This Mother’s Day, Take Mom Out to Fun Weekend Activities

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Ballet Folklorico Festival dancers (from left) Gali, 16, and Lily, 13, smile at one another at the Texas Folklife Festival.

Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard Report

The Ballet Folklorico Spring Showcase takes place at Arneson River Theatre this Sunday.

Haven’t planned any Mother’s Day activities yet? Are you just now remembering that Sunday is Mother’s Day? Don’t worry – this weekend, there are events all around San Antonio where you can spend some time with the family and not think too much about how quickly you’ll have to put together a gift basket and breakfast in bed.

Preserve with Siboney Díaz-Sánchez

Essex Modern City is partnering with Creative Mornings to bring Overland Partners architect Siboney Díaz-Sánchez to its future home at 51 Essex St. on Friday morning. This month’s theme for Creative Mornings is “Preserve,” and Díaz-Sánchez’s work focuses on communities’ experience of a space. The free event is sold out, but you can join the waitlist here.
Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
51 Essex St.
Free

Essex Al Fresco

If you can’t make the Creative Mornings talk but still want to see the Denver Heights site, Essex Modern City is also hosting an intimate dinner catered by Tim the Girl. Dropping $150 buys you two tickets to a four-course, French-inspired meal paired with beer and wine, with Ruby Alexander providing jazz fusion music in the background. The dinner event precedes the inaugural Essex Music and Arts Festival, which is Saturday, noon to midnight.
Friday, 7-9:30 p.m.
51 Essex St.
$150 for two

Free Movie Screening: Mary Poppins Returns

H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza brings this colorful Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda movie to the Tobin Center plaza for families to enjoy. As the title suggests, supernanny Mary Poppins comes back to care for the Banks children after they have grown up and forgotten her magic. Bring chairs, blankets, but no outside food or drink, please. There will be concessions available to purchase. The plaza opens at 7 p.m., and the movie starts at 8 p.m.
Friday, 8-10 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Free

Free Movie Screening: The Jungle Book

Our free outdoor movie screening cup runneth over! Slab Cinema brings The Jungle Book to Confluence Park. Bring chairs, blankets, and any snacks you think you may need to enjoy this 2016 Disney remake of its 1967 classic. Movie starts at sunset, so keep an eye on the sky.
Friday, 7-10 p.m.
Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St.
Free

San Antonio Donut Fest

There are a lot of “fests” out there, but this one might have the most sugar. Local bakeries bring their wares to the Tobin Center plaza on Saturday for people to sample. Attendees can also find coffee, mimosas, and kid-friendly beverages at the festival. There will also be Saturday morning cartoons screenings, a cereal bar, games, and more. Pre-sale tickets have already sold out, but there are still some tickets available to purchase at the gate.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
$15

La Llorona Relay Run

Have you heard of the tale of La Llorona, the woman who murdered her children and was condemned to search for them for the rest of eternity? Well, that classic folktale not only found its way to a new, rather poorly received movie, it inspired a relay race in Northwest San Antonio. Organizers of the fourth annual La Llorona relay run also want runners to dress up, as there’s a prize for the best La Llorona costume. Each runner in a team of four will run 2 miles. Registration for four runners costs $25 before race day; online registration closes Friday. Day-of registration costs $30. So lace up your shoes and get your spookiest garb on because La Llorona is coming for you!
Saturday, 6-9 p.m.
Lady Bird Johnson Park, 10700 Nacogdoches Road
$25-$30

Free Movie Screening: Wonder Woman

Itching for more superhero movies after watching Avengers: Endgame multiple times? (Not everyone at the Rivard Report has seen it yet so no spoilers, please!) The Tower of the Americas is showing Wonder Woman on Saturday evening, so bring your chairs, blankets, snacks, and anything else you might need for an outdoor movie. Movie starts at sunset.
Saturday, 6-9 p.m.
Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
Free

Cactus Blossom Mission Heritage Dinner

This year, the fourth annual Cactus Blossom Mission Heritage Dinner menu was curated by Rebel Mariposa of La Botanica and Amado Casanova of Santos Ranch Lodge. Come enjoy unique Native American foods, entertainment, raffles, door prizes, and a silent auction. The money raised will go toward expanding programs from the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions. The AITSCM also will recognize Chicana writer Norma Cantú as the guest of honor. Free parking is available on site. General admission costs $50, and tickets can be purchased here.
Saturday, 6-9 p.m.
Progreso Hall, 1306 Guadalupe St.
$50

A Night of Magik

The Magik Theatre is hosting its 2019 gala on Saturday night. The gala is themed “A World of Pure Imagination” in the spirit of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, which the theatre is putting on this spring. General admission costs $100, and tickets can be purchased here or at the Magik Theatre box office. Guests can also purchase raffle tickets for prizes such as Hamilton tickets, a round of golf at TPC San Antonio, and more.
Saturday, 6:30-10 p.m.
The Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St.
$100

Mariachi Sundays at the Plaza

It’s a celebration for the whole family and perfect for Mother’s Day! Head to Plaza Guadalupe with your mother, grandmother, and any other mother figure in your life to enjoy live mariachi music from the Mariachi Aztecs de America and Roger Velasquez & the Latin Legends. You can also bring your own food and make it a picnic day outside.
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Plaza Guadalupe, 1327 Guadalupe St.
Free

100 Years of Bollywood

If you love Bollywood or are just getting to know the Hindi cinema scene, the Carver Community Cultural Center is hosting a live musical experience on Sunday around the genre. Experience the journey of Bollywood starting in the 1940s going into the new millennium at this Broadway-style performance. Tickets are $39 and can be purchased here.
Sunday, 4:30 p.m.
Jo Long Theatre at The Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry St.
$39

Ballet Folklorico 2019 Spring Showcase

If you want to take in even more mariachi music but at a different venue, you and the family can mosey on over to the Arneson River Theatre to enjoy traditional dances and mariachi music. The Ballet Folklorico Spring Showcase costs $7 per person at the gate. Call 210-932-0132 for more information.
Sunday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St.
$7

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