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, it can seem overwhelming to choose just one! Thankfully, we’ve curated a list of 25 fun things to do in San Antonio to make researching for the next Friday celebration, date night, or family outing a little more simple.
Take time to read and explore all of the many options for the month of January as we begin the new year!
1. Cheer on Your Team at the All American Bowl
Football season is almost over, but we’ve got one more special game for you! The US Army always plays in the All American Bowl right after the New Year. It’s an East vs. West showdown and each year, the competition is strong. These young men are amazing to watch and so much fun to cheer on. Don’t forget about the halftime performance with the amazing Army Marching Band. You’ll love this patriotic event that could not be more quintessential of America. Get a ticket now and get ready to cheer them on!
When: January 6, 12:00 PM
Where: Alamodome (100 Montana St.)
2. Learn About Boats
If you hate the winter season and you’re already counting down to warmer weather, why not prepare for the summer at the San Antonio Boat Show? Jump start your summer at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center with a huge variety of boats: everything from pontoons to speedboats. There will be seminars held throughout the weekend so that you can learn more about the different styles of boats present. This is a great family-friendly event that promises to have something for everyone. Get ready for the warm weather and buy a boat!
When: January 4-January 7
Where: 900 E. Market St.
3. Discuss Real-World Issues at Dream Week
DreamWeek is an annual summit event that hopes to spark change and bring in new ideas about universal issues that affect the human race. The hope is to have people discussing real-world issues and listening to opinions from all sides. With symposiums, panel discussions, and debates, it’s an enlightening event that is sure to change your mind on at least one topic. This is the sixth annual DreamWeek, and it is set to challenge people and bring in new ideas. If you feel like this is something you could contribute to, grab a ticket now and head downtown for a life-altering weekend!
When: January 5-January 20
Where: Downtown (Click here for details!)
4. Ring in the New Year with the Spurs
What better way to celebrate 2018 than with the Spurs? Come ring in the New Year with the first game of the year at the AT&T Center. Our team will be playing the Phoenix Suns, and it is sure to be a great game! We need all the fans we can get to cheer the Spurs on and lead them to a victory in a great season! Get ready to wear your silver and black.When: January 5, 7:30 PM
Where: AT&T Center (1 AT&T Center Parkway)
5. Calling All Coffee Lovers!
Get ready, coffee lovers: this is the ultimate event for you to taste and experience a bold variety of coffee from all over! At the San Antonio Coffee Festival, you can taste fresh, local, and global coffee. Meet the local artisans and learn a little more about the beans and the brewing process. Stroll through the shops at La Villita, listen to some good music, and eat a nice meal while you’re out! It’s going to be a great atmosphere for you to enjoy right after the holiday season.
When: January 6, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Where: La Villita Historic Arts Village (418 Villita St.)
6. Witness A Pop Star Perform
Pop superstar Katy Perry is coming to San Antonio on her Witness tour! Her last tour was known as mind-blowing (according to Rolling Stone), and this one won’t be any different. For all of her fans, it will be a memorable night, filled with new songs off her latest album and the old fan favorites like “Teenage Dream” and “Firework.” These tickets will definitely sell quickly, so make sure you check the website and get yours early! When: January 10, 7:30 PM
Where: 1 AT&T Center Parkway
7. Grab an Award-Winning Cocktail
It’s time for the San Antonio Cocktail Conference, a yearly occurrence that brings together cocktail connoisseurs and some of the nation’s top bartenders. There will be five days of presentations and so many new discoveries with drinks. Some of the sessions will include paired dinners, giving you the ultimate dining experience. You can look at the schedule here and decide which times sound the best to you and what you’re looking for. Get excited to discover a new drink!
When: January 10-14, Various Times
Where: Various Locations
8. Experience a Broadway Musical
The Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical Cinderella is coming to San Antonio! The production tells the classic Cinderella story, with a few surprising twists. Enjoy the gorgeous costumes, live orchestra, and beautiful songs as you’re transported back to your childhood with this incredible story. Better grab your tickets fast! This family-friendly show will be a hot commodity for everyone in San Antonio.
When: January 12-14
Where: Majestic Theatre (224 E. Houston St.)
9. Reserve a Table at Your Favorite Restaurant
The Alamo City’s favorite restaurants are joining together for Restaurant Week. This annual event combines tons of the city’s restaurants for a pre-fixed menu for lunch or dinner. “Tier One” restaurants are more of the “fine” cuisine and offer a more expensive menu. With restaurants like Bliss, Boiler House, Bob’s Steak House, Grayze, and more, you’ll have trouble choosing which restaurant you want to partake in. “Tier Two” gives you restaurants like Chris Madrid’s, Paloma Blanca, Smoke, and Nosh. Each tier offers a specific choice in restaurant and menu, meaning that you can enjoy several different meals over the course of the week. Proceeds go to support charities so make a reservation soon!
When: January 15-27
Where: Various Restaurants
10. March for MLK Day
January 15th will mark the first official MLK March. Come and honor the civil rights leader that helped spark change in our country and listen to current activists speak in his honor. The march will start promptly at 10:00 AM. You’re encouraged to bring your friends and family to help partake in this community event.
When: January 15th, 10:00 AM
Where: MLK Academy (3501 MLK Drive)
11. Peruse Fine Art
The Southwest School of Art will begin its latest exhibition in association with the MLK march. Entitled One By One, the theme suggests that every single person can play a role in inclusion, enlightening others, and increasing understanding of social issues in our world. All of the artwork relates back to this theme and it will be on display from January 16-19, just in time for MLK Day. Celebrating diversity and inclusion doesn’t happen enough and this is one way that you can help our nation move towards that and support local art at the same time.
When: January 16-19
Where: 300 Augusta Street
12. Play at Confluence Park
Confluence Park has been transformed! Come out and celebrate as this Southside area brings something new to the city. The San Antonio River Foundation and Las Casas are celebrating through the “biggest little orchestra” Pink Martini. This mini orchestra combines multiple styles of music: jazz, classical, and even a little pop.
When: January 17, 7:00 PM
Where: Majestic Theatre (224 E Houston St.)
13. Kick It with Mexico
Image Courtesy of SI.com
Futobl is life in Mexico, and San Antonio is proud to share a little bit of that Mexican culture. The Mexican National Futbol team is coming to San Antonio for their first game of the season! While the opponent has not been named yet, it is sure to be a wonderful game as they prepare for the summer FIFA World Cup. If you’re a soccer fan, this is definitely a game you won’t want to miss out on!
When: January 31, TBA time
Where: Alamodome (100 Montana St.)
14. Shake It with Shakira
Her hips don’t lie, and now you can shake it with Shakira on her El Dorado World Tour, coming to San Antonio! This pop star is known for her amazing dance moves, and this Columbian singer promises a great show on her world tour. Known for songs like “Waka Waka,” “Hips Don’t Lie,” and “Loca,” she has a Latina influence and catchy lyrics that everyone seems to know and love. This is your chance to see a live performance of this amazing superstar.
When: January 29, 7:30 PM
Where: 1 AT&T Center Parkway
15. Have a Crepe (or Two)
Every Saturday, Chocollazo hosts a delicious crepe brunch that will have your mouth watering and your stomach happy. With crepes named, “Hella Nutella,” and “Gimme S’more,” you’ll be delighted by the sweet treats this delicious restaurant has whipped up. Plus, who doesn’t love a good brunch? This is the perfect location to bring your girlfriends for a morning catch up.
When: Any Saturday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Chocollazo (4013 Broadway)
16. Enjoy the Theatre
The timeless story “Little Women” is a well-renowned novel and movie. Now, watch the stage adaptation of this classic and captivating story as it is brought to life. The characters will feel like family by the end of the production, and we promise it will be a full theatrical experience. The story is excellent and the themes of discovery, hope, love, and heartache still ring true for everyone.
When: January 26-February 18, Times here
Where: The Playhouse, 800 W. Ashby Place
17. Learn How to Salsa
Image Courtesy of The Village Downtown
If learning salsa is one of your New Year’s resolutions, look no further than Jazz, Texas. The venue hosts weekly salsa lessons for anyone who is interested, at a budget-friendly price of just $12. Learn to salsa with experts and live music to help create an exciting atmosphere. Located down by the Pearl, you’ll have plenty to walk around and do after your lesson. Remember that this is a weekly occurrence, every Saturday!
When: Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: 312 Pearl Parkway, Building 6, Suite 6001
18. Cheer on Gryffindor!
Calling all Harry Potter fans! This month, Wonderland of the Americas is hosting a Gryffindor Art Walk where you can experience a variety of Harry Potter themed art. Additionally, there will be a market to shop with other Harry Potter trinkets and creations. Dress up in costume and you’ll have the chance to win a prize! It’s a fun, family event that will have all Harry Potter fans happy.
When: January 27-28, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Where: Wonderland of the Americas (4522 Fredericksburg Road)
19. Become a Poet
If you like to play with words and write in your free time, you may consider attending the P oetry Bootcamp with New York poet George Wallace. He will be taking you through a variety of writing exercises and challenging you to use your imagination. Come up with new ideas for your poems and interact with others who love the art of poetry. You’ll definitely feel inspired afterward and hopefully, you’ll have some content to work with!
When: January 20, 1:00 PM
Where: Gemini Ink (1111 Navarro)
20. Get a Sweet Treat
If you haven’t eaten at the new food hall at the Pearl, be sure to take some time this winter to try out all of the new food stations they have. The best one? Maybelle’s Donuts: a donut place where you can grab an assortment of delicious donuts with unique toppings and flavors like fried cinnamon roll, chocolate sea salt, strawberry milkshake, and more. The owners are both co-founders of Bakery Lorraine, so you know the donuts are going to be melt-in-your-mouth good. See their hours here, and figure out a time to go soon!
When: See holiday hours here
Where: 312 Pearl St.
21. Enjoy Classic Rock
If you’re a true rock fan, you’ll need a ticket for San Antonio’s Classic Winter Rock Fest. The Pat Travers Band, Starz, and Axe will all be present and it’s going to be a true night of rock. The tickets are only $28, and admission ensures a great night of music for you to enjoy.
When: January 20, 6:00 PM-1:00 AM
Where: Alamo City Music Hall & Club (1305 E Houston)
22. Watch a Local Band Perform
The local band Buttercup will be performing their unique show at the Tobin Center this month. Known for blending visual art and music, the band is known for its one-of-a-kind show. Creative, entertaining, talented, and local, the band will have you itching for more after the performance. Don’t miss out on this exceptional evening!
When: January 20, 8:00 PM
Where: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts (100 Auditorium Circle)
23. Start a New Exercise Routine
If your resolution involves getting into shape or increasing your health and wellness, look no further than Gardens & Yoga, a class offered the third Saturday of every month at the Botanical Gardens. This yoga class invites all levels, ages, and sizes to partake in the art of yoga, rain or shine. Enjoy it as you’re surrounded by the beauty and awe of nature and find peace through yoga.
When: Third Saturday of every month, 10:00 AM
Where: San Antonio Botanical Garden (555 Funston Place)
24. Sip a Glass of Tea
Bubble tea is all the rage now and Brews Lee Tea is the place to go. Newly opened and located on Broadway, this tea spot has everything you could ever want: pick your flavor, caffeine level, sugar level, and decide on which special add-ins you’d like to have. Choose from tapioca and other fun things to add a little flavor and life to your tea. The Asian themed tea spot has definitely been drawing a crowd and you’ll love the unique flavors that they have to offer.
When: Hours here
Where: 4009 Broadway St.
25. See Barry Manilow Live
World-renowned legend Barry Manilow is coming to San Antonio for one night only! His many talents include singer, songwriter, arranger, musician, and producer. With a career that has lasted over 50 years, you’ll find it impossible not to sing along to his hit songs like “Copacabana” and “Can’t Smile Without You”. Get a blast from the 70s and your own past with tickets to see this American legend live in town.
When: January 31, 7:00 PM
Where: Majestic Theatre (224 E Houston St.)