First Friday lands on the first day of November – the first month for this happy coincidence since March. Enjoy the brisk fall days before we “fall back” on Sunday and gain an hour, so relax in knowing you get an extra hour to sleep. This weekend is also Día de los Muertos, and you can find our separate guide for those events here.
First Friday Art
It’s First Friday, and Flight Gallery is showing some of Hilary Rochow’s largest illustrations to date in the exhibition From One, Another. There are also plenty of other art exhibitions and local vendors to shop from during First Friday in Southtown. Find more happenings on the Facebook page “Southtown the Arts District” here.
Friday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Flight Gallery, 112R Blue Star
Yoga & Pints
Get in an after-work yoga session at Künstler Brewing for $5. Beer not included.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Künstler Brewing, 302 East LaChapelle
Alamo City Comic Con
Holy Gotham City, it’s Batman! Or at least it’s one of them. Michael Keaton is landing in San Antonio for the annual Alamo City Comic Con, held this year at the Grand Hyatt downtown. (Tickets to get autographs from Keaton are sold out, but VIP packages that include a signature and photo with the actor are still available.) The lineup also includes Veronica Taylor, voice of Ash Ketchum in the English-dubbed Pokémon anime series, and pink and yellow Power Rangers Nakia Burrise and Catherine Sutherland. There will also be the usual artists, vendors, food, and music for con attendees. Find more information and tickets here.
Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 E. Market St.
Walk to End Epilepsy
Help raise money for those affected by epilepsy on Saturday morning with a leisurely stroll through the San Antonio Zoo. You can also jog, or sleep in – lots of flexibility in this fundraising walk. Sign up for the walk here. You can also register at the zoo starting at 7 a.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St Mary’s St.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Bring the kids to the Children’s Natural Play Area on the Northwest Military side of Phil Hardberger Park for a scavenger hunt on Saturday morning. Participating kids will be given things to find in the park and win a small prize after finishing. The event is free, but you can register for it here.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Phil Hardberger Park, 8400 N.W. Military Hwy.
Farm Day Yoga at Mission San Juan
Check out more than a dozen free farm activities at Mission San Juan Capistrano, including lassoing and cooking demos. There also will be a free yoga class at 11 a.m. Find more information about the day’s events here.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mission San Juan Capistrano, 9101 Graf Rd.
It’s the third annual Queso Meltdown, so get ready to sample some cheesy Tex-Mex goodness. Torchy’s Tacos won the 2018 title and will be back to compete again. Quesos will be judged by a panel that includes Lisa Fain, the award-winning writer behind the “The Homesick Texan” blog and author of the cookbook Queso!, and Michael Cirlos, San Antonio-based creator of Humans of San Antonio. Admission costs $5 and includes chips for tasting. “Big Cheese” tickets cost $25 and include two Fiesta medals and a chance to win prizes. Active duty military, veterans, and children 10 years or younger may attend for free. All proceeds go toward Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM), which provides services such as food, clothing, ID recovery, and bus passes to people in need. For more information, call 210-223-1497 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM), 110 McCullough Ave.
Fideo Loco Festival
It’s the third annual Fideo Loco Festival, and everyone is welcome to try the classic dish prepared by local cooks and restaurants from around San Antonio. For a general admission ticket, you get 10 fideo samples, one beer ticket, and one token to vote for your favorite fideo. VIP tickets give early entrance at noon, unlimited fideo samples, two beer tickets, a token to vote for the best fideo, and a bag of festival swag. GA tickets cost $20 at the door, and VIP costs $35 at the door. Tickets are $5 cheaper online and can be found here.
Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Alamo Beer, 202 Lamar St.
Water Lantern Festival
Watch softly glowing lanterns drift out onto Elmendorf Lake on Saturday. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and attendees can enjoy live music and food trucks. At 6:30 p.m., lantern designing starts. Lanterns will be launched at 7 p.m. Adult tickets cost $35 on Friday and $40 on the day of the event. Youth tickets for children ages 8 to 14 cost $12 each, and children 7 and under can attend for free. Buy tickets here.
Saturday, 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Elmendorf Lake Park, 3700 W. Commerce St.
San Antonio marks its 11th annual Diwali celebration on Saturday, complete with handmade attire, authentic Indian food, dances from all over India, lighted candles floating on the water, and a fireworks display. The Indian festival of lights is celebrated with such enthusiasm in San Antonio that it’s known as the largest city-sanctioned Diwali celebration in the United States. Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, will be there as a guest of honor. Find more information about the free event here.
Saturday, 5 p.m.-midnight
Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St.
The Dirty River Dixie Band and members of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band are playing Saturday night at Trinity University’s Skyline Room for a night of swing dancing, so come ready to move your feet. KRTU 91.7 FM members and Trinity University students can dance for free, while non-Trinity University students pay $5, San Antonio Swing Society members pay $7, and everyone else pays $10 to dance. And at 7 p.m., the San Antonio Swing Society will give a free dance lesson.
Saturday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Trinity University Skyline Room, Main Wing
Alternative R&B and pop singer Sabrina Claudio is bringing her “Truth Is” tour to San Antonio. Gallant, who featured Claudio on his song “Compromise,” will open the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The Aztec Theatre, 104 N St Mary’s St.
The Texases’ Fall Back Honky Tonk Marathon
Bars might close at 2 a.m., but we’re getting an extra 2 a.m. early Sunday morning. The Lonesome Rose is marking the occasion with a four-hour performance from country cover band The Texases, starting at 10 p.m. and ending at 1 a.m., then 1 a.m. again. Entry costs $5, and all attendees must be 21 years or older.
Saturday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Lonesome Rose, 2114 N. St Mary’s St.
Stretch your limbs and rid yourself of stress with a free yoga class at Confluence Park on Sunday morning. Bring your own mat and water bottle, and don’t forget comfortable clothes.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St.
The Pop Up
Browse food, handmade goods, and thrifted items at St. Paul Square on Sunday at a pop-up, open-air market.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Historic St. Paul Square, 1174 E. Commerce St.
Free Family Day: Curtain Up!
McNay Art Museum’s free family day focuses on theater arts this Sunday. Go explore the medium with shadow puppets, paper collage, and live performances.
Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.
Fall means corn mazes, and Traders Village has a 10-acre one just waiting to be explored. There are three levels of maze: easy for the youngest kids, a medium route that takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour, and a hard level that takes an hour and a half to two hours. Kids younger than 2 can try the maze for free, and wristbands for the maze cost $11.99. You can also buy a combo wristband with maze and haunted house access, as well as all-day rides for $21.99. There will also be a petting zoo and plenty of snacks.
Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Traders Village San Antonio, 9333 S.W. Loop 410
Bands of America Super Regional Championship
High school marching bands from California, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, and Texas will take over the Alamodome this weekend to compete in the Music for All’s Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional Championship. Nonprofit Music for All focuses on music education, and the championship showcases young performers. Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased at the Alamodome box office on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find more information and buy tickets online here.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
$32 and up
Tuesday might have been National Cat Day, but dancers costumed and singing as cats have been in San Antonio for the past week. The hit Broadway musical is finishing its time in San Antonio this weekend. Tickets are almost sold out for all performances, but you can still find a few here.
The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
$60 and up
Fall Pumpkin Patch
The pumpkin patch at the Tower of the Americas continues on this weekend, and will be there every day until Friday, Nov. 8. Buy your pumpkin and snap your seasonal Instagram photo in one trip.
Friday-Sunday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.