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San Antonio Can't-Miss Events this January

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

In one of the largest cities in the country, there's always something to do. Check out all these exciting events for all ages!

McNay Art Museum presents "Paris: Notre Dame and Beyond"

The recent fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral served as a reminder of the special place Paris holds in the hearts and minds of people around the world. Even those who haven’t traveled to the City of Light know it as an iconic world center of culture, history, and art. This exhibition, drawn entirely from the McNay’s collection, celebrates Paris’ monuments and marvels.

Highlights include eight large-scale color lithographs by Henri Rivière, offering a soaring view of Paris from the heights of Notre-Dame. Eugène Viollet-le-Duc’s much-loved spire - which collapsed in the April fire - is hauntingly visible as it towers over the transept of the cathedral.

This exhibition is presented as a complement to the McNay’s installation, "Mary Cassatt’s Women." While Cassatt’s art focused on an interior, domestic, and familial world, the artists’ work in this unique installation features cityscapes during Belle Époque, the beautiful era in which Cassatt lived and worked in Paris.

WHEN: January 2 - February 23 • WHERE: McNay Art Museum - 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio, TX 78209

Broadway in San Antonio: Miss Saigon

The acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables, is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. in an encounter that will change their lives forever.

The production features stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score including Broadway hits like “Last Night of the World,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “The Heat is On in Saigon.”

WHEN: January 7 - January 9 • WHERE: Majestic Theatre - 224 E. Houston St. San Antonio, TX 78205

MLK 5K Run/Walk

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” The Young Men’s Leadership Academy 5K Run is a fundraising event presented by the school to help raise funds for the academy, as well as a demonstration of their support for Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of resilience and equality.

Young Men’s Leadership Academy is the first all-boys public school in San Antonio. Our mission is to develop young men into highly effective scholars, thinkers, and leaders by providing a high-quality comprehensive educational and social experience leading to a distinguished high school graduation plan.100% of proceeds from our event fund student programming. Come out and walk, run, or skip through the beautiful MLK park to help support a great cause and aid in the school’s success. If you are unable, or do not wish to run, please donate!

WHEN: January 19 • WHERE: Wheatley Heights Sports Complex Martin Luther King Park - 200 Noblewood Dr., San Antonio, TX US 78220

Bar-B-Que Cook-Off & Festival

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off is a championship event sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association and features some of the world's best competitive Bar-B-Que teams, LIVE music, family activities, a BBQ trade show, a kids cook-off, shopping and much more. The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off & Festival is one of several events kicking off the Rodeo Season. Proceeds from this event benefit the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Scholarship Fund.

WHEN: January 24 & 25 • WHERE: San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo on the Salado - 1723 Creekview, San Antonio, TX 78219

San Antonio River Walk Parade of Lanterns

For two weeks, January 25-February 8, 2020  ten river floats carrying magically-illuminated enormous lanterns such as a dragon, adorable pandas, pinatas, and other objects will appear from 6:00-9:00 PM each night. The last night to take in the beauty is February 8th. Enjoy the magically illuminated floats from anywhere along the downtown portion of the River Walk. Asian-inspired music will softly play from each float.

WHEN: January 25 – February 8 • WHERE: San Antonio River Walk


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