San Antonio Scoop: Family Fun in the Alamo City for November 13–19

I think it’s safe to say the holidays are upon us, as evidenced by the first local performance of The Nutcracker in this week’s list.

Last month we had Chalk It Up, and this month another beautifully colorful event that happens to be one of my favorites is Anuja SA’s celebration of Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights.


November 15–21: Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza at Lila Cockrell Theatre—Among the most prominent and largest mariachi music festivals in the world, including competitions and concerts. Tickets and registration prices vary.


November 19–20: The Children’s Nutcracker at the Scottish Rite Theatre—Presented by the The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio and featuring local youth dancers. The first Nutcracker performance in San Antonio. Tickets: $15.

November 19–22: San Antonio Auto & Truck Show at Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center—Kids Fun Zone has games, a driving track, and kid-sized cars, open on Saturday and Sunday only. Tickets are $12 general admission and $4 for children; children five and younger are free.


Friday, November 13

Outdoor Movie: Nacho Libre! at the Tobin Center—No outside food or drinks; concessions available for purchase. A non-perishable food donation for the San Antonio Food Bank or a cash donation to the Tobin Center Education Fund is appreciated. Free.

Saturday, November 14

Farm Day, 10:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M at Mission San Juan—Park rangers will offer guided tours of the mission compound and farm; local chefs will prepare traditional recipes. Free.

Celebrating America’s Military in the Park, 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Brackenridge Park—All active duty military, National Guard, or reserve members and their dependents are invited. Plenty of games, entertainment, and food presented by USO San Antonio and local sponsors.


Inventor’s Workshop, 11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at The DoSeum—High school, university, and college students and STEM industry professionals create hands-on activities designed to engage kids in STEM topics. Free with museum admission.

[email protected], registration begins at 11:30 A.M. at The DoSeum—Made in the Future: what the world looks like in the year 2035 and beyond. Free admission for middle and high school students; $10 admission for adults.

The Great Amazing Race, 2:15 P.M. at Olmos Basin Park—National skills competition in which teams of two people race through an obstacle course against their peers. Early registration is $48; race day registration is $60.

Diwali SA Festival of Lights, 5:00–10:00 P.M. at La Villita Historic Arts Village—One of the most celebrated Indian festivals that symbolizes the victory of good over evil, featuring Indian dance, food, and craft booths. Event wraps up with diya floats and fireworks display. Free.

Movies by Moonlight: The Lego Movie6:00 P.M. at Travis Park—Bring chairs and blankets. Pre-show entertainment begins at 5:00 P.M. Free.



Star Party!, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at Eisenhower Park—Observe the night skies with the San Antonio Astronomical Association and learn about the planets and the moon. Suggested donation: $3 per individual, $6 per family.

Tuesday, November 17

Mother Nature’s Storytime: Forests!, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Cibolo Nature Center (Boerne)—Read Leaf Trouble and make finger paint trees to talk about forests and fall. Suggested donation: $5 per family.

H-E-B Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at The DoSeum—Every first and third Tuesday of the month. Only the first 1,500 guests will be admitted.

Thursday, November 19

read wagon

Play & Learn, 9:30–11:00 A.M. at Miller’s Pond Park—Little Read Wagon program of San Antonio Public Library. Parents and caregivers with children ages five and younger are invited to share interactive time with their children. Free.




  • November 27: Ford Holiday River Parade at River Walk
  • December 5: Tamales! Holiday Festival at Pearl
  • January 24: Wild Kratts Live! at Tobin Center

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