Nothing to Do in San Antonio: Weekend of Nov. 16 - Nov. 19 - CO LAB Magazine

You might have heard this old adage before, specifically from people who are fans of our hip and happening neighbors to the north. It’s our opinion that if you think there’s nothing to do in San Antonio – you don’t get out enough. We’re here to help.

Visual Arts

Art in the Garden at Botanical Gardens

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From the event page:
“The San Antonio Botanical Garden continues its Art in the Garden programming with a new sculpture installation featuring the works of Diana Kersey. Her opening is Thursday, November 16, 5:30pm-7pm, solo exhibit of Kersey’s work will include nature inspired sculptures. The evening reception is free and open to the public.

Diana Kersey is a visual artist who works in clay, creating both studio pottery and architectural ceramics. Her work possesses a raw, textural quality, with the clay encompassed in a translucent, earthy glaze. Her art practice includes sculpture, public art, and clay pots. Kersey earned an MFA in ceramics from Washington State University in 1997, and a BFA in drawing from Texas Tech University in 1994. Kersey has lived and maintained a studio in San Antonio, Texas since 1998.”


The Upside Down at Brick

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Thursday November 16, 6-9 p.m.
This Stranger Things themed art show is presented by Las Lloronas, benefiting Autism Speaks. Enjoy browsing goods from local artists and vendors, food and drinks, and lots of 80’s music.
Entry is $5, and raffle tickets for door prizes are $2 each.


ArtFest 2017

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Saturday, November 18 6-9:30 p.m.

This FREE event will showcase 70 local artists, plus live music and food trucks. FeedSA will be there collecting food and monetary donations for the San Antonio Food Bank. Bring the entire family for an evening of art, fun, and giving back to our community.


Soul Food: An Art Exhibit by Arielle Austin

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From the event page:
“Soul Food” is a series of work by Austin based abstract artist, Arielle Austin. This collection of work celebrates the essence, nostalgia, and heart of soul food. Come join us around the table!
Exhibition opens November 9th and runs through December 21st at The Carver Community Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas. Please see their website for gallery hours and open events to Austin is an artist dreaming and creating in Austin, Texas.
Austin’s work explores the intimate relationship between subject and viewer with layers, texture and details. While experimenting with this process, Austin compels the viewer to take a closer look – to become intimate with the art, resembling our very own human nature and desire. To be fully seen and known. The desire that makes known the unspoken, observes the corners, wonders of technique, yearns to touch textures, dissect its layers.
She works primarily with acrylic and oil paint, paper, and dried flowers. From layered oil paintings, vibrant abstraction and repurposed blooms; Austin believes the viewer can find a part of themselves in each piece.



Jazz in The Garden: Dr. Zog

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Friday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s Jazz in the Garden concludes this week with food, drinks, and live music from Dr. Zog at the Japanese Tea Gardens inside Brackenridge Park. This event is free to the public and open to all ages. Bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy a night of live music under the stars.


Alternative 2 Hunger @ The Mix

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From the event page:
“KSYM is hosting its annual Alt 2 Hunger benefit concert this year on the 17th of November! Five awesome local bands will be rocking out with us at The Mix from 7 PM to 1 AM as we work to provide aid towards St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home (St. PJ’s).
Admission will be at the front door, and the price of getting in is your choice of either 5 canned goods or $5 dollars. But if you want to bring your buddies, 1 frozen turkey gets in 5 people!
Los #3 Dinners
True Indigo
The Ghost In The Machine
For more info, call 210-486-1373 or email”


Sprout: Cultivating House Music at La Botanica

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Saturday, November 18 at 9:00p.m.

From the event page:
“Sprout – Cultivating House Music party! Over the past few months Sprout has included other forms of art to keep the vibe alive and fresh! This time around we will have have Ruby Rex displaying some of her hand made jewelry. We will also have Jd Morera doing a live piece again. These artists are part of our city and part of what makes the vibe possible… they bring people and they bring their passion for what they do. Come out to support and dance the night away.”


Odyssey Fest by Time Wheel @ Paper Tiger

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From the event page:
“ODYSSEY is a festival by TIMEWHEEL that explores the interwoven connections between music, artwork, technology, performance and transformation with a diverse musical lineup and immersive installations.
The second annual Odyssey festival has been officially announced, Only 2 months away, Odyssey will be held on November 17 (rescheduled from August 26 due to Hurricane Harvey) at Paper Tiger in downtown San Antonio. The headliners this year include MNDSGN, Femina-X and THIRD EYE. The lineup also features [ Q ], Verisimilitude, SOMETHING FICTION, Reek$avage and so many others. The official schedule has been revealed. Check out the full lineup and set times (CST) below.
Odyssey will feature onsite art installations, vendors, artist talks, workshops, and more (TBA).
A very limited number of All-Access passes will be available for $60 which include two tickets to the event, plus entry to the pre-party (TBA), a giftbag full of merch from TIMEWHEEL and our partners and more.
Full Lineup + Tickets: ”



Theatre and Performing Arts



Shakespeare on The River

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From the event page:
“The Magik Theatre, San Antonio’s professional family theatre, presents Shakespeare on the River – a FREE event celebrating all things Shakespeare.
Theatre-goers can come early to enjoy food trucks along Villita Way and short Shakespeare performances by local performers. The highlight of this event is Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s The Taming of the Shrew. The company returns to San Antonio for a second year, having performed Twelfth Night at last year’s Shakespeare in the Park. Performances of The Taming of the Shrew are November 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.”
Tickets available here: ; you can also contact The Magik Theatre Box Office or call 210.227.2751 for VIP tickets.


Assisted Living: The Musical

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NOV 16, 7:30 PM; NOV 17, 7:30 PM; NOV 18, 7:30 PM
From the Tobin Center website:
“Assisted Living:The Musical®  is a 75-minute vaudeville-esque revue originally written for two actors and a pianist. The show’s host couple enters heaven, suspecting their son pulled the plug… to get his hands on Dad’s vintage Corvette. They don’t seem to mind. Instead, the couple fondly remembers Pelican Roost, an active, full-service retirement community.  There, eighteen different characters sing and dance, revel and kvetch, celebrate and bloviate their way through later life.”

Time of the Month: All Ladies Improv Jam at Bexar Stage

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Saturday, November 18 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
From the Bexar Stage website:
“The ladies of Missed Opportunity are hosting an open, casual event at Bexar Stage. Come and join us…. Whether you’re curious about what improv is, want to play some warm-up games, or just want to watch some funny people.
No previous improv experience is required. Feel free to invite others who may be interested.
This will be a monthly event, so if you can’t join us this month, mark your calendars for the 3rd Saturday of every month!”


Family Friendly

Light the Way Holiday Festival

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From the event page:
“The University of the Incarnate Word’s (UIW) annual holiday celebration, Light the Way, sponsored by H-E-B, is changing. The kick-off celebration which is usually held in Benson Stadium on the UIW campus will now be held in the front of campus (4301 Broadway) and take on more of a festival-type atmosphere.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, will still feature performances by the choirs and performance groups of UIW and the Brainpower Connection schools but guests can also enjoy a Food Truck Yard, the Kids’ Corner where guests can take selfies with Santa, have free cookies and cocoa and take part in activities brought to us by our friends at the DoSeum. Guests also will have the opportunity to get a jump start on their Christmas shopping from various local vendors at the Holiday Shoppe.

The event will begin with a kick-off ceremony at 6:30 p.m. hosted by KSAT12’s Steve Spriester. The lights will be turned on immediately following the ceremony so guests can enjoy the night’s entertainment under the twinkling lights. Performances will fill the night air with the sounds of Christmas, while the offerings from the food trucks will add aromas to make your mouths water.

The evening will conclude with a fireworks show for all to enjoy. Admission is free and limited parking is available on campus. Overflow parking will be available on the AT&T lot across Hildebrand. Once again, we will be collecting new unused toys for the Elf Louise Project. For all your Light the Way 2017 information visit


Toddler Art Play: Mi Comida/My Food at The McNay

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The third Friday of the month is Toddler Play day at The McNay Museum.
From 10:30 to 11:30 am, children 5 and under (along with their grownups) are invited to enjoy free admission to the museum and lots of hands-on activities.


H-E-B Family Night

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Thursday, November 16, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy a free family-friendly evening with H-E-B at the Blue Star Arts Complex. Activities will arts, crafts, letter writing, and a photo booth.


Food and Shopping

Gypsy Market at The Black Swan Inn

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Sunday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ethereal goods, fortune tellers, and belly dancers are just a few things you will experience at this mystic market located at Victoria’s Black Swan Inn. Admission is free, kids and pets are welcome.


Artisan Market at Ranger Creek

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From the event page:
“Join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon at your local brewstillery. Our Artisan Market will feature local vendors that offer a variety of food, clothing, unique gifts, makeup, custom signs, and more! We’ll have craft beer, beermosas, bloody mary’s and more on our drinks menu. No cover. 21+, although kids and pets are welcome under supervision.”


Really Really Free Market – Food Not Bombs

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From the event page:
“It’s that time again! Food Not Bombs will be hosting a Really Free Market during one of our servings and you’re invited! Come with food or come with stuff to give away, it’s your choice. The premise of a Really Free Market is simple: bring what you can, take what you need.

Bring gently used clothes, books, electronics, appliances, whatever you would like to pass on and come shop for yourself. We just ask that you stay with your items for the entirety of the 2 hours and then take them home if they are not gone at the end. Simple!

There will be yummy vegan food and live music as well! We hope to see you out!

If you want more info on what Really Really Free Markets are, here’s the Wikipedia page:

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