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. Understand Contemporary Photography
It seems as though there’s always something happening in the art community of San Antonio and this week is no different. Telling Tales: Contemporary Photography is an event at the McNay that offers a large-scale viewing of contemporary photography. With over fifty images to see and seventeen known photographers, this exhibit gives you an amazing feel for some modern photography art. Each photo tells a magnificent story, and you’ll have the entire evening to decipher the message. With a price point of only $15 a ticket, this is an event that you won’t want to miss!
When: Friday @10AM-4PM; Saturday @10AM-5PM; Sunday @12PM-5PM
Where: The McNay Art Museum (6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.)
- 2. Get Spooked!
Looking for a fun Halloween activity for little ones? Sea World offers Spooktacular, a daytime event that has fall activities and shows and a trick-or-treat event through the park. If you don’t want it to be too scary, be sure and head out before 7 PM to avoid the ghouls and goblins. The daytime is family fun while the nighttime offers a scarier mood and atmosphere. Your ticket into Sea World automatically grants you entrance to Spooktacular so hurry up and head over to the park for an afternoon of fun! Feel free to dress in costume if you so choose.
When: Anytime during park hours
Where: Sea World (10500 Sea World Drive)
- 3. Shed Some Light
The Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center is an organization that helps to pave the way for students’ academic success through daycare and tutoring. Help support the cause this weekend by attending their Fall Festival. The festival will have a carnival with games, music, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, door prizes, and more! It’s an evening of fun with plenty of activities for the whole family. Food and drinks are available for purchase and (fingers crossed) it’ll be a perfect evening to enjoy an outdoor picnic while enjoying the crisp fall air.
When: October 7 @6:30-8PM
Where: The Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center (25473 Bulverde Road)
- 4. Dance in the Park
Get ready for a new event in town this weekend that will make you energized and active! Dance in the Park, brought to you by Yanaguana Gardens Park and the San Antonio Dance Umbrella, is a fun evening event that gives locals free dance lessons in a surplus of styles. Learn to salsa, samba, waltz, or line dance by coming out for the free lesson from a true professor. The evening will close with a live dance performance and music for everyone to freestyle or put their newly learned skills to the test!
When: October 7 @6:30PM-9PM
Where: Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair (434 S. Alamo St.)
- 5. Plant Something new
The Native Plant Society of Texas is hosting a fabulous fall event for you to come out and purchase Texas wildlife foliage to take home and plant. Prices will range from $2-$8, quite the bargain for those in need of some new landscaping at home! Additionally, there will be a plant identification specialist and representative to help guide you in your purchases in what may potentially work best for your yard or home. Admission is free, and you’re not obligated to purchase anything; so, if you want to just come and browse, you are welcome to do so!
When: October 8 @9AM-12PM
Where: Phil Hardberger Park (13203 Blanco Road)
- 6. Be an Archeologist!
It’s Texas Archaeology Month! Come test your archaeology skills at the Witte Museum where you’ll get to excavate artifacts and dig through dirt to find treasures! The mock dig will teach you archaeology skills like brushing/dusting and using tools to assist in excavating. You’ll also have the opportunity to create rock art and meet a professional archaeologist! This is hands-on learning at its best and offers a fun, educational experience for the whole family. Your Witte Museum ticket will allow you to attend this fun daytime event!
When: October 8 @12PM-4PM
Where: Witte Museum (3801 Broadway)
- 7. Celebrate Oktoberfest
Celebrate Oktoberfest and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the JW Marriott in the Hill Country. Beer from a variety of breweries will be served in German mugs as servers wear traditional German attire. As a guest, you’ll get to dance under the stars to a polka band. German food will be served to set the atmosphere and games will be set out to entertain little ones. If you want, stay the night and enjoy the beautiful resort or you can head home when the evening is over. This lively event is sure to be a good time!
When: October 8 @6:30 PM
Where: JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country (23808 Resort Parkway)
- 8. See Smokey Sing
Motown legend Smokey Robinson is currently on tour for a once-in-a-lifetime show experience. Come see Smokey sing some of his greatest hits this weekend at the Majestic! During the show, Smokey will take time to explain the significance of certain songs, interact with the audience, and of course, perform amazing music all night long. Get dressed up for a night in the theatre and enjoy the smooth sounds of Motown artist Smokey Robinson.
When: October 8 @8:00
Where: Majestic Theatre (224 E Houston St.)
- 9. Celebrate Film
As one of the country’s longest-running film festivals, the Josiah Media Festival is an event you won’t want to miss. Featuring 248 different films from 57 different countries, the festival promises to bring you diversity. This weekend they’ll be showing the top twelve films that have won awards thus far. All genres will be represented during the weekend, and after the films, audiences will have the opportunity to Skype with the filmmaker, even if they are out of the country. It’s an incredible opportunity for locals to experience something unique and new!
When: October 7 @7PM; October 8 @2PM and 7 PM
Where: Urban 15 Studio (2500 S. Presa)
- 10. Go Gruene
The historic town of Gruene, Texas has so much to offer! This weekend marks the 30th annual Gruene Music and Wine Fest. Take the short drive to New Braunfels where you’ll get to experience amazing food and wine, live music, and a guitar auction! The festival takes place over four days, so you have the ability to pick and choose the times you’d like to attend. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore a new place, and Gruene has quaint little shops and historic buildings all around, not to mention the phenomenal restaurant The Gristmill. It’s outdoor seating at its best! Enjoy the weekend in Gruene!
When: Schedule for the days here
Where: Gruene Historic District, New Braunfels