Neighborhood Events


Lavaca and Friends publishes a free weekly newsletter that alerts you to all the arts and entertainment events going on in the neighborhood and the broader downtown area, by which we mean everything from The Pearl to Lone Star. Each newsletter covers more than one hundred events, including art gallery openings, live music, festivals, and theater.

NOTE: Because of COVID-19, many events appearing each week in the newsletter are online, and some of those online events are not local. In-person events are all local, taking place in Downtown and Southtown. Conditions and restrictions change frequently, so be sure to confirm an event before attending. Many venues post COVID safety precautions and attendee requirements on their websites, so check those out in advance.


Check out our latest newsletter for a complete list of events for the period:

Thursday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 9

And check below for a handful of especially interesting things we've spotted that are happening soon.

  • The Nutcracker v. 2020

    7:30 PM on Fridays; 2 PM & 7:30 PM on Saturdays; 2 PM on Sundays

    Friday, December 4 thru Sunday, December 6 & Friday, December 11 thru Sunday, December 13

    H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle

    "A grown-up Clara celebrates the holiday season in a new home along with her husband William. Their memories as children are uniquely intertwined through the yearly holiday magic that surrounds the Stahlbaum family. On a quiet winter night, Herr Drosselmeyer, visits Clara and William, setting in motion his magical plan in which they will embark on a new Nutcracker adventure! As the three reminisce of holiday parties past, they will begin to see the unfolding of events that will once again whisk Clara and her Nutcracker Prince away to the Land of Sweets, though this time, their journey will conclude in an awe-inspiring changing of the crown..."

  • Seasons of Art - A SAMA Celebration

    7 PM - 8:15 PM

    Friday, December 4

    Online, presented by the SA Museum of Art

    "Join us virtually for an entertaining evening hosted by KSAT's Steve Spriester featuring San Antonio musicians, dancers, writers, and artists performing at the Museum and celebrating the seasons represented in its collection. Make it an at-home party and enjoy a delicious meal by Tre Trattoria..." Enjoy performances by Musical Offerings String Quartet, Trio San Antonio, Andrea 'Vocab' Sanderson, and The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas.

  • Holiday Lights on the River Walk

    Dusk to Dawn

    Every day through January 4

    River Walk in Downtown

    "We invite you to experience the spectacular display of over 100,000 lights (2,250 strings of light) draped over the towering bald cypress trees that line the River Walk. Visiting the River Walk to enjoy the spectacular holiday lights is free. The River Walk is a public park and is open every day of the year, 24 hours a day. The lights are a gift to the public from the San Antonio River Walk Association and the City of San Antonio..."

  • Other Worlds Film Festival

    Starts at 10:30 AM on Tuesday through Friday & 9 AM on Saturday & Sunday

    Tuesday, December 1 thru Sunday, December 6

    Online, presented by Other Worlds Film Festival

    "Other Worlds Film Festival's 2020 edition will feature special events, conversations, podcasts, and more. The seventh annual festival will feature more than 40 films, including features, documentaries, and shorts showcasing the diverse genre of sci-fi over six days virtually. This year’s Defender of the Universe Award honors David Twohy, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Pitch Black. There will also be a live reading of a pre-Arnold Schwarzenegger draft of Total Recall, featuring favorite Other Worlds actors, Austin stars, and surprises. Closing the festival will be Tales of Tomorrow (Contos do Amanha), a coming-of-age Matrix with less combat and more awkward teen romance from Pedro de Lima Marques..."

  • A Christmas Carol

    On demand through January 3

    Online, presented by The Classic Theatre of San Antonio

    "The Classic Theatre of San Antonio will present a special filmed version of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol starring Tony Award® winner Jefferson Mays. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Mays plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance. Directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Michael Arden, adapted by Mays, Susan Lyons, and Arden, and conceived by Arden and Tony Award nominee Dane Laffrey, the filmed version is based on the acclaimed 2018 production, which made its world premiere at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse. This streaming video event will benefit The Classic Theatre as well as other community, amateur, regional theaters across the country which have been devastated by the pandemic..."

  • Getting to Know Your Grapes: Pinot Noir

    6 PM

    Monday, December 7

    Online, presented by High Street Wine Co.

    "Pinot Noir is one of the most popular grapes in the wine world. However, it is challenging to grow and very site specific. In this class, we'll get to know the grape Pinot Noir, covering its viticultural characteristics, styles and major regions. We will taste four wines from very distinct places from exceptional producers..."

  • Happy Birthday Beethoven! Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral

    7 PM - 8 PM

    Sunday, December 6

    Online, presented by Musical Bridges Around the World

    "The legendary Janoska Ensemble invites you to Vienna to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in the Austrian city where he spent much of his life composing his most eminent works. This event is a free virtual concert... Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral merge the historic architecture of the nation’s oldest continuously operating Catholic sanctuary with enchanting music of some of the finest, award-winning artists from around the globe!"

  • The Ancient Art of the Tamale

    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Wednesday, December 2 & Wednesday, December 9

    Online, presented by the San Antonio Botanical Garden

    "Journey into the interior of Mexico to learn about traditional tamale making techniques with Chef Katrina Flores. You will make poblano chile rajas tamales with Oaxacan cheese, pork chile verde tamales, sweet guava cream cheese tamales, beet and orange arugula salad with toasted seeds and achiote dressing and Jamaica margarita. Bring the spirit of the la Tamalada to your house to celebrate the holidays San Antonio style. Participants pick up ingredient box ahead of time..."

  • The Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas

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    Tuesday, December 8 thru Sunday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 15 thru Tuesday, December 22

    Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater, Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle

    "Join Doc Watkins and his Trio as they perform the holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas and other seasonal favorites in our cabaret style intimate Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater."

  • Artpace Teen Art Contest

    Through December 18

    Online, presented by Artpace

    "The Artpace Teen Council invites San Antonio-area high school students to participate in a free, online visual art contest! Coping with a New Normal, an @ home art contest, will be virtually judged by Teen Council members and one winner will be selected by Main Space artist Sarah Fox. The Teen Council is looking for high school visual artists who are willing to tackle the challenging topic of mental health with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Works can explore anything from personal experiences to the pandemic’s impact on mental health in communities. All media accepted..."

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