Deck the Halls with Bows and Llamas

 

‘Tis the season to go shopping!

 

I’ve found lots of local markets scattered over the next few weeks, and DO210 has compiled another healthy handful on its Holiday Shopping List. In between artisan markets and vintage fairs, there are loads of fun holiday and not-holiday events (ahem, Repeal Day) in the next couple of weeks.

 

Now go forth and shop! And conquer! (And have a beer!)

 

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PSA: It’s Rock n Roll Marathon weekend which means a LOAD of streets will be closed in and around downtown on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Check this webpage before you drive in the area, or better yet, just ride a bike! If you cross the course, keep your eye out for The Llama!

 

The Short List:

Friday

First Friday @ Brick at Blue Star – 12-9pm

Music en la Calle @ Hotel Havana – 3-11pm; FREE!

Dulce! Dessert, Drinks, and Decadence @ Briscoe Art Museum – 7pm; $35+

Pancakes & Booze Art Show @ Paper Tiger – 8pm; $12

 

Saturday

Kristkindlmarkt @ Beethoven Maennerchor – 10a-5p

Christmas Clay and Arts Festival @ SAMA – 10a-5p

Rock ‘n’ Roll Carb Load w/ Elijah Zane @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

5th Annual Winterfest @ BS Brewing (Seguin) – 2-8pm; $10

 

Sunday

Rock n Roll Marathon After Party @ Alamo Beer – 1-6pm

Tom Petty Tribute @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 6:30pm; $15

Coffee (Beer + Whiskey) and Donuts @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

 

This Week:

All Month:

Holiday Boat Caroling @ The Riverwalk – 6:15-9:30pm most nights ‘til Dec 22!

Christmas at the Caverns @ Natural Bridge Caverns – 9a-5p; $19-25

Zoo Lights @ SA Zoo – 12-9pm

Christmas Lights @ Don Strange Ranch – $15+

Holiday Night Market @ The Pearl – 4-8pm

 

All Week:

5th Anniversary Chef Specials @ Boiler House – 4-7pm

 

All Weekend:

Fiesta de los Luminarias @ The Riverwalk

Crab Fest @ Traders Village

Gruene Christmas Market Days @ Gruene, TX – 10a-5p

The Nutcracker @ Tobin Center

Holiday Thank You Sale @ SA Central Library << UNTIL DEC 9

Dog Days – Happy Howlidays @ SA Botanical Garden – 9a-5p

Holiday Lights on the River @ The Riverwalk – 5:30pm << THRU JAN 7

 

Thur, Nov 30:

Live Trivia @ Bombay Bicycle Club – 8pm

Salsa Night @ Jazz, TX – 8:30-11:30pm; $10

The Unicorn Art Show @ Brick at Blue Star – 6pm; $5

Holidays on Houston Street Tree Lighting @ Bohanan’s Prime Steaks – 6-8pm

Independence Brewing Munchies Night @ The Growler Exchange – 6:30pm

 

Fri, Dec 1:

First Friday Pub Run @ Pat O’Briens SA – 7pm << BAD SANTA THEME!

First Friday @ Brick at Blue Star – 12-9pm

Music en la Calle @ Hotel Havana – 3-11pm; FREE!

Dulce! Dessert, Drinks, and Decadence @ Briscoe Art Museum – 7pm; $35+

Holiday Extravaganza @ The Guenther House – 5-9pm

Pancakes & Booze Art Show @ Paper Tiger – 8pm; $12

Dry Hopped SA Lager Tapping @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Big Band Christmas Show @ Jazz. TX – 8:30-11:30pm; $30

Nina Diaz @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $5+

Gwar @ Aztec Theatre – 6:30pm; $22+

 

Sat, Dec 2:

Kristkindlmarkt @ Beethoven Maennerchor – 10a-5p

Christmas Clay and Arts Festival @ SAMA – 10a-5p

Gruene Town Lighting @ Gruene, TX – 5-6:30pm

Mingle & Jingle Pet Event @ Petsmart (Bitters) – 12-4pm

Crepe Brunch @ Chocollazo – 10a-2p

KRTU Jazz Holiday Swing @ Trinity University – 7-11pm

The Festival of Texas Fiddling @ Twin Sisters Dance Hall

Big Band Christmas Show @ Jazz, TX – 8:30-11:30pm; $30

Little Italy Pastathon @ Little Italy Restaurant – 5pm; $20

Rock ‘n’ Roll Carb Load w/ Elijah Zane @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

5th Annual Winterfest @ BS Brewing (Seguin) – 2-8pm; $10

Jewelry Stamping Workshop @ Feliz Modern – 12-2pm; $50

A Homemade Christmas @ The Alamo – 9am

 

Sun, Dec 3:

Rock n Roll Marathon After Party @ Alamo Beer – 1-6pm

Tom Petty Tribute @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 6:30pm; $15

Candlelight Vespers @ Trinity University – 6-7:30pm

Holiday Laser Show @ Lila Cockrell Theater – 4-6pm; FREE!

Sunday Burlesque Brunch @ Paramour – 11a-3p

Coffee (Beer + Whiskey) and Donuts @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

Handel’s Messiah @ Univ. United Methodist Church – 3-4pm

 

Next Week

All Weekend:

OPEN Holiday Market @ 140 E Houston

SA Vintage Expo @ Austin Hwy Event Center

Fiesta de los Luminarias @ The Riverwalk – dusk

 

Mon, Dec 4:

Postmodern Jukebox @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $40+

SARA Holiday Mingle @ The Culinary Institute – 4-6pm; $10

 

Tues, Dec 5:

Pecha Kucha @ Laurie Auditorium – 6:30pm

Repeal Day Happy Hour @ Jazz, TX – 5:30-7:30

Repeal Day Celebration @ Whiskey Cake – 5pm

Repeal Day Party @ The Brooklynite – 5pm

A Christmas Story @ The Friendly Spot – 7-10pm

The Santa Clause @ Travis Park – 5-9pm

Holiday & Celebrations Tour @ SAMA – 4:30-5:30pm

Open House @ The Culinary Institute – 11a-2pm

SApreservation 5K Series: Downtown Holiday Lights @ Travis Park

 

Wed, Dec 6:

Tamales & Tequila @ The Rustic – 6-8pm

Christmas Cupcakes & Cocktails @ Lambermont Events – 6-9pm

 

Thur, Dec 7:

Lattes with LOOP @ Olmos Perk Coffee – 7:30-9:30am

Holiday Pawty @ Bonham Exchange Ballroom – 7pm; $25

Holiday Pop-Up Cocktail Shop @ SACC Cocktail Lab – 5-8pm

SA Beer Week Mid-Year Gala & Food Pairing @ Brick at Blue Star – 7-10pm; $35

First Thursday Science Trivia @ Ranger Creek – 6-10pm

Star Wars Trivia Night @ Flying Saucer – 7-10pm; $5

 

Fri, Dec 8:

Puro Café Coffee Meetup @ Rosella (Jones Ave) – 8-9am

Eat & Play @ Travis Park – 11a-2p

Art Party @ SAMA – 6-8pm << LLAMA-APPROVED!

Pan Dulce & Beer Pairing @ The Growler Exchange – 6:30pm

Free Movie: The Polar Express @ Tobin Center – 6-10pm

Tribute to Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald @ Hermann Sons Ballroom – 8pm; $15+

 

Sat, Dec 9:

Winter Open House @ Ranger Creek – 2-6pm; $10 << LLAMA-APPROVED!

The Hoppy Monk’s 3rd Anniversary Party @ The Hoppy Monk – 11am-midnight

Shakey Graves @ The Rustic – 7pm; $15+

Wye Oak @ 502 Bar – 8:30pm; $12-15

Christmas Tree Lighting & Hondo’s Birthday @ Luckenbach, Texas – 6-9pm

Pintwood Derby @ Flying Saucer – 2pm

Feliz Tamalidad @ Brooks City Base – 12-6pm

Virgin de Guadalupe Market & Fideo Cook-Off @ Brick at Blue Star – 7-9pm

A Rustic Christmas Artisan Market @ Church Under the Bridge – 10a-3p

Good Market Holiday Pop-Up @ The Impact Guild – 10a-4p

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Movie) @ Pickrell Park – 5-10pm

Home Alone @ Brooks City Base – 5-9pm

 

Sun, Dec 10:

La Gran Tamalada @ Market Square – 11a-4p

Sunday Masa Tamale Extravaganza @ Alamo Beer Co – 11a-6p; FREE!

Christmasville, Texas @ Castle Hills – 5-7:30pm

Fido Funday @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

Pairing 101: Holiday Cookies Edition @ Messina Hof Hill Country – 1-4pm

 

Save the Dates

Dec 12: Worth Repeating @ Brick at Blue Star – 7pm; $7

Dec 12: SA Young Professionals Happy Hour @ The Well – 6-8pm << UGLY SWEATERS!

Dec 12: Karaoke Roulette: Disney Edition @ Thirsty Camel – 11pm

Dec 12: Movies in the Park: Elf @ Travis Park – 5-9pm

Dec 12: Art Fit: Art + Yoga @ SAMA – 6-7pm; $0-5

Dec 12-17: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas @ Majestic Theatre – $30+

Dec 13: Hog N Nog @ The Rustic – 6-9pm

Dec 13: Bah Humbug Dinner Theatre @ The Lion & The Rose (La Cantera) – 6-9pm

Dec 13: Marketing Holiday Mixer @ Hotel Valencia – 6-8pm

Dec 13: Texas Young Professionals Holiday Mixer @ Ash Basement Bar – 5:30-8pm

Dec 14: Turnpike Troubadours @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm; $27+

Dec 14: Reveillon @ The Cookhouse – 7pm

Dec 14: Keepin’ it Real with Real Ale @ The Growler Exchange – 6pm

Dec 14: Holiday Block Party @ The Quarry – 6-9pm

Dec 15: Ugly Sweater Party @ Howl at the Moon – 6:30pm; FREE!

Dec 15: Vegan Baking with Kids @ Viva Vegeria – 6-8pm

Dec 15: Ray Wylie Hubbard @ Gruene Hall – 9:30pm; $20

Dec 15: Ugly Sweater and Beard Decoration Party @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Dec 15-17: OPEN Holiday Market Weekend 2 @ E. Houston St

Dec 15-17: Fiesta de los Luminarias @ The Riverwalk – dusk

Dec 15-17: Holiday Pops @ Tobin Center
Dec 16: Helotes Art Walk @ 14743 Old Bandera Rd – 4-9pm

Dec 16: Dylan / Petty Tribute @ The Pigpen – 7:35pm

Dec 16: Christmas in the Park @ Live Oak Park – 6-9:30pm

Dec 16: Dorcol 4-Year Anniversary Party @ Dorcol Distilling – 5pm

Dec 16: Movies in the Park: Frozen @ Travis Park – 4-8pm

Dec 16: Free Outdoor Movie: Elf @ Hollywood Park – 5:30-8:30pm

Dec 16: Vintage Bazaar @ Holiday Inn North Hill Country – 10a-5p

Dec 16: Kids’ Tamalada by Chef Carino Cortez @ Pico de Gallo – 10-11:30am; $25

Dec 17: Artisan Market @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

Dec 19: Two Ton Tuesday Christmas Show @ Gruene Hall – 8:30pm; $5

Dec 19: Posada Pearl @ The Pearl – 6:30-9pm

Dec 19: Movies in the Park: Home Alone @ Travis Park – 5-9pm

Dec 20: Bikes, Bars, and Stars @ Bike World (Broadway) – 7-10:30pm

Dec 20: Artfull Wednesday: Food for Thought: Tamales @ The McNay – 12-1pm

Dec 21-26: A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Empire Theatre – 4pm; $18+

Dec 22-23: Brickmas Holiday Market @ Brick at Blue Star

Dec 22-23: SA Symphony: The Nightmare Before Christmas @ Majestic Theatre – $25-65

Dec 23: HAPPY FESTIVUS!

Dec 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Dec 25: Drink the Tree @ The Rustic – 6-11pm

Dec 26: Two Ton Tuesday Christmas Show @ Gruene Hall – 8:30pm; $5

Dec 28: The Toadies @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm; $25+

Dec 28: Alamo Bowl @ Alamodome – 8-11pm

Dec 30: Neon Indian @ Paper Tiger – 8pm; $23

Dec 30: Manheim Steamroller Christmas @ Majestic Theatre – 3:30pm & 8pm; $45-75

Dec 31: NYE w/ Reverand Horton Heat @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8:30pm; $35+

Dec 31: NYE w/ Shiny Ribs @ Gruene Hall – 10pm; $45 << SEE WEBSITE FOR WEIRD ALCOHOL LAW

Jan 1: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Jan 5-6: Tricentennial Celebration @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $25+

Jan 10-14: San Antonio Cocktail Conference @ Downtown SA

Jan 13: Hayes Carll @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $20+

Jan 17: Neil DeGrasse Tyson @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $50+

Jan 24: A Night with Janis Joplin @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $37+

Jan 26-27: SA Symphony: Jaws in Concert @ Majestic Theatre – 7:30pm; $25-65

Jan 27: Uncle Lucius Farewell Show @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $12

Feb 8: Itzhak Perlman @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $46.50+

Feb 8-25: SA Stock Show and Rodeo @ AT&T Center

Feb 9-11: Mardi Gras Artisan Show @ The Riverwalk

Feb 10: Mardi Gras River Parade @ Arneson River Theatre / The RIverwalk – 1-6pm

Feb 10: Alejandro Escovedo @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8pm; $20+

Feb 23: Open Rehearsal for Students: Bernstein & Brahm @ Tobin Center – 10a-12:30p; FREE!

Mar 12: Hotel California Live @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $25

Mar 18: A View from Above w/ Astronaut Terry Virts @ Tobin Center – 4pm; $20-45

Apr 26: Weird Al @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $35-55

May 1-6: The Book of Mormon @ Majestic Theatre – $35+

May 12: Dwight Yoakam @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8:30pm; $33+

 

Running

Time to start training for those winter half marathons or the big kahunas, if you dare. Always bring an ID (and a bottle of water).

 

Local running stores:

iRun

Fleet Feet

Soler’s

Run Wild

 

Upcoming Races:

Check out the SA Road Runners (SARR)!

Texas Hill Country Half Marathon Series – 2018 – 4 races for $170

Spicewood Vineyards Half Marathon / 10K @ Spicewood Vineyards – Dec 2

Frio River Run 5K / 10K / 13.1 @ Golf Club of Texas (Concan, TX) – Dec 2

SA Rock n Roll Half Marathon / Marathon @ Alamodome – Dec 3 << RUNNING!

SApreservation 5K Series: Downtown Holiday Lights @ Travis Park – Dec 5

Real Ale Brewing 5K @ Real Ale Brewing Co (Blanco, TX) – Dec 9

Jingle Bell Run @ Gruene Hall – Dec 9

Decker Challenge Half Marathon @ Travis County Expo Center (Austin) – Dec 10

Stars at Night Half Marathon @ JW Marriott Resort Golf Course – Dec 16

La Cruda 5K @ Helotes, TX – Jan 1

River Road Run @ River Road House (New Braunfels) – Jan 6

Cocoa Half @ N St Mary’s – Feb 11

Alamo 13.1 / 26.2 @ Hemisfair Park – Mar 4

San Marbellus Half Marathon @ Tanger Outlets (San Marcos) – Mar 11

Wanderlust Run 5K / 10K / 13.1 @ Fredericksburg, TX – Apr 7

Carnival of Venice Night Run 5K / 10K / 13.1 @ Brackenridge Golf Course – Apr 27