Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard Report
It’s September, and we’re still looking at triple-digit temperatures this weekend. But that won’t stop San Antonio from venturing out for plenty of evening outdoor movie screenings and live music. Read on for suggestions on how to spend your weekend.
World Heritage Festival
The 4th annual World Heritage Festival, which celebrates the UNESCO World Heritage designation of the San Antonio Missions, kicks off Friday with free music and a movie under the stars (the documentary The National Parks of Texas: In Contact with Beauty) and continues through Sunday morning with a Mariachi Mass.
On Saturday, Rehabarama will bring together hundreds of volunteers to perform repairs and maintenance work on homes near the Mission Concepción.
If home repair isn’t your speed, you can walk, run, or bike during Tour de Las Misiones. The Saturday tour provides a unique opportunity to visit and learn about the historic missions. The registration fee varies.
Mission Pachanga, a free event, closes out Saturday at Mission Park Pavilion with music, interactive activities, local vendors, food trucks, and more.
Click here for details.
Free Movie Screening: Wonder
Wonder, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name, tells the story of a boy who looks different and navigates going to public school for the first time when he enters the fifth grade. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, and anything else you might need for an outdoor movie screening. Pre-movie fun starts at 7 p.m., and the film starts at sunset.
Friday, 7-10 p.m.
Plaza Guadalupe, 1327 Guadalupe St.
Hip to Be Square
The McNay Art Museum is hosting an after-hours event to benefit its contemporary collection on Friday evening. There will be 300 unique artworks from local, regional, and national artists for sale. Artists will remain anonymous until the art has been purchased. Guests can also enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and desserts while browsing. Find tickets here.
Friday, 7-10 p.m.
McNay Art Museum
First Friday Pub Run
This month’s pub run theme is “Revenge of the Nerds,” so dress accordingly. Bring cash or credit card, ID, and meet at Moses Rose’s Hideout at 7 p.m. You can find the full list of bars and register for the free event here. Must be 21 years or older to participate.
Friday, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Moses Rose’s Hideout, 518 E. Houston St.
Morning Honey For Beb – Julie Ledet
It’s First Friday, which means lots of art, vendors, and entertainment in Southtown. Freight Gallery and Studios is opening Julie Ledet’s show Morning Honey for Beb, a collection of photographic collage prints, sculptures and installations inspired by her childhood in Louisiana. You can find other art showings for First Friday on Southtown the Arts District’s Facebook page here.
Friday, 7-10 p.m.
Freight Gallery and Studios, 1913 S. Flores St.
Party on the Plaza
This Friday’s free concert at the Tower of the Americas features Texas Alley Katz playing a range of music from blues to top 40 to Tejano.
Friday, 7-11 p.m.
Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
Yoga and Pints
Get a yoga session in for $5 at Künstler Brewing. Feel free to get a pint before or after class.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Künstler Brewing, 302 E. LaChapelle
Crush, the Con
Time to flex your Dungeons and Dragons skills. Nonprofit Crush Foundation is putting on a tabletop gaming event this Friday and Saturday to benefit patients suffering from chronic disease. Participants can join Magic the Gathering games on Friday, and D&D and other role-playing games on Saturday. All games require a donation to join, and a silent auction will be held on Saturday. Find the full schedule and badges to participate here.
Dragon’s Lair San Antonio, 7959 Fredericksburg Rd., Ste. 129
The Bexar County Master Gardeners will host their biannual educational seminar on Saturday at the University of the Incarnate Word. Nine one-hour workshops, spanning topics from succulents to pruning ornamental shade trees, will be offered to participants. Vendors at the expo will also offer hands-on demonstrations. While admission to the expo is free, speaker events and workshops cost $5 each. Seating for speaker sessions is limited, so register for a spot here. Find more information about the expo here.
Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
University of the Incarnate Word, Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center (ICC), 847 E. Hildebrand Ave.
Learn Nature with Tom Kinsey
Tom Kinsey brings a variety of animals to show and tell to explain how to take care of non-dog and non-cat pets. Kids can hold a snake, touch a toad, and listen to the cockroach’s hiss.
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
Phil Hardberger Park West, Urban Ecology Center Gathering Hall, 8400 NW Military Hwy
Town Hall Meeting with Sen. José Menéndez and Lloyd Doggett
State Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) are holding a town hall on Saturday morning, so bring your questions and comments. The event is free, but you can register here. And if you’re wondering who represents you, you can check here.
Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Alamo Colleges District, 2222 N. Alamo St.
Author Series – Catherine Stier
The DoSeum welcomes Texas author Catherine Stier, who wrote eight children’s books as well as magazine and newspaper articles, to its Guest Author Series. Kids can listen to Stier read, get their books signed, and participate in other activities. The event is included with museum admission, but limited to the first 40 people to arrive. (Side note: the DoSeum is also offering free admission to grandparents during the month of September, so bring your grandkid and save the cost of one ticket price.)
Saturday, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway St.
Included with museum admission
Free Movie Screening: Dumbo
In this Disney reboot, Danny DeVito plays the circus ringmaster who runs the circus in which abnormally-large-eared Dumbo is born. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, and anything else you might need for an outdoor movie screening. The venue opens at 7 p.m., and the movie starts 15 minutes after sunset.
Saturday, 7-10 p.m.
Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave.
South Texas Tease Burlesque Festival
Suki Jones, Black Orchid, CoCo Simone and Giselle J’Adore take the stage at the Historic Beethoven Hall in Hemisfair Park on Saturday for the South Texas Tease Burlesque Festival. The members of the Stars and Garters burlesque troupe are bringing the sweet, the spicy, and the sultry. Must be 18 years or older to attend. Drinks, snacks, and souvenirs will be available to purchase during the event. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Historic Beethoven Hall in Hemisfair Park, 420 S. Alamo St.
If you haven’t yet, please watch the music video for John Mayer’s “New Light.” He filmed it at one of those green screen places, and it’s delightful. You can also watch him live at the AT&T Center on Saturday. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center Pkway
$69.50 and up
Help Me, I’m Dying. Is that me thinking out loud, or is that the title of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Katya’s comedy tour? Either way, she’ll be taking the stage at the Empire Theatre on Saturday. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St.
Primer Sabado at Market Square
Enjoy live music, food, and fun at Market Square every first Saturday. Raul Gabriel brings R&B to the space on Saturday at noon while the Chris Cuevas Project is scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St.
Puerto Rican Family Fun Day
It’s Free Second Sunday at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, and the institute is celebrating the Puerto Rican community. The Puerto Rican Heritage Society, which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year, put together a day full of Puerto Rican music, gaming, art, children’s crafts, and field day exhibitions. Call (210) 458-2300 or visit texancultures.com for more information.
Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
Grandstories and Grandwisdom
Sunday is National Grandparents Day, so celebrate grandparents at the Pearl Stable on Sunday with a panel discussion with Cary Clack, Lainey Berkus, Rosalyn and Jim Falcon-Collier, Lionel Sosa, and Matt Reedy. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.
Sunday, 3-4 p.m.
Pearl Stable, 307 Pearl Pkway
Jazz at the Witte
The Regency Jazz Band performs in the Witte Museum’s Prassel Auditorium as part of the museum’s Sunday Jazz series. Museum and KRTU members can attend for free, and non-members can pay museum admission. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Find tickets to the Witte here.
Sunday, 3-5 p.m.
Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St.