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. Go Off the Charts
Singer Diane Penning and arranger Paul Langford team up this weekend for an out of this world concert at the Tobin Center. Powerful vocal songs like “What the World Needs Now” and “Beauty and the Beast” will have you mesmerized at these artists' piano and vocal skills. Take time to enjoy the performing arts with an incredible show and songs that you know and love. It’s sure to be a great experience, so get your tickets early!
When: September 23 @8PM and September 24 @8PM
Where: The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts (100 Auditorium Circle)
2. Hit the Road for Some Beer Tasting
This weekend you can hop aboard the Craft Cruiser and head over to the Busted Sandal Brewing Company and the Branchline Brewing Company where you’ll get a tour of the facilities and a tasting of some finely crafted beer. This is an all inclusive trip that will allow you to relax and unwind after a long work week. The experience mirrors that of wine tastings so that you can taste all of the beers and have safe transportation back to the meeting spot, The Brass Tap. Sit back and relax on the charter bus and enjoy the unique beers in store.
When: September 23 @5:30-10PM
Where: The Brass Tap (17619 La Cantera Pkwy)
3. Critique A New Film
Filmgoers unite! The 2016 Manhattan Short Film Festival is happening this weekend and next weekend in downtown San Antonio. As a participant, you can practice your critique skills as you judge the various films by filling out a ballot after each screening. Vote for everything from best film to best actor and judge each film you see! This year there are over 844 short films in the competition from 52 different countries. With the low price of only $10, it’s a hard opportunity to pass up! You’re in for an experience filled with diversity, beginning at 8pm each evening.
When: September 23 @8PM; September 24 @8PM
Where: Urban 15 (2500 S. Presa St.)
4. Pay Tribute to Sisters in Song
“Sisters in Song” is a tribute to all of the amazing women who helped to shape the music industry. The Josephine Theatre cast will be paying tribute to women like Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and even modern stars like Sia! Powerhouse vocals will shape the evening, and dance will, of course, be incorporated! It’s a show for everyone to enjoy with its lively and upbeat songs and powerful message about influential women who helped to shape the industry of performance. Get your ticket now so that you don’t miss out on an amazing show!
When: September 23 @8:30; September 24 @ 7:30; September 25 @2:30
5. Celebrate Photography
This year marks the first annual 4x5 photo fest, an incredible opportunity for locals to celebrate and view photography while learning more about the emerging photographers in the area. The event will have a book signing, panel discussion, 4x5 photos for sale, and of course, the actual sale of photography equipment and supplies. If you’re an aspiring photographer or just want to learn more about the art form, this is the perfect event for you. Food will be available for purchase as well as beautiful artwork to add to your home!
When: September 24 @10AM-10PM
Where: Brick (108 Blue Star)
6. Explore Earth
National Geographic presents the fabulous exhibit, Earth Explorers. The adventure takes you to extreme places on our planet: explore a rainforest, dive in the ocean, hike a mountain, and more! There are six different environments that allow you to interact and learn about our amazing planet and the different habitats that make up the earth. You can even download “Earth Explorers AR Experience” from iTunes in order to hear the sounds of the environments! This educational experience is the trip you’ve been waiting for! The best part is that it’s just a car ride away from your home at the Witte Museum. Don’t worry if you can’t make it this weekend; this event goes until January!
When: September 24 (all day)
Where: The Witte Museum (3801 Broadway)
7. Embrace Hispanic Heritage
This month marks San Antonio’s Hispanic Heritage Month. Across the city’s public libraries, you can experience the diversity and rich history and culture. Art will be set up in the libraries, showcasing Latino artists and their work. These exhibits will be there until November 7, so you have some time to experience and enjoy the art. Additionally, check out the outdoor screening of Selena at Mission Marquee Plaza. There are so many ways to embrace the Hispanic heritage that forms our city. Choose one of these amazing activities to do so!
When: September 24 @6PM
Where: Mission Marquee Plaza (3100 Roosevelt)
8. Walk for a Cause
Kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month through the Buddy Walk! The campaign’s slogan “Every Buddy’s a Hero” will be the theme for this year’s walk. This is one of the largest walks in the nation, and all of the proceeds go to improving and impacting the lives of those with Down syndrome. Support and walk for the cause this weekend to help raise awareness.
When: September 24 @7AM
Where: Heroes Stadium (4799 Thousand Oaks Drive)
9. Get Native
Get excited to celebrate native San Antonio through the Four Seasons Indian Market. There will be a plethora of family activities and different educational talks and workshops for visitors to learn more about the people that helped to form San Antonio. Native arts and crafts will be available for purchase, as well as a cooking demonstration of native foods. You’re sure to learn something new at this fantastic festival that’s geared toward families and children.
When: September 24 @10AM-2PM
Where: Land Heritage Institute (1349 Neal Road)
10. Build a Scarecrow
Fall has officially begun! Celebrate by creating your very own scarecrow garden. This adorable activity allows you to plant your own small crops and create a miniature scarecrow to sit in your potted plant or garden. Supplies are even provided during this workshop for little ones. The age bracket that Rainbow Gardens is catering towards is four-year-olds to ten-year-olds. There is limited space, so please act quickly to ensure your seat in creating a fall craft to take home!
When: September 24 @10AM
Where: Rainbow Gardens (2585 Thousand Oaks Drive)