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. Grab a Cheeseburger
You probably don’t have National Cheeseburger Day marked on your calendar…and that’s where we come in! While you have seemingly endless options for burgers in town, you can get $1 off cheeseburgers all day long at The Hangar. Their burgers are made with high quality beef that is sure to satisfy any meat lover. Get an order of fries or tots to go with it and you’re set! The Hangar also offers delicious snacks like fried mushrooms, fried pickles, and fried jalapenos. Think of National Cheeseburger Day as your “cheat” day of the week.
When: September 17 @11:30AM-11PM
Where: The Hangar (8203 Broadway St.)
- 2. Support Your Pet
Phil Hardberger Park hosts the very first Leashes for Life event this Friday. The event supports DaisyCares, a local program that specializes in animal welfare education and even offers veterinary care. Bring your four-legged friend and come out to enjoy food, live music, and a silent auction for the cause. The event hopes to raise money for pets in need and supports education in the field of animal care. Additionally, you can take time to enjoy the cool evening and walk the park, exploring the many trails of Hardberger Park.
When: September 16 @6PM-10PM
Where: Phil Hardberger Park (Urban Ecology Center) (8400 Northwest Military Highway)
- 3. Spy With Your Little Eye
Looking for a fun, creative way to entertain the kids this weekend? Head down to the King William District of San Antonio and get ready for an “I Spy” themed scavenger hunt. The day will feature special clues that allow kids to solve a creative puzzle to figure out the next steps of the hunt. The hunt will lead them all around the area, ultimately to the finish line! It’s a fun activity for the whole family to partake in and even includes binoculars for the “spying”. If possible, think about registering beforehand so that you ensure your spot in the activity!
When: September 17 @10AM-12PM
Where: Villa Finale: Museum and Gardens (401 King William Street)
- 4. Dance with the Stars
We all know and love ABC’s Dancing with the Stars competition show on TV. Now is your chance to see a true San Antonio version of the show as “local” San Antonio celebrities go head to head in competition, all for a good cause. Come and watch beautiful ballroom dancing while you support the Family Endeavors organization that supports those who are struggling with mental illness. Your ticket includes a wonderful dinner during the event as you watch and supports the nonprofit organization. The evening of festivities will be memorable and will undoubtedly reveal the winner of Dancing with the Stars: San Antonio Edition.
When: September 17 @7PM-12AM
Where: Freeman Coliseum (3201 E. Houston St.)
- 5. Celebrate Hogwarts
This past July, Harry Potter fans united together under the excitement of JK Rowling’s latest release: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This weekend, San Antonio Public Library invites you to celebrate the wizarding world through a live quidditch demonstration, classes having to do with potions and charms, snacks from Honeyduke’s Sweet Shop, and even the opportunity to interact with live owls. It’s the perfect day for Harry Potter fans to come together and share their love of the wizarding world that Rowling effortlessly brings to life through her novels. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Hogwarts party unless you wear the appropriate colors of your designated “house”. Griffindor is definitely a favorite! Whip out your wands and get ready to explore, create, and celebrate!
When: September 17 @2PM-5PM
Where: Tobin Library at Oakwell (4134 Harry Wurzbach Road)
- 6. Get Jazzy!
Celebrate jazz as a genre of music this weekend at Travis Park! Jazz has been played at the park for 33 years and the city is celebrating by hosting Jazz’SALive. Award winning jazz players will perform all day and into the evening this weekend as visitors are welcome to dance and enjoy the quality music. There will be food provided, crafts, and vendors for an eclectic experience that everyone can enjoy. The newly renovated Travis Park is the perfect location for you and your friends to enjoy the jazzy music that will surely entertain.
When: September 17 @11AM-11PM AND September 18 @12-10PM
Where: Travis Park (301 E. Travis St.)
- 7. Get Lost for a Moment
Fall is just around the corner and this weekend is the opening of the South Texas Maze! The famous 7 acre maze allows you to “get lost” for a while as you figure your way out. Compiled of corn, the maze is the perfect way to kick off the fall season. The grounds have a pumpkin patch, campfires, games, pig races, petting zoo, and tractor hayrides! Let your country roots show with a visit to the maze and you won’t be bored! There is so much to do during your visit, you may want to schedule a second time to go! Get ready for good, old-fashioned fun!
When: Friday @6-9PM; Saturday @10AM-9PM; Sunday @12-5PM
Where: 911 US Highway 90 East
- 8. Understand a Villain
The villainous Captain Hook is a character known by many from the classic tale of Peter Pan. Discover the true Captain Hook in the funny musical The Lamentable Life of Captain Hook. The Magik Theatre presents the show this weekend (written by the theatre’s artistic director) and offers San Antonio locals the chance to laugh out loud and experience a new story unlike anything you’ve ever heard. You’ll see a whole new side to Hook after viewing this play!
When: Showtimes here
Where: Magik Theatre (420 S. Alamo St.)
- 9. Empower Teens Through Art
San Antonio Public Library, ArtPace, and Southwest School of Art invite you to empower teens by supporting their artwork at the Downtown Teen Arts Fest. The event showcases amazing art from San Antonio high school students. Aside from paintings, sketches, and sculpture, the festival also includes spoken word poetry and music. You’re in for a treat with this outstanding event. The best part is that your support for local teens will encourage and empower them to continue their creativity.
When: September 16 @1PM
Where: Central Library (600 Soledad)
- 10. Observe the Skies
Scobee Planetarium is unfortunately closed until September 30th…aside from the exception this weekend! Join in for the Star Party, an event that allows you to use the planetarium telescopes to observe the beauties of the night sky: the Harvest Moon, Mars, the gorgeous stars, and maybe even Saturn. Take advantage of the chance to stargaze into the romantic sky. The best part is that it’s a free event for the public!
When: September 16 @8PM-10PM
Where: Scobee Planetarium (1300 San Pedro Avenue)