The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference will take place at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Two big events are taking over the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Friday and Sunday. If you’re downtown this weekend, expect to see reality TV-wannabes on Friday and bargain-hunting brides on Sunday. Read on for some weekend activities in San Antonio.

Audition for America’s Got Talent

On Friday, Jan. 11, bring your juggling, ventriloquism, musical skills, and more downtown to the Henry B. González Convention Center. NBC’s America’s Got Talent is looking for contestants and talent of all kinds for its 14th season. Interested parties have to register a “Performer Profile” on the show’s website before auditioning. Bring a photo ID to get into the convention center for auditions. Doors are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Parking information and more can be found here. San Antonio is the second-to-last city on the reality TV show’s open-call tour through the United States; if you can’t make it for some reason but still want to audition, you can fly to Los Angeles for the show’s last audition day on Feb. 9.

8 a.m.-7 p.m.
900 E. Market St.

Òlájú African Market Creative Arts Festival

DreamWeek 2019 starts Friday with a full schedule of events, including the Òlájú African Market Creative Arts Festival. The Òlájú Art Group is bringing this one-day celebration of contemporary African art, food, music, and fashion to Brick at Blue Star on Saturday. Shop for clothing from African brands, listen to arts and culture professionals talk about the African creative industry, and watch a fashion show at 3:30 p.m. Find the schedule and tickets online here.

12 p.m.-7 p.m.
108 Blue Star

Monster Jam

The Alamodome is hosting a truck extravaganza on Saturday and Sunday. Head over to see trucks like the Dragon, the El Toro Loco, the Grave Digger, and the Megalodon. Add pre-show Pit Party tickets for $35 each to see the vehicles up close and meet their drivers. Check out the Monster Jam website for showtimes and more details here. Tickets start at $15.

100 Montana St.
$15 – $125

Movie in the Park: A Wrinkle in Time

Another day, another free movie in a park. Watch the recently released film adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s classic children’s book A Wrinkle in Time at the Tower of the Americas on Sunday. Movie screenings start at sunset, so grab a blanket, chairs, and some snacks to snuggle up and follow Meg as she travels through time and space in a visually stunning adventure.

739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

The Big Draw

The San Antonio Museum of Art wants to help unleash artistic potential with a creative opportunity for museum visitors. On Sunday, bring pencils and paper and sketch what you see in the galleries. The museum will also have an artist on hand to offer advice. Tickets for the museum cost $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $12 for students. Members and children aged 12 and under can visit for free.

12 p.m.-5 p.m.
200 West Jones Ave.
Included with museum admission

San Antonio Bridal Extravaganza

Need inspiration for your upcoming wedding? Just want to sample a ton of baked goods that just happen to be advertised as bridal cake? On Sunday, hundreds of wedding-related companies gather under the roof of the Henry B. González Convention Center to showcase their products. Event organizers are offering chances to win prizes, including a grand prize of $1,000. Admission costs $15, though children aged 12 and under can get in free of charge. You can buy tickets at the door starting 11:30 a.m. Sunday, or buy them online here. Brides can attend for free.

12 p.m-5 p.m.
900 E. Market St.

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Jackie Wang

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