One of the greatest benefits of living in San Antonio is the variety of “things” to see and do. In fact, there are so many San Antonio attractions and events on any given weekend that it can seem overwhelming to choose just one. In this series, all the pressure is off! Ten fun things to do in San Antonio will be chosen each week to make researching for the next Friday celebration, date night, or family outing a little more simple.
1. Dine Out This Weekend
During January’s Culinaria Restaurant Week, San Antonio restaurants offered a set menu, showcasing delicious cuisine and amazing atmosphere. This week, the event’s summer edition is here, ready to close out summer with some fabulous food. Just like last time, Tier 1 and Tier 2 restaurants and hotspots like Bliss, Citrus, Mariposa, Nao, Paesanos, and so many more will be featuring a menu for the week. Take part in this experience, and each restaurant you visit will donate money to the charitable Culinaria and the various programs it supports.
When: August 13-27
Where: Participating restaurants listed here
2. Get Creative In a Casa
Image Courtesy of the SA Museum
See the creative art sculpture designs of Hector Esrawe this weekend at his exhibitMi Casa, Your Casa. The installation features an “open frame” house that allows viewers to take it one step further and participate in the actual exhibit. Whether you’re lounging in a hammock or making a piece of art, you won’t want to miss this interactive installation outside at the San Antonio Museum of Art. It promises to be a unique and quirky art exhibit for everyone involved. It’s fun for the whole family and allows you to experience the culture that Esrawe intended.
When: This Weekend @10AM-5PM
Where: 200 West Jones Avenue
3. Catch A Pokemon
The new app “Pokemon Go” has become an obsession for residents of all ages! It’s become a great activity that gets people out of the house and moving. If you are one of the obsessed, get ready for thePokemon Go-Go Showdown! This event is an open invitation for everyone to meet fellow Pokemon addicts, catch some Pokemon, and make new friends. Bring your smart phone and get ready to catch ‘em all.
When: August 12 @7PM
Where: The Korova (107 E Martin St.)
4. See A Classic Musical
Image Courtesy of the Woodlawn Theatre
Evita is the classic musical that tells the story of the First Lady of Argentina and her rags-to-riches story. Andrew Lloyd Webber is famous for this musical rendition, and the San Antonio Woodlawn Theatre is going to bring it to life! Don’t miss the story of Evita’s life as they are presented in song and action. It’s a classic story that many know and love, and you have the opportunity to see it performed locally during opening weekend!
When: August 12, 13, 14 @ 7:30PM
Where: The Woodlawn Theatre (1920 Fredricksburg Road)
5. Find Fun at the Farm
School is just around the corner for every kid, and Cibolo Nature Center & Farm is hosting the perfect end of summer bash! Get ready for theFamily Fun Festival this Saturday, where kids can join in on exciting activities like a balloon race, relay races, a watermelon eating contest, and water fun! This is the perfect end of summer bash for kids. It’s good old-fashioned fun at the farm this weekend with timeless activities that are sure to keep the kids busy and interested while parents enjoy the scenery. Come on out and wear your swimsuit to this fun event!
When: August 13 @10AM-2PM
Where: 33 Herff Road
6. Get Jazzy this Weekend
Image Courtesy of the Witte Museum
The Witte Museum offers you the chance to enjoy some jazz music this weekend in their outdoor Will Smith Amphitheater. You’ll be relaxed by the jazzy sound of live instruments in the outdoor space. This weekend, Mark Little and The Epic Trio will be performing in partnership with Trinity’s jazz program. Sit outside underneath the shade of the pecan trees, bring lounge chairs, and enjoy the food and drink that is available for purchase. It’s the perfect way to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon during the lazy days of summer.
When: August 14 @3-5 PM
Where: The Witte Museum (3801 Broadway St.)
7. Make A Wand!
Still waiting on your acceptance letter into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Get a head start on your wand education by attending theOlivander’s Wand Making Class this weekend! This Harry Potter themed event will allow you to craft your own magic wand with all materials provided. If you’ve always dreamed of being a Harry Potter character, this is your chance to create a unique wand for yourself. Costumes are welcome if you’d like to dress as your favorite character from the hit series. The event welcomes witches and wizards of all ages to participate in the fun.
When: August 13 @4PM-6PM
Where: Heroes and Fantasies (4923 Northwest Loop 410)
8. Get A Sweet Treat
Lily’s Cookies is an adorable little bakery that features fresh, homemade cookies in a variety of irresistible flavors. Named after the owner’s daughter, each cookie is unique and delicious. They have classics like their brightly colored sugar cookies or chocolate chip; or, you can choose something new like the “Special” Cookie or Rosemary Shortbread. The menu is large and even includes cupcakes and brownies. It’s the perfect place to head if you need a sweet treat or a sugar pick-me-up!
When: M-F @9AM-5: 30PM; Saturday @10AM-3PM
Where: 2716 McCullough Ave.
9. Salsa, Salsa, Salsa!
Get ready to salsa your way through the weekend! It’s time for theBIG Salsa Festival! This four-day event is open to the public and features amazing salsa dancers, workshops that will help you learn how to salsa, and outstanding music performances by DJs and live artists. Every single night of this event promises dancing until the wee hours of the morning, if you so choose! Grab a partner (or meet someone at the festival) and start practicing your hip movements and salsa shakes! This is the fifth annual festival and there are some remarkable choreographers and instructors that can help turn you into a pro.
When: August 11-14, schedule here
Where: Grand Hyatt San Antonio (600 E Market St.)
10. Get Planting for Fall
Even though it’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner, it’s time to get started with your fall garden! Get planting this weekend with theFall Gardening event at Casa Navarro. You’ll learn how to grow fall vegetables like corn, squash, and beans. This workshop will teach you how these plants grow best in an environment like San Antonio and how you can grow them for the autumn season. This free event is open to the public and even provides gardening supplies and tools for participants. Break out your gardening gloves and get planting this weekend!
When: August 13 @9AM-11AM
Where: Casa Navarro State Historic Site (228 South Laredo)