Monday is Memorial Day, a time to honor those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It’s also marks a busy three-day weekend in San Antonio, as people get ready for school to end and summer to start. And as we are able to spend time with our families and loved ones on Monday, here are some activities for you to enjoy that extra time off.
Memorial Day Weekend at Market Square
Market Square will have food booths, artists, specialty vendors, and entertainment on the plaza and in the farmer’s market all weekend – that is, all of the three-day weekend! The Market Square keeps Memorial Day celebrations going from Saturday to Monday. Enjoy live music, ballet folklorico, and more.
Saturday-Monday, noon-9 p.m.
Historic Market Square
Free Screening: Mean Girls
Stop trying to make “fetch” happen, Karen – it’s been 15 years. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of Tina Fey’s teen classic Mean Girls with a free screening at Plaza Juarez. Movie begins at sunset. La Villita will have chairs available, but bring your own lawn chairs if you so desire. Pets welcome. Attendees can also buy popcorn, drinks, and other food-truck snacks.
Friday, 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
La Villita Historic Arts Village, 418 Villita St.
Free Screening: Night at the Museum
Watch history come to life in the star-studded family-friendly comedy Night at the Museum – at a museum. Specifically, the San Antonio Museum of Art. In the movie, Ben Stiller stars as a security guard who discovers all the exhibits come to life at night, including President Theodore Roosevelt, Sacagawea, and Attila the Hun. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, and any other supplies you may need for a movie screening. There will also be food trucks on site. Movie begins at sundown.
Friday, 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 West Jones Ave.
Free Screening: Knock Down the House
The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center brings this Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary to San Antonio for a free film screening. Knock Down the House follows the campaigns of four women who ran against incumbents in the 2018 midterm elections, including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), who upset incumbent Joe Crowley. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.
Friday, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave.
Witte 5K and Dino Dash
The Witte Museum is putting on its eighth annual 5K and Dino Dash, but this time the event includes a survival-themed obstacle course. The run/walk starts at the Witte Museum campus and goes through Brackenridge Park. The event is stroller-friendly, and costumes are encouraged. Registration costs $45 for nonmembers, and $40 for members. Kids can participate for $15, and dogs can join for $10 per pup. You can also get a family package for $90, which covers entrance fees for two adults and two kids. All money raised goes to support the Witte. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 7 a.m.
Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St.
Pedal in the Park
SWell Cycle is offering a free day pass to community members who want to join in the festivities at Saturday’s Pedal in the Park event. Start the morning at 9 a.m. with a workout session, then join a guided bike tour through the missions from 10 a.m-11 a.m. Young riders can learn more about bike safety and get a free bike check, and the San Antonio River Foundation will be on hand to answer questions about art installations found at missions along the Mission Trail. There will also be coffee, tacos, and paletas available for everyone. Find more information about the event here.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St.
Ride for Remembrance and Safety Awareness
The San Antonio Cycling Alliance is honoring individuals killed by motorists on Saturday morning. The alliance hopes to use the ride as a way to bring attention to bicyclist safety. The 7-mile ride starts at Raymond Russell Park and ends with brisket and sausage tacos to send attendees off with full stomachs. The route can be found here.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Raymond Russell Park, 20644 W. Interstate 10
Lone Star Neighborhood Parade
The Lone Star Neighborhood Association is putting on a parade Saturday morning, starting at S. Flores Street and Lone Star Boulevard at 10 a.m. Parade attendees can push, pull, pedal, or drive their way down Lone Star Boulevard with all their neighbors. Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1) is also scheduled to attend. The parade ends at Roosevelt Park with a picnic to celebrate, with food provided by H-E-B, Kiolbassa, and Ricos.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
107 Lone Star Blvd.
The Texas Taco Tequila & Music Festival
If you love tacos, tequila, and music, there’s a festival for you this weekend. Sample margaritas, enjoy tequila shots and tastings, watch Lucha Libre wrestling, and try tacos from 30 different taco vendors – all in one place. The festival also hosts nonstop music acts, including Los Lonely Boys, the Suffers, Baby Bash, and more. Pre-sale tickets cost $20 for general admission and $85 for premium, and sales end on Friday. General admission costs $25 at the gate. Kids 12 years and younger can attend for free. Find more information and tickets here.
Saturday, noon-11:30 p.m.
Nelson W. Wolff Stadium
Brews and Bloom
The San Antonio Botanical Garden brings back its Brews and Bloom event for the 14th time on Saturday. Enjoy over 40 craft beers from more than 20 breweries – including Künstler Brewing and Alamo Beer – while you also enjoy the spring flowers at the Botanical Garden. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Premium ticketholders can enter an hour early at 6 p.m. General admission costs $40 for nonmembers and $35 for members. Premium costs $70 for nonmembers and $65 for members. Designated drivers pay $17. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.
Emerald Ball 2019
Camp queen Tencha la Jefa hosts the eighth annual Emerald Ball on Saturday evening. Head to Woodlawn Pointe to see performances from the local drag community, dancers, singers, and more. General admission tickets cost $15, and some VIP tables are still available, ranging from $250 to $500. BYOB, and you can purchase other concessions at the event. Proceeds benefit the Pride Center of San Antonio. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Woodlawn Pointe, 702 Donaldson Ave.
WWII Pacific Combat Program
Experience history with the sights and sounds of live combat in World War II with the National Museum of the Pacific War’s WWII Pacific Combat Program, a Fredericksburg museum dedicated to the telling the stories of the Pacific and Asiatic theaters in World War II. The program also shares personal stories of the men and women who fought in the Pacific theater. There are two showtimes on Saturday and Sunday – one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. Adults pay $10, students pay $5 and children 5 years and younger attend for free. Museum members get a $2 discount. Because of the noise level, the program is not recommended for small children. Ear plugs will be provided. Find tickets here.
Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
William P. Clements, Jr. Amphitheater at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 508 E. Austin Street, Fredericksburg, TX
Museum Reach 10-Year Anniversary
Celebrate the San Antonio River Walk Museum Reach’s 10-year anniversary this weekend with events Friday through Sunday. Enjoy yoga at the San Antonio Museum of Art on Sunday at 10 a.m., music at the Pearl on Saturday at 4 p.m., vintage cocktails at El Tropicano hotel on Friday at 4 p.m., and more. Check the full event schedule here.
Event prices vary
WWII Field Kitchen Demonstration
The National Museum of the Pacific War brings a demonstration of how the U.S. Quartermaster Corps fed soldiers during World War II. The show allows people to see and experience how the corps had the responsibility of preparing food for soldiers as well as being ready for combat at any moment. And on Saturday and Sunday, the Field Kitchen will serve volunteers dressed in WWII uniforms. The demonstration started on May 17, and runs through Monday. Find more information here.
Friday-Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Museum of the Pacific War, 311 E. Austin Street, Fredericksburg, TX
Danzas on the River
Sarita’s Dance Studio brings its classes to perform at its Memorial Day dance recital on Sunday. Dancers incorporate many styles – such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, and ballet folklorico – to pay homage to Mexico’s diverse cultural history. Tickets to this family-friendly event cost $16 at the door.
May 26, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita St.
The Big Bang Theory Trivia Night
Viewers said goodbye to the long-running CBS hit last Thursday. The Big Bang Theory ran for 12 seasons, generating many trivia question opportunities. Dust off your best “HOOOWWWARD” impression and flex your knowledge at Center Court Pizza & Brew in Stone Oak on Sunday. And if you know enough, you just might win a prize.
Sunday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Center Court Pizza & Brew, 20711 Wilderness Oak Ste. 113
Memorial Day Celebration at the Pearl
Live music and crawfish, what better way to spend Memorial Day? The Gulf Coast Playboys bring the live music and Bud’s Southern Rotisserie brings the crawfish, corn, potatoes, and sausage. Crawfish will be sold by the pound, and corn, potatoes, and sausage are available as add-ons.
Monday, noon-4 p.m.
The Historic Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkwy
Memorial Day at the National Museum of the Pacific War
The National Museum of the Pacific in Fredericksburg honors the people who died for the United States on Monday in its Memorial Courtyard. Fredericksburg Junior ROTC begins the Memorial Day special program with a presentation of the colors. The deputy director of Texas State Veterans Cemeteries Program will give the keynote speech, and the Navy Information Operation Command Choir performs the national anthem. More than 73 wreaths will be recognized at the ceremony as well. Find more information about the program here.
Sunday, 10 a.m.
National Museum of the Pacific War, 311 E. Austin Street, Fredericksburg, TX