Courtesy / Angela Martinez
July keeps marching on, and so do the scorching days. But just because the heat makes you feel slow doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun. Here are a few activities – ranging from kid-friendly plays to adult-friendly cocktail events – for you to check out this weekend.
41st Annual CineFestival
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is hosting the 41st annual CineFestival, sponsored by the San Antonio Film Commission, through Sunday. The four-day festival features films that center around the theme “Frontera in Focus.” An all-access pass costs $50, while daytime tickets cost $8 and evening tickets cost $10. The after-party is free for all festival-goers. There are also a few free film screenings in the lineup. Tickets and schedule can be found here. Buy festival passes here.
The Historic Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The classic Eric Carle picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar comes to life on stage starting Friday night at Magik Theatre to wow audience members with its appetite. Adults and children ages 2 to 17 pay $15 for admission, while active-duty military, educators, and seniors pay $12. Children ages 2 and under may enter for free. The show runs through Aug. 4. Find tickets to this weekend’s shows of The Very Hungry Caterpillar here.
The Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St.
Balcones Heights Jazz Festival
The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival kicks off with two opening performances Friday night. Wednesday Ball opens at 7:30 p.m., and Ragan Whiteside performs as Friday’s headliner at 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and the jazz festival will continue every Friday until Aug. 2. Outdoor seating is free but limited, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd.
Free Screening: Superman: The Movie
Bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and anything else you might need for a screening of the 1978 film Superman: The Movie at the San Antonio Museum of Art. The screening is free with museum admission. Christopher Reeve stars as the alien hero who was sent to Earth from his dying planet and faces Gene Hackman playing Lex Luthor. The event may be canceled in case of inclement weather. The movie starts at sunset. Please do not bring pets.
Friday, 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave.
Free with museum admission
San Antonio RoadRunners 40th Annual Women’s Run
The San Antonio RoadRunners running club is celebrating the 40th year of its annual women’s 5K run/walk and 10K. The event is designed to bring the women and girls of San Antonio together through fitness and fun. If you’ve already registered online, you can pick up your packet from noon to 6 p.m. Friday outside the H-E-B at the Shops at Lincoln Heights. You can also register in-person there or on race day from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. The 5K costs $40, and the 10K costs $50. The Girls Fun Run for 10-year-olds and younger is free. No dogs allowed except for service dogs, and strollers are welcome. Race details can be found here.
Saturday, 7-11 a.m.
The Shops at Lincoln Heights, 999 E. Basse Road
Inclusion Programming at Hemisfair
Children and adults can get in touch with their senses at experience stations this Saturday at Hemisfair. Pet therapy dogs and llamas (yes, therapy llamas), listen to a story being read aloud, taste strawberry lemonade, and feel water beads in a sensory activity. Bring kids of all ages and abilities for exposure to art, technology, purposeful movement, and more.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Hemisfair, 434 S. Alamo St.
I Spy – A Scavenger Hunt
Madame Fancypants needs the help of some youthful detectives to find her treasured paintings. Searchers at Villa Finale Museum and Gardens will get a pair of binoculars to find photo clues on their maps. Once all clues have been found, detectives must solve the puzzle to solve the mystery. There are two age categories for scavenger hunters: 5 to 8 years of age, and 9 to 12 years of age. Parents or guardians must accompany their children throughout the event. The event is free, but you can RSVP here. Check-in starts at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon
Villa Finale, 401 King William St.
Peach Fest 2019
If you were already planning on hitting the mall this weekend, La Cantera will be highlighting Texas’ favorite summer fruit Saturday. Browse vendors offering peaches, peach wines, jellies, salsas, lotions, and other peach-derived products. There will be giveaways as well. Dogs welcome.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway
Friendship Festival and Street Dance
The nonprofit Inner City Development is hosting its annual Friendship Festival this Saturday to raise money for its services and programs. Enjoy performances from Texas Bad Boys, Benny Y Los Jets, Joe Zimmerle Y Su Conjunto, and Los Papis Chulos featuring Beatriz. There will be games, food, and drinks, as well as free raspas from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
1300 Chihuahua St.
Date Night at AlaMOTOWN: Las Vegas Revue
Enjoy a night of Motown at the Carver Community Cultural Center on Saturday evening. Tickets cost $149 and include music, food, and dancing. The Motown Revue from Las Vegas performs, and proceeds benefit multi-social service agency Ella Austin Community Center. Buy tickets here.
Saturday, 6 p.m.
Jo Long Theatre at Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry St.
Free Screening: Frozen
Summertime heat is the perfect weather for watching this snowy Disney animated feature at the Greenline, the linear park at Brooks. Movie watchers can buy barbecue and sno-cones to enjoy during the movie. Bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and anything else you might need for an outdoor movie showing. There will also be a raffle to win Frozen-themed goodies.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
The Greenline SA, 2532 Sidney Brooks
The sci-fi festival is back again all weekend with 100 different vendors, performances, and more entertainment options for the whole family. There are various craft classes to sign up for, including a Mothra painting class on Saturday at 1 p.m. Noelle Hannibal – who has credits in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, and Ellen – will be stopping by to say hi on Friday and Saturday. Expect to see special guest James C. Leary, who played Clem on Buffy. The convention is free to attend.
Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd.
Want to learn how to make paella? Or just want to buy some to eat? For the aspiring chefs, $42 gets you into a 9 a.m. paella-making class, which includes half a pound of paella and a glass of sangria. Paella-purchasers can buy half a pound for $14 and $25 for a pound on Sunday, but placing orders before then will get you a slight discount ($12 and $22, respectively). Class tickets are limited, so sign up quick. You can find tickets and place early orders for paella here.
Sunday, 9 a.m.
The Koffee Kup Co., 1025 Donaldson Ave.
National Mac and Cheese Day at Traders Village
Traders Village is celebrating National Mac and Cheese Day with a variety of takes on the American classic. Customers can buy regular mac and cheese, Cajun mac and cheese with crawfish, mac and cheese with chili, and mac and cheese with hot dogs. There will be live music for the family to enjoy, and a craft table with free activities for kids. There will also be a free photo booth, with unlimited picture taking for guests. Admission to Traders Village is free, and parking costs $4.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Traders Village, 9333 Southwest Loop 410
Cocktail Scavenger Hunt: Taste the Tropics
The San Antonio Botanical Garden continues its scavenger hunt series with a tropical-themed hunt. Guests will be given maps of the garden and instructed to find ingredients such as lemongrass and chilies. Once you locate the ingredient, take a picture, and keep going until all items have been found and photographed. Trade your photographic proof of a successful scavenger hunt for a seasonal cocktail and a four-course tasting menu. Tickets cost $25 for nonmembers and $22.50 for members. Buy tickets here.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.