What's on at Villa Finale


Saturday, April 27th

Friends Retreat at the King William Fair

10:00am – 4:00pm

It’s time for everyone’s favorite event, the Friends Retreat at the King William Fair!

Buy your King William Fair tickets separately and enjoy come-and-go admission to Villa Finale’s gardens, plus free food and drink, with your Friends membership. Be sure to check your membership level here to discover how many passes are included. Guest passes may be purchased, per membership level.

Not a member? Give us a call at (210) 223-9800 to purchase your membership today!

2023 Programming


Join Us For

An Evening With Jane Lewis

Executive Director of
Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens

Thursday, June 22nd
6:30pm – 7:30pm

Enjoy an intimate evening tour of historic Villa Finale with longtime Executive Director, Jane Lewis.
Hear behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes while exploring this 1876 mansion – the only site of the National Trust For Historic Preservation in Texas. The ultimate insider’s perspective!

$20 member/$25 non-member

Please call (210) 223-9800 for additional information. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are extremely limited.

This program may include both indoor and outdoor experiences and includes stairs.


Join Us For

Getting to Know...ARCHITECTURE

With Architect and Former University of Texas at San Antonio Professor of Architecture Practice, Rick Lewis

Saturday, September 23, 2023
10:30am – 12:00pm

Join us for this insightful tour of Villa Finale’s unique architectural details with noted architect and academic, Rick Lewis. Learn about the construction, rehabilitation, and on-going preservation of this grand historic home – the only site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Texas.

$10 Students / $15 Members / $20 Non-Members


Introducing Villa Finale – With Doug & Sara!

Friday, October 6th

6:00pm – 7:00pm

$10 member/$15 non-member

Introduce yourself to Villa Finale with Museum Interpreters Doug Daye and Sara Taylor. Hear personal stories and anecdotes and enjoy an up-close look at favorite objects in the Villa Finale collection on this very relaxed evening tour. This is the perfect tour for those who have never been to Villa Finale!

Ouija Boards: A Workshop for the Mind and Spirit

Saturday, October 14th

3:00pm – 4:00pm

$10 member/$15 non-member

Join Albert Lucio and Jake Cordero of The Austin Séance for a hands-on workshop on the use and history of the fascinating divinatory Ouija board.

Tarot Reading with Nicholas Fuqua

Saturday, October 14th

5:30pm – 7:00pm

$15 member/$20 non-member

Meet Tarot reader Nicholas Fuqua and settle in for a deep investigation of your current circumstances and the opportunity to delve into the potentials and possibilities of the direction you’re headed.

Hello From the Other Side: A History of Spiritualism and a Live Séance

Saturday, October 14th

7:00pm – 8:30pm (gates at 6:30)

$30.00 member / $40.00 non-member

This incredible evening will feature a presentation and live seance by The Austin Seance inside historic Villa Finale, built in 1876. Learn about the history of spiritualism in America and commune with a spirit or two.

“Who Done It?” A Murder Mystery at Villa Finale

Saturday, October 21st

6:30pm – 8:30pm

$25.00 member / $35.00 non-member

There’s been a murder committed at historic Villa Finale and it’s up to you to solve the crime! Join us for this macabre evening and enjoy refreshments, adult beverages, and murder mystery mayhem!

Pumpkin Carving Workshop

Saturday, October 28th

10:00am -11:30am

$5 child / $10 adult

Calling kids of all ages! This family-friendly outdoor activity will have you ready for the spookiest day of the year with a custom jack o’ lantern of your own design. Supplies included and children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Trick or Treat! Halloween at Villa Finale

Tuesday, October 31st

5:30pm – whenever the candy runs out!

Villa Finale continues its now-annual tradition of participating in the King William neighborhood’s trick or treating festivities! Villa Finale staff will be handing out candy, so bring your little ones early and wear your spookiest gear.


Maximalism! A How-To Workshop

Saturday, November 4th

10:00am -12:00pm

$10 member / $15 non-member

Museum Interpreters Doug Daye and Sara Taylor dig deep into the maximalism trend (hint: it’s the opposite of minimalism!) and help you achieve this look in your own home with this lighthearted workshop and tour. Coffee and breakfast treats included.

Marie Antoinette: How to Lose Your Fashionable Head

Saturday, November 18th

10:00am – 12:00pm

$20 member / $25 non-member

In this learning lab, former Witte Museum curator, Dr. Michaele Haynes, will discuss the importance of the dress of Marie Antoinette and how her choice in clothing affected the outcome of the French Revolution. Coffee and breakfast treats included.


King William Holiday Home Tour

Saturday, December 2nd

11:00am – 5:00pm

The much beloved King William Holiday Home Tour is back! Gather your friends and family for this holiday tradition and take this opportunity to view 8 beautiful homes in King William – including Villa Finale!

This event is hosted by the King William Association.

Merry Friendsmas

Thursday, December 7th

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Join us on December 7th for our Merry Friendsmas holiday party! This members-only fete will welcome the celebratory season with drinks, delicious food, and festive music. 

Call us at (210) 223-9800 to check your membership or to join the Friends of Villa Finale!

Villa Finale Holiday Open House

Friday, December 15th

5:30pm – 7:30pm


The celebratory season means holiday décor at Villa Finale, and we want to share the spirit of the season! Join us for our second annual free holiday open house and enjoy first floor access to this beautiful historic home and its festive finery.

Music For Your Eyes – Holiday!

Wednesday, December 13th

Wednesday, December 20th

$20 member / $25 non-member

6:30pm – 8:00pm

This holiday evening experience highlights the music machines in the museum’s collection with demonstrations of unique music boxes, antique turntables, and more. Guests will be treated to a glass of champagne as they enjoy a fifteen-minute concert of traditional holiday songs played on our automated 1921 Bechstein-Welte reproducing piano. 

Please call Visitor Services at (210) 223-9800 to purchase your tickets.

2024 Past Programming


Saturday, February 10th

“Isn’t It Romantic?”

An Intimate Parlor Concert
Featuring the Vocal Talents of Ken Slavin

6:30pm – 8:30pm (Gates open at 6:00pm)

$25 Villa Finale Members / $30 Non-members

Experience the romance of Villa Finale with an intimate Valentine’s concert performed by Ken Slavin, with live piano accompaniment by Barry Brake, in our elegant Napoleon Parlors. Mr. Slavin will perform an array of popular love songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, and more. Enjoy Valentine-inspired refreshments prior to the concert and leave with a rose for your beloved. This will be a truly enchanted evening!

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Saturday, March 30th

A History of Spiritualism & Live Seance

7:00pm – 9:00pm (gate opens at 6:30pm)

$25 member/ $30 non-member

Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens is proud to bring back our Spring seance by popular demand! This incredible evening will feature a presentation and live seance by the renowned The Austin Seance inside historic Villa Finale, built in 1876.

Enjoy a cocktail and commune with a spirit or two as we celebrate the history of spiritualism in America!

Light snacks and adult beverages included. 13+ only please. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Explore Our Past ProgramsLearn more here.

Our programming is made possible in part by the Friends of Villa Finale and by a grant from the King William Association