorsement of this endeavor.

Founders Andy, Yvette & Agusto Benavides 
2010 Amabassador of The Arts, City of San Antonio
Founders and Directors Southtown The Arts District, 2014 – current
Founders, Directors SMART 501 c3, 2002 – current
Founder, Directors Second Saturday, 1996 – current
Founder First Friday, 1991 – 1996
Small business owners: BZ Designs, Inc., Benavides Picture Framing, 1991 – current
Relentless arts educators and community builders, 25 + years


Marci Pelletier, Director, Online MarketingMarci Pelletier has over 22 years of experience in numerous facets of business management and marketing communications for start-up businesses. She’s created and implemented award winning programs and targeted campaigns that increased reach of services by 100% several years in a row.