Not only does San Antonio get another First Friday, but International Women’s Day falls on Sunday. There are events to mark both occasions, as well as activities for runners, paella lovers, and Dr. Seuss fans. Many students start spring break this weekend, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference also continues through Friday and Saturday. Read on for more ideas on how to spend your weekend.
First Friday Opening Reception – Rachel Comminos: Connection/True Affection
Artist Rachel Comminos explored fiber arts while pregnant, and the opening of her show “Connection/True Affection” shows the use of tufting, vibrant colors, and organic forms to make fiber paintings. The opening reception of her show falls on First Friday, which showcases art, music, and local vendors in Southtown.
Friday, 6-10 p.m.
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, 108 Blue Star
Yoga & Pints
Get into a weekend flow at Künstler Brewing on Friday evening with $5 yoga. Bring your own mat and water bottle and get ready to stretch away the week’s stress.
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Künstler Brewing, 302 E. LaChapelle
First Friday Pub Run: St. Patrick’s Day
You know the drill: it’s the first Friday of the month, and there are a lot of bars to crawl through. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day later in March, pub crawlers are encouraged to dress up in theme (which means lots of green). Bring your ID and money. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Find the list of bars and more information here.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Pat O’Brien’s, 121 Alamo Plaza
Harry Connick Jr. – True Love: An Intimate Performance
Singer, composer, and actor Harry Connick Jr. brings his tour to San Antonio on Friday. He’ll play songs from his latest album, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter, as well as classics from his career. Find tickets here.
Friday, 8 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
$63 and up
Celebrando Tradiciones – Ser Mujer
To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center will use the monthly “Celebrando Tradiciones” to explore the relationships and stories of women. Guadalupe Dance Company and Mariachi Azteca de America perform. General admission starts at $10, but tables can be reserved for $125. Find tickets here.
Friday, 8 p.m.
Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St.
SARR Prickly Pear Trail Run
It’s a beautiful weekend for a trail run, and the San Antonio Road Runners are hosting one with 50K, 15K, and 5K distance options. The 50K starts at 7 a.m., the 15K starts at 8 a.m., and the 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. Find routes, more information, and registration for the race here.
Saturday, 7 a.m-3 p.m.
McAllister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road
2nd Annual International Women’s Day Summit
The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women is hosting the second annual International Women’s Day Summit at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Saturday, open to any and all who are interested. Discussions will cover topics including health care, entrepreneurship, and domestic violence. Attendees should look for Vista Room 402 in the fourth floor of the Central Academic Building (CAB) and park in Lot 2B. The summit is free, but you can find more information and register for the event here.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Texas A&M University-San Antonio, 1 University Way
Big Day of Play: Seussical Celebration
Dr. Seuss was born on March 4, 1904, and to celebrate his birthday, the DoSeum is putting on a “Big Day of Play” filled with dance performances, poetry readings, and a rocket launch competition. Entry is included with general admission to the museum. Find more information here.
Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway St.
Included with museum admission, $0-$14
Gabriel Iglesias – Beyond The Fluffy World Tour
Beloved comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias is on his “Beyond the Fluffy” tour and stops in San Antonio on Saturday. Not only is Iglesias busy doing live stand-up, but he’s also hot off of his Netflix show “Mr. Iglesias” that was renewed for another season last August. There are only a handful of seats left at Saturday’s stop, so act fast. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center Parkway
$40 and up
Free Camping and Movie
To mark the beginning weekend of spring break for many Texas schoolchildren, the San Antonio River Authority is hosting a free camping night at Helton Nature Park on Saturday as well as a free screening of 1988 John Candy film The Great Outdoors at 8 p.m. As camping space is limited to 30, campers must register here.
Helton Nature Park, 15662 FM 775, Floresville, TX
International Women’s Day Ride
Celebrate International Women’s Day by taking out your bicycle with other “bike-minded” women in San Antonio. The social ride will be a 14-mile trek on paved trail. Riders should meet at 9:30 a.m. by the restrooms and be ready to roll at 9:45 a.m.
Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road
Bends and Brews
More yoga and beers – Longtab Brewing will open its space up to yoga practitioners of all experience levels Sunday morning for a $5 class. Bring your own mat and water bottle. Staying for a beer or coffee after class is optional.
Sunday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Longtab Brewing, 4700 Timco West, Suite 105
30th Annual SA International Woman’s Day March & Rally
Meet at Milam Park at noon to mark International Women’s Day (March 8). At 12:30 p.m., there will be a blessing spoken, and at 1 p.m., the gathered crowd marches. The march will begin and end at Milam Park. This year’s theme is “Our History, Our Future/Nuestra Historia, Nuestro Futuro.”
Sunday, noon-3 p.m.
Milam Park, 500 W. Commerce St.
11th Annual Paella Challenge
Chefs from the United States, Mexico, and high school students will put their culinary skills to the test at the 11th annual Paella Challenge at Mission County Park on Sunday. There are both modern and classic paella challenges, as well as a high school paella challenge featuring a dozen teenaged cooks. General admission tickets are $85 for those 21 years and older and $30 for younger than 21, and include samples of paella and beverages. VIP ticket experience available for $150. Find tickets here.
Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m.
Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Drive
Familia, Food, and Oldies
Sunday is for fun and food, so enjoy free crispy tacos starting at 4 p.m. at the Squeezebox on St. Mary’s Strip. DJs Duecepop, Arodbeats, and Aaron Peña will spin records that night.
Sunday, 4 p.m.
The Squeezebox, 2806 N. St. Mary’s St.
Celebrate the beginning of spring break at the 33rd Annual Fiesta Primavera. The event has plenty of live music, great food, and shopping at Historic Market Square.
Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St.