San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to September Events

Summer is nearing its end. Good riddance to the triple-digit temperatures! We kick off the fall festival season in September with Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins with Deiz y Seis de Septiembre and ends mid-October. Be sure to mark your calendars for the Mystical Arts of Tibet at the end of the month. You won’t want to miss it!

Saturday, September 2

Geology Rocks, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center, Phil Hardberger Park West—What does a geologist do? Join David Turner, Professor of Geology at St. Mary’s University, as he talks about the study of the earth and provides a hands-on look at what geologists do. Curious about a rock? Bring it for him to identify. A kid-friendly activity is included. No registration is required. Suggested donation to the PHP Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.

Kids’ Workshop: Pencil Box, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores—Join a hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a handy pencil case just in time for back to school. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize his/her creation. All kids get to keep their project and will receive a free certificate of achievement, workshop apron, and commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. FREE!

First Saturday at the Alamo, 9:30 A.M.–4:30 P.M. at The Alamo—On the first Saturday of every month, the grounds of the Alamo are transformed back in time to the 1830s for a full day of living history fun that the whole family will enjoy. Learn about life in frontier Texas with special demonstrations and crafts. FREE!

Fall Vegetable Gardening Class for Kids, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Milberger’s Nursery—Children will have fun learning the basics of vegetable gardening. This popular class will include “little” hands-on planting and seeding tips as well as craft activities. These classes are designed for children ages 5–10. Milberger’s Nursery provides the materials and classes are free, but call (210) 497-3760 to reserve a spot because class size is limited. FREE!

Nature’s Recyclers: Earthworms Up Close and Personal, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Hands-on family fun with activities such as planting a seed to take home, creating a simple craft, taking part in garden exploration, and/or a nutritional activity. Free with regular garden admission.

Art in the Park with San Antonio Dance Umbrella, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—San Antonio Dance Umbrella will host a free ballet class for kids ages 4–11. Please wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable for the weather and to dance in. Each class includes a warm-up and a complete combination dance routine, ending with a brief “performance.” Parental supervision required; seating provided. This class will be held outdoors in the Goliad Plaza area at the north end of the park just past the climbing structures (follow the signs). Please allow extra time for parking as the class begins promptly at 11:00 A.M. Latecomers will miss the required warm-up and needed instruction. Walk-ups will be allowed until the class is full or at instructor discretion. FREE!

Sunday, September 3

Family Fun–Experience Bandera’s Labor Day Weekend, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at Bandera Natural History Museum—See that smile on Olivia’s face? She loves when Dinosaur George comes to visit her. They are a match made in Heaven (well, Bandera, anyway). Her wish is coming true on Sunday. You won’t want to miss the reunion. Showtimes: Olivia at 1:00 P.M., Dinosaur George after Olivia. Admission is $10 for adults; $6 for children 4–12; and children ages 3 and under are free. Active servicemen and women receive free admission.

Fiestalorico del Rio, 5:00 P.M., 6:30 P.M., and 7:30 P.M. at Arneson River Theatre—Proudly presented by Ballet Folklorioco Azteca de Fort Worth with three performances through the evening. FREE!

Monday, September 4—Labor Day holiday

Tuesday, September 5

Summer Magic with The Magik Theatre: Three Little Pigs, 5:00–6:00 P.M. at The Historic Pearl—The Pearl is collaborating with the Magik Theatre for a variety of special performances on Tuesdays throughout the summer. The Magik Theatre is San Antonio’s premier professional family theatre, producing live stage versions of children’s classic and contemporary literature. FREE!

H-E-B Family Free Night, 6:30–8:30 P.M. at The DoSeum—The first 1,500 guests will be admitted; arrive early to ensure entry. When The DoSeum reaches capacity, a sign will be posted outside the museum. FREE!

September 6–10

World Heritage Festival at Various locations—The World Heritage Festival is an annual collaborative event to celebrate and promote our San Antonio Missions, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Festival is a five-day celebration spread throughout the five San Antonio Missions and surrounding area and has something for everyone, while providing funding for nonprofit organizations and projects that preserve, maintain, promote, and connect. The City of San Antonio, in coordination with Bexar County, San Antonio River Authority (SARA), National Park Service, The Alamo, Mission Heritage Partners (formerly Los Compadres), and Las Misiones organized the first City of San Antonio World Heritage Festival in 2016. For the full schedule, check the events page

Highlights include:

September 7, 6:30–8:30 P.M. Sunset Dinner at Mission San Juan Farm

September 8, 6:00–10:00 P.M. Restored by Light at Mission Concepcion

September 9, 8:00 A.M. Tour de las Missions Bike Ride & Walk (5K & 10K)

September 9, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. Mission Pachanga at Mission Park Pavilion

Thursday, September 7

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl Family Fun, 6:00–7:00 P.M. at Cody Branch Library—Celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday! No golden tickets necessary to enjoy scrumdiddlyumptious treats, make Dahlesque crafts, and play gloriumptious games all designed around Dahl’s famous novels. A fun time for the whole family. FREE!

Saturday, September 9

Tiny Dragons in Your Own Backyard: Anoles and other Texas Lizards, 9:30–11:00 A.M. San Antonio Botanical Garden—Know a budding scientist? Learn from Trinity Biology students about the anoles and other reptiles in your Texas backyard. Start the class indoors with some fun, hands-on activities, then venture outdoors with the researchers to learn about their work at The Garden. Age range: 8–12 years; adult must accompany a child. Registration is $25 per adult/child pair.

Kids Club: Nature Art! Let’s Finger Paint!, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Herff Farm Cibolo Nature Center (Boerne)—Create fantastic works of art using nature as a medium and an inspiration. Get hands on by using fingerprints too. For kids of all ages. Cost is $5 per family.

Art in the park with Artpace, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—For kids ages 4–12, free art workshops featuring one artist exhibited at Artpace. This month, children will work with Artpace educators to learn about the work of Juan Miguel Ramos and create their very own masterpiece in his unique style. Please allow extra time for parking, as the workshop begins promptly at 11:00 A.M. This workshop will be held outdoors in Goliad Plaza on the north end of the park, just past the climbing structures. Follow the “Art in the Park” signs. FREE!

STEM Expo, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Pedro Springs Park—Presented by the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas but open to the public, girls and boys of all ages. More than 30 vendors, interactive activities, and free stuff. First 1,000 kids through the gates will receive a fun bag. Activities include: human hamster ball, 3D printing, laser tag, rock climbing, interactive gaming, drones, make ‘n’ take projects, and robotics. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door per person ages 4+.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 8:00–10:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—Part of the Southtown Cinema outdoor movie screenings every second and fourth Saturday at Yanaguana Garden. Whether you’re a party dude or just cool-but-rude, you’ll flip over this screening of the 1990s classic. Splinter, Casey Jones, April O’Neil, Shredder—the whole gang’s here! Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Movie starts at dusk. FREE!

Sunday, September 10

Fibers Across Texas, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texas Cultures—ITC features classic crafts of spinning, weaving, and natural dyes for its September Free Second Sunday. Visitors will have the chance to spin thread on spinning wheels and other antique implements, learn how to weave fibers into cloth, how to use weaving looms, and how to dye textiles. FREE!

Picture Your World, 1:00–4:30 P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center—Join us for the 2017–2018 season, hosted by Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. Open to youth ages 8–18, these weekend workshops teach photographic composition and technique through hands-on demonstration and constructive critique. Participants will produce a visual memory of their day and begin a creative portfolio while experiencing the wonders of the natural environment. Each workshop is led by the Picture Your World Program Manager, Carra Garza, along with a professional photographer and a Master Naturalist. Participants may bring their own digital camera or one will be provided one for you. Please register online to ensure your space is reserved. Workshop fee is $20.

Back to School with Rapunzel, 1:00–2:30 & 3:30–5:00 P.M. at B. Pink Parties—Recommended for girls ages 3–10, the event includes story time & pictures with Rapunzel (one hour), makeup, nails polished, a fun temporary tattoo, and a small treat bag. There will also be a drawing for a fabulous gift. Choose from two sessions. Full event details and instruction can be found on the Eventbrite listing. Tickets are $36 per girl (no charge for adults). 

Free Family Yoga Class, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Aerial Yoga Boerne—Fun, music, yoga, and relaxation. Class is open to kids of all ages and their families. Come bond on the yoga mat and learn new ways to spend quality time together. Part of a two-day Kids Yoga Teacher Training. Learn more about the training here. Registration requested. FREE!

Monday, September 11

Little Sprouts: Wonderful Worms, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Children learn about worms and the important role they play in the environment. Little Sprouts Mondays are the second Monday of each month. Fee is $15 per child and includes one adult. Additional children are $5. A parent or guardian must stay with the child.

Wednesday, September 13

Elementary: Zoo Animals, 9;30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (Blanco Rd.)–Students learn about different types of zoo animals. Linda Cace, San Antonio Zoo volunteer and Alamo Area Texas Master Naturalist, shares her experiences from the zoo. Students make their own zoo animal mask. A water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen, and hat are suggested. This class is for students 7–10 years old and their families. It is part of the Elementary Fall Explorer series. Registration is required and opens August 28 at 9:00 A.M. For registration assistance, call (210) 492-7472. A donation to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.

Thursday, September 14

Middle School: Fish Dissection, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East (Blanco Rd.)—Students learn about the different fish in the area. They dissect a preserved fish in class to observe its internal anatomy. Old comfortable clothes and a water bottle are suggested. This class is for students 10–14 years old and their families. It is part of the Middle School Fall Explorer series. Registration is required and opens August 28 at 9:00 A.M. For registration assistance, call (210) 492-7472. A donation to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.

Family Fun Fair & Food Pantry, 4:00–7:00 P.M. at Davis-Scott YMCA—From food trucks to a diverse mix of community partners, family activities, performances, and vendors, there will definitely be plenty for the whole family to enjoy. And don’t forget to sign up for the egg races! Free groceries for 600 families. FREE!

Family Film Series Throwback Thursday: La Bamba, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—Rated PG-13. The biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock ‘n’ roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. Get there early and enjoy a Throwback Thursday Classic Car Show. Load up your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Food also available for purchase. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M., and movie will begin 15 minutes after dusk. FREE!

Friday, September 15

Grand Opening Event, 5:00–8:00 P.M. at Harvey E. Najim Family YMCA—Celebrate the opening of the newest YMCA in San Antonio’s Southside community. Take a tour, meet the staff, and get involved. Ribbon cutting at 5:00 P.M., followed by teaching kitchen demos, activities, music, refreshments, and more beginning at 6:00 P.M. FREE!

Saturday, September 16

33rd “Animal” Kids Zoo Run, 8:30–10:30 A.M. at San Antonio Zoo—Parents are welcome to run alongside their child(ren) during the race. Medals will be awarded to the top three girls and top three boys in each age division. T-shirts and ribbons to all entrants. Children ages 1–5 years old will run a 1/4-mile race; ages 6–11 will run a half-mile race. Registration is $30 and includes race, race t-shirt, and two tickets to the zoo (1 adult and 1 child). Registration prices goes up after September 3.

36th Annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre Parade & Festival, 9:00–10:30 A.M. at Plaza Avenida Guadalupe—All are welcome to participate in celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day. The day begins with a parade that marches right through the heart of the historic Westside and ends at Plaza Guadalupe. The plaza then becomes an all day celebration sponsored by Univision and H.E.B., featuring live Tejano, Conjunto, and Mariachi music, food, and beverages. FREE!

For a complete list of City-sponsored Diez y Seis festivites, check this calendar of events.


Wake Up, Brother Bear!, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Pearl Studio—Presented by The Magic Theatre, Theatre for the Very Young Productions are designed to be a gentle introduction to theatre especially for children ages zero to five. They use music, art, and hands-on sensory experiences in a toddler-friendly atmosphere. The audience watches Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons: they see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action using a small bag of props that help create the magical interactive moments. Tickets are $12. Children under the age of one are free.

Art in the Park with The Magik Theatre, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—A free theatrical play workshop for kids ages 4–11. This week’s performance opportunity will be based on the work of Rudyard Kipling, Rikki Tikki Tavi, and Just So Stories. Parental supervision required. Please allow extra time for parking as the workshop begins promptly at 11 am. FREE!

Cantinflas, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—Rated PG. The untold story of Mexico’s greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time, from his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood. Load up your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M., and movie will begin 15 minutes after dusk. Food from local food trucks also available for purchase, and free popcorn courtesy of City Base Entertainment. FREE!

Sunday, September 17

Diez y Seiz Official Charreada, 4:00–7:00 P.M. at Asociacion de Charros San Antonio—A traditional Mexican rodeo commemorating Mexican Independence Day, in collaboration with the City of San Antonio. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children, kids under 5 are free.

Tuesday, September 19

Summer Magic with The Magik Theatre: Rumpelstilskin, 5:00–6:00 P.M. at The Historic Pearl—Pearl continues its collaboration with the Magik Theatre for a variety of special performances, producing live stage versions of children’s classic and contemporary literature. FREE!

Saturday, September 23

I Spy A Scavenger Hunt, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens—This scavenger hunt takes place in the historic King William neighborhood. The hunt, a new “mysterious” twist, will get your kids thinking about architecture in a whole new way. Detectives will get a pair of binoculars, useful for hunting down clues, and first-, second-, and third-place detectives will be awarded a special medal. All detectives will be treated to yummy refreshments at the finish line. A parent or guardian must accompany children. The program is designed for two age categories: kids 5–8 and 9–12 (each group receives age-appropriate activities). Check-in begins at 9:30 A.M. This event will occur rain or shine. Admission is $5 per child. For ticket purchase or for more information, please call Visitor Services at (210) 223-9800 or visit the website

Kids Alive, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Government Canyon State Natural Area—Open to ages 6–14. Would you know what to do if you got lost in the wilderness? Join SOS Adventures Master Outdoor Leader Joey Rios and learn the skills you’ll need to stay alive and get found! This will be a fun and interactive course designed to teach kids the skills they’ll need to be confident and safe if they ever get lost outdoors. Activities will include games, demonstrations, and instruction, followed by a short hike. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Arrive by 10:45 A.M. Meet at the Exhibit Gallery next to the Visitor’s Center. Group size is limited to 20. No pets please. FREE!

Museum Day Live!, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at Institute of Texas Cultures–Participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! Ticket available at The ITC’s program will include a performance from Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion,” recently named a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. Additionally, Manuel Medrano from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will premiere a documentary on Ybarra’s career. FREE!

List of other local institutions participating in Museum Day Live!

Monday, September 25

Tween STEM Club: The Motion of Balloon Cars, 3:00–4:00 P.M. at Cody Branch Library—Learn about Newton’s Third Law of Motion during a hands-on demonstration with balloon cars. Create your own Balloon Cars and then race them to see whose is the fastest. FREE!

Tuesday, September 26

How I Became a Pirate, 9:45 A.M and 1:00 P.M* at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Aarrrgh! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can’t find on any map! Based off the popular book, the production includes terrific songs like “A Good One to Boot,” “Green Teeth,” “I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy,” “Talk Like a Pirate,” “Soccer by the Rules,” “Pirates Dot Arrgh,” and more… It’s a joyful family musical that is sure to leave young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles. Tickets are $9 each or $6 each for groups of 10+. *The 1:00 P.M. Sensory-friendly performance is designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. While the integrity of the performance remains the same, certain elements are modified to create an inclusive audience experience. 

Wednesday, September 27

Starting Out Wild: Seeds We Need, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center, Phil Hardberger Park West (NW Military Hwy.)—Toddlers observe the different shapes and sizes of seeds. They take a nature walk, exploring various plants with seeds, and then use movement and music to demonstrate how seeds travel in nature. A craft and snack are included. This class is part of the Starting Out Wild series for children 18 months to 3 years old. Class size is limited and registration is required. For more information or to be placed on the waiting list, e-mail [email protected]. For help with the registration process, call (210) 492-7472. A donation to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested. Additional registration available on Thursday and Friday.

September 28–October 1

Mystical Arts of Tibet at Institute of Texan Cultures—The Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will prepare a mandala sand painting on the main exhibit floor and offer various lectures and activities on their visit to San Antonio. Check for specific details on opening and closing ceremonies, lectures and other activities.

Friday, September 29

Outside the Lunchbox Luncheon with Randi Zuckerberg, 11:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—Technology has changed, enhanced, and complicated every facet of our lives, from how we interact with our friends to how we raise our children. This year Randi Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO at Zuckerberg Media, technology and social media expert, author, and mom of two, will use her unique perspective and insight to lead a discussion about “Parenting in the Digital Age” and how technology can be integrated into children’s lives in a way that allows them to thrive! Various sponsorship levels available; individual tickets are $150.

September 29–October 1

BalloonaPalooza Helotes 2017, 4:00 P.M.–12:00 A.M. at Helotes Festival Grounds—Get ready to enjoy a weekend of fun for the entire family. Take a ride on a tethered hot air balloon, enjoy the thrill of the carnival rides, and experience the hot air balloon night glow show each evening, live music entertainment all day, and delicious food. Tickets are $17 for adults (12 and up), $12 for children (3–11)/military/seniors.

Saturday, September 30

Art-Making Workshop with Spare Parts, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Linda Pace Foundation—Repurpose and reimagine readily available materials. Organized by local non-profit, Spare Parts, in partnership with the Foundation’s INCITE exhibition, the workshop seeks to increase creative and cultural awareness in San Antonio. Visitors of all ages will be able to draw inspiration from Diana Thater’s video installation, Untitled (Bees), as they create collages. Components will include confetti discs from the Secondary Stories installation as well as other recycled and found materials. FREE!

Bracken Cave Bats, Bats, Bats!, 1:00–2:30 P.M. at Cody Branch Library—Join the library as Fran Hutchins, Director of Bracken Caves, shows everyone the mysterious and wonderful world of the Mexican free-tailed bat. Door prizes and kids crafts. FREE!

Saturday, September 30

National Public Lands Day: River Cleanup, 8:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Mission Reach—Join the San Antonio River Authority and REI CO-OP for National Public Lands Day. Celebrate the San Antonio River by helping to cleanup a section of the Mission Reach. Paddling and land-based volunteer options available. All volunteers will receive a limited edition t-shirt, water bottle, snacks, and lunch, as well as other giveaways. Spots for both the paddling and land-based cleanup are limited. FREE!

September 5, 12, 19, 26

The Lab for Kids: Chemistry, 10:15 A.M. at Great Northwest Library—Designed for homeschool kids with strong reading skills. Fun, hands on learning. FREE!

Check back for more ongoing events and performances!

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