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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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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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Rotary Ice Rink

November 29, 2019 - January 31, 2020

The Rotary Club of San Antonio presents the 2019 Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink located in Travis Park adjacent to the annual Christmas tree. The Rink will open the weekend after Thanksgiving and continue daily through January 2020. Destined to become a winter tradition in the Alamo City, more than 25,000 skaters are anticipated to enjoy the rink and the beautiful winter surroundings. For dates and times, please visit our website.

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Holiday Lights on the River Walk

November 29, 2019 - January 13, 2020

The famous holiday lights on the River Walk are turned on each year the day after Thanksgiving and remain on from dusk to dawn daily till just after the first of the New Year. The lights will remain on this year through the night of January 13th, 2020. We invite you to experience the spectacular display of over 100,000 lights (2,250 strings of light) draped over the towering bald cypress trees that line the River Walk. Please note: The 2019…

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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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Vinyasa and Vino: Red Wines for the Holidays

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Say hello to the holiday season with a healthy indulgence of meditative movement and deep reds. Enjoy a relaxing yoga session followed by an interactive and informative wine and tapas sampling. Open to ages 21+. Fee: $35 - registration deadline is 10 a.m. on day of event

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Ranger Creek 9 Year Anniversary Party

December 7 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We're turning 9 and it feels great, so come help us celebrate! $10 gets you entry, a Ranger Creek glass, and 3 drink tickets redeemable for beers or a cocktail. Strawberry Milk Stout will be featured, together with our Bourbon Barrel Brown, and a couple of secret releases. There will be Tempranillo Rimfire tasting evaluations at 3:00 and 4:00 redeemable with a drink ticket. Twisted Traditions will be on site serving up their delicious food! We'll also have live music,…

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10th Annual Museum Reach River of Lights Kickoff

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

Join the San Antonio River Authority for the tenth annual Museum Reach River of Lights kickoff event Saturday, December 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the lock & dam on Brooklyn Avenue. Take FREE photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus plus enjoy holiday jazz music, artisan vendors, costumed characters, a cookie-decorating workshop and FREE souvenir photos taken inside a giant snow globe. A 30 ft. musical Christmas tree light show will also return. Free parking and admission!

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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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Art in the Park

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us each month for a night full of diverse artistic activities for kids. FREE! Art in the Park is brought to Hemisfair in collaboration with USAA®. Enjoy painting with Pinot’s Palette, balloon making by Mandie’s Balloons, face painting by IPaintU by Brie, crafts by Inspire Community Fine Art Center, and a pop up by Spare Parts! Don’t forget to grab eats, drinks and treats from our on-site tenants which include: • Chocollazo Hemisfair & Sugar Sugar • CommonWealth Coffeehouse…

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Dog Days: Deck the Paws

December 14 - December 15

It’s a dog-friendly weekend at the Botanical Garden with swimming pools and water bowls for our furry friends. Share photos of you and your dog using #sabotgarden. Animal Defense League will be onsite on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Proceeds from the weekend benefit local animal charities. Admission ($12-$9) per person + $5 per leashed dog. Dogs are welcome in the majority of the Botanical Garden except for the Culinary Garden and Kitchen, the Family Adventure Garden, and…

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San Antonio’s Inaugural Santa Paws Pet Parade

December 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join Dog Friendly San Antonio at the 2nd annual Coffee & Cordials Festival at Hemisfair Park. Entry to the festival is free, and Early Dog registration for the Santa Paws Parade and costume contest starts at $10. Santa Paws Parade registration will be open from 9:30 - 10:30AM. The parade will begin at 11AM, with winners of the costume contest announced promptly after. Costume categories are Best Ugly Christmas Sweater, Best Doggy-Owner Duo, and Best in Show. Group costumes require…

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Super Fun Saturday: Holiday in the Garden

December 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

At Hemisfair’s last Super Fun Saturday of the year, get in the holiday spirit at Yanaguana Garden! Join us Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities will include: *Visits with Santa *Santa will have his reindeer at Hemisfair thanks to Zoomagination *Decorate your own stocking *Make your own ornament *Jumping elf photo op by AQUA ACRO Entertainment *Carolers by The American Caroling Company *Letters to Santa station *Macaroons by Neko Masi Bakes *Holiday slime making station by Fox Lover…

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Cookies & Cocktails

December 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What better way to toast the holidays than with seasonal cocktails and cookies? Join us for our first annual Cookie & Cocktail Extravaganza, where you will enjoy three modern holiday cocktails, each paired with a homemade, seasonal cookie. Come ready to decorate and wear your favorite sweater for our ugly sweater contest! Ages 21+ Fee: $35; registration deadline is 24 hours before start of event

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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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Parade of Lanterns

January 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - February 8, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

Ten 26-ft. long boats carrying enormous illuminated lanterns will float throughout the downtown section of the River Walk. Enjoy the spectacular lantern show for free each night- new lanterns added annually. Check out the parade route map on

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San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

February 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am - February 23, 2020 @ 10:00 pm

Buckle up for the best ride in February with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo! You can’t beat the unrivaled rodeo action, top notch entertainment and champion livestock events starting at $20. Better yet, enjoy family friendly attractions like pony rides, petting zoo, shopping and live music for all!

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Mardi Gras Festival & River Parade

February 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - February 23, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

A procession of decorated river floats transforms the San Antonio River Walk into a floating Mardi Gras celebration. Krewes of costumed revelers and live entertainment celebrate San Antonio style. Enjoy live music, entertainment, and food trucks. The public is encouraged to come dressed in masks, costumes, and beads. Free admission.

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St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade

March 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - March 15, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated on the River Walk since 1968 as a joint project of the San Antonio River Walk Association and the Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas. This tradition continues today. Green Bud Light will be sold at the Arneson River Theatre along with Irish and other ethnic foods. Festival entertainment includes a family-friendly interactive activity called Passport to Ireland. Other festival activities include face-painting, henna artistry, caricatures, photo booth, Irish novelty items for sale plus…

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Dyeing of the River Walk Green

March 14, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - March 15, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Each year since 1968 the River Walk is magically transformed into the River Shannon with eco-friendly green dye. This year it is brought to you by Maddogs. This is a very exciting time to visit the River Walk and watch the amazing transformation. A bagpiper plays on the barge as the river is transformed. Free viewing available along the entire 2 1/2 mile downtown portion of the River Walk. The color is instantly apparent and intensifies with water movement by…

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Armed Forces River Parade

May 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This free parade is dedicated to the men and women in all branches of the United States Armed Forces and features 26 patriotically-decorated and musical floats carrying all branches of military personnel and numerous businesses and nonprofits who honor and support active and retired soldiers. View the parade for free from throughout the downtown section of the River Walk. On-stage entertainment will serenade floats through the Arneson River Theatre. Break out your red-white-and-blue and let’s show ‘em we appreciate our…

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