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. Take in the Sights and Sounds of First Friday
When exploring the city, “Southtown” can be described quite simply as the southern edge of downtown. Southtown San Antonio is home to a budding art and cultural scene. The crown jewel of this river city renaissance is First Friday, when local art dealers and galleries roll out the red carpet for the public. Communicated largely by word of mouth, First Friday has become a favorite among locals and Southtown becomes a first class art display centered around the Blue Star Arts Complex.
However, First Friday isn’t restricted only to the art, food and drinks are involved as well! Local restaurants and bars offer a variety of specials to coincide with the event, which is always a hit with residents and visitors alike.
When: Friday Night, October 2 (repeating every first Friday of each month).
Where: Blue Star Arts Complex, 116 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204
2. Peruse Local Produce at the Pearl Farmer’s Market
The beginning of autumn evokes memories of fresh fall fruits, plump pumpkins, and warm apple pie. Each of those items and more can be found for sale at the weekend farmers market hosted by The Pearl. The Pearl is one of the trendiest new developments in town and the farmer’s market is no exception. Only local producers are invited to sell their wares and they must be located within a 150 mile radius of San Antonio. Not only does the market provide top quality goods, but the opportunity to meet those who produce them. If you’re just looking to grab a delicious breakfast and take in the ambiance, the vendors have you covered with that as well. From breakfast tacos to crepes and baked goods, the choices are endless.
When: Saturday from 9am-1pm, Sunday from 10am-2pm.
Where: The Pearl, 312 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78215
3. Two-Step with Randy Rogers at Floore’s Country Store
The Texas Two-Step is a proud Texas Hill Country tradition with dancehalls across the area. One of the most historic is John T. Floore’s Country Store, which also happens to be one of the most popular music venues in the city. If dancing isn’t quite your scene, no worries! Floore’s is famous for hosting Texas Country artists. This weekend is no different as Randy Rogers Band takes the stage. One of the most popular Texas Country bands in the nation, the Randy Rogers Band has listed Floore’s as a favorite venue to play in the state. In fact, rumor has it that a few band members own homes in San Antonio. Head on out to Floore’s and experience two great Texas traditions in one!
When: Saturday (Doors open at 7pm, Randy Rogers Band starts at 9pm).
Where: John T. Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023
4. Kayak the San Antonio Mission Reach
With fall upon us, there is no better time to embark on an adventure down the San Antonio River. The weather is beautiful and downtown seems noticeably less crowded as the summer tourism season winds down. The San Antonio Missions have long been a point of interest, but only recently have they become accessible by kayak. Visitors can now begin a journey upstream and explore the beautiful redevelopment of the San Antonio River from the unique vantage point a kayak provides.
At the conclusion of the tour, riders can take a stroll along the San Antonio Mission Trail to explore the Missions themselves. Given that the Missions were recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors and residents alike cannot look past the amazing beauty and history.
When: Anytime with reservation
Where: Trips begin at Espada Park, 330 Mission Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78214
5. Enjoy a Night at the Opera with Madama Butterfly
While known for mariachi music and NBA Championship parades, the San Antonio Riverwalk is also home to a thriving fine arts scene. The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is a state of the art facility that opened along the Riverwalk just last year. The Tobin Center plays host to the San Antonio Symphony, OPERA San Antonio, and a wide variety of visiting acts. This weekend, OPERA San Antonio opens the season with a performance of Madama Butterfly. The performance features the San Antonio Symphony, providing a fantastic opportunity to witness the breadth of fine arts San Antonio has to offer.
When: Saturday Night at 7:30 pm.
Where: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205
6. Welcome back Soccer Saturday with the San Antonio Scorpions
Whether you’re a former player, current player, or somebody’s biggest fan, most San Antonians have spent a Saturday at the soccer fields. Now that fall soccer season is in full swing, head on over to Toyota Field to watch the professionals play the beautiful game! San Antonio is home to our very own professional soccer team, the San Antonio Scorpions, who play in the North American Soccer League. The Scorpions play at Toyota Field, and recently announced the park’s expansion due to popularity and interest. If all goes according to plan, the expansion will help San Antonio lure Major League Soccer (MLS) to town in the near future. Grab some friends, learn a few new cheers, and partake in the world’s most popular spectator sport right here in San Antonio.
When: Saturday at 7:30 pm.
Where: Toyota Field, 5106 David Edwards Dr, San Antonio, TX 78233
7. Live La Vida Loca with Ricky Martin
It’s hard to remember the new millennium in San Antonio without Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” playing in the background. While Martin’s most recognizable hit defines his career, Martin opened a new door for Latin music in the United States. While many in South Texas will note that Selena began the process of taking Latin (and Tejano) music mainstream, it’s clear that Martin continued the process and paved the way for artists like Shakira and Enrique Iglesias. Seats are sure to be filled when Martin performs at the Freeman Coliseum.
When: Saturday at 8 pm.
Where: Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78219
8. Walk through Art in a Botanical Garden
If you’re feeling the need to add more culture to your weekend routine but don’t want to spend a beautiful afternoon inside a museum, the San Antonio Botanical Garden has your answer. The Garden is featuring a new exhibit by artist Kim Beck that combines the living with the imaginary.
Beck designed a trail through the grounds with audio that can be accessed through your cell phone. While observing the beautiful flowers and grasses, visitors can expect explanations from a diverse cast of characters who help the exhibit come to life.
When: All weekend. Park hours are 9am-5pm.
Where: San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX 78209
9. Celebrate Oktoberfest on the Riverwalk
There may be no better way to celebrate the beginning of October in San Antonio than with Oktoberfest on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Few realize that San Antonio has a distinct German heritage that reaches into the Texas Hill Country. Biergarten on the San Antonio Riverwalk decided to combine that great German tradition with everyone’s favorite downtown destination. The result is a perfect match: Oktoberfest on the Riverwalk featuring beer, brats, and live music. The event runs throughout the weekend and is sure to be a hit for years to come.
When: All weekend.
Where: Bier Garten Riverwalk, 126 Losoya Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205
10. Try New Flavors at the Latin Cuisine Festival
If you’re looking to expand your tastes, then the Culinary Institute of America is the best of all San Antonio attractions. The Institute is a flagship feature of the redeveloped Pearl Brewery complex. This weekend the CIA (of taste) hosts the Latin Cuisine Festival. The event features a variety of classes, demonstrations, and tastings revolving around the flavors of the U.S.-Mexico border (El Norte). Whether you hope to sharpen your cooking skills or simply indulge in new flavors, the Latin Cuisine Festival has your order.
When: Saturday beginning at 9am.
Where: The Culinary Institute of America, 312 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78215