Luminaria attendees walk alongside a large colored dome at Yanaguana Garden.
Luminaria attendees walk alongside a large LED light-colored dome by artist Justin Eastman at Yanaguana Garden in 2018. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

The days feel so short now, but the weekends are still ours! Check out some of the many events happening around San Antonio this weekend for inspiration on how to spend your free time. And don’t forget: panels at the second annual CityFest will be happening all day Friday moderated by reporters from the Rivard Report, so get your passes here.

Fall Pumpkin Patch

It’s the Tower of the Americas pumpkin patch’s last day on Friday. If you still need an orange gourd to feel appropriately autumnal, head on over before the pumpkins are no longer available – or photographable.
Friday, 7-11 p.m.
Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.

District 3 Fall Fest 5K

Get your body moving in the early morning hours at the seventh annual District 3 Fall Fest 5K Fun Run/Walk, hosted by Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran (D3). Registration is free for everyone and starts at 6:30 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m. and everyone who completes the race will receive a medal. Participants can stick around for yoga, family-friendly activities, and a DJ. Walkers, runners, strollers, and leashed pets are all welcome at the race.
Saturday, 6:30 a.m.
Stinson Municipal Airport, 8535 Mission Rd.

District 2 Family Reunion

Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan (D2) is bringing the District 2 neighbors together on Saturday. Enjoy free food, live music, a bounce house, and free tree adoptions. Find more information here.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pittman Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa St.

Composting 101 Workshop

Gardopia Gardens is hosting a free composting workshop at Il Forno Pizza Community Garden on Saturday. Instructors will teach standard composting techniques, and participants will help set up a composting system for Il Forno.
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Il Forno, 122 Nogalitos St.

TEDx SanAntonio: re:frame

This year, Tedx San Antonio has recruited an engineer, a wealth management company CEO, and a psychologist to be part of its Main Event. Writer and blogger Jenny Lawson, known as the Bloggess, will also speak. Find the full lineup of speakers here and find tickets here.
Saturday, 1-9 p.m.
Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St.

Tequila Tasting

Sample tequila and mezcal while also enjoying photographer Joel Salcido’s exhibit, Aliento a Tequila. There will also be snacks and cocktails for attendees. The tasting is free for UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures members as well as students, faculty, and staff at UTSA and Alamo Colleges. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 6-9 p.m.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.

Free Movie Screening: Frozen

The temperatures are dipping into the 40s on Saturday, so make sure you and your family are bundled up for the Tower of the Americas’ outdoor screening of Disney blockbuster-hit Frozen and prepare to sing “Let It Go” for the rest of 2019. Bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and anything else you might need for an outdoor film screening. Movie starts at sunset.
Saturday, 6-9 p.m.
Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.

Sounds on the River: SA Underground Sounds

This free event brings three DJs to Confluence Park for music on the river. Local acts Ernest Gonzales (aka Mexicans With Guns), nicodxmvs, and Intager mix sounds underneath the night sky and Confluence Park’s unfurling concrete petals, adding more music to the outdoors. RSVP to the event here.
Saturday, 7-10:30 p.m.
Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St.

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival

When the sun goes down, the art comes out. See installations of art and literature and watch performances, music, and dance all night. Find the schedule and artists here.
Saturday, 7 p.m.-midnight
Hemisfair, 434 S. Alamo St.

Mariachi Las Alteñas

The 11-piece ensemble – a San Antonio favorite that has been featured on NBC Nightly News and in Allure magazine – returns to the Luna stage on Saturday. Mariachi Las Alteñas will perform an intimate set at the nightclub. Doors open at 8 p.m. and admission costs $10.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Luna, 6740 San Pedro Ave.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny is bringing his X100PRE tour to San Antonio on Saturday. The Puerto Rican trapero‘s album with J Balvin, Oasis, was lauded as “the album of the summer” by Rolling Stone and a “historical moment” for the urbano genre by The Fader. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E Houston St.
$63 and up

Free Beginner Yoga

Free yoga at Confluence Park. Bring your own mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes.
Sunday, 10-11 a.m.
Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St.

Luminaria Community Arts Day

Bring the whole family to watch artist demonstrations and shop local vendors at Luminaria’s Community Arts Day. Learn how to make cyanotypes, listen to writer Xelena González mix her book reading with a movement-based performance, and add to a community mural at Hemisfair. There are also artist brunch opportunities for $35 a seat. Find the schedule of events here.
Sunday, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Hemisfair, 434 S. Alamo St.

Luminaria Closing Performance

Luminaria weekend finishes with a performance from Mike Ryan y Los San Patricios, a band that blends indigenous, Mexican, American, and Irish music. VIP guests get reserved seats as part of their ticket package.
Sunday, 4-6 p.m.
Mission San José, 6701 San José Dr.

Military Appreciation Days

The DoSeum is offering free admission to current and former military members and their families. from Saturday to Monday. Just present military ID to explore the museum for free. Find more information here.
The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway St.

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Jackie Wang

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