School’s back in session, and everyone is trying to find their groove again. I know I am! This month we’ll ease into the fall festival season that always packs October and even November with events up and down the calendar. In addition, Hispanic Heritage Month starts mid-September with Diez y Seis celebrations and goes through mid-October, so you’ll find cultural events listed throughout this guide. 

Sunday, September 1

Magik on the Road: The Ants Go Marching, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | Tickets: $15
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, Ants Go Marching is Magik’s first Theatre for the Very Young original created for children ages 5 and under. Together, with Red and Blue, you will go on a colorful adventure of rhythm, dance, and new friendship!

Friday, September 6

Art in the Park, 7:00–9:00 P.M. Hemisfair | FREE!
Join Hemisfair each month for a night full of diverse artistic activities for kids. Enjoy painting with Pinot’s Palette, balloon making by Mandie’s Balloons, music by Bonnie Lang Band, face painting by IPaintU by Brie, crafts by Inspire Community Fine Art Center, and a popup by Spare Parts.

Outdoor Movie: Wonder, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Plaza Guadalupe | FREE!
Sponsored by City of San Antonio Center City Development & Operations. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. This outdoor movie starts at dusk.

Saturday, September 7

Kids Alive! Survival Class, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park | Suggested donation: $3 per person, $5 per family
Learn important survival skills, including what to do when lost on a trail, how to prepare for a hike, and awareness of safety hazards. Instructor: Joey Rios. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]

Workshop: Scarecrow Planter, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot Stores | FREE!
Harvest the fun during this hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a scarecrow planter. Your young farmer can learn how a seed grows while you help them construct a festive home for their plant. They will sand, glue, and paint pieces of wood to create this holiday planter. 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 certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Expressive Therapeutic Rhythm Making, 10:00-11:30 A.M. at Ecumenical Center | FREE!
The first Saturday of every month. These sessions are open to anyone, no experience necessary. Led by Jorge Ochoa, occupational therapist, expressive therapeutic rhythm making can have many benefits including accelerating physical healing and boosting your immune system and an overall feeling of well-being.

Steam Day!, 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. at Texas Transportation Museum | FREE with admission
The belle of the museum, Engine #1, a 1925 Baldwin 040 steam locomotive, will be running! Arrive early to beat the heat and watch the Longhorn & Western train crew in action. Didn’t get a chance to see Big Boy? Here’s your chance to meet his little cousin!

Outdoor Film Series: Dumbo (PG), 7:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer. Entertainment, food trucks, and a showing of the featured film on the original jumbo screen. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Grounds are pet friendly, and on-site parking is available. The venue opens at 7:00 P.M. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset.

Sunday, September 8

Pureto Rican Family Fun Day, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at the Institute of Texan Cultures | FREE!
Come with family and friends to celebrate the Puerto Rican Culture! Music with tambores, Coquis, nature, art, and crafts will delight you all. Children will enjoy a field day competitions, music with a DJ, and a photo booth.

Magik on the Road: The Kingdom of Texas, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | Tickets: $15
For more than 100 years Texas was a Spanish Colony known as “The Kingdom of Texas”—that’s just one of many Texas facts in this crash course in Texas lore. Including stories like The Legend of the Bluebonnets, The Tale of Pecos Bill, and of course, Davy Crockett and the Saga of the Alamo, this show is sure to make your students experts in all things Texas.

Monday, September 9

Little Sprouts: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs!, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | $15 ($13.50 member) per adult; $8 ($7 member) per child
For children ages 3–5 years. Explore the world of insects that are helpful and ones that are harmful to the Gardens. Enjoy fun activities and a tour of the newest exhibit, Big Bugs! Each Little Sprout Monday includes storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. A parent or guardian must stay with the child.

September 12 & 13

Bravo! Mi Cultura: Diez y Sies, 8:00–10:00 P.M. at Arneson River Theatre | FREE!
Enjoy dance and music that will take you back to San Antonio’s Hispanic cultural heritage featuring Fandango Dance Troupe and the dance students of Parks and Recreation.

Friday, September 13

Mary Poppins Returns, 8:00 P.M. at River Walk Plaza at Tobin Center | FREE!
Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives. Movie starts at 8:00 P.M., Plaza will open at 7:00 P.M. No outside food or drinks; concessions are available for purchase (includes full bar). Bring your own chairs. Chairs are provided, but attendees are also encouraged to bring their own blankets and portable chairs. No pets allowed on the Plaza.

Saturday, September 14

Kids Zoo Run, 8:30 A.M. at San Antonio Zoo | Registration: $40
Run a race, then enjoy a day at the zoo! Every registration includes: a fun race, a cool race t-shirt, and 2 tickets to the zoo (one adult/one child). Everyone receives a participation ribbon! This year spectator tickets can be purchased on line for $10 each (limit six), at packet pick-up on Friday, and/or at the ticket booth at a discounted price of $10 each (limit six). Must show proof of registration for discounted price.  Spectator tickets are good for day of event only.

Discover Nature, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Lee’s Creek Park | FREE!
Join the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department to celebrate nature through hands-on fun for all ages. Enjoy a special presentation on dinosaurs of Texas by Dino George, make nature-inspired art, learn about honeybees, and stop by the pollination station. Tree adoptions while supplies last. Parking available at Longfellow Middle School.

El Dieciséis de Septiembre, 10:00 A.M.–10:00 P.M. at Avenida Guadalupe & Plaza Guadalupe | FREE!
The Avenida Guadalupe neighborhood Dieciséis de Septiembre Parade began 38 years ago in an effort to preserve and memorialize occurrences in local Mexican-American history, particularly recognizing San Antonio de Bexar’s important role in “El Grito de Dolores” (the Cry of Dolores) and the Mexican War of Independence.

STEM Expo, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Pedro Springs Park | Tickets: $10
Presented by Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Prepare for an event of STEM-tacular proportions! May no hamster ball go un-turned and no rock wall be un-climbed. When you’re a Girl Scout you come to conquer! Mark your calendars or preregister to reserve your spot. Open to friends, family, and girls and boys of all ages. There will be vendors, food trucks, and live STEM demos. Tickets required for ages 4 and up.

JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M., 7:00 P.M. at Alamodome | Tickets: $39–135+
With special guest The Belles.

Sunday, September 15

Magik on the Road: The Ugly Duckling, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | Tickets: $15
The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from the others around him until, much to his delight, he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. The story is beloved around the world as a tale about personal transformation for the better.

Symphony Viva’s Symphonic Kineticism, 5:00–6:15 P.M. at The Fellowship of San Antonio | Tickets: $18 for adults, $13 for children
Symphony Viva’s season opening concert. Selections include: “Borodin’s Prince Igor Polovitsian Dances,” “Marquez’s Danzon #2,” and “Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances.” See the music come to life with Alamo City Dance Company. 

Thursday, September 19

Outdoor Film Series: Nacho Libre (PG) 7:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Berated all his life by those around him, a monk follows his dream and dons a mask to moonlight as a luchador (Mexican wrestler). Evening entertainment, food trucks, and a showing of the featured film on the original jumbo screen. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Grounds are pet friendly, and on-site parking is available. The venue opens at 7:00 P.M. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset.

Friday, September 20

Family Flick: Coco, 8:30–10:30 P.M. at at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Suggested for ages 7 and up. Despite his family’s baffling, generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Films begin at sundown. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Pets are not permitted on the Museum campus; however, service animals are permitted at the Museum.

September 20 & 21

Bravo Latino- A Musical Celebration!, 8:00–10:00 P.M. at Arneson River Theater | FREE!
In celebration of Fiestas Patrias, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department presents an evening of music selections presenting local teen talent from the Take Note Band and guest artists. This Hispanic Heritage Month performance will include songs and compositions of Latin Jazz and Rock with influences from Spanish and African indigenous sources.

Saturday, September 21

Museum Day Live!, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures | FREE!
Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity. Where will your curiosity lead you on Museum Day Live!? To get your free tickets, follow these simple steps: (1) click here; (2) register; and (3) your tickets will be emailed to you. Other participating museums include: Spanish Governor’s Palace and Briscoe Western Art Museum

Sunday, September 22

Magik on the Road: The Ants Go Marching, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | Tickets: $15
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, Ants Go Marching is Magik’s first Theatre for the Very Young original created for children ages 5 and under. Together, with Red and Blue, you will go on a colorful adventure of rhythm, dance, and new friendship!

Saturday, September 28

National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul, 4:00–6:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets: $20–45
Voyage across the oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers and discover a vast, hidden world beneath the waves. Using his camera to communicate, Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater telling the oceans’ stories. His images celebrate the mystery of the depths, and offer portraits of creatures so intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio. Skerry dives eight months of the year, often in extreme conditions beneath Arctic ice or in predator-infested waters, and has even lived at the bottom of the sea to get close to his subjects.

Ballet in the Park, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at Travis Park | FREE!
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, and friends to enjoy mesmerizing movement by the exquisite dance artists from San Antonio’s premiere professional ballet company, Ballet San Antonio. At 6:00 P.M. Ballet San Antonio is offering a ballet class for seven- to 10-year olds (1+ years of ballet experience). Bring your basic ballet attire! This will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to be a part of the first 30 students to take class on stage. Performance by the artists of Ballet San Antonio to follow at 7:00 P.M. for an evening of dance under the stars!

Pachanga de Palabras: A Westside Book Festival, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at Plaza Guadalupe | FREE!
A book festival taking place in the heart of the Westside of San Antonio in the Historic Plaza Guadalupe. Book and zine vendors, food vendors, interactive free workshops for children as well as adults, poets, live music, and a drag king story time. The Pachanga de Palabras seeks to promote literacy as well as celebrate bilingual and Spanish literature.

Southtown Cinema: Avengers End Game, 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Enjoy tunes from DJ Mayhem before the movie, and spot your favorite characters out in the park. Movie will start immediately following sunset.

Sunday, September 29

Siclovía, 10:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Mahncke Park to Travis Park, along Broadway | FREE!
Síclovía is a free, bi-annual event, organized by the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, that turns city streets into a safe place for exercise and play. The family-friendly event encourages residents and visitors to get out, get active and explore their city through car-free streets. The Y accomplishes this by activating parks, bringing exposure to local businesses and inviting community organizations. Participants can enjoy walking, biking, exercise classes, activities for youth, treats for their pets, food trucks and more.

Magik on the Road: Jack and the Beanstalk, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | Tickets: $15
Would you trade your best friend for three magic beans? When Jack does, he gets high-altitude adventure and more gold than he could ever spend. Even so, Jack is unhappy. Find out what happens when Jack learns that a true friend is the greatest treasure in the world. Follow us as we climb up to the wondrous world of the beanstalk. Suitable for all ages.

September 13–October 13

Mary Poppins at The Public Theatre of San Antonio | Tickets: $20–45
Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes. New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and co-presented by Ballet San Antonio. A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film.

Heather was born and raised in San Antonio and became a mom in 2013 and again in 2018. She never imagined she'd be raising two sons but is grateful for the opportunity! Heather enjoys the outdoors and even mowing her own lawn. She and her husband Santiago look forward to raising two feminist boys who will hopefully be better at Spanish than she is. Her professional experience since graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Art History includes working for a variety of arts and cultural nonprofit organizations, from grassroots to governmental. She spent a few years as a stay at home parent and is easing her way back into the workforce. Her dream job would be to work for Sesame Workshop, or President of the United States. In the meantime, Heather enjoys filling her family's weekends with the diversity San Antonio has to offer. Favorite Restaurant: La Tuna Favorite Landmark: Hemisfair Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Breakfast tacos