Many pet owners brought their dogs to the festival to enjoy the sunshine, coffee, and live music. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.
A curious dog sniffs coffee beans at the San Antonio Coffee Festival in 2016. Credit: Kathryn Boyd-Batstone / San Antonio Report

The first Friday of 2020 comes with lots of art, a drag show, and a onesies-themed pub run. Welcome 2020 with some birding, exercising with adoptable pups, and an outdoor screening of the Golden Globes on Sunday.

First Friday at Blue Star Arts Complex

It’s the First Friday of 2020, and Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex is hosting its usual arts and crafts vendors, as well as performances from Rainbow Chilton, Secret Kink, and Cruz the DJ. Head down to Southtown to check out local artisans as well as other booths.
Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, 108 Blue Star

Joey Fauerso at Blue Star Contemporary

Artist and professor at Texas State University’s School of Art and Design, Joey Fauerso puts on the final performance of her exhibition Teardowns at Blue Star Contemporary on Friday. She explores culture, gender, family, and humor as response mechanisms to our sociopolitical climate in the exhibition.
Friday, 6-9 p.m.
Blue Star Contemporary, 116 Blue Star

First Friday Pub Run: Onesies

First Friday means a themed pub run. The pub crawl starts at Moses Rose’s at 7 p.m., and then crawlers can go to the next bars at their own pace. The event is free, but you can register here. Don’t forget your ID, some form of payment, and your onesie. Must be 21 years or older to participate.
Friday, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Moses Rose’s Hideout, 516 E. Houston St.

Yoga & Pints

Start 2020 with some stretching. Bring your own mat and water bottle for a $5 yoga session at Künstler Brewing on Friday evening.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Künstler Brewing, 302 E. LaChapelle

DRAGMe To The New Year

Come see Mx. Smokey Lavender, Q. Fantasia Woods, Basilio Romo, Prada G. Rawze, and DaminKa put on La Botanica’s first drag show of the year on Friday. Aysia Rawze hosts. Cover is $3, and don’t forget to bring cash to tip the queens.
Friday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
La Botanica, 2911 N. St. Mary’s St.

The Resolution Run

Ready to kick off your New Year’s resolution to run more? Fleet Feet’s Resolution Run gives runners an hour to run as many laps around Woodlawn Lake as they can. Each completed lap earns runners a raffle ticket, and the person with the most raffle tickets wins New Balance shoes. All donations go toward Girls on the Run Bexar County. Find more information and make donations here.
Saturday, 8-9:30 a.m.
Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati Ave.
$5 and up

Christmas Bird Count for All

The Christmas Bird Count is a 100-year-old tradition from the Audubon Society, and Tom and Patsy Inglet will lead San Antonio’s bird count on Saturday. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from the Audubon Center. RSVP by emailing
Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, 10750 Pleasanton Rd.

2020 PAW-lympics Bootcamp

Camp Gladiator trainers are bringing some moves to Confluence Park to help with your New Year’s resolutions – and you can hang out with some adoptable dogs from San Antonio Pets Alive, too. A minimum donation of $10 is required. Find more information and donate here.
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St.

San Antonio Coffee Festival 2020

The San Antonio Coffee Festival celebrates its eighth year at La Villita with more than 25 roasteries serving more than 80 different brews. A coffee flight pre-sale ticket costs $8 and includes five coffee tastings and access to coffee workshops and exhibitors. Tickets will be $10 at the gate. The festival will also have three entertainment stages and art and food vendors. Find more information and tickets here.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
La Villita Historic Arts Village, 418 Villita St.
$8 and up

All-American Bowl Game and the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game

Ready for a double dose of high school football? One ticket will get you access to both the All-American Bowl Game at noon on Saturday, where star high school football players from across the country will showcase their talents at the Alamodome, as well as the 42nd annual San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game at 5 p.m., featuring more than 100 student-athletes from more than 60 high schools in Bexar County and the seven surrounding counties. The All-American Bowl Game will be broadcast live on NBC. Parking at the Alamodome parking costs $20. Find tickets for the games here.
Saturday, noon, 5 p.m.
The Alamodome, 100 Montana St.

Lights Alive!

Say goodbye to the holiday season with one final drive through the Lights Alive! show, a mile-long computer-controlled and musically synchronized light show on the Far West side of San Antonio. At the end of the drive, families can park and make holiday crafts, enjoy Christmas snacks, and take photos with Santa Claus. Admission for each car costs $30. Find tickets here.
Friday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m.
5931 Roft Rd.

Curator Talk: Natalie Bell

Natalie Bell is the associate curator at the New Museum in New York City and Artpace San Antonio’s guest curator for Fall 2020. She will stop by Artpace on Sunday afternoon to speak about her curatorial practice.
Sunday, 3-4 p.m.
Artpace San Antonio, 445 N. Main Ave.

Golden Globes at the Friendly Spot

Slab Cinema brings the Golden Globes to the outdoor big screen at the Friendly Spot on Sunday evening.
Sunday, 7 p.m.
The Friendly Spot Ice House, 943 S. Alamo St.

Alamo Lights

It’s the last weekend for the holiday lights at the Alamo. Head over there to enjoy the twinkling plaza. The grounds are open until 7 p.m. but the lights will be on much later.
The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza

Jackie Wang

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