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 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. Treat Your Taste Buds at Restaurant Week
Some of San Antonio’s greatest restaurants are featured this weekend during Culinaria’s Restaurant Week. Participants may choose from Tier One ($15 lunch/$35 dinner) or Tier Two ($10 lunch/$25 dinner). Each tier features a plethora of restaurants and each restaurant donates a portion of the price to Culinaria and the programs that it supports. Restaurants worth mentioning include Bliss, Biga on the Banks, Kirby’s, Nao, Paloma Blanca, and many more! You have the option to choose which meal sounds best to you! Reservations are encouraged for the event and can be made through specific restaurants. A fixed menu will be in place for the evening and can be found here. What’s not to love about dinner for a good cause?
When: January 18-23
Where: Your preferred participating restaurant
2. Delight your Senses with Art in the Garden
Take a stroll through the San Antonio Botanical Garden and visit the new exhibit, featuring artist Kim Beck. The garden trail allows visitors to listen to audio with their cell phones and experience the tour with an unexpected guide. You may be lead by a child, a poet, or even a dog. While it may sound a little odd at first, you’ll get to take in beautiful scenery, and encounter incredible art and interesting conversation. If you’re looking for a fun, unique experience this weekend, look no further than Art in the Garden!
When: Through January, 9AM-5PM
Where: San Antonio Botanical Garden (555 Funston Pl.)
3. Jam Out and Get Loco with Monster Jam!
Get pumped for San Antonio’s Monster Jam truck event! Featured trucks this weekend will be: Barbarian, Doomsday, El Toro Loco, and Captain’s Curse. This event is sure to be loud and energetic and filled with jaw-dropping moments. Any truck enthusiast or thrill seeker will want to snag a ticket to this two-day event.
When: January 23 @ 7PM or 24 @ 2PM
Where: Alamodome (100 Montana St.)
4. Color Your World with Dallas Green
Musician Dallas Green is on tour for his album, If I Should Go Before You, released in October of 2015. Green has worked with stars like P!nk and has even won the Alternative Album of the Year in 2007. It has been said that his voice and musicality is flowing and unforgettable. His last appearance was on Jimmy Kimmel Live where Green performed his ballad Lover Come Back. Tickets are on sale now for the show playing at San Antonio’s Aztec theater.
When: January 23 @ 7PM
Where: Aztec Theater (104 N St. Mary’s St.)
5. Fill Your Sweet Tooth
Grab a slice of Southern pecan pie or an oatmeal cranberry walnut cookie this weekend at Bird bakery. Bird bakes everything from scratch every day. “Day old” sweets are never sold; instead, they are given to charity or nonprofit organizations. If your sweet tooth is not prominent, stop in for a delicious breakfast quiche or sandwich for lunch. Bird has a vintage chic atmosphere and is a cozy spot to eat, talk, or work.
When: Monday–Thursday 7am–7pm | Friday–Saturday 7am–8pm | Sunday 12pm-5pm
Where: 5912 Broadway St.
6. Get A Blast From the Past at Joske's
Alamo Street used to be home to the bustling Joske’s, a department store that San Antonioans frequented. The building has been closed for years but has remained as a small piece of history in the downtown area of San Antonio. The Joske building has been renovated over the past few years and officially reopened to the public on Monday! Instead of housing one department store, the Joske building is now a part of River Center Mall and includes H&M, Dave and Busters, a quaint little candy shop, and even a Starbucks. The historical architecture of the building remains the same and will forever be viewed as a landmark of Alamo Plaza; however, the building now has some convenient and exciting updates to experience.
When: Monday-Saturday (10AM-9PM); Sunday (Noon-6PM)
Where: Corner of Alamo & Commerce Street (849 Commerce St.)
7. Attend Art After Hours at the McNay
Want to get dressed up in your best cocktail attire and attend an after party at a museum? The McNay is hosting a cocktail party after their closing time, complete with late night snacks, drinks, and plenty of dance music. The event urges you to “go glam” and enjoy art after hours. After all, it’s not every night that you get to party at a museum!
When: Friday, January 22 (9:30PM-1AM)
Where: The McNay (6000 N New Braunfels Ave.)
8. Swing Batter Batter!
With baseball season just around the corner, what better time to practice you batting skills? Power Swing offers twenty-one different pitching machines that pitch slow and fastballs so that you can practice your Babe Ruth skills. An afternoon at Power Swing promises fun for the whole family, team, or an individual who just wants to practice before baseball season begins. You can purchase 16 pitches for only one dollar and 432 pitches are only twenty dollars! If you’re planning a birthday party or an event, you can even reserve a tunnel and a machine in advance.
When: M-F: 12-10pm / SAT: 9am-10pm / SUN: 10am-10pm
Where: 4934 Golden Quail
9. Seek a Thrill at Great Room Escape
October is long gone but it’s never too late to seek a thrill! Make a reservation at Great Room Escape and interact in an exciting adventure where participants must discover clues and solve riddles in order to make their way out of the room. There is only one hour for the 12 participants to escape and if the pressure is too much, you may not make it! Each room is themed, including a zombie room or a cabin where you are running from a killer! This experience is not for the faint of heart…it takes wit, grace, and communication for a team to succeed and escape the room.
When: Anytime; Reservations required
Where: 1203 E. Commerce St.
10. Go Wild with the San Antonio Rampage
We’ve got another home game for the San Antonio Rampage hockey team! Our guys will be playing the Bakersfield Condors and need loud fans to cheer them on to victory! If you can’t make it to this week’s home game, wear your silver, white, and black to support the team on Friday as they tackle the Condors.
When: January 22 @ 7:30PM
Where: AT&T Center (1 AT&T Center Parkway)