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Sebastián 50+ Years 100+

October 17, 2019 - May 1, 2020

The Department of Arts & Culture hosts the latest city-wide exhibit “Sebastián in San Antonio: 50+ Years / 20+ Sites / 100+ Works”. The exhibit includes more than 100 sculptures and works of the famed Mexican artist, on display through May 2020 in more than 20 locations accessible to residents and visitors alike. The featured works span the artist’s more than 50-year career. Sebastián also created the nearly two decades-old “Torch of Friendship” which stands at the intersection of Alamo…

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Little Italy’s Annual Wine Tasting

November 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Every year at Little Italy Restaurant & Pizzeria we host a holiday wine tasting featuring 30 of the best wines from around the country! We invite you to join us on Tuesday, November 12th from 5:30pm-8pm for this special wine tasting. This is a great opportunity to sample and learn about new wine on the market, and even pick up a few holiday gifts! Admission includes samples of all wines & complimentary passed appetizers. This year, we've teamed up with…

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Polar Express Viewing Party

November 15

All aboard for the premiere event of our Polar Express™️ 4-D theater experience! Kick off the holiday season with a special viewing of The Polar Express™️ 4-D Experience. Grab your pj's and golden ticket for an evening the whole family will enjoy. Ticket admission includes access to the observation deck, 4-D theater showings of Rio, Ice Age, Skies Over Texas and The Polar Express™️, pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus; with hot chocolate and popcorn available for purchase. SHOW TIMES:…

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Dinner Theater Comedy event: A Tuna Christmas!

November 15 - November 16

SEASONS GREETINGS FROM A TUNA CHRISTMAS! The Company continues the Dinnerbox series (live theatre in local restaurants) with this is a hilarious off-Broadway comedy, the hilarious sequel to the hit comedy, Greater Tuna! Come spend the holidays with all your old favorite citizens of Tuna, Texas and make some new friends while you're there. Master comedians Gillen and Regen, along with some split-second costume changes, portray all 24 citizens of Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too…

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Whataburger Zoo Lights

November 16 - December 31

Whataburger Zoo Lights | November 16 & November 22 – December 31 | Sunday-Friday, Noon – 9 p.m. | Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Merry and bright and a wild night! The zoo decks the halls with jaw-dropping light displays and fills the park with Christmastime activities and cheer including a choreographed light show, s’mores, ice skating, camel rides, and of course, Santa! The best way to get the most out of Zoo Lights is with a Zoo Lights…

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Mission Marquee Plaza Holiday Market

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Kick start your holiday shopping at the 4th annual Mission Marquee Holiday Market on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mission Marquee Plaza will transform into a festive holiday marketplace and feature a locally-sourced farmers market and more than 30 artisans and vendors with specialty gifts and ideas for the holidays. FrankenBike will be in attendance with their bike vendors and swap meet items. The San Antonio Food Bank Mobile Mercado will host healthy cooking demos and…

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Outdoor Film Series Double Feature: Elf and Home Alone

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The City of San Antonio World Heritage Office will host the annual Outdoor Movie Series at Mission Marquee Plaza! Join us for our FREE family friendly event including; entertainment, food trucks, and a showing of the double featured films Elf (PG) and Home Alone (PG) on the original jumbo screen.

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Magik Theatre presents Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol

November 19 - December 19

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol Book and lyrics by Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig, based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens November 19, 2019 – December 19, 2019 Recommended for all ages Tiny Tim longs to have his father home on Christmas day, but mean old Mr. Scrooge won’t give Bob Crachit the day off! There must be a way to change Scrooge’s mind – perhaps a ghost or two will set Scrooge right. Can this clever boy and his…

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The Children’s Nutcracker

November 21 - November 23

Join the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio as 200 young artists take the stage to perform a modern rendition of the classic holiday favorite in, “The Children’s Nutcracker.” This full-length production brings to life Tchaikovsky’s beloved score with dazzling costumes, multimedia integrated scenery, award-winning classical dancers, gifted artists of diverse disciplines and abilities (including special needs artists), gymnasts, actors and other performing artists ranging in age from 3 to 19. The performance marks the company’s exciting debut at the Lila…

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24th Annual ZONARTE Holiday Mercado de Aztlan

November 22 - November 24

Don’t know what to get your hard-to-shop for familia and friends? Wouldn’t you love to gift them something special and one-of-a-kind? Get a head start on all of your holiday shopping at the FREE international ZONARTE Holiday Mercado de Aztlan, hosted by Centro Cultural Aztlan. November 22-24, 2019 FREE and open to the public…GRATUITO y abierto al público Friday November 22 6:00-9:00pm Saturday & Sunday November 23-24 10:00am-6:00pm View the newest creations from a wide range of artisans from San…

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Holiday in the Park

November 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Experience enchanting holiday magic for the entire family featuring Christmastime cheer like no other! From November 23 through January 5, the Six Flags Fiesta Texas is transformed into a winter wonderland with millions of colorful twinkling lights throughout the park, magical musical shows and personalized meet-and-greets with Santa Claus and his helpers.

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SeaWorld San Antonio’s Christmas Celebration

November 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is back with Santa, sea lions, over 9 million shimmering lights, the Sesame Street Christmas Parade and much more. Guests can grab delicious food, enjoy delightful holiday shopping, meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends and experience sensational shows. These include the inspiring orca show, Shamu’s Christmas Miracles; the hilarious sea lion and otter show, Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas; and A Pets Ahoy Christmas show. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, which brings together family fun and holiday…

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Holiday Art Market

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for our 3rd Annual Holiday Art Market brought to you by the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. This free event is an outdoor market focusing on fine arts and high-end artisan products, with fun for all ages! Stop and shop for unique items for the entire family, including beautiful artwork, home decor, gourmet food, accessories, gifts and much more--just in time for the holidays! Bring the family to enjoy live holiday music, meet Santa Claus, sample hot…

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Yanaguana Indian Arts Market

November 23 @ 10:00 am - November 24 @ 5:00 pm

Native American artists showcase and sell their handmade work including jewelry, pottery, basketry, carvings, beadwork and more. The market also features dance performances, music, artist demonstrations, and Native American-inspired food.

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Light Up the Night at JW Marriott San Antonio

November 23 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The spirit of the holidays comes alive in our own backyard during our annual holiday kick off at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa! Free and open to the public, Light Up the Night will dazzle guests and visitors with more than 250,000 twinkling lights synchronized to joyful holiday music in an outdoor wonderland. The event will include an illuminating tree lighting, live reindeer, local choirs, a children’s train parade and a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus…

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Thanksgiving CHEF Camp

November 25 @ 9:00 am - November 27 @ 12:00 pm

Monday-Wednesday, November 25-27 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Monday & Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday This three-day camp will teach children to cook seasonal and Thanksgiving-inspired recipes using CHEF – Culinary Health Education for Families curriculum. Each child will have dishes to bring home that are sure to impress as well as recipe ideas to contribute to the family meal. Lunch will be provided. Designed for children ages 9-13.

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Turkey Trot

November 28 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 pm

Turkey Trot is our annual 5K run/walk on Thanksgiving morning. This family and pet friendly event is one of the few races through the King William District and Downtown San Antonio. Every registration provides a turkey dinner to a family in need.

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Historic St. Anthony Hotel to Serve Exquisite Thanksgiving Day Feast

November 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

This Thanksgiving, celebrate with an elegant, chef-prepared feast at The St. Anthony Hotel. Built by cattle barons in 1909, this architecturally grand hotel has been the home of traditions and special occasions for more than a century. The feast will be held in the hotel’s restaurant, Gallery On the Park, where floor to ceiling windows overlook Travis Park. Additional seating will be available in neighboring Peacock Alley, the hotel’s elegant social area adorned with French Empire antiques and crystal chandeliers…

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Celebrate Thanksgiving at Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar

November 28 @ 11:00 am - November 29 @ 2:00 am

The special 3-course Thanksgiving menu is a choice of a starter of Pumpkin Butternut Squash Bisque or Baby Spinach- Frisee Salad, the entree is Herb Roasted Turkey and Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert. The regular menu is also available. $30 per person Make your reservations at 210-224-2900

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Celebrate Thanksgiving at Boudro’s Texas Bistro

November 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

The special 3-course Thanksgiving menu is a choice of a starter of Pumpkin Butternut Squash Bisque or Winter Chicory and Fuji Apple Salad, the entree is either Achiote Butter Basted Turkey or Mesquite Smoked Pork Tenderloin, or Sweet Potato Pecan Pie or Pumpkin Crème Brulee for dessert. The regular menu is also available. $40 per person Make your reservations at (210) 224-8484

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with the USO and Boudro’s Texas Bistro

November 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

All active duty, guard, reserve, retired service members and their families are welcome to USO San Antonio and Boudro's Texas Bistro's fabulous 3-course Thanksgiving Day Feast on Thursday, November 28 from 11am to 3 pm. Please bring your military ID and when stopping by the downtown USO office to pick up your wrist band for entry to Boudro's. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early at the USO center, this will help so you will not miss out on your…

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Cibolo Moon

November 28 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join us for a special Thanksgiving feast at Cibolo Moon! Dinner will include a delicious selection of oven-roasted meats and vegetables, carving board delicacies, hand-picked chef plates and chef-crafted holiday desserts. Cost is $60 per adult and $25 per child. Taxes and gratuity are not included. Reservations can be made at 210-491-4335.

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A Wonderland Christmas

November 29 - December 23

Unique, ultra-accessible Morgan's Wonderland becomes a winter wonderland of special holiday entertainment, new events, thousands of shimmering lights and festive decoration on nine select evenings beginning Friday, Nov. 29, and concluding Monday, Dec. 23. The colorful potpourri that includes shows, strolling entertainers and holiday traditions takes place at the world's first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone's enjoyment. Special events include a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony each evening; a Shakespeare in Wonderland show ("Much Ado About…

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Las Nuevas Tamaleras

November 29 - December 15

The popular comedy, Las Nuevas Tamaleras, written by playwright Alicia Mena, opens the 2019 season at Thiry Auditorium at Our Lady of the Lake the day after Thanksgiving, November 29, 2019. Tickets go on sale September 15, 2019. The classic Christmas play has entertained audiences in San Antonio for 26 years and is considered as much a holiday tradition as, The Nutcracker. Many families make it part of their annual holiday festivities and anxiously await its return year after year!…

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Breakfast with Santa at 18 Oaks

November 29 @ 8:00 am - December 21 @ 11:00 am

'Tis the season to join us at 18 Oaks for Breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a delicious 18 Oaks breakfast with visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and the JW Elves. Bring your own camera for photos and to make memories that will last a lifetime. Cost is $38 per adult and $28 per child. Taxes and gratuity are not included. Reservations can be made by calling 210-491-5825. Dates: Friday, November 29, 2019 Saturday, November 30 Saturday, December 7 Saturday, December 14…

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Range River Parade Viewing & Dinner Party

November 29 @ 4:30 pm

It’s almost that time of year! Treat yourself and your family to an exquisite dinner from Chef Jason Dady’s Range. Reserve your river-level seats to watch the most anticipated parade of the year. Limited seats available. Reserve today by calling the restaurant at (210) 227-4455.

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Ford Holiday River Parade Viewing Party :Tis The Season River View

November 29 @ 4:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Experience the annual Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony aboard a GO RIO boat! Family and friends are invited to experience the parade with front row seats. Ticket admission includes river boat seating, buffet & action stations, drink tickets, photos with Santa Claus; as well as the very first Holiday Lights Cruise of the season! Dinner Service : Prime Rib Carving Station by Chart House Sundae Bar by Ghirardelli Empanadas By Acenar Homemade Root Beer Keg By Schilos Chips…

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Ford Holiday River Parade at Hard Rock Cafe

November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kick off the holiday season with Hard Rock Cafe! Enjoy the view and a delicious menu from our River facing patios, as San Antonio lights up the River walk for the first time this Holiday season.

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Ford Holiday River Parade

November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The 39 annual Ford Holiday River Parade is a San Antonio tradition that kicks-off the lighting of the River Walk, and the holiday season. The parade features 28 illuminated floats decorated for the theme.100,000 lights (2,250 strands of lights) are illuminated to kick-off the parade. The lights remain on the trees and are turned-on from sundown to sunrise everyday till shortly after New Year’s Day. Seating at Arneson River Theatre & on a 4-mile route on the River WalkSeven free…

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Ford Holiday River Parade @ Cafe Ole

November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enjoy the annual Ford Holiday River Parade from the Cafe Ole patio!

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Downtown Holiday Lights Cruise

November 30 - December 23

Departs from the main channel, enjoy holiday music while we cruise through the main loop of Downtown River through Restaurant Row and The Shops at Rivercenter. Downtown lights cruises are one-hour long. Board at Acenar, where they will be providing Mexican Hot Chocolate and a warm homemade dessert. Downtown lights cruises depart every 30 minutes starting at 6 PM through 9:30 Friday-Sunday beginning November 30th- December 23rd. Children aged 1-5 Tickets $15, General Admission $25. Note: Acenar will have Menu…

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6th Annual Holiday Fair

November 30 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for our 6th Annual Holiday Fair. It's your one-stop shop for unique finds from local artisans. Interested in becoming a vendor? Register online before November 1.

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La Gran Tamalada

December 1 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Join us at La Gran Tamalada on Sunday, December 1, 2019, for a cultural culinary tradition! La Familia Cortez has partnered with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center once again to move the event from its original home at the Guadalupe Theater to Historic Market Square for an expanded cultural experience. Learn how to make tamales and take a few of your own home with hands-on workshops or purchase your dozens of tamales for the holiday season at one of many…

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URBAN-15’s 16th Annual Holiday Laser Show

December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Holiday Laser Show is much beloved by the thousands of students throughout Bexar County. Since 2003, over 71,000 have attended the free student concerts. By popular demand, URBAN-15 will also present a FREE matinee performance to the general public on Sunday, December 1st at 4 pm. The first half of the show will be holiday-themed and family-oriented, while the second half is for true laser show aficionados, featuring more abstract visual and sonic expressions. In addition to long careers…

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Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas Tour

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Multiple Grammy®-nominated country icon Martina McBride’s incomparable vocals have kept her at the top of the charts, garnering six No. 1 hits and twenty top 10 singles. Selling more than 18 million albums to date, McBride has earned fourteen Gold, nine Platinum, three Double Platinum and two Triple Platinum certifications. McBride has been honored with more than 15 major music awards, including four wins from the Country Music Association and three Academy of Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of…

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U.S. Army North Holiday Concert

December 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

To celebrate the holidays and honor our community, veterans, and those serving in our Armed Forces, U.S. Army North is hosting a free holiday concert. No tickets are required, everyone is invited, and the venue has open seating and free parking. The show will feature "Fort Sam's Own" 323d Army Band, musicians from the University of the Incarnate Word, a visit from Santa, and lots of holiday cheer the whole family will enjoy. Entitled, "Portraits of Home" - the show…

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Ford Holiday Boat Caroling

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - December 22 @ 9:30 pm

Sing in the holidays by caroling with friends and family from a boat on the River Walk. Celebrate the timeless tradition of spreading joy with a San Antonio twist. Charter an affordable private caroling boat and bask in the glow of 100,000 Christmas lights. Boats float on the river each night carrying a different group each hour performing live Christmas Carols. More than 185 groups participate; school, church, office, nonprofit, and civic groups. Joyous caroling fills the evening air along…

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker with MC Kurtis Blow

December 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker with MC Kurtis Blow is back and better than ever! Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a…

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Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias

December 6 - December 21

Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 2,000 Luminarias. This century’s old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday & Sunday only for three weekends in December. Luminarias are a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern originally consisting of a candle set in sand inside a small bag.View the Luminarias and listen to Ford Holiday Boat Caroling from a River Walk restaurant or bar while dining…

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ReDo: Adult Nights at The DoSeum

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A series of themed events created for adults 21 and over! At each ReDo, we invite you to LET GO and REDO by tapping into your inner child and “redoing” some of your favorite childhood experiences. Each ReDo varies in theme, but all offer complimentary drinks, delicious bites, fun photo opportunities, and music in addition to unique activities and full access to our world-class children exhibits to keep you engaged all night long. Bring your friends, work buddies, or anyone…

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Jerry Seinfeld

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jerry Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. His latest projects include the Emmy nominated web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” and his Netflix special “Jerry Before Seinfeld.” Seinfeld continues to perform both nationally and internationally. Seinfeld made his Netflix debut with the original stand-up special “Jerry Before Seinfeld.” His latest project on Netflix is the Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed web series “Comedians in Cars…

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Celebrando Tradiciones: Fiesta de Navidad

December 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Start your Christmas time early in true South-Texas, Mexican inspired style by celebrating with us in a gran fiesta! The Guadalupe Dance Company and Mariachi Azteca de America will fill the stage with energy and an explosion of authentic Mexican colors. Don't miss this extraordinary blend of cultures and traditions with typical Christmas music and traditional mariachi and folklorico. We'll see you Friday, December 6, 2019 at 8:00pm at the Guadalupe Theater.

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David Archuleta – Christmas Tour 2019

December 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

David Archuleta became a star when he was just 16. In 2008 more than 30 million television viewers fell in love with his angelic voice and their 44 million votes made him runner-up in Season 7 of “American Idol.” Soon after, the young Utahan had his first single “Crush,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of its release. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the track sold 166,000 downloads that first week in the U.S. and…

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Jerry Seinfeld

December 6 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Jerry Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. His latest projects include the Emmy nominated web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” and his Netflix special “Jerry Before Seinfeld.” Seinfeld continues to perform both nationally and internationally. Seinfeld made his Netflix debut with the original stand-up special “Jerry Before Seinfeld.” His latest project on Netflix is the Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed web series “Comedians in Cars…

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Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

December 7 - December 8

Take the streets of the Alamo City December 7-8, 2019 to participate in the 12th running of the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon. With a renewed focus on the core pillars of Bringing Fun to the Run™ with great music in a community environment, runners of all athletic levels enjoyed the sights and sounds of San Antonio.

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Kristkindlmarkt: A German Christmas Market in San Antonio

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

A traditional open-air German Christmas market featuring handcrafted gifts, crafts, pottery, woodworking, fine arts, fabric arts, German clothing and accessories, holiday sweets, and more. Enjoy the German Christmas atmosphere, foods, beverages, music, entertainment, shopping…the “Gemütlichkeit” of the Holiday Season.

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WinterFest & Reindeer Run 2019

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The WinterFest and Reindeer Run is a long-running community Festival where thousands of local residents come out with the family to enjoy a day of fun in the SNOW! A portion of the proceeds from WinterFest will go to help kids with disabilities or delays and their families at Brighton Center including therapy, education, support and childcare. For more information on Brighton Center please visit: www.BrightonSA.org. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7th, 2019 at North Central…

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Disney Junior Holiday Party!

December 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Disney Junior Holiday Party! is a dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including Mickey & Minnie Mouse, the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina and many more, plus a special visit from Santa Claus! Children one year of age and older require a ticket.

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Disney Junior Holiday Party!

December 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Disney Junior Holiday Party! is a dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including Mickey & Minnie Mouse, the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina and many more, plus a special visit from Santa Claus! Children one year of age and older require a ticket.

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Christmas at Natural Bridge Caverns

December 7 @ 4:00 pm - December 23 @ 9:30 pm

At Natural Bridge Caverns, we celebrate Christmas unlike anywhere else in the world! Nestled in the scenic Texas Hill Country, we kick our holiday festivities up a notch. Hear your favorite carols echo through Texas’ largest cavern system. Get pictures with Santa “Spelunker” Claus, then round up his reindeer in our outdoor maze. As the sun sets behind our 30-foot tall Christmas tree, a hayride rolls through the hills, families roast s’mores, enjoy games, music, a giant snow globe, ice…

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River of Lights Illumination

December 7 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy family-friendly art activities, free general admission, and the Museum Reach River of Lights.

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25th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza

December 7 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán returns to San Antonio to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza on Saturday, December 7 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán is considered the best mariachi in the world (el mejor mariachi del mundo). Founded in 1897, in the southern Jalisco village of Tecalitlán, the group celebrates 122 years and six generations as the most influential mariachi in history. Its current generation represents the state of the…

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Handel’s Messiah Presented by The San Antonio Mastersingers

December 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Continuing a favorite annual holiday tradition, the San Antonio Mastersingers, under the baton of director Dr. John Silantien, will present Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3 PM at University United Methodist Church, 5084 DeZavala Road. The 120-voice Mastersingers chorus, orchestra and soloists will perform the oratorio’s Christmas selections, as well as the iconic “Hallelujah” Chorus. Tickets may be purchased online at www.samastersingers.org or at the door. General Admission Tickets are $25; VIP Tickets (preferred seating) are $50.

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Pearl Lights Cruise

December 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - January 2, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Experience lights and enjoy holiday music in the Museum Reach, main channel and the downtown loop on the river. You just may see the Christmas tree light show while proceeding through the lock and dam! Enjoy Hot Chocolate and a dessert. The Pick-up/Drop off: Shuttle Stop #13 La Gloria – 100 E Grayson St. Parking: Located at Isleta and Emma Koehler Street, the parking garage has 345 parking spaces. To access the garage: From Grayson Street, take Isleta into Pearl…

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Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing

December 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

As the star of the Emmy-nominated web series Gay of Thrones, and the Emmy-winning reality show Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness has become known in the entertainment industry for his fabulous, unstoppable energy. Now, he brings that energy to the stand-up stage with an unforgettable live show, serving cirque-du-so-gay-realness between stand-up sets so good your face will be in need of a massage from all the smiling. It’s all inspired by his ongoing attempt —and lifelong obsession —to become a…

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Criss Angel RAW: The Mindfreak Unplugged

December 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Criss Angel has dominated the world of magic for over a decade, but even with his incomparable success, Criss’ passion is to constantly create and bring his magic revolution to fans everywhere. The new show Criss Angel RAW – The Mindfreak Unplugged brings Angel’s famous sleight of hand street magic, mentalism, and even some of his most iconic illusions to life – all performed in an intimate, raw setting. This extraordinary evening of magic unplugged features Criss and some of…

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Holiday Trunk Show

December 10 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Local artisans showcase unique holiday gifts, and the Museum Store offers a special sale on Western-themed gifts, books, and apparel. Extended museum hours. Admission is free and includes access to the museum.

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Andrea Bocelli

December 11 @ 7:30 pm

As one of the most recognizable voices in the industry, Andrea Bocelli has been thrilling audiences for over 20 years, counting nearly 90 million records sold worldwide.

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Magik Theatre Presents A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 12 - December 15

The Magik Theatre returns with our 5th annual production of A Charlie Brown Christmas! The classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be…

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The Nutcracker presented by the San Antonio Youth Ballet

December 13 - December 16

San Antonio Youth Ballet presents an enchanting, timeless Christmas classic featuring a live orchestra at the Scottish Rite Theatre. Kick off the holiday season with our talented dancers ranging from three years old to professional ballerinas. Tickets are only available online, all seating details are located on Eventbrite.

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Holiday Artisan Show

December 13 @ 11:00 am - December 15 @ 11:00 pm

Vendors display and sell beautiful handmade merchandise along the San Antonio River Walk. Artisans are different for each show but usually include pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork and more. Friday and Saturday: 11AM-11PM Sunday: 11AM-8PM

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Whose Live Anyway?

December 13 @ 8:00 pm

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Jeff B. Davis, Joel Murray, and Dave Foley (of Kids in the Hall) will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes.

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San Antonio Coffee & Cordials Festival

December 14

NITRO! POUR OVERS! COLD BREW! DRIP! CBD COFFEE! MATCHA! CHAI, OH MY! WHAT TO EXPECT: 80+ coffee roasts to try from all over the globe in one place; Brunch-Style Vendors; CBD COFFEE & TEA; GREAT Music; Kids activities; stunning views of Hemisfair and outdoor lawn for kids and pets to enjoy!

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La Tamalada at the Witte Museum

December 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

It’s that time of year again! ¡Que delicioso! Families come in many varieties and bring us feelings of warmth and happiness, just like tamales! Bring your family and friends to the Witte this winter and learn a culinary tradition that will surely warm your heart this season! Each participant will receive light refreshments, hands-on instruction, two recipes, a dozen homemade tamales - six sweet and six savory and time saving tamale tips to take the stress out of the holidays!…

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The Nutcracker 2019

December 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Quenedit Dance Theatre (QDT) will perform The Nutcracker Ballet on Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 15, 2019, 2:00 p.m. at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. This will be the sixth annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet by QDT since the company was founded in May 2014 by Artistic Directors, Catalina Garza and Ernesto Quenedit, a former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Cuba. QDT Company members, along with dancers from Quenedit Ballet School and the San…

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CCSA Presents Making Spirits Bright

December 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Holidays call for singing! This December, CCSA presents your favorite pop and choral holiday classics. Our wonderful young singers are sure to make your spirits bright as they relish in the joys of family, love, and unity through song.

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115th San Antonio Deutsche Weihnachtsfeier

December 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This celebration is one of San Antonio's longest running cultural and religious event and is ecumenical in participation. It is one of the most important German Christmas celebrations held in San Antonio. There is no sermon, and this event is conducted entirely in the German language. The Christmas Story is simply told through Scripture, prayers, German Christmas poetry, congregational and choral singing and instrumental music. Both the Beethoven Maennerchor and the San Antonio Liederkranz choirs perform, and Dr. David Heller,…

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A Night of Sax at the Tobin Center

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Three of the Top Jazz Sax players in Texas come together for One Night Only at the Tobin Center in San Antonio. Joe Posada, Billy Ray Sheppard and Dean James are widely renowned by music lovers for having combined the sounds of Jazz, Tejano and Afro Cuban thus creating a unique melodic fuse that has been found both intriguing and real by audiences.

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ARTS San Antonio Presents: American Midwest Ballet The Nutcracker

December 19 - December 21

A FAMILY FAVORITE RETURNS! ARTS San Antonio Proudly Presents American Midwest Ballet The Nutcracker, From Omaha, Nebraska, United States, Presented in Collaboration with San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet and the Dorothy Keck Dancers of San Antonio December 19, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. December 20, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. December 21, 2019 | 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. Always fresh, lively, and thoroughly entertaining, The Nutcracker returns with the visual splendor and charming story that make it a family favorite. Set to one…

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Hecho a Mano

December 21 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For over 30 years, Hecho A Mano has celebrated San Antonio’s culturally unique and vibrant artisan community. The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has partnered with its neighbor the Avenida Guadalupe Association to bring Hecho a Mano to the Plaza Guadalupe. This Outdoor Market is FREE and open to the public. Each year hundreds of art lovers and holiday shoppers seek out the handmade items by local artists that encompass both traditional and contemporary styles.

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Alamo Vaudeville with host Zach Meacham!

December 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Returning to San Antonio for another great show this year, Courvier Productions is pleased to Present Alamo Vaudeville Season 6 Live in the Grand of all theaters the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. A blend of wonderful Performers, with host Zach Meacham! Directed by Ronnie Courvier, whose show business career spans back to his friendship with late legend Hal Roach (Creator of The Little Rascals and Laurel and Hardy). Alamo Vaudeville a classic wholesome show for the Christmas holiday…

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra

December 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) The multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed progressive rock group today announced its highly-anticipated Christmas Eve and Other Stories." TSO's show that started small, performed to 12,000 people in five cities in 1999, which then exploded onto the national scene, eventually playing to 9 million fans over the course of an incredible 12 years (through 2011), the mega-hit "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" has grossed an incredible $377 million over 1224 performances. A product of the vision and imagination of TSO's…

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Cirque Musica presents Holiday Wishes

December 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cirque Musica invites you and your family to Wish this holiday season. Cirque Musica presents Holiday Wishes brings a holiday story to life in a full theatrical cirque event for the entire family. Featuring the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica with your favorite holiday hits all performed LIVE by a full symphony orchestra. Audiences will be amazed by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers…

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The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

December 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For the first time, The Elf on the Shelf® Scout Elves will take center stage in a new live musical debuting this holiday season: The Elf on the Shelf - A Christmas Musical. Inspired by the beloved box set The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition, this touring stage production will give families an exclusive glimpse into the magical world of Santa’s North Pole through indelible song and dance numbers and a heartwarming tale about Christmas spirit. This toe-tapping…

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SeaWorld San Antonio’s Hanukkah Celebration

December 29

The lights will shine brightly at sunset on Sunday, Dec. 29, during the 2nd Annual Menorah Lighting at SeaWorld’s colorful Sesame Street Bay of Play. Celebrants can enjoy all the traditions of the Festival of Lights and make treasured memories with family and friends. Event is included with park admission.

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Rudy’s Bar-B-Q Pep Rally on the River

December 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Rudy’s Bar-B-Q Pep Rally is one of the most exciting events of bowl week. The head coaches, football players, pep bands and cheerleaders from both teams show their colors as they face off in a spirited pep rally. This is a “must see” event during bowl week that gives fans a chance to see the players and pep bands make their grand entrance on San Antonio’s famous river barges. While fans will be wearing their favorite colors, the bands…

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PrimeSport Kickoff Luncheon

December 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Before the Big 12 and Pac-12 teams playing in the Valero Alamo Bowl hit the field, everyone will come together at the PrimeSport Kickoff Luncheon. More than 1,500 spirited football fans will come to experience the anticipation and festive atmosphere surrounding the big game. Emceed by ESPN’s broadcast crew, fans will be treated to first-hand insight from the teams’ head coaches and the team captains of each school, as well as revel in the pageantry from the cheerleaders and bands.

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Kids Countdown 2020

December 31 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us to ring in the noon year at our annual Kids' Countdown! This afternoon will be full of special activities that will leave your kid radiating as they start the new year!

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Valero Alamo Bowl Fan Zone

December 31 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Before the bowl game, fans can participate in pregame festivities in the Historic Sunset Station (one block North of the main Alamodome entrance). The Valero Alamo Bowl Fan Zone includes a variety of interactive games that encourage fan participation and challenge their football skills and agility. Enjoy some great food and drink while you listen to music and prepare for the big game. Not only are there interactive games but you can also get your face painted as well as…

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Valero Alamo Bowl

December 31 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The #1 Big 12 and the #1 Pac-12 teams after College Football Playoff selections will face off in the Alamodome for a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration. Come to the Alamodome to tailgate and play games prior to the 6:30 p.m. kickoff. Then, continue the celebration post-game from the Alamodome’s north plaza for a post-game party with a perfect view of one of Texas’ largest fireworks displays.

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New Year’s Eve at Observation Deck of Tower of the Americas

December 31, 2019 @ 9:30 pm - January 1, 2020 @ 1:00 am

🎉Ring in 2020 at 750 feet in the sky!🍾Enjoy the spectacular view of the downtown fireworks from our observation deck - the best view in the city to watch the fireworks light up the night sky. Guests will also enjoy red carpet photos, casino games, live entertainment, party favors, dancing, appetizer buffet and cash bar. ADMISSION* $97.31 per person *Tax and gratuity included.

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ALL-AMERICAN BOWL

January 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrating 20 years of excellence, the All-American Bowl culminates a year-round celebration of high school achievement on and off the playing field. The game is the premier high school sporting event and features the nation’s 100 best senior football players. The Bowl is broadcast annually on NBC and is the most-watched high school sporting event of every year. Experience it live at the Alamodome on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.

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The Gurwitz International Piano Competition – Grand Opening All-Star Judges’ Showcase!

January 26, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Grand Opening ALL-STAR Judges’ Showcase will be an unprecedented display of world talent featuring Gurwitz judges and guest artists from the SOLI Chamber Ensemble and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bringing the art of classical piano with World Music that celebrates cultural diversity.

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The Gurwitz International Piano Competition – Round I Day (Morning Session)

January 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Gurwitz will start its contestant performances with a morning session of fifty minute recitals by the first three contestants in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall of Trinity University. In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bringing the art of classical piano with World Music that celebrates cultural diversity.

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The Gurwitz International Piano Competition – Round I Day 1 (Evening Session)

January 27, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The evening session of Round I, Day 1 with fifty minute recitals by the next 3 contestants at the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall of Trinity University. In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bringing the art of classical piano with World Music that celebrates cultural diversity.

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The Gurwitz International Piano Competition – Round I Day 2 (Morning Session)

January 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The morning session of Round I, Day 2 with fifty minute recitals by the next 3 contestants at the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall of Trinity University. The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bringing the art of classical piano with World Music that celebrates cultural diversity.

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The Gurwitz International Piano Competition – Round I Day 2 (Evening Session)

January 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The evening session of Round I, Day 2 with fifty minute recitals by the last 3 (of overall 12) contestants at the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall of Trinity University. In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bringing the art of classical piano with World Music that celebrates cultural diversity.

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The Gurwitz International Piano Competition – Round II (Morning Session)

January 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The morning session of Round II with the first 3 (of 6 remaining) semi-finalists. Round II will feature work(s) from composer(s) of Latin or Spanish origin, as well as a work from the competitor's home country. In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bringing the art of classical piano with World Music that celebrates cultural diversity.

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The Gurwitz International Piano Competition – Round II (Evening Session)

January 29, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The evening session of Round II with the last 3 (of 6 remaining) semi-finalists at the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall of Trinity University. Round II will feature work(s) from composer(s) of Latin or Spanish origin, as well as a work from the competitor's home country. In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bringing the art of classical piano with World Music that…

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The Gurwitz International Piano Competition – Festival Feature Concert! with Hiromi

January 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Special Feature Concert with International Jazz Pianist, Hiromi (Japan)! Day four takes a quick break from the week-long competition for a special concert at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre with internationally-renowned jazz composer and pianist Hiromi! In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bringing the art of classical piano with World Music that celebrates cultural diversity.

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The Gurwitz International Piano Competition – Round III, World Music Round

January 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Featured guest artists from the Silk Road Ensemble: Kinan Azmeh, clarinet (Syria) and John Hadfield (USA), percussion will perform with each of the three remaining finalists a commissioned work by San Antonio composer Ethan Wickman at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater. In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bringing the art of classical piano with World Music that celebrates cultural diversity.

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The Gurwitz International Piano Competition – Round IV, Grand Finale

February 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Grand Finale of The Gurwitz will see each of the three remaining finalists perform a selected piano concerto with the San Antonio Symphony in the H-E-B Performance Hall of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bringing the art of classical piano with World Music that celebrates cultural diversity.

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