O, the Weather Outside is Frightful, but The Llama is So Delightful

 

The city and its lovely residents have surely recovered from last week’s Rock and Roll mayhem. Just in time to eat a lot and party! Speaking of… Info about the Official Downtown San Antonio NYE Party is out! It’ll be downtown with lots of live music, booze, and FIREWORKS (my favorite). Enjoy or avoid, at your leisure.

 

Just around the corner, we’ve got an artsy doubleheader this weekend with First Friday and Second Saturday back to back. Cruise on down to southtown on bus, bike, foot, or scooter to enjoy (and maybe buy) some local arts.

 

Happy fun having, and Happy Chanukkah!

 

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Tucker’s Kozy Korner has Reopened!

 

PSA: It’s going to rain on Friday. A lot. But the rest of the weekend should be sunny (and chilly). Bring a hat and scarf on your pub run or social ride!

 

The Short List:

Friday

First Friday @ Southtown

First Friday & First Birthday @ Burgerteca – 11a-11p

First Friday Pub Run @ Pat O’Brien’s – 7pm << BAD SANTA THEME

 

Saturday

2nd Saturday Bike Ride @ La Tuna Ice House – 3-8pm

2nd Saturday Art Walk @ Southtown Arts District – 6-10pm

Holiday Market Day @ Tower of the Americas – 3-8pm

Beer und Brats @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Bricks and Bites @ Botanical Garden – 6:30-9pm; $45

La Gran Tamalada @ Market Square – 11a-7p

 

Sunday

Doc Watkins Big Band Holiday Classics @ The Pearl Park – 7:30-9pm; FREE!

Bike Cleanup @ Hardberger Park – 9a-1p

SABW Holiday Cheer Fundraiser @ Cullum’s Attagirl – 11am-midnight; $5-15

 

This Week:

All Month:

Christmas in Jazz, TX @ Jazz, TX – 8:30pm; $10  << CHARLIE BROWN!

Zoo Lights @ SA Zoo

Christmas at the Caverns @ Natural Bridge Caverns

Feliz Navidog Contest @ Feliz Modern

December in Travis Park

 

All Weekend:

Carousel Court Farmers Market @ 1800 Naco Road – 10a-3p

Sangre de Shiva Blend 11 @ New Braunfels Brewing Co.

 

Thur, Dec 6:

Lecture: Pop Brazil @ McNay Art Museum – 6:30-7:30pm; FREE!

Holiday Night Market @ The Pearl – 4-8pm

Olmos Park Sip & Shop @ 100 W Olmos Dr – 5-8pm

Tri-Cities Holiday Pop-Up Market @ Alamo Heights – 11a-2p

Wassailfest @ Main Plaza, New Braunfels – 6-9pm; FREE!

 

Fri, Dec 7:

First Friday @ Southtown

First Friday & First Birthday @ Burgerteca – 11a-11p

First Friday Pub Run @ Pat O’Brien’s – 7pm << BAD SANTA THEME

Dulce! A Night of Desserts, Drinks, and Decadence @ Botanical Garden – 8pm; $30-60

Boho Market @ La Villita – 6pm

Prime Steaks on Paper Plates @ Real Ale Brewing Co – 6-9pm; $30

Born Ruffians @ Paper Tiger – 9pm; $13-15

 

Sat, Dec 8:

2nd Saturday Bike Ride @ La Tuna Ice House – 3-8pm

2nd Saturday Art Walk @ Southtown Arts District – 6-10pm

2nd Saturday Event @ Essex Modern City – 6-9pm

7th Annual Burton Ball @ Alamo City Music Hall – 6pm-midnight; $5-40

Yule Ball @ SA Public Library – 6-9pm; FREE!

Holiday Market Day @ Tower of the Americas – 3-8pm

SoFlo Market @ 1344 S. Flores – 10a-4p

Rummage Sale @ Cotton Academy – 8a-12p

Holiday Jazz Party @ Carmens de la Calle – 8-11pm; $20

Earn-A-Bike for Christmas @ OLLU – 7a-3p

Windcrest Neighborhood Lighting @ City of Windcrest – 6-9pm

Beer und Brats @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Bricks and Bites @ Botanical Garden – 6:30-9pm; $45

Coffee & Cordials Festival w/ Puro Cafe @ Hemisfair Park – 9a-3p

Crudo Menudo Cook-Off @ Franky Diablos – 12-7pm; $10

Jazz Night @ Freetail Brewing Co (S. Presa) – 7-10pm

 

TAMALADAS

La Tamalada @ Witte Museum – 11a-2p; $45

Feliz Tamalada @ The Greenline SA – 12-6pm

La Gran Tamalada @ Market Square – 11a-7p

 

Sun, Dec 9:

Doc Watkins Big Band Holiday Classics @ The Pearl Park – 7:30-9pm; FREE!

Anderson East @ The Rustic – 7pm; FREE!

Bike Cleanup @ Hardberger Park – 9a-1p

In Brunch We Trust: The Holiday @ Drafthouse Stone Oak – 1pm

Chanukah on the River @ Arneson River Theatre – 2:45-6pm

SABW Holiday Cheer Fundraiser @ Cullum’s Attagirl – 11am-midnight; $5-15

7th Annual SA Tweed Ride and Toy Drive @ The Pearl – 12:30-5:30pm

Breakfast Tacos, Beer, & Bourbon @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

Holiday Tamalada @ The Impact Guild – 1-4pm; $25

Gremlins Movie Party @ Drafthouse Park North – 7pm

Second Sunday Brunch @ Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine – 11a-4p

Latin Jazz Brunch @ Rosella at the Rand – 9a-3p

Sunday Jazz @ The Witte Museum – 3-5pm

Sunday Funday Flow @ Roadmap Brewing Co – 11am

Sunday Market: Illusions of Grandeur @ Brick at Blue Star – 12-5pm

 

Next Week

All Weekend

OPEN Holiday Market Weekend 2 @ Houston St – 12-8pm

Carousel Court Farmers Market @ 1800 Naco Road – 10a-3p

 

Mon, Dec 10:

LAST NIGHT OF CHANUKAH!

Swing Nite w/ Dirty River Dixie Band @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8:30pm; $7-10

 

Tues, Dec 11:

Worth Repeating: Opportunity Knocks @ Brick at Blue Star – 7pm; $7

SAYP Holiday Happy Hour @ Kunstler Brewery – 6-8pm; FREE!

Millennial Loteria Release Party @ Feliz Modern – 5-7pm

Down in Southtown Holiday Fair @ The Friendly Spot – 7-9pm; FREE!

Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund @ Book People (Austin) – 6-8pm

Serenata a la Virgen de Guadalupe @ Basilica of the Little Flower – 5:30pm-midnight

 

Wed, Dec 12:

Elton John @ AT&T Center – 8pm; $175+

Tamales & Tequila @ The Rustic – 7-9pm

Abuelita’s Hot Chocolate @ Hotel Emma – 5:30-7pm; $15

Girls Pint Out: Beer and Cookies @ Kunstler Brewing – 6:30-9pm

 

Thur, Dec 13:

3rd Annual Tech District Holiday Party @ Burns Building – 5-7:30pm; FREE!

Holiday Night Market @ The Pearl – 4-8pm

Holiday Block Party @ Quarry Village – 6-9pm

Reveillon @ Cookhouse – 6:30-9:30pm; $50-125

 

Fri, Dec 14:

Final Flamenco Friday of 2018 @ Carmens de la Calle – 8:30-10:45pm

Hayes Carll @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $25

Ugly Sweater Night @ SA Rampage Hockey – 7:30pm; $15

Musica En La Calle @ Hotel Havana – 6-11pm; FREE! << LLAMA-RECOMMENDED!

Fantom Kitchen Modern Mexican Pop-Up @ Dorcol – 6-11pm

 

Sat, Dec 15:

Puppy Brunch @ Tucker’s Kozy Korner – 11:30a-2p; $40

5th Birthday Celebration @ Dorcol Distilling – 5pm

Chef’s Table Lunch @ Becker Vineyard – 12pm; $75

Kids’ Tamalada @ Pico de Gallo – 9:30-11am; $25-40

Christmas Cookie Pairing @ Freetail Brewing (S. Presa) – 12-10pm

Holiday Art Market @ The Tobin Center – 11am; FREE!

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Market @ La Villita – 10a-5p

A Christmas Story Movie Party @ Drafthouse Stone Oak – 4pm

Paleta’s Dance Party @ El Luchador – 9pm

Last Show of 2018: BRAZIL @ Carmens de la Calle – 8-11pm

Roller Derby Christmas Bout @ Mission Concepcion Sports Park – 5:30-9pm

Burton Fest & Krampus Parade @ Victoria’s Black Swan Inn – 8pm-midnight; $25

 

Sun, Dec 16:

Artisan Market @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

Bowling with Santa @ Bowl & Barrel – 6pm-midnight

Sunday Funday Flow @ Roadmap Brewing Co – 11am

Sunday Market: Illusions of Grandeur @ Brick at Blue Star – 12-5pm

Latin Jazz Brunch @ Rosella at the Rand – 9a-3p

 

Save the Dates

Dec 17: Holidays Cookies Baking Class @ CIA – 8:30a-1:30p; $175

Dec 18: Two Ton Tuesday Holiday Show @ Gruene Hall – 7:30pm; $8

Dec 18: Annie Leibovitz @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $30-100

Dec 19: PechaKucha @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $5

Dec 19: Bikes, Bars, and Stars @ Bike World (The Pearl) – 7-10:30pm; FREE!

Dec 19: The Georges @ Gruene Hall – 6-10pm; FREE!

Dec 20: Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Cowboy Christmas @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm; $30

Dec 20: Jack Ingram Acoustic Show @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8pm; $15

Dec 20: Get Reel Film Series: Dr. Strangelove @ McNay Art Museum – 7-9pm; FREE!

Dec 21: Nightmare Before Christmas Outdoor Movie @ Travis Park – 6pm

Dec 21: Los Texamaniacs w/ Flaco Jimenez & Augie Meyers @ Floore’s – 9pm; $25-50

Dec 22: Ugly Sweater Party @ StreetFare SA – 11a-11p

Dec 22: Charlie Brown Christmas @ Tobin Center – 1pm & 4pm; $30+

Dec 23: Festivus for the Rest of Us @ The Friendly Spot – 6pm

Dec 23: A Christmas Concert with Guy Forsyth @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8pm; $20

Dec 28: The Toadies @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm

Dec 28: The Black Angels @ Paper Tiger – 9pm; $25-27

Dec 28: Final Friday: Silent Night, Deadly Night @ Kuntsler Brewing – 8-10pm

Dec 29: Glow Roll SA @ Travis Park – 6:15-8:30pm; FREE!

Dec 29: The Victory Cup @ Fredericksburg, TX – 6:30a-9p

Dec 29: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas @ Majestic Theatre – 8pm

Dec 31: The Black Angels NYE @ Mohawk (Austin) – 7pm; $30-60

Jan 1: Hair of the Dog Day @ Gruene Hall – 11a-7p

Jan 5: San Antonio Coffee Festival @ La Villita – 11a-5p; $10

Jan 19: Justin Timberlake @ AT&T Center – 7:30pm; $60+

Jan 26: Toro y Moi @ Paper Tiger – 9pm; $25

Feb 26: Metric & Zoe @ Aztec Theatre – 8pm; $40+

Feb 28: Band of Horses @ Aztec Theatre – 9pm

Mar 24: Amos Lee @ Aztec Theatre – 8:30pm; $40+

Mar 28: SA Spurs v. Cleveland: Manu Jersey Retirement @ AT&T Center – 7:30pm; $150+

Apr 12-14: Willie Nelson & Family @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8:30pm; $40+

Apr 14: Indigo Girls @ Tobin Center – 7pm; $30-60

Apr 20: Postmodern Jukebox @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $35-90

May 10-11: Avett Brothers @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8pm

May 16: New Kids on the Block @ AT&T Center – 7:30pm

May 31: Penn & Teller @ Majestic Theatre – 8pm; $250+

Jun 3: Neil DeGrasse Tyson @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $50+

Jun 16: Weird Al Yankovic @ Majestic Theatre – 8pm

 

Running

If you’ve made it all the way down here — THANK YOU! Enjoy the races below. Whether you like an occasional 5K or you’re training for your first marathon, I hope you’ll enjoy this selection of fun races! Please wear an ID when you’re training.

Local running stores:

iRun

Fleet Feet

Soler’s

Run Wild

Upcoming Races:

Check out the SA Road Runners (SARR)!

2019 Alamo Beer Series – 4 races for $170 – Fall 2019

Hill Country Half Marathon Series – 4 races for $199 – Jan 5-Apr 6

5K Beer Run @ Real Ale Brewing – Dec 8

Jingle Bell 5K Run @ Gruene Hall – Dec 8

Jingle Paws Classic 5K @ OP Schnabel Park – Dec 8

Reindeer Run @ North Central Baptist Hospital – Dec 8

Spicewood VIneyards 13.1 and 10K @ Spicewood Vineyard – Dec 15

The Stars at Night 13.1 / 10K / 5K @ JW Marriott Hill Country – Dec 15

Jingle Trails 1K & 5K @ Eisenhower Park – Dec 15

Race to the Pantry 10K/5K @ CRRC Rec Center (Canyon Lake) – Dec 15

Elf Run 5K @ TeletonUSA – Dec 16

La Cruda 5K @ Helotes, TX – Jan 1

River Road Run @ Anytime Fitness (Canyon Lake) – Jan 5

Purgatory Trail Race 10mi @ San Marcos Greenbelt – Jan 12

3M Half Marathon @ Austin, TX – Jan 20

MLK 5K Run/Walk @ MLK Jr. Park – Jan 20

Coco Women’s Half Marathon @ Providence HS – Jan 20

The Rise of the Winter Dragons Half Marathon/10K/5K @ Old Pearsall Park – Jan 26

Carnival of Venice Half Marathon @ Mission County Park – Feb 2

Chocoholic Frolic @ Morgan’s Wonderland – Feb 3

Freetail Brewing 5K Beer Run @ Freetail (S Presa) – Feb 16

Alamo 26.2 / 13.1 @ Hemisfair Park – Mar 3

San Marcos Half Marathon @ Tanger Outlets – Mar 10

Culinaria 5K Wine & Beer Run @ Shops at La Cantera – Mar 16

Alamo Run Fest @ The Alamodome – Mar 17-18

Outlaw Half Marathon & 5K @ Luckenbach, TX – Apr 6

Wanderlust Half Marathon @ Marketplatz Square (Fredericksburg) – Apr 6