Nothing to do in San Antonio: Weekend of Nov. 9 - Nov. 12 - 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.

Live Music

Music to enlighten, entertain, and engage – Find the sound fix you crave this weekend. These are just a few of the large variety of upcoming offerings:


Femina-X at The McNay

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Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:30pm

The Second Thursday at The McNay Art Museum will feature a musical perfomance by Femina-X, an alternative Latin band from San Antonio with a unique fusion of sounds including electronic beats and live instruments.

This event is open to all ages, and is free to the public.


Voodoo Boogaloo with A Tiger Lily and Cat the Manapult

Image may contain: 4 people, textSaturday, Nov 11

Bar-hopping on the books for Saturday night, or looking to catch some live music? Catch this trio of local acts at Hi-Tones on N. St. Mary’s.

Doors open at 9 pm with $3 cover. 21+


Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 – San Antonio Symphony

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November 10 – 11, 8:00pm

From the event page:
“Complete with prancing melodies, a lyrical nocturne, and a thundering conclusion, Liszt’s first piano concerto is considered to be one of his best pieces. It is a fine example of the kind of binding together and rounding off a whole piece at its close that is so characteristically Liszt. While initially dubbed the Triangle Concerto by a fierce critic for his feature of the somewhat offensive instrument, Liszt’s first piano concerto continues to captivate audiences and is firmly in the repertoire. Score one for the triangle. Soloist Scott Cuellar performs the infamous concerto, accompanied on the program by Colla’s Ode by the Earth and Copland’s Third Symphony.”


The Arts

In a city as beautiful as ours, art is all around us, in everything we see – but if you’re looking for a specific type, check out these exhibits going on this weekend:


Bridge ART at Hays Street Bridge

Image may contain: sky, cloud, bridge, tree, plant and outdoorSaturday, November 11

Local artists and vendors will gather to display their artistic renderings of the historic downtown Hays Street Bridge.

Art will be on display at the bridge from 10am until 6pm.


Southtown The Arts District Festival

Southtown The Arts District’s second annual STADFest will bring an array of exciting events to the Southtown area. This all-day event on Saturday, November 11 will entertain the whole family with art workshops, music, and food and drink specials.

Find a full events listing here:


 Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival

Friday, November 10 – Saturday, November 11

From the Luminaria website:

“Join us in celebrating San Antonio’s 10th annual Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival! The free after-dark festival will be Friday, November 10th, from 7 PM to Midnight in the Hemisfair district. Ticketed events, including artist brunches, a closing party, and an exclusive VIP experience, are available on Saturday, November 11.

Luminaria is a dynamic arts organization charged with producing an annual multi-arts festival. The festival was conceived in partnership with the City of San Antonio to stimulate artistic and economic development. We transform urban spaces and make a powerful impact on the revitalization of San Antonio’s downtown neighborhoods.

Since its inception, Luminaria’s curatorial approach has been driven by art experts who represent a diverse San Antonio. Luminaria’s Featured Artists showcase innovative, edgy and ever inspiring art in the form of visual art, music, performance, film, poetry and more. Luminaria is San Antonio’s cultural connector between artists, audiences and the world.”


Family Friendly Fun

Get the kids out of the house and explore the city – these events will stimulate young minds and entertain the whole family:


Into The Woods Musical, Trinity University Theatre

From the Trinity University Website:

Into the Woods, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.”

Opening night is Friday, November 10 and the show will run through Saturday, November 18.


Festival of Lights, Quarry Market

Saturday, November 12 at 6:00 pm

From the event page:

“What’s the forecast at Alamo Quarry Market? Snow and joy at this year’s Festival of Lights event, benefiting the Family Service Association’s “Adopt-A-Family” outreach program. It’s an evening filled with kids’ activities and holiday fun. But it’s also a party with a purpose. Please encourage your readers or viewers to bring a book, pajamas, new children’s socks or toys to donate to the program, which provides needed items to local families. Those who attend may even register on the spot to adopt a family. The highlight of the evening is the arrival of snow and lighting of the historic smokestacks at Alamo Quarry Market. ”


Farm Day at Mission San Juan

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From the event page:

“Explore the roots of San Antonio food culture from the Spanish colonial missions to modern food, health, and wellness. Join us for an afternoon of family-friendly games, cooking demonstrations, activities and more at Mission San Juan! This event is a partnership between the National Park Service, Mission Heritage Partners, and the San Antonio Food Bank. Admission is free.
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Shopping and Local Vendors

Get a head start on your holiday shopping, and support local businesses at the same time. Take your gift list along to these unique events:


SoFlo Market – Second Saturday

Saturday, November 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

From the event page:

“Come see what everyone is raving about! Amazing artists and makers offering their unique handmade creations, local homegrown products, and special vintage finds! Come taste the savory gourmet food from local food trucks, live music and DJ, all with a very urban feel!”


Fall Fest on Nolan St.

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Support Our Partners
Citizen Roots Press

“Chica Verde & GOOD goods are having a party Saturday Nov 11th from 2 to 6 with pop-up shops, music, drinks, food and fun! Plus 20% of all sales will go to the Diggy Hill Animal Rescue! Come party and shop with us for a great cause! 900 block of Nolan St, Dignowity Hill Neighborhood, 78202.”


Headline photo credit: Nan Palmero


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