December

BEEVILLE: Through Dec. 15 “Leaning on Air: Works by Michael Golden” This exhibition of works by Houston artist Michael Golden includes paintings, collages, sculptures, drawings, and on-site installations. Beeville Art Museum, 401 E. Fannin St. 361- 358-8615; bamtexas.org

EAGLE PASS: Dec. 20 Christmas on Main The eighth annual celebration has food, music, and activities. Eagle Pass Public Library, 589 Main St. 830-773-1111

EDINBURG: Dec. 7 Night of Lights Parade Individuals, local businesses, community groups, youth organizations, and others get together to show off their holiday spirit in downtown Edinburg. Award trophies and prize money is given to competitive floats for first, second, and third places in business/civic, school, and marching band divisions. Downtown Edinburg, 415 W. University Drive. 956-383-4974; edinburg.com

GARRISON: December 9th Christmas on the Square Christmas on the Square is a community celebration of the Christmas Season including, parade with Santa, school, entertainment, band concert, vendors for food and crafts and so much more.  Family friendly and free event.  Vendors are welcome.  Applications available upon request. 12 Noon – 5 pm  9363472316

GOLIAD: Nov. 30-Dec. 8 Christmas in Goliad Attend a lighted parade around Goliad County. All floats are lighted and from counties in the area. Santa arrives riding a Longhorn steer, and children can have their picture taken on the steer. Enjoy live music Friday and Saturday along with more than 100 craft vendors on the square. Goliad County Courthouse Square, 127 S. Courthouse Square. 361-827-5948; goliadcc.org

GOLIAD: Nov. 30-Dec. 10 Christmas Tree Project Walk through the 40×20 tent filled with over 15 twinkling Christmas trees, all sponsored and decorated by local businesses and the students of Goliad I.S.D. There is no fee for walking through the tent, and after the event all of the Christ- mas trees, lights, and ornaments are delivered to families in need. Goliad Courthouse Lawn, 127 S. Courthouse Square. 361-645- 3454; mainstreetgoliad.com/events

GOLIAD: Dec. 1 General Zaragoza Society’s Las Posadas Las Posadas is Spanish for lodging, which refers to the inn in the story of the birth of Jesus. Luminarias light the way for Mary and Joseph during their search for lodging. After the re-enactment, head to the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel courtyard for hot cocoa, cookies, and traditional buñuelos—fried dough balls. Children can take turns with a candy-filled piñata. The procession meets at the General Zaragoza Amphitheatre and make its way around the Presidio la Bahía. Goliad State Park and Historic Site, 108 Park Road 6. 361-564-5727

MCALLEN: Dec. 1 McAllen Holiday Parade This award-winning parade is the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas. The parade features more than 50 vibrant lighted floats, more than 30 larger-than-life inflatable character balloons, marching bands, and a celebrity-filled lineup. McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2001 N. Bicentennial Blvd. 956-681-1200; mcallenholidayparade.com

SAN ANTONIO: Through Jan. 6 “Color of Confusion” The piece features three video works by renowned Paris-based artist, Sylvie Blocher, that address issues of cultural identity and representation through com- munity collaboration. Blocher completed “Alamo,” “Skintone,” and “Color” following research in 2013 and video production in 2014. “Color of Confusion” is the U.S. premiere of all three videos. Blue Star Contemporary, 116 Blue Star. 210-227-6960; bluestarcontemporary.org

SAN ANTONIO: Oct. 4-Jan. 6 “Gesamtkunstwerk” This installation featuring Jesse Amado reflects the artist’s varied experiences while in residency at Künsterhaus Bethanian. The word gesamtkunstwerk is a German term describing a total work of art that synthesizes many different modes, things, ideas, images, and styles, very much like Berlin itself—from the cobblestones on the sidewalks, the clothes worn by the populace, and the multiple walls adorned with graffiti, to the top floor at the Ka De Ve department store laden with food. With the style of Dutch Renaissance paintings in mind, Amado proceeded to collect a tableau of objects and images to symbolize his Berlin experiences. Blue Star Contemporary, 116 Blue Star. 210-227- 6960; bluestarcontemporary.org

SAN ANTONIO: Oct. 4-Jan. 6 “Unearthed: Desenterrado” Adriana Corral’s exhibition illustrates the complex history between the United States and Mexico. The billboard image erected on Blue Star Contemporary’s roof depicts a white flag embroidered with an illustration of a Mexican golden eagle and an American bald eagle with claws engaged, each emblematic of their respective nation’s patriotism. Blue Star Contemporary, 116 Blue Star. 210-227- 6960; bluestarcontemporary.org

SAN ANTONIO: Through Jan. 6 “Monarchs: Brown and Native Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” This exhibition takes the migration path of the Monarch butterfly as a geographic range and a metaphor. The butterfly crosses the U.S. border at its junctions with Canada and Mexico along the entire length of both of these conceptual divides—the busiest path of the butterfly is through the center of the U.S. The word “monarch” has a dual meaning: an acknowledged ruler that is the head of a state or nation. Artists in the exhibition take up this idea to present the perspectives of people native to the Americas. Blue Star Contemporary, 116 Blue Star. 210-227- 6960; bluestarcontemporary.org

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 17-Dec. 31 Light up the Night The dazzling display of lights is choreographed to joyous holiday sounds bringing the season to life. Various holiday activities are offered throughout the sea- son. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Parkway. 210-276-2500; marriott.com

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 30-Dec. 16 Ford Fi- esta de las Luminarias Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 3,000 luminarias. This centuries-old tradition—originally consisting of a candle set in sand inside a small bag—today features 2,000 bags with flickering LED candles during nine nights over three weekends. San Antonio River Walk. thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 30-Dec. 21 Ford Holiday Boat Caroling Four to six boats float on the river each night carrying a different group each hour performing live Christmas carols. More than 185 school, church, company, and civic choral groups participate each year. San Antonio River Walk. thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events

SAN ANTONIO: Dec. 9 Camerata San Antonio Concert Enjoy a chamber music con- cert inspired by the strength of the human spirit in the face of the depths of human cruelty, featuring violinist Anastasia Parker, violist Emily Freudigman, cellist Ken Freudigman, and pianist Viktor Valkov. University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway. 210-492-9519; cameratasa.org

SAN ANTONIO: Dec. 9 Weihnachtsfeier Since 1904, the Weihnachtsfeier has been a traditional German Christmas celebration, that shares the Christmas story in the German language through German poems and choral music, led by the Beethoven Maennerchor and the San Antonio Liederkranz. Margarite B. Parker Chapel, One Trinity Place. 210-534-4481; sachamber.org

SAN ANTONIO: Dec. 14-16 Holiday Artisan Show Vendors display and sell beautiful handmade merchandise along the San Antonio River Walk. Artisans are different for each show but usually include pottery, textiles, jewelry, paintings, and more. River Walk Extension (close to Shops at Rivercenter). thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events

WESLACO: Dec. 8 Mid-Valley Lighted Christmas Parade Ring in the season with floats, marching bands, mascots, and cars all decked out in lights for an evening parade. Historic Downtown Weslaco. 956-968-2102; weslaco.com

WESLACO: Dec. 8 RGV Santa Dash Cheer on a stampede of festive and jolly Santas running down Texas Boulevard. The event immediately follows the Mid-Valley Lighted Christmas Parade. Historic Down- town Weslaco, Texas Boulevard. 956-968- 2102; weslaco.com

WESLACO: Dec. 20 Alfresco Weslaco Enjoy an evening of live music and art. Held on the third Saturday of the month, the event features music, art displays, side- walk sales, and delicious food and treats. Historic Downtown Weslaco, South Texas Boulevard. weslacoedc.com

 

 

 

November

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 3 Weston Wright “Lighting the Way” 5K/10K Run/Walk This year is the 10th anniversary of the Weston Wright Walk/Run. Join in a huge celebration to benefit the blind and vision impaired. This event is chip-timed and man- aged by iRun. Bring family and friends to enjoy food, drinks, face painting, prizes, and medals. Don’t miss the opportunity to sup- port the San Antonio Lighthouse and experience a walk/run unlike any other. McAllister Park—Pavilion 2, 13102 ones-Maltsberger Road. salighthouse.org 210-531-1533

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 18 24th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán (El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo) returns to San Antonio as part of the 24th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza on Sunday, November 18 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza concert range from $36-$206 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, the Alamodome Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For a complete listing of all events associated with the 24th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, visit mariachimusic.com. 7:00 PM www.mariachimusic.com 210-225-3353

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 23 Ford Holiday River Parade The 38th annual event is a San Antonio tradition that kicks off the lighting of the River Walk and the holiday season. The parade features 28 illuminated floats decorated for the theme. 100,000 lights (2,250 strands of lights) are illuminated to kick-off the parade. The lights remain on the trees and are turned on from sundown to sunrise everyday until shortly after New Years Day. Arneson River Theatre and the San Antonio River Walk. thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 26 Walk through the Wetlands Enjoy a guided hike of Mitch- ell Lake’s wetlands. Explore the fauna and flora, history, restoration efforts, and whatever wonders reveal themselves along this beautiful 3-mile hike. Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, 10750 Pleasanton Road. mitchelllake.audubon.org 210-628-1639

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 30-Dec. 16 Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 3,000 luminarias. This centuries-old tradition—originally consisting of a candle set in sand inside a small bag—today features 2,000 bags with flickering LED candles during nine nights over three weekends. View the luminarias and listen to Ford Holiday Boat Caroling from a River Walk restaurant or bar while dining or sipping on a drink. San Antonio River Walk. thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 30-Dec. 21 Ford Holiday Boat Caroling Four to six boats float on the river each night carrying a different group each hour performing live Christmas Carols. More than 185 school, church, company, and civic choral groups participate each year. The public is invited to stroll on the banks of the river or sit out- doors in a restaurant to enjoy the caroling. San Antonio River Walk. thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events

 

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