Zotac brought immersive virtual reality experience technology to PAX South. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone
Zotac brought immersive virtual reality experience technology to PAX South in 2016. Credit: Kathryn Boyd-Batstone / Rivard Report

Prepare for games and drinks galore as San Antonio welcomes gaming convention PAX South and the San Antonio Cocktail Conference to its boundaries. Read on for more ideas on how to spend your long weekend that culminates in the massive MLK Day March.

Jacquees at the Aztec

The Georgia singer Jacquees brings his tour to San Antonio. He put out his latest album, King of R&B, last November, a nod to the title he crowned himself with back in 2018. Find tickets here.
Friday, 7 p.m.
The Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St.
$30 and up

Tour de Dream San Antonio

Tour de Dream San Antonio will take riders on a 10- to 12-mile bike ride through East San Antonio, taking them past landmarks as they learn about the city’s history. If you don’t want to ride a bike, you can simply enjoy food and entertainment at Cherrity Bar. More experienced cyclists have a 20-mile bike ride option for charity. Each ticket costs $30 and benefits Clarity Child Guidance Center, a nonprofit dedicated to mental health care for children from ages 3 to 17. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Cherrity Bar, 302 Montana St.
Free

Big Lou’s Pizza Blood Drive 2020

Amid a blood shortage, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is still looking for donors. Big Lou’s Pizza is hosting its eighth annual blood and bone marrow drive on Saturday. Blood donors will receive one 20-inch, one-topping pizza, one movie ticket, and a Big Lou’s commemorative T-shirt for their donation. Book your blood donation appointment here.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Big Lou’s Pizza, 2048 S. WW White Road
Free

New Year, New You at the Witte

The Witte Museum will give each person who donates blood a $2 discount on their tickets on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. as part of their sixth annual “New Year, New You” event. University Health System also is offering mammogram appointments, which can be scheduled here.
Saturday, noon-4 p.m.
Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St.
$2 discount on museum admission

Fur Baby Bowl

The Texas Chihuahua Rescue is hosting its first Fur Baby Bowl to raise money at the Cherrity Bar. There will be two teams competing, and any dog under 15 pounds can register to play some football. Registration is $25 per pooch. You can also buy raffle tickets to win different prize items here.
Saturday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Cherrity Bar, 302 Montana St.
$25

Monster Jam

Monster Jam is back! Trucks visiting San Antonio to compete in skills and racing competitions include Grave Digger, Max-D, and El Toro Loco. Attendees 14 years and older cannot wear costumes. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 6 p.m.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
$15-$115

Pink Floyd, With Lasers

The music of Pink Floyd set to an elaborate laser show has become something of a must-see for Pink Floyd fans of all ages. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
$19.50 and up

Scary Game Squad Live

Popular Youtube series Scary Game Squad is bringing their horror game playing to San Antonio on Saturday. Jesse Cox, Jirard Khalil, Alex Faciane, Michael Davis, and their good friend Evan will play through a terrible horror game live equipped with plenty of drinks – a guaranteed laugh-out-loud experience. You must be 18 years or older to attend. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
$25

Indie Lens Pop-Up: The First Rainbow Coalition

If you didn’t catch the first showing of San Antonio filmmaker Ray Santisteban’s documentary The First Rainbow Coalition last week, you’re in luck – Presa House Gallery is screening the film on Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Saturday, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Presa House Gallery, 725 S Presa St.
Free

Òlàjú African Market Festival

The Òlàjú Art Group is putting on its fourth African Market Festival as part of DreamWeek 2020 this weekend. The festival gives people a chance to shop from local and international vendors, as well as take in visual and performing arts sourced from the African continent and the diaspora. The festival is one of many DreamWeek events; find the full schedule here.
Friday-Saturday
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, 108 Blue Star
Free

SA Symphony’s Masters of Musical Theatre

The San Antonio Symphony will honor musical giants such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, and others this weekend by playing Broadway classics from Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Cabaret, and more. Noam Aviel conducts with celebrated vocalists Scarlett Strallen, Debbie Gravitte, and Hugh Panaro. Tickets start at $12. Find tickets here.
Friday-Saturday
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
$12-$100

Wild Kratts Live at the Tobin

Martin and Chris Kratts take the stage at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to bring the animated PBS Kids show Wild Kratts to life. Martin and Chris will activate creature powers, share amazing animal ‘WOW facts,’ and face a comic villain. Find tickets here.
Sunday, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
$26.50-$100

San Antonio Cocktail Conference

Cocktail experts and aficionados gather for the San Antonio Cocktail Conference at the St. Anthony this weekend. The schedule is packed with seminars on topics such as running a no-menu bar successfully and whiskey sourcing. There are also tastings, parties, and riverboat cruises to check out. There are single-event tickets and passes for multiple events. Find the full schedule and tickets here.
Friday-Sunday
The St. Anthony, 300 E. Travis St.
$25 and up

PAX South 2020

Calling all gamers: the PAX South convention is back. There’s something for everyone – Magic the Gathering and Fortnite tournaments, a musical history of the Legend of Zelda, Dungeons and Dragons played live, and panels on Pokemon. A full weekend pass costs $100, day passes cost $50, and kids between the ages of 7 and 12 pay $15 on Sunday. Find tickets here.
Friday-Sunday
Henry B. González Convention Center, 900 E. Market St.
$15-$100

Spamilton: An American Parody

The brains behind Forbidden Broadway is parodying one of the hottest musicals on Broadway – and by all critics’ accounts, doing it very well. If you don’t have time to catch Spamilton this weekend, don’t worry; the show runs through Sunday, Jan. 26. Find tickets here.
Friday-Sunday
Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St Mary’s St.
$69 and up

Martin Luther King Jr. March

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. March in San Antonio takes place each MLK Day and is recognized as one of the largest such marches in the United States. It starts at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy and ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park, with speakers, vendors, and entertainment. The 2.75-mile route can be found here. VIA Metropolitan Transit is also offering free rides to the march from the Freeman Coliseum at 3201 E. Houston St. and St. Philip’s College at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive.
Monday, 10 a.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, 3501 Martin Luther King Drive (Rally at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa St.)
Free

Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang is a general assignment reporter at the Rivard Report.