Fantastic Festivals and Shows in San Antonio In November 2018 - Kid 101

Fantastic Festivals and Shows in San Antonio In November 2018

 From a German Wurst fest, and Diwali – the Indian Festival of Lights, to a Mariachi Extravaganza, a performance of The Nutcracker and the Ford River Parade, the experiences during November cover many cultures and traditions. Stopping for visits are singing sensation Marc Anthony, and bands like Blues Traveler, and Bastille. Then top shows like School of Rock and So You Think You Can Dance Live also visit San Antonio. It’s going to be a culturally diverse and exciting month.

Wurst Fest

About:  A ten-day festival celebrating sausages in all their flavours and forms is all happening in New Braunfels – a 36-minute drive from San Antonio. Here you’ll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. It may be advisable to stay over for a night or two – there is plenty of accommodation in New Braunfels and the website has links to accommodation options. There is also a free shuttle from various spots in New Braunfels to the event. The bands start playing from around 6:00 pm most days on the various stages.

When: November 2-11 FIRST FRIDAY 4:00 pm-11:00 pm, SATURDAYS 11:00 am-12:00 midnight, SUNDAYS 11:00 am-10:00 pm, MON-WED 5:00 pm-10:00 pm, THURS & FRI 5:00 pm-11:00 pm.

Where: 120 Landa Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130.

Contact: 830-625-9167, 800-221-4369 or email

Cost: Free admission during the following hours Friday, November 2: 4-7 pm

Monday, November 5: 5-10 pm, Tuesday, November 6: 5-10 pm, Wednesday, November 7: 5-10 pm, Sunday, November 11: 3-10pm. For other days and hours the admission ticket will cost $12 per person online in advance or $15 at the gate. Drinks tickets are sold in packs of 20 ($1 per ticket)

Marc Anthony

About: Marc Anthony is well known for many things – his good looks, his marriage to pop sensation Jennifer Lopez, and his acting career – however his claim to fame remains his multi-award winning career as a salsa singer. Marc Anthony was born in New York City and began his music career as a session vocalist in the underground music scene there. Ironically, Anthony rejected his first offer to record a Salsa album. He changed his mindset on the genre after hearing a song by Juan Gabriel on the radio and released his debut album in 1993. The rest, as they say, is history… or rather a very glittery history with two Grammy Awards, three Latin Grammy Awards, and 13 Latin Billboard Music Awards to his name! He brings his Legacy Tour to San Antonio this November.

When: Friday November 9 at 8:00 pm.

Where: AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78219.

Contact: 210-444-5000.

Cost: From $63.

School of Rock

About:  When Dewey Finn a would-be rock star lands a job as a substitute teacher even though he knows little about teaching, he soon has his A-students getting involved into guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. Based on the hit film, this hilarious musical features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and musical theatre’s first-ever kid’s rock band playing their instruments live on stage.

When: November 6-11. Various times

Where: Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205,

Contact: 210-226-5700.

Cost: From $40

So You Think You Can Dance

About:  Come to see the hottest show-stopping routines from Season 15 of the 15 times Emmy Award-winning the show, as well as original pieces choreographed specifically for this live production. The show features the Top 10 contestants from Season 15: Jensen Arnold, Hanalei Cabanilla, Genessy Castillo, Evan DeBenedetto, Jay Jay Dixonbey, Magdelena Fialek, Darius Hickman, Chelsea Hough, Cole Mills, and Slavik Pustovoytov.  It’s going to wow audiences.

When: Saturday November 24 at 8:00 pm.

Where: Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205,

Contact: 210-226-5700.

Cost: From $39.50.

Ford Holiday River Parade

About:  With the theme for 2018 being Christmas in San Antonio, the boats will depict the many traditional ways in which the people of San Antonio celebrate Christmas. The boat parade will follow a two and a half mile course along the San Antonio River Walk and will take around an hour. There are pre-parade activities so it is suggested you get there around 5:00 pm when the gates open for parade ticket holders.

When: Friday November 23 from 6:00 pm to 9:45 pm.

Where: San Antonio River Walk.

Contact: 210-227-4262 – Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Cost: Free seating areas, and ticketed areas at $22 per ticket – see the map for the various areas.

16th Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio

About: Six hours should be sufficient to immerse yourself in vibrant Puerto Rican culture with singing, dancing, and music to keep you smiling from continuous performances on two stages. Plus you can enjoy traditional cuisine and arts and crafts at the event. The kid zone will have Puerto Rican games, storytelling, and arts and crafts activities.

When: Sunday November 18 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.

Where: San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, 901 North Loop 1604 West San Antonio, TX 78232.

Contact: via website.

Cost: $18 per adult, $8 per child aged 6 to 12 online, excludes fees. Tickets for adults cost $20 at the door.

Blues Traveler

About:  The jam band legends from the 90’s are on their 30th anniversary tour – The Accelerated Nation Tour. The group’s first chart hit, “Run-Around”, went on to become one of the biggest singles during 1995. The new millennium saw a fired up Blues Traveler band release their sixth record Bridge in May 2001. The band’s music style covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul and Southern rock and is best known among fans for their improvisational live shows.

When: Friday November 9 at 7:00 pm

Where: The Aztec theatre, 104 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Contact: 210-812-4355.

Cost: From $30.

24th Annual Mariachi Vargas Concert Extravaganzas

About:  This year’s Extravaganza kicks off on Sunday, November 11 and ends with the grand finale Mariachi Vargas concert on Sunday, November 18. After last years amazing response, the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is bringing back the National High School Group Final.

When: Sunday November 18 at 2:00 pm.

Where: Lila Cockrell Theatre 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Contact: 210-225-3353 or email

Cost: Wristband $15 per person – allows entry to Group, Vocal and High School Group Finals. Free for kids 10 and under


About:  British band Bastille provides music that gives us an escape from the crazy world we live in. Frontman Dan Smith describes the band’s upcoming third album Doom Days as an “apocalyptic party record”. With 5 million record sales in the US and 2.5 million in Britain they are certainly on the right track. The band takes its name from Bastille Day – 14 July, as this is the birthday of lead vocalist Dan Smith, who formed the group in 2010.

When:  Monday November 12 at $7:30 pm

Where: Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205,

Contact: 210-226-5700.

Cost: From $39.

San Antonio Grilled Cheese Fest

About:  If your family loves grilled cheese then hop on over here to sample cheesy goodness from the likes of  The Gypsy Diner, Benjies Munch, Guerrilla Gourmet, Bexar Kitchens, Toastie Buns Food Truck, Home Team Hot Dogs,

Its Destiny Catering and Backwoods Beats and Eats. There will be beer to wash down the cheese, non-alcoholic beverages for the kids and plenty of live music to keep the afternoon swinging along.

When: Saturday November 10 from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Where: Historic St Paul Square, 1174 E Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Contact: 817-688-3149 or email

Cost: $30 general admission for anyone over the age of 12 to one of two sessions – from 1:00-3:00pm and from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, includes live music, 15 tickets to sample cheesy quarter sandwiches from the vendors, one beverage and access to bar facilities for those over 21. Kids 12 and under free entrance – no sampling tickets included. If kids want to sample then parents must buy a general admission ticket for each child.

Luminaria – Arts come to Light

About:  There is a lot to experience here ranging from hands-on workshops involving paper cutting to lantern making and learning how to DJ, or flamenco dance. There is even a glass blowing demonstration involving lacework – a technique of moulding rods into finished artworks. CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery, Paletería San Antonio, Dough Pizzeria Napoletana and Con Safos will be open for business and serving up special Luminaria items as well as their full menus! There is also a chance to shop form artists who will have Luminaria items for sale.

When: Sunday November 11 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Where: Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair, 434 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Contact: 210-709-4750.

Cost: Free entry. Donation suggested.

Ballet San Antonio – The Nutcracker

About:  The Ballet San Antonio performance offers a fresh take on the classic story, drawing children of all ages in as the magical tale unfolds, through exceptional dancing and a high level of artistry. Clara is given a nutcracker doll for Christmas but it transforms into a prince and she undertakes adventures from a battle with the mice, and a sleigh ride in the forest, to the Land of Sweets where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy.

When: November 23 to December 2. Various times.

Where: HEB Performance Hall at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Contact: 210-223-8624 – box office phone sales.

Cost: From $35.

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Fest

About:  Participants will be able to enjoy performances, music, dance, visual arts, light installations, film, poetry, and more, all created by regional, national, and international artists.

When: Saturday November 10 from 7:00 pm to midnight.

Where: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Contact: 210-721-1670 or email:

Cost: Free. There will be some ticketed events – see website for details.

GrillsGiving – Meat and Music Fest

About:  CPS Energy presents this unique, family-friendly event in Mission County Park along the San Antonio River. Come down for the festival-like atmosphere, including a barbecue cook-off, live music, and kids’ activities Net proceeds benefit the REAP (Residential Energy Assistance Partnership) fund. Savour samples of brisket, chicken, and ribs made by more than 24 promising pitmaster teams.

When: Saturday November 17 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.

Where: Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Drive, San Antonio, TX 78214.

Contact: 210-353-2222 – CPS, or 210-631-0170 – Mission county Park.

Cost: $10 per person general admission. Kids 12 and under free. Free parking.

Diwali – Festival of Lights

About:  Indian food music, dance, and lots of lights mark the return of Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years in exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana. The lights symbolize the power of good over evil or darkness. Activities are chosen to provide San Antonio residents and visitors with an authentic experience akin to attending a comparable event in India during the festival, with colorful handmade attire, delicious authentic Indian dishes, dances from all over India, the ceremonial lighting of candles and then floating them in water – not to mention the tremendous fireworks display! The Diwali SA Festival first took place in 2009, in commemoration of the 2008 signing of a Sister-City relationship between the City of San Antonio and Chennai, in south India.

When: Saturday November 3 from 5:00 pm to midnight.

Where: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Contact: 210-273-2200 – Kausi, or 210-274-8450 – Hema.

Cost: Free.


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