Flaco Jimenez plays on his accordion during his 80th birthday.
Legendary accordion player Flaco Jimenez will perform during the first birthday of the Lonesome Rose on Friday and Saturday night. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

As we march through November, we bid adieu to the Japanese Tea Garden’s live jazz performances this weekend. But don’t despair; there are plenty of things to keep you busy. You can shop for holiday goods at St. Paul Square, taste conchas from San Antonio bakers, and watch Romeo and Juliet at the Arneson River Theatre. Count on Mission Marquee Plaza, which is showing a double feature of Home Alone and Elf on Saturday, to bring the Yuletide spirit. Read on for weekend ideas.

Musica En La Calle

Hotel Havana is gathering Mexstep, Las Valentinas, The Tender Things, Kalu and The Electric Joint, and Fea for a free music festival on Friday. There will be drinks and snacks available for purchase, as well as local vendors selling artisan gifts just in time for the holidays. Find the schedule and more information about the event here.
Friday, 5:30-11 p.m.
Hotel Havana, 1015 Navarro St.

Family Flashlight Night

Grab your flashlights and headlamps, and get ready to navigate through a light maze and find night-blooming flowers at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. There will also be a culinary demonstration and food for sale from the Mi Taquito SA food truck. Family Flashlight Night is included with museum admission, and members can participate for free.
Friday, 6-8:30 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.
Included with museum admission ($9-$12)

Jazz in the Garden

The Blue Hill Stompers play the season finale of Jazz in the Garden on Friday evening. The event itself is free, but you can reserve a seat for $10. You can also bring your own chair. There will be food and drink available for purchase; no outside snacks or beverages will be allowed.
Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.
Jingu House at the Japanese Tea Garden, 3853 N. St. Marys St.

Polar Express Premiere Event

Watch The Polar Express 4-D experience at the Tower of the Americas on Friday. There are four showing times: 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m., and 10:45 p.m. The viewing itself is only 15 minutes long, but admission includes access to the tower’s observation deck, pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and 4-D theater showings of Rio, Ice Age, Skies Over Texas, and The Polar Express. Tickets for children cost $16, military members and seniors pay $17, while adults pay $19. Find tickets here.
Friday, 7-11 p.m.
Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.

Adventure Course Challenge: San Antonio

Previous competitors from NBC’s American Ninja Warrior are testing out the new adventure course at Pearsall Park on Saturday, and you can, too. Sign up here. Being a spectator or participant is free, but a suggested donation of $15 benefits nonprofit KaBOOM!, which helped build the adventure course in September.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Pearsall Park, 5102 Old Pearsall Road

Zumba in the Park

Get moving in the cold morning air with some free Zumba at the Tower of the Americas. The weekend class meets at the base of the tower at 10 a.m. Don’t forget to dress warmly; the cold temperatures aren’t going anywhere yet.
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.

4th Annual Mission Marquee Plaza Holiday Market

Shop for Christmas gifts at Mission Marquee Plaza on Saturday; over 30 local vendors will be showcasing their wares. San Antonio Food Bank Mobile Mercado is sharing healthy cooking demos and nutrition education, and local chefs will be demonstrating holiday recipes. Before the market opens, the YMCA will host a free Zumba class at 9 a.m. And after the market closes, come back to the plaza for a double feature of Elf and Home Alone starting at 6 p.m. Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, and anything else you might need to stay warm at an outdoor movie showing.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave.

Concha Throwdown!

Judges will pick the best concha in San Antonio, and you can watch them pick and eat some pan dulce while you’re there. Concha market and art show included. Admission is free, but parking is $5. All proceeds go toward the Maestro Entrepreneur Center, a local nonprofit that works to help small businesses grow. Find the schedule of events here.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Maestro Entrepreneur Center, 1811 S. Laredo St.

Solar Fest 2019

The 19th annual Solar Fest kicks off at 10 a.m. at Hemisfair with music, local artisans, food, and activities celebrating renewable energy and energy efficiency. The festival is free to attend. A race and fun run will starts at 8:30 a.m. before the festival. Find more information and register for those here. The fun run costs $10, and the timed 5K race costs $35 to register.
Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hemisfair, 630 E. Nueva St.

Mac & Cheese Throwdown

Seven food trucks are whipping up their own mac & cheese recipes, and for $15, you can vote on your favorite. The $15 tickets include tastings from all seven food trucks, and the $20 ticket includes two mimosas as well (and you have to be at least 21 years old to buy that option). Guests can also play outdoor games and listen to live music while sampling mac & cheeses. Find more information and tickets here.
Saturday, 1-6 p.m.
The Block SA, 14530 Roadrunner Way

Victorian Radicals Bake Off

Local bakers will flex their skills at the San Antonio Museum of Art’s bake-off on Saturday, with creations inspired by the “Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement” exhibit. Though attendees are not able to taste the contestants’ work, they can judge the visual aesthetic and how well it connects with the theme. Melissa Fritz, associate professor of baking and pastry at the Culinary Institute of America; Elise Russ, pastry chef and owner of Clementine; and William Keyse Rudolph, chief curator and presenting curator of the exhibition, will judge the baked goods. Find more information here.
Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave.

Camp Out with Coco

Bring the whole family to watch Coco at Cherrity Bar on Saturday night. Remember, you get tokens for every $10 spent on food and drinks. Use your tokens to “vote” for which charity to support. The event is free, but you can register (and donate!) here.
Saturday, 6-9 p.m.
Cherrity Bar, 302 Montana St.

Wine Down at the Garden

Let the sounds of classical music surround you as you sip on Texas Hill Country wine at your own pace. The San Antonio Botanical Garden’s fourth annual “Wine Down” event includes an interactive photo booth and local vendors. Members pay $55, but member tickets are sold out on the sales page. General admission costs $60 for non-members. Attendees must be 21 years or older. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 6-10 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.

The Contemporary Film Series

Watch The Matrix and two short films by artist Joey Fauerso at Ruby City on Saturday. Like The Matrix, Ruby City’s current exhibition allows viewers to explore how dreams and reality connect. The screening is free and open to the public.
Saturday, 6-10 p.m.
Ruby City, 150 Camp St.

6th Annual Charity Messiah-Sing

Hundreds of singers gather to sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday at the University of Incarnate Word Chapel, but the chorus is the audience. The San Antonio Choral Society, instrumental ensemble Sondio Barroco, and soloists will lead the singing. The event is raising funds for Morgan’s Wonderland this year and has raised money for other charities such as Haven for Hope in the past. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 7-8:30 p.m.
University of Incarnate Word Chapel

Sadie Hawkins Dance

Flip the script, ladies, and ask the fellas out for a night of prom-like fun! Classic country cover band The Texases is hosting its first Sadie Hawkins Dance on Saturday, complete with a photo booth at the Hermann Sons Ballroom. Go by yourself, with a friend, with a date, or with a group! Single admission costs $15, a “couple” ticket costs $25, and the VIP package – which includes a reserved table, corsage and boutonniere, champagne, and more – costs $150. Find your tickets here.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Hermann Sons Ballroom, 525 S. St. Mary’s St.

Hoppy Endings Comedy Night

Tori Pool hosts the once-a-month free comedy night at Freetail Brewing Co., featuring comedians from the Blind Tiger Comedy Club. There will be a food truck for people to buy snacks and, of course, plenty of beer.
Saturday, 8-10 p.m.
Freetail Brewing Co., 2000 S. Presa St.

Shakespeare on the River: Romeo and Juliet

The Magik Theatre is bringing the Shakespeare tragic romance to the San Antonio River, for free. Seating is first come, first served, and performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. You can reserve seats in the front row for $10 each, or VIP seating in box seats with cocktail service for $25. Find those tickets here, visit the Magik Theatre box office, or call 210-227-2751 to reserve tickets.
Friday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St.

Lonesome Rose One-Year Anniversary Bash

Flaco Jimenez and Garrett T. Capps celebrate the first birthday of the Lonesome Rose. Admission is $5, and shows start at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Santiago Jimenez Jr. and Fort Worth artist Summer Dean perform on Friday, while Los Texmaniacs featuring Flaco Jimenez, Capps, and Michael Guerra & The Nights Calling play on Saturday. Find the Lonesome Rose’s live music calendar here.
Friday-Saturday, 9 p.m.
The Lonesome Rose, 2114 N. St Mary’s St.

Free Beginner Yoga 

Free yoga session, while surrounded by the nature of Confluence Park. Bring your own mat, water, and wear comfortable clothes. The temperatures look like they might be brisk, so dress accordingly.
Sunday, 10-11 a.m.
Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St.

Charreada de la Revolucion

It’s the Asociación de Charros’ last event at its ranch for the year. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the rodeo starts at 4 p.m. Adult tickets cost $10, youth tickets cost $5, and children 5 years and younger may attend for free. Find tickets here.
Sunday, 4-5:30 p.m.
Asociación de Charros San Antonio, 6126 Padre Dr.

Holiday Haus at the Pop-Up

The Pop-Up open-air market is ready for the holidays and ready to help you get ready for the holidays. There will be music, a photo backdrop for family photos, hot beverages, and lots of shopping from local vendors.
Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Historic St. Paul Square, 1174 E. Commerce St.

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Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang is the local government reporter at the San Antonio Report.