San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to Events in November

While this event calendar is a little lighter than previous months, there is still plenty packed into the first two weekends until the holidays come around. 

Be sure to check out our latest event roundup, Día de los Muertos in San Antonio.

Have a tasty and restful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 2

PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero, 6:00 P.M. at Majestic Theatre—The live show is based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. PJ Masks follows the thrilling nighttime adventures of three young friends who transform into their dynamic alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, when they put on their pajamas at night and activate their animal amulets. Together, they embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries and learning valuable lessons along the way. Tickets $19.50–49.50 (VIP Meet & Greet packages are also available).

Friday, November 3

Special Storytime with Children’s Author & Illustrator: Jose Lucio, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Book Shop—Miss Anastasia is thrilled to share The Twig Storytime stool with Jose Lucio. Jose will bring his adorable books Heave Ho, about the brilliant teamwork of earthworms, and Free Rain, about a clever clutch of chickens discovering life outside the barn. Expect a fab storytime! Story will be shared, books sold, autographs given, crafts created, and snacks to follow! FREE!


Saturday, November 4

Core4STEM Expo Family Day, 8:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Scobee Education Center (San Antonio College)—Register your family today for this event and meet between 8:00–9:00 A.M. on the day of. All ages are welcome; bring the whole family! Learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers in San Antonio and receive free resources about pathways to high-paying careers. For more info, call (210) 486-0100. FREE!

Workshop: Military Appreciation Humvee, 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 custom wooden Humvee to honor all those that have served our country. Once the Humvee is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft and will receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. FREE!

CORE 4 STEM Family Day, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Our Lady of the Lake University—All ages are welcome. Registration is required. Learn about STEM education and careers in these fields. OLLU Professor Showcase: “The Science of Movement” with Dr. Dietz and Dr. Guerrero; “It Begins with YOUR Brain” with Computer Information Systems and Security professors; “A Lively Look at Arachnids: Spiders, Scorpions, and Daddy Longlegs” with Dr. Guffey; and “What Do Bones Tell Us?” with Dr. Rice. Plus, take part in The Great Pumpkin Launch and Trebuchet Demonstration. Follow link for full agenda. You will receive more details a few days before the event. FREE!

Guided Hike: Discover Ethnobotany, 9:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Crownrdige Canyon Park—Recommended for ages 10 and up. Ethnobotany looks at the cultural and historical uses of plants. Not long ago, indigenous people and early settlers had to find their resources in the plants and animals that surrounded them. Join Patty Pasztor in a hands-on exploration of natural fibers, foods, and medicinal uses of South Texas plants. This workshop begins with a one and a half hour hike along the trails followed by a hands-on component, and concludes with a wild edible snack. RSVP required. For more information, please call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected] Suggested donation is $3 per person, or $6 per family. 

Dairy Days, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Voelcker Homestead—Located at Phil Hardberger Park East. Cow milking demonstration, bees and beekeeping, kids’ craft activities, wildflower seed ball making, corn shelling, and more. Great for families, scouts, and nature groups. Parking limited in the North Salado Creekway parking lot (enter road behind Blanco BBQ off Old Blanco Rd.); additional parking off Blanco Rd. and next to the CVS Pharmacy. Suggested donation of $3 per individual or $5 per family.

Solar Fest, 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Roosevelt Park—Grab the family, grab a B-Cycle, or catch a bus to Roosevelt Park for a day of family fun and learning! Enjoy live music, local artisans, a variety of food trucks, and engaging activities celebrating renewable energy, energy efficiency, and our beautiful city! CPS Energy along with Alamo Forest Partnership will be having a free tree giveaway amidst a variety of local vendors that will be on hand sharing knowledge about how to choose a solar energy system, how to save money with home improvements, how to get started composting, and even yoga with Spurs Jesus. Visit the CPS Energy Village to find out more about how to take advantage of rebates, smart grid technology, and solar solutions. Solar Fest is a CoSA Certified Verde Event, and the local live music will be powered by the sun. You can rock out while checking out local artisans and grabbing a bite at one of the many food trucks. Get the little ones involved in the HEB Kid Zone with giant hamster balls and more. FREE!

Diwali Festival of Lights, 5:00–11:00 P.M. at La Villita Historic Arts Village—Enjoy Diya floats, fireworks display, Indian cuisine and cultural fare, and vendor booths. Sponsored by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, Department of Center City Development and Operations, IASA, and other regional Indian Associations. FREE!

Fall Family Film: Beauty and the Beast, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—A tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast is a fantastic journey of a bright, beautiful, and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by the Beast. Despite her fears she must learn to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within to break an enchanted spell. 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 available for purchase from local food trucks, and free popcorn courtesy of City Base Entertainment. Pet friendly. FREE!

Opera in the Park, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Travis Park—Hosted by Alamo City Opera. Bring your chairs and blankets and get ready for an amazing evening. Food trucks will be on site. FREE!

November 4–5

JBSA Air Show & Open House, at Joint Base San Antonio—The two-day event will include support from all services. Headlining the schedule are the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, along with the F-35 Heritage demonstration flight team. The air show will also feature civilian flying acts, Heritage aircraft static displays, and other active duty aircrafts. Children activities, play areas, and food will also be available. Gates for base access will be publicized as the event nears. FREE!

Sunday, November 5

Free Family Day: Día de Chuck, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum—Celebrate the life and art of San Antonio artist Chuck Ramirez with a fun-filled day! Snap a pocket portrait, add a marigold to the Dia de los Muertos altar, and more! Enjoy a taco picnic, paletas, and live music on the lawn. FREE!

Family Day: See + Do El Mundo del Arte, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Celebrate the release of SAMA’s two new bilingual Arte Kids books and Día de los Muertos with artmaking, bilingual story time and fun for the whole family. Decorate a sugar skull, make an animal amigo mask, and get creative with us. Enjoy a folklorico dance performance from Sarita’s Dance Studio. Free admission to all NISD students and their families. For all others, free with museum admission. [Pro tip: Enter the museum 10:00 A.M. to noon on Sundays and everyone gets in FREE!]

YOSA Gold Series: Star Wars & Other Epic Adventures, 7:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) Philharmonic marks the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars (and the impending release of The Last Jedi) with John Williams’ landmark music for the blockbuster film series. Epic adventures from the Pacific coast of Mexico and ancient Russia come to life in music by Chávez and Borodin. Enjoy the world premiere of an evocative piece by Niccolo Athens, a San Antonio native and YOSA alumnus who lives and works in Shanghai. Tickets $16–22.

Thursday, November 9

Star Party, 5:30–9:00 P.M. at Crescent Bend Nature Park—At this time of year visitors are typically able to view Saturn, Andromeda, and the tail end of the Milky Way. Volunteers from the San Antonio Astronomical Association will have their telescopes available for visitors to get a peek at these natural wonders. Bring a flashlight with a red infrared “night-vision” setting or make your own by covering a regular flashlight with red cellophane and a rubber band. Pre-registration is required. Contact City of Schertz Parks and Recreation at (210) 619-1850. FREE!

Friday, November 10

Family Flashlight Night, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Get your flashlights and headlamps ready for Family Flashlight Night at the Garden. Discover the nocturnal side of the Garden. Make shadow puppets and find your way through a Light Maze. Members enjoy this event for free. Free with general admission ($9–12).

November 10–11

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival, 7:00 P.M.–midnight at Hemisfair—A showcase of award-winning, established artists as well as emerging local, national, and international talent. Live music, visual arts, live performances, and more. Luminaria’s after-dark arts festival is includes informative arts organization tables and a family passport program, ART QUEST, from Spare Parts educators. For a full list of featured artists, visit FREE!

Saturday, November 11

Pioneer Days Festival, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Herff Farm—At Cibolo Nature Center. Discover the ways of old by churning your own butter, milking “cows,” using a washboard, as well as making dolls, shooting marbles, panning for gold, along with a slew of other crafts and activities fit for the whole family, including historical storytelling about Native Americans. Cost is $5 per person, $10 per family.

Kids Club: Pumpkins, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Herff Farm—Discover the world of gourds and squashes, nature’s fruit of the fall! Investigate these amazing fruits and vegetables and even paint a pumpkin to decorate the Thanksgiving table. Cost is $5 per family.

Nature Discovery Series, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Crescent Bend Nature Park (Schertz)—Interpreters teach how to use viewing instruments (Fun’oculars) and introduce six clues for looking at birds: shape, shade, size, sound, surroundings, and speed. You will be amazed at the diversity of bird life right in your backyard! This program is designed for families with elementary-aged children, but all ages are welcome. The program is free, but pre-registration is required. Please call the Parks & Recreation Office to register at (210) 619-1850. Space is limited. FREE!

CANCELLED America Recycles Day!, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park—Spare Parts is a non-profit organization that encourages creative reuse. Using discarded items such as water bottles, scraps of fabric, CD cases, paper rolls, and newspaper, educators will facilitate unique projects that reflect creative ingenuity. In observance of America Recycles Day, A Keep America Beautiful Initiative. FREE!

Farm Day, 10:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Mission San Juan—Explore the roots of San Antonio food culture from the Spanish colonial missions to modern food, health, and wellness with family-friendly games, cooking demonstrations, activities, and more. This event is a partnership between the National Park Service, Mission Heritage Partners, and the San Antonio Food Bank. FREE!

Costume Character Appearance: Pete the Cat, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig—More information coming soon. FREE!

Southtown the Arts District Festival, 12:00–10:00 P.M. at Southtown—Southtown Arts District members from all five neighborhoods (Collins Garden, King William, Lavaca, Lone Star, Roosevelt) unite and activate their spaces to share what they do—with you! Enjoy art education workshops, music line-ups, Veterans Day events, eat and drink specials, local school events, small business specials, performing arts, and more! Updated event listings hereFREE!

Take a Leaf from Nature, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden—Young artists (ages 8–12 years) will learn from instructor/local artist Susie Monday basic nature illustration skills appropriate for their ages through a series of on-site and still-life sketch activities, chronicle a specific natural scene, plant, or insect they see in the Gardens with a journal entry, and then, using simple printmaking techniques, make leaf-printed cloth covers for a handmade nature journal modeled upon Japanese accordion fold books. Parents will learn alongside their child and take away other nature activities to try at home. Adult must accompany a child. Fee is $45 per adult/child pair (includes all materials), $10 for each additional child.

Paletas in the Park, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at CHRISpark—Please join Linda Pace Foundation in conjunction with the Southtown Arts District Festival for music by DJ Despeinada and fall-flavored paletas by Steel City Pops! Open to all ages. FREE!

Star Party, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at Eisenhower Park—What’s to see in the crisp, clear autumn skies? Observe the night skies with the San Antonio Astronomical Association and learn about the planets and the moon. Creative activities for families of all ages offered during this special event. No RSVP necessary. For more information, please call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected] Note: During inclement weather, be sure to check the calendar as this program could be cancelled. Suggested donation is $3 per person, or $6 per family. 

Sunday, November 12

Free Entrance to Texas State Parks, 8:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at all Texas State Parks—Entrance to Texas State Parks is waived for all day-use visitors in honor of both veterans and active military. Find a state park near you. Standard facility and activity fees still apply. FREE!

True GRIT and People of the Place, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures—Guts, Resiliency, Integrity, and Tenacity kept Texas pioneers alive on the frontier. Guests can explore the life and challenges faced with hands-on activities in the adobe house, barn, log house, fort, and one-room schoolhouse on the Back 40. They’ll learn skills such as land measurement using Spanish survey tools, making mini adobe bricks to take home, how to make a quilt using fabric scraps and geometry, and more! People of the Place, 1:30–3:30 P.M. viewing on the Exhibit Floor Dome. Don’t just know your history; teaching it to the next generations. Panelists will discuss Native American heritage and traditions, indigenous heritage in San Antonio and the surrounding region, and continuing a culture through shared history and values. FREE!

Tuesday, November 14

PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue!, 10:00 A.M., 2:00 P.M., and 6:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—It’s the day of the Super Adventure Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, and Everest to help. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills, and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. Tickets $22.50–63.50, VIP packages $133.50.

November 16–18

Shakespeare on the River at La Villita Historic Arts Village—The Magik Theatre, San Antonio’s professional family theatre, presents an event celebrating all things Shakespeare. The highlight of this event is Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s performance of The Taming of the Shrew. Tickets for reserved seats, free food and drinks, and a private meet and greet with cast available at box office. Otherwise, FREE!

Friday, November 17

H-E-B Family Night, 5:30–8:00 P.M. at Blue Star Contemporary—Come explore current exhibitions through hands-on activities. Kids and parents can make their own projects inspired by artwork on view to take home while enjoying a family-friendly evening. Meet the Home Bodies exhibiting artists Hillerbrand+Magsamen and enter their home through the piece Home Balance, a bounce house-turned-participatory-art. The artwork morphs a children’s bouncy house into a contemporary art project about balance presented outdoors for one night only, during Family Night. A large inflatable bouncy house—like the one popping up on your neighbor’s lawn heralding the arrival of a child’s noisy birthday party—is custom built with walls that become glowing film screens. The walls are illuminated by videos of Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s family inside their own home: the artists and their children jumping up and down, breaking things, hitting their heads against the ceiling, knocking over furniture, falling, creating complete havoc. FREE!

From Blue Star Contemporary website

Saturday, November 18

AccessAbility Fest, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Toyota Field (Morgan’s Wonderland Campus)—Attend a gateway to resources, information, and opportunities for individuals overcoming barriers to independence and inclusion due to physical, cognitive, sensory, and mental health challenges. More than 100 exhibitors featuring information, products, and services in 16 topic areas; games and activities, health screenings, food concessions, live entertainment, demonstrations, and the Autism Uncovered Guinness Book of World Records Largest Blanket Fort! This event is a collaborative effort by disABILITYsa, Autism Uncovered, Autism Treatment Center, and a planning team of more than 20 nonprofit and for profit organizations. FREE!

Art in the Park with Magik Theatre, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair—For kids ages 4–11. A musical theatre workshop based on the Tony-Award winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton. Parental supervision required. Please allow extra time for parking as the workshop begins promptly at 11:00 A.M. FREE!

Fall Family Film Series: Frozen, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza—When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. 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 available for purchase, and free popcorn courtesy of City Base Entertainment. Pet friendly. FREE!

November 20–22

Thanksgiving Camps, 7:30 A.M.–5:30 P.M. at area SA Parks & Recreation Community Centers—For ages 6–14. A total of 17 participating locations. Camps will offer a variety of age appropriate activities including traditional sports, fitness, active games, and holiday-themed crafts; lunch and snack are included. Register online or in person. Cost is $3 per child per day.

Thursday, November 23—Thanksgiving

Friday, November 24

Free Day at the Museum, 10:00 A.M.–9:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art—Weary cooks, eager shoppers, art lovers, and underfoot relatives will find plenty to see and do at the San Antonio Museum of Art the day after Thanksgiving. Special exhibitions not included. FREE!

Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Surprise, 3:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. at Majestic Theatre—It’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, Peppa and George cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy interactive fun, games, and, of course, many surprises. The live show encompasses the charming, colorful nature of the popular television series and features brand-new songs and life-sized puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down to give audiences a unique, interactive theatrical experience from the moment the curtain opens. Tickets are $15–49.50.

November 24 & 25

Dickens on Main at the Hill Country Mile (Main Street, Boerne)—It’s a celebration full of children’s activities, live performances (including holiday favorite, Bah Humbug: A One Man Christmas Carol), horse-drawn carriages, food merchants, and more. Held every Thanksgiving weekend, Dickens on Main transforms Boerne’s historic Hill Country Mile into a vintage winter wonderland, complete with snow on Main Street, ice sculpture shows, a 60-foot snow slide, photos with Santa, and of course, holiday shopping at the Hill Country’s best shops and boutiques. Each evening is filled with music, food, and fun, and wraps up with an amazing live concert. Food is available for purchase, and some activities charge a separate fee. Admission is FREE!

Monday, November 27

Check back for updated listings!

October 6–November 4

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Other “Just So” Stories at The Magik Theatre—Good for ages 3 and up, ideal for ages 5–10. This classic collection of animal fables includes the beloved tales “How the Elephant Got Her Trunk,” “How the Camel Got His Hump,” and the exciting “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,” the brave mongoose who saves his boy from an vengeful Cobra. Varying from whimsical to moral, these iconic stories are set in colonial India and are peppered with Indian music and dance. Tickets are $13.50 for adults and children. Children under 2 are free.

October 28–November 25

The Ants Go Marching, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Pearl Studio—A world premiere written by Carolyn Dellinger. A plucky young Red Ant goes on a quest to find a rainbow, but finds herself in Blue Ant territory! A story of learning, communicating, and building, The Ants Go Marching is Magik’s first Theatre for the Very Young original, built for children ages 5 and under. Together, with Red and Blue, you will go on a colorful adventure of rhythm, dance, and new friendship! This show follows the successful run of Wake Up, Brother Bear, the first Theatre for the Very Young show presented by The Magik Theatre, in collaboration with Imagination Stage. Tickets are $12.

November 23–December 31

Christmas Light Fest 2017, 6:00–9:00 P.M., weeknights, and 6:00–10:00 P.M., Fridays, Saturday, and holidays at Don Strange Ranch—Dazzling lights, holiday activities and flavors, shopping, and the famous man in red are sure to fill everyone with holiday cheer during Christmas Light Fest, an annual holiday extravaganza nestled on picturesque ranch land just outside of San Antonio in Boerne, Texas. Open nightly, the light spectacular features more than two million lights twinkling across light tunnels and holiday displays along a two-mile path and Santa’s Village, a rustic barn filled with holiday flavors, family fun, terrific shopping, and of course, Santa. Tickets $15–150.

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2 Responses to San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to Events in November

  1. Linda Sachitano November 7, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    Will there be a boat parade in December —- the Posada — which re-enacts the birth of Jesus?

    • Heather
      Heather November 8, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

      We’re working on the Holiday Events Guide now and will have it out soon with all of this year’s info. Stay tuned!