With Presidents’ Day on Monday, many San Antonians will have a three-day weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Stop by the Pearl to hear some love songs on Friday night, visit the Witte Museum to explore your backyard, or go to Johnston Branch Library to learn how to preserve family treasures.
Field Trip – San Antonio Botanical Garden
This Valentine’s Day, Audubon Society’s Karen Moulder leads a bird-watching tour through the San Antonio Botanical Garden; meet her at the entrance to the gardens. Botanical Garden members may participate for free, while non-members pay $12 and non-members over 65 pay $10.
Friday, 8-11 a.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.
All You Need is Love Valentine’s Party
Didn’t make Valentine’s Day plans? The Good Kind’s got you covered with fun activities, along with menu and drink specials. Consult a fortune teller, make s’mores, play yard games, and listen to DJ Stephanie play the soundtrack to the night. Admission is free, but if you RSVP here you get a free cocktail too.
Friday, 5-10 p.m.
The Good Kind Southtown, 1127 S. St. Mary’s St.
Art Party: Galentine’s Day
Celebrate Valentine’s Day the right way – with your gals! The Parks and Recreation-made holiday has stayed strong since Leslie Knope first introduced it in 2010, and the San Antonio Museum of Art marks its last Art Party collaboration with KRTU 91.7 FM on Friday by honoring it. There will be a cash cocktail bar, themed tours, and live music. The party is included with museum admission and free for museum members. Find ticket pricing here.
Friday, 6-8 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave.
Kids’ Night Out: How the West Was Fun
When parents need a night out for themselves on Valentine’s Day, the Witte has fun activities for the kiddos. The kids’ night out also includes dinner and a snack for each child. Find tickets here.
Friday, 6-10 p.m.
Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St.
$40 and up
Walley Films 10th Anniversary
Husband-and-wife filmmaking duo Mark and Angela Walley show their early work and short documentaries on Friday in the backyard of Sala Diaz. Film screenings start at 7:30 p.m., and the dance party starts at 9 p.m. The Walleys hold Valentine’s Day dear to their hearts, as they shared their first kiss, got engaged, and were married on Valentine’s Days over the years. The suggested donation of $10 will benefit Sala Diaz.
Friday, 6-11 p.m.
Sala Diaz, 517 Stieren St.
$10 suggested donation
Sound Cream Sunset Sessions
Listen as a DJ plays love songs right out of an Airstream at the Pearl on Friday – a perfect, casual Valentine’s Day date night.
Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.
The Historic Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkway
Back To The Future in Concert
What’s better than re-watching this wacky ’80s film about time travel? Watching it with a live orchestra! The San Antonio Symphony plays the music of Back to the Future at the Majestic Theatre for movie fans’ delight. Find tickets here.
Friday, 8 p.m.
The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
It’s the 26th annual Basura Bash, which means it’s time to clean up trash from our waterways! There are 22 areas where volunteers can meet to pick up trash, but not all of them still need volunteers. Registration runs from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and clean-up begins at 9 a.m. Volunteers should wear long pants and closed-toed shoes; work gloves might be helpful, as well. Volunteers also need to bring a completed liability form with them to the event.
Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon.
Various parks and waterways
The San Antonio Public Library celebrates the second annual Baby Day with First3Years. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants can enjoy more than 30 interactive activities designed for infants and toddlers – including an infant massage class, a mini-performance from a San Antonio Symphony member, and song and story times. There will also be experts on hand to answer questions about communication, immunization, and nutrition.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Central Library, 600 Soledad St.
Backyard Adventures at the Witte Museum
The Witte Museum opens its latest exhibit, Backyard Adventures, on Saturday. Check out interactive science displays that show you the world from the perspective of a bee, what creatures only come out at night, and what goes into growing giant vegetables. There is so much to discover just in your backyard. The special exhibition ticket price also includes admission to the rest of the Witte. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St.
Keith Urban at PRCA Rodeo
The country music star plays two shows at the annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo on Saturday. Tickets start at $84, and can be found here. A full list of entertainers and their concert schedules can be found here. (ZZ Top plays on Friday, and Banda Los Sebastianes plays on Sunday.)
Saturday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center Pkway
$84 and up
Genealogy at Johnston Branch Library
The Johnston Branch Library is offering a free workshop for people interested in preserving family heirlooms. If you have photographs, a family bible, or even a quilt that has been passed down through the generations, this workshop will help you understand the best ways to protect them for future family members.
Saturday, 2-3 p.m.
Johnston Branch Library, 6307 Sun Valley Dr.
Valentine in the Park: Dinner and a Movie
Are you a chill Valentine’s Day observer? Do you prefer to push the fanfare back to a different day? Travis Park will have vendors to browse before the 2001 MTV movie Save the Last Dance starts, 15 minutes after sunset. So grab a blanket, chair, snacks, your besties and/or your significant others for a date in the park.
Saturday, 4-9 p.m.
Travis Park, 301 E. Travis St.
Free comedy night, hosted by Tori Pool and Christopher Breakell. Buy raffle tickets for a chance to earn some Freetail swag, and if you RSVP here, you get a raffle ticket for free.
Saturday, 8-10 p.m.
Freetail Brewing Co., 2000 S. Presa St.
Noche Azul de Esperanza
Azul Barrientos performs again as Esperanza Peace and Justice Center’s artist-in-residence. Tickets can only be purchased on-site on the day of the performance, and cost $7 más o menos. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8-10 p.m.
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave.
Adult Movie Time – Glory
The 1989 Denzel Washington film Glory is a perfect movie to watch during Black History Month. The movie follows the Union Army’s second African American regiment in the American Civil War, and also stars Matthew Broderick, Andre Braugher, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman. The movie screening is free, but limited to adults as it is rated R.
Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
Cody Branch Library, 11441 Vance Jackson Rd.
4th Annual El Mardi Gras
Celebrate Mardi Gras with live music, art, face painting, and a pet costume contest. Local chefs Pieter Sypesteyn of Third Coast Kitchen restaurant group, Chris Cullum of Attagirl, and Joe Saenc of Swine House are featured at this year’s El Mardis Gras.
Sunday, 1-7 p.m.
Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St.
Santiago Jiménez Jr. Album Launch Party
Santiago Jiménez Jr. is releasing his new album El Chief, and the Squeezebox is throwing a party to celebrate. Not only will the conjunto legend perform, but attendees can enjoy free fideo loco while supplies last.
Sunday, 3-7 p.m.
The Squeezebox, 2806 N. St. Mary’s St.
21st Annual United San Antonio Pow Wow
This weekend, check out the 21st annual United San Antonio Pow Wow with Native American art and craft vendors, Native American music and dancing, and try Native American fry bread. Saturday’s events run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sunday, people can visit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email any questions to email@example.com.
Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Dr.
Romeo and Juliet
Ballet San Antonio puts on Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Edwaard Liang and set to Prokofiev’s composition, this weekend. Expect to see dancing, and star-crossed lovers fighting to stay together. Find tickets here.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir.