There are plenty of Bowl Week activities for football fans to enjoy including the Rudy’s Bar-B-Q Pep Rally, PrimeSport Kickoff Luncheon, Valero Alamo Bowl Fan Zone and more. Additionally, the City of San Antonio offers a wealth of wonderful activities for fans to experience during the week leading up to the big game.
Explore the River Walk Expansion
The newly expanded San Antonio River Walk now stretches 15 miles from the southerly Mission Reach throughout downtown and up north to the ever-changing Pearl Brewery.
Today, the five missions (Mission San Antonio de Valero, Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada) represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America and have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Visitors can take a calming walk or bike ride to visit the beautiful San Antonio Missions or a river taxi to explore the up and coming Pearl’s local shops and delicious eateries.
FREE Guided Tours: Meet @ the Mission of your choice’s Visitors Center (Time: 45 min – 1hr)
Mission San Jose (6701 San Jose Dr.): 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm
Mission Concepcion (807 Mission Rd.): 10:30 am & 2:30 pm
Mission San Juan (9101 Graf Rd.): Grounds open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mission Espada (10040 Espada Rd.): Grounds open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Experience the Saga
“San Antonio | The Saga,” is a Captivating Video Art Installation on the magnificent façade of San Fernando Cathedral. Created by renowned French Artist, Xavier De Richemont, this 7,000-Sq.-Ft. projection with custom choreographed music in surround sound will narrate the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio.
Hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 9:00 pm, 9:30 pm, 10:00 pm
Take in Culture, History and Art
For the Kiddos: The DoSeum (The-Doo-See-Um) is San Antonio’s world-class museum just for children where kids learn by doing, creating and tinkering—instead of just looking and listening.
Admission: 1 year & up – $11
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Fri-Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun: Noon – 5:00 pm
San Antonio Museum of Art: Housed in a complex of buildings that was once the Lone Star Brewery, the Museum is renowned for its collections of Latin American, Asian, and Anicient Mediterranean Art, and includes notable contemporary collection. Located on the Museum Reach of the River Walk, an enjoyable 30 minute walk from central downtown hotels with public art along the way.
Admission: Adults – $10; Seniors (65+) – $7; Student/Military – $5; Child (>12) – FREE Hours: Tuesday & Friday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
McNay Art Museum: Built in the 1920s, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence opened as Texas’s first museum of modern art in 1954. More than 150,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and many more. The current exhibits include Miro: The Experience of Seeing, which focuses on Joan Miró’s late period with works beginning in the 1960s, a chapter that even today remains mostly overshadowed by his contributions during the interwar and immediate postwar periods.
Admission: Adults – $20; Seniors (65+) & Students – $15; Child (>12) – FREE Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Thursday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday: Noon – 5:00 pm
Discover the Historic King William District
The King William District also known as Southtown occupies land that was once irrigated farm land belonging to the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo. When the mission was secularized in 1793, the lands were divided among the resident Indian families from the mission or sold at public auction.
In 1967 the King William District was designated the first Historic Neighborhood District in Texas. It is protected under a zoning ordinance designed to “protect it for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.”
Southtown offers a plethora of eclectic restaurants and bars for every taste. Hot Joy offers unique Asian fusion dishes in a small setting or you can grab a sandwich at B&D Icehouse. Rosario’s has a full menu of great Mexican food and margaritas. Just don’t skip out on the salsa. Try on of the 25 Texas brews on tap at The Friendly Spot, or discover one of the largest whiskey selections in the city at Bar 1919.
Visitors to the Alamo City can take a self-guided walking tour throughout this historic district while also exploring the unique shops, restaurants and bars Southtown has to offer.
Ring in the New Year – San Antonio Style
Experience the biggest FREE New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks extravaganza in Texas – Celebrate San Antonio! With live music on three stages, carnival games and rides and delicious festival food, this downtown fiesta is the place to celebrate the New Year.
Event Details: December 31st, 6:00 pm – 12:30 am (Fireworks at Midnight)