Though Mexico’s independence day actually falls on Monday this year, San Antonio is still celebrating 16 de Septiembre this weekend with vigor. Check out parades, food, and live music – all commemorating priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s cry for independence from Spain – as well as other events that are just for fun.

Aliento a Tequila Opening

The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures is celebrating its newest exhibition, the photographs of Joel Salcido. His Aliento a Tequila explores the landscape, culture, and traditions that led to tequila Mexico’s mestizo national drink. The opening reception, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, includes tastings from Tequila Viva Mexico as well as mezcals, margaritas, swag bags, and hors d’oeuvres. Salcido and curator Roy Flukinger will speak, and guests can buy signed copies of the exhibition book. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Find tickets here.
Friday, 6-8 p.m.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E César E. Chávez Blvd.
Included with museum admission, $0-$12

Free Outdoor Exhibits from Villa Finale

Villa Finale Museum and Gardens is putting on two free art exhibitions at two King William neighborhood homes. Somos San Antonio (We Are San Antonio) at the Edward Steves Homestead features work by San Antonio artists exploring the diversity and culture of the city, while Danville Chadbourne: Recent Outdoor Sculptures at Villa Finale shows local sculptor Danville Chadbourne‘s work with garden scenery around it.
Friday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Edward Steves Homestead, 509 King William St.; Villa Finale, 401 King William St.
Free

Jazz in the Garden: BillyRay Sheppard

Unwind with some live jazz at the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden on Friday evening. BillyRay Sheppard brings his talent to the outdoors. There is limited seating, but lawn chairs are allowed. Dogs must be leashed. No outside food or drink allowed, but there will be some available for purchase at the gazebo.
Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.
San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden, 3853 N. St. Mary’s St.
Free

‘Animal’ Zoo Run Relay

The 35th annual Zoo Relay Run kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday at the San Antonio Zoo. The event features an eight-mile run that can accommodate up to four adults running two miles each. Race-day registration costs $50 per team, or $50 per individual for the four-mile race. On Saturday, it’s the kids’ turn: Starting at 8:30 a.m., kids ages 1 to 10 can run their own races. Same-day registration costs $40, and spectator tickets cost $10. Find more information about Friday’s race here and Saturday’s kid race here.
Friday-Saturday
San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St
$10-$50

El Grito San Antonio 2019

Celebrate Mexico’s independence in the streets outside of Historic Market Square this weekend. There will be music, folkloric dancers, food, and a historical re-enactment of Mexico’s call for independence from Spain. Check out the Facebook event page for more information.
Friday-Saturday
Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St.
Free

¡Soy Mexicano!

The Magik Theatre is putting on three performances of ¡Soy Mexicano!, a play that follows two Mexican American high school seniors when they visit Mexico for the first time. The story showcases Mexican music, dance, and culture. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m.
The Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St.
$16-$20

Hike the Canyon

The Friends of Government Canyon and Sierra Club will lead a hike Saturday morning at Government Canyon State Natural Area. Arrive by 7:45 a.m. and meet by the rainwater harvesting tower next to the visitors center, with sturdy footwear, hats, and sunscreen. Don’t forget two liters of water per person and snacks; no pets are permitted. The hike may be cancelled due to weather conditions. You can call 210-688-9055 after 7:30 a.m. to check trail conditions that day. Find more information on the Facebook event page.
Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon
Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Rd.
Included with natural area entry fees, $0-$6

TEDx Palo Alto College 2019

At this TEDx event organized by Palo Alto College, speakers hailing from Brazil, Florida, and right here in Texas will share their stories and inspire audiences to “Dare!” Student tickets cost $20, military and senior citizens pay $25, and general admission costs $35. VIP seating is available for $50. Tickets include admission to all speaker sessions and lunch and snacks. Find tickets and more information here.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Palo Alto College, 1400 Villaret Blvd.
$20-$50

Inclusion Programming at Hemisfair

This weekend’s inclusive programming at Hemisfair focuses on movement. Kids and family members can enjoy adaptive bowling, yoga at 10:30 a.m., making and taking sensory boards, and story time. The event is free and open to all.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Hemisfair, 434 S. Alamo St.
Free

Discover Nature

Bring the kiddos out to Lee’s Creek Park to enjoy nature-inspired art, live animals, honey bees, a pollination station, and tree adoptions while supplies last. Dino George will make a special presentation on Texas dinosaurs. This event is open to all ages. Find parking at Longfellow Middle School.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Lee’s Creek Park, 1215 E. Sunshine Dr.
Free

Dieciséis Parade

The Avenida Guadalupe Association kicks off its Mexican Independence Day celebration with a parade at 10 a.m. This Westside neighborhood parade began 38 years ago to preserve local Mexican American history. The parade is followed by a musical celebration at Plaza Guadalupe at 4 p.m. with a lineup of mariachis, folkloric dancers, and musical artists.
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Avenida Guadalupe Association, 1313 Guadalupe St.
Free

5th Annual Mariachi & Ballet Folklorico Fall Festival

Enjoy a variety of live mariachi and ballet folklorico performances at the Mariachi Connection on Saturday. Find the festival’s lineup and performance schedule here. Admission is free.
Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Mariachi Connection Inc., 2106 W. Commerce St
Free

Fall Brews and Blooms

The San Antonio Botanical Garden will have more than 30 craft beers at its Fall Brews and Blooms event Saturday evening. Enjoy sampling seasonal brews, food truck fare, and live music. Must be 21 years or older to attend. General admission tickets cost $40 for non-members and $35 for members. Find more information and buy tickets here.
Saturday, 7-10 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.
$17-$70

Mexican Independence Day River Parade

The Rey Feo Scholarship Foundation is putting on San Antonio’s first river parade marking 16 de Septiembre on Saturday. Expect to see familiar superhero faces in the parade. Proceeds from the sponsored floats of the parade will fund scholarships around San Antonio.
Saturday, 8-9 p.m.
San Antonio River Walk, 110 Broadway St.
Free

Founders’ Day Celebration

Happy 175th birthday, Castroville! The Founders’ Day Celebration will feature food, crafts, tours, and historical re-enactments throughout the day. Grab a map to make your way through activities hosted at the Steinbach Haus, Landmark Inn, September Square, and more. A Founders Day 5K starts the day off at 8 a.m. Registration costs $25, but kids 10 and under can run for free. Register for the race here.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Castroville, Texas

Roller Derby Doubleheader

Alamo City Roller Girls’ Las Tejanas meet West Texas Roller Derby on the roller track Friday. Children can participate in Quidditch at halftime; you can also dress in your best Harry Potter gear to be entered into a raffle for some ACRG swag. Local teams Bradley Bombshells and Las Luchadoras also will be facing off, so that’s two bouts for the price of one. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first whistle blows at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the door. Buy tickets online here.
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Mission Concepcion Sports Park, 714 E. Theo Ave.
$0-$16

Charreada de las Fiestas Patrias

Two men’s and women’s teams put on charreada performances to commemorate Mexican Independence Day. Parking gates open at 2 p.m., and the rodeo starts at 4 p.m. There will be food available to purchase before the show starts. Mariachi Los Soberanos and Harlandale High School Mariachi will provide live music during the event. Child tickets cost $5, while adult tickets cost $15.
Sunday, 4-6 p.m.
Asociación de Charros San Antonio, 6126 Padre Dr.
$5-$15

Mariachi Lab

The third annual Mariachi Lab at the Pearl will kick off at the Pearl Farmers Market with performances by Guadalupe Mariachi Academy and the legendary Mariachi Campanas de America. Youth groups will follow with their own performances, while the main showcase starts at 4 p.m. Find the day’s musical lineup here.
Sunday, 4-8 p.m.
The Historic Pearl, 303 Pearl Parkway
Free

Jackie Wang

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