1. Go Army!
Due to our city’s status as “Military City USA”, The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has taken place in San Antonio since 2003! This iconic football game features players from the East and West in a showdown of future college and NFL players coming straight from high school. This year, you’ll enjoy more than just the football game: an All-American marching band will perform a fantastic half-time performance. This national event is exciting, patriotic, and always entertaining. Help San Antonio live up to its name as “Military City” and support the Army this weekend by showing up for the game and rooting for its players.
When: January 7 @12:00 PM
Where: Alamodome (100 Montana Street)
2. Find a New Drink
The San Antonio Cocktail Conference brings together cocktail connoisseurs and some of the nation’s top bartenders for one educational and delicious event. Five days of presentations can lead to countless amazing drinks for you to discover. Check out this year’s list of presenters here, and figure out which sessions sound most interesting to you. The event will feature dinners paired with certain presentations, bringing you fine cuisine and unique drinks to match. You won’t want to miss this annual event here in town! It’s sure to shake things up.
When: January 11-15, schedule here
Where: Various locations (see above schedule)
3. Get Your Game On
If you’re an intense gamer, you’re in for a real treat with the PAX South conference in town this weekend. Beginning in 2004, Penny Arcade began a show exclusively for the gaming world. This original show eventually led to a conference event for the gaming community. This conference eventually grew in size to become PAX. The southern conference will take place in San Antonio this year, hosting thousands of fans. Exhibit halls, panels, concerts, and gaming areas will be available for the many people who hope to make an appearance at the amazing event. Secure a ticket early so you can make sure to attend all the sessions you’re interested in!
When: January 27-29
Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (900 E Market St.)
3. View Painted Churches
The art exhibit “Painted Churches of Texas” has been ongoing on since November. If you haven’t had a chance to see the gorgeous photographs by Jim and Jane Whitcomb, take this as an opportunity to do so before the exhibit moves on! Most people don’t realize that Texas is home to more than two dozen churches boast intricate hand painted works from the 19th Century. Built by immigrants from places like Mexico, Spain, Germany, and France, the artwork inside is unique and reflective of distinct cultural styles. Get a ticket for this exhibit and experience the beauty of the painted churches.
When: All month
Where: Institute of Texan Cultures (801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.)
4. Grab a Cup of Joe
Find that perfect cup of coffee this month with the San Antonio Coffee Festival! With coffee beans from all over the world, you’ll be introduced and exposed to so many new blends and roasts, you won’t know which one to take home! The festival celebrates the art of coffee and (obviously) offers free samples and blends to take home with you. For just $5, you’ll receive a ticket that allows you four different tastes of your preferred coffee bean. Find a new cup of joe that fits your flavor!
When: January 7 @10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Where: La Villita Historic Arts Village, 418 Villita
5. See Some Magic
Coming to you live from Broadway, The Illusionists are putting on the world’s most impressive magic show. Seven of the most talented magicians are scheduled to blow your mind with their different tricks and thrills. The show is truly non-stop, leaving audience members breathless and on the edge of their seat to see what will happen next. You’ll be dazzled and awed at the spectacular magic tricks this production brings to stage. Get ready to say, “abra cadabra!”
When: January 10-15, times here
Where: The Majestic Theatre (224 E Houston St.)
6. Sculpt A New Idea
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is offering you an inside look at the art of sculpting. The museum is hosting unique tours and demonstrations of the art, displaying everything from wood sculpting to clay, all the while informing guests about the differences and unique qualities of the many forms of three-dimensional art. You’ll even have the chance to participate in some hands-on activities like sculpting using building blocks and soap! Who knows? Maybe by the end of the day, you’ll find a new hobby!
7. Celebrate Diversity Through Food
The Witte Museum is hosting San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) and their “Taste the Dream” gala event. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, “Taste the Dream” will feature six chefs and a unique menu that presents food from all over the world: Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, and even Southern comfort food. The gala consists of an open bar cocktail hour, food stations and tastings, and even dancing towards the end of the evening. There will be raffle prizes given away to a few lucky winners. Tickets are only $30 for an amazing night!
When: January 14 @6:00 PM
Where: The Witte Museum (3801 Broadway St.)
8. See A “Hopelessly” Romantic Show
Playhouse San Antonio is bringing the story of May and Eddie and their hopeless relationship to life. Doomed to repeat the past, the two lovers can’t help but come back to one another, even when May attempts to move on. Fool for Love is a sensational drama by Sam Shepard that is bound to leave you speechless. Filled with scandal, passion, and destruction, the play promises to keep you curious. You have most of the month to see this one, so make some time in your weekend!
When: Fridays-Sundays @ 8:00 PM
Where: Cellar Theatre (800 W Ashby Place)
9. Spice Up Your Lunch Break
Tired of a dreary lunch hour during your work week? Head over to San Antonio Museum of Art and take a tour of their main museum section. You’ll definitely learn something new about art, and as a bonus, you’ll receive 10% off your lunch purchase at the museum café: Rosella Coffee Co. Simply show your museum sticker to receive the discount! Head back to work feeling rejuvenated and artistic.
Where: San Antonio Museum of Art (200 W Jones Ave)
10. Have A Dream
Dreamweek hopes to educate people on tolerance and equality. Similar to Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope for America, Dreamweek offers countless opportunities for diversity and the chance to hear a new perspective. With a full three weeks of activities (including symposiums, concerts, panel discussions, debates, art gallery exhibits, mixers, and more), you are guaranteed to find something that peaks your interest and fires you up. Guest speakers are in town for the entire three weeks, but you will need to browse by day to discover which activity speaks to you the most. Help to advance America in the quest for tolerance by attending and supporting Dreamweek.
When: January 6-21, schedule here
11. Find Fine Cuisine
Get ready for the semi-annual Culinaria Restaurant Week! San Antonio’s finest restaurants are being showcased, creating some of the most delicious cuisine for you to enjoy. Tier one restaurants offer more “fine” cuisine and 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 try. 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 16-28
Where: Your chosen restaurant; list here
12. Listen to A New Story
A unique story is available to you at the Institute of Texan Cultures. “Foreign by Land, Native by Heart” is the new exhibit that tells the story of four refugee families and their journey to San Antonio. Their accounts share the conditions that brought them to America, stories about their native homeland, and how they are adjusting to a new life and a new home. You’ll be captivated by the truth and the rawness of each story. The exhibit is continuing until April for anyone who cannot make it during this month.
When: Now until April 9
Where: Institute of Texan Cultures (801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.)
13. Experience MJ Like Never Before
Calling all Michael Jackson fans! The amazing tour “Who’s Bad: The Michael Jackson Experience” is in San Antonio for one night only! Playing at the Aztec Theatre, the tour pays the ultimate tribute to the King of Pop, giving the audience every major hit and even his signature dance moves. The live performance will leave you breathless and has been described as a “musical must-see”. With a constant world-tour, it’s unbelievable that the group is making a stop in San Antonio. You’ll definitely want to purchase tickets in advance for this one! It’s going to sell out fast.
When: January 12 @8:00 PM
Where: Aztec Theatre (104 N. St. Mary’s St.)
14. Go Home for a Home Game
Some would say the Lakers are the ultimate rival for the San Antonio Spurs. Watch as these two teams battle it out for a home game at the AT&T Center! Cheer on your team and yell, “Go Spurs Go!” as they make plays against the LA Lakers. Check out the new plays and new players for this season. The season is just getting started, and any Spurs fan should make an effort to attend this exciting home game!
When: January 12 @7:30 PM
Where: AT&T Center (One AT&T Circle)
15. Meet An Author
Our favorite cozy little bookstore “The Twig” is hosting an appearance by Catherine Clinton, author of “Stepdaughters of History”. The novel is about overthrowing social stereotypes for Southern women. With voices from Civil War scholars, the book is backed up with authenticity and fact. Clinton will be answering any questions and doing a short reading from her book. Get your copy signed or purchase one for the first time. It’s sure to be a memorable event that will enlighten your perception about the women of the South.
When: January 12
Where: The Twig Book Shop (306 Pearl Parkway, suite 106)
16. Step It Up and Salsa
Want to learn bachata or salsa? No partner is necessary for these dance lessons, and drop-ins are welcome! Learn the basics of each style of dance or schedule a lesson for a more advanced understanding of the moves. You’ll learn how to swing your hips and shimmy with these fun and entertaining dance classes at Candela Studio. It’s time to take your dancing to the next level and burn off those holiday calories!
When: Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Where: Candela Estudio (5337 Glen Ridge Drive)
17. Hear Poetry Live
Every single Wednesday, Kinyo Live brings you new poets and new musicians, all from the local community of San Antonio. It’s an opportunity for people to perform their passion and showcase their art. Come out and support different performers! Because the lineup changes from week to week, make sure and attend more than once to experience all of the variety that Kinyo has to offer. Poetry and song is a unique art form that takes time and encouragement...let that encouragement can come from you!
When: Every Wednesday @ 8:30 PM
Where: One Drop Reggae Shop and Juice Bar (8800 Broadway St. #8816)
18. Laugh With Engvall
Bill Engvall is the hit comedian that you won’t want to miss this weekend. He’s Grammy-nominated, and his records have gone multi-platinum, making him one of the biggest names in comedy. He’s been in numerous TV shows and competed on Season 17 of Dancing with the Stars! You’ll be laughing out of your seat with this show at the Tobin Center. Don’t miss a chance to see this loveable comedian while he’s in town.
When: January 8 @ 7:00 PM
Where: HEB Performance Hall (100 Auditorium Circle)
19. Get Fit and Get Artsy
Peruse the galleries of San Antonio Museum of Art, then go for a run around the sculpture garden with a professional coach from Run Wild Sports! You’ll enjoy a quick tour of the gallery and have the opportunity to see some art before your workout. Then, kick start that New Year’s resolution with a jog and kettle bell exercises. It’s an activity for all levels of runners and can be catered toward your individual needs. This free exercise/art event is one you’ll definitely want to add to your calendar.
When: January 10 @ 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Where: San Antonio Museum of Art (200 W. Jones Ave.)
20. Be the Belle of the Ball
The Alamo Empire is hosting their annual Prince and Princess Ball as the very first event of 2017! They welcome the San Antonio community and all of the princes and princesses of the International Court System of Texas. It will be a beautiful evening of cocktails and performances as they raise money to support charities. Dress up and go out for a night and celebrate 2017! Ticket prices are cheap: prices vary from $3-$10!
When: January 7 @ 9:00 PM-12:00 AM
Where: The Silver Dollar Saloon (1814 N. Main Ave.)
21. Experience A Classic
Mozart wrote his first symphony when he was only eight years old. Later, the musical genius composed over 600 works, many of which are thought to be some of the greatest pieces of music in the world. Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing is bringing Mozart to life with the performance of Symphony No. 40 in G minor. You can experience this classic at the Tobin Center and understand why Mozart is thought to be such an amazing musician. Lang-Lessing is a remarkable composer himself and gives great meaning to the piece.
When: January 6-7 @ 8:00 PM
Where: The Tobin Center (100 Auditorium Circle)
22. Give Your Weeknight Some Jazz
The St. Anthony hotel is one of San Antonio’s hottest luxury venues, boasting golden age glamour and timeless vibes. If you can’t afford a night in the hotel, head over on a Tuesday for “Jazz on the Rocks”. The weekly happy hour brings unique cocktails and smooth jazz for listeners to enjoy. Delicious artisan cheese trays and meats are available for snacking while you enjoy the relaxing music. This old hotel has the power to breathe some life into your Tuesday night with their luxurious feel and sophisticated atmosphere. Give it a try and spice up your weeknight.
When: Tuesdays @ 5:00 -7:00 PM
Where: The St. Anthony Hotel (300 E. Travis St.)
23. Keep It Positive
With the start of a new year, many people go around making resolutions on how they want to live their life. If you’re looking for a way to see life in a more positive, purposeful way, consider attending the Dreamweek event that speaks on this very subject. Four San Antonio professionals will be speaking on ways that you can increase a positive mindset and add purpose to your life, all while navigating the difficult events that can be thrown your way. It teaches you how to gain a sense of inner harmony in your day-to-day life. Hopefully, you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and on target with any resolutions you’ve made for 2017.
When: January 7 @ 11:00 AM
Where: Witte Museum (3801 Broadway St.)
24. Explore Art with Your Kids
Everyone knows that young children should be exposed to art and music from a young age in order to stimulate growth. Now, that opportunity has arrived with ArtStrolls: A is for Art. The event allows you to explore the McNay Art Museum while pushing your little one in their stroller. Sensory activities and playtime will be set up so that your child can be engaged and involved in their learning. It’s the perfect winter activity to get you out of the house and experiencing hands-on art education.
When: January 6 @10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Where: McNay Art Museum (6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.)