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San Antonio Arts, Theater, and Culture

San Antonio is known for its rich culture in arts and theater. Get a glimpse of the activities that make San Antonio the perfect place to visit all year long. With events and sightseeing for all ages, we're sure you will have a great time exploring San Antonio.

Arts

san antonio museum of art

Collections of beautiful and stunning artwork span 5000 years of human inspiration and creativity in the San Antonio Museum of Art. Housed in the facility that was the former Lone Star Brewery complex, the extensive museum resides along the banks of the San Antonio River. With galleries of incredible variety, you are sure to experience something new when you visit. The museum charges an admission fee, however, complimentary parking is provided.

Know before you go: The San Antonio Museum of Art is closed on Mondays.

La Vallita Historic Arts District

Located in the original downtown San Antonio, La Villita means The Village. Covering several square blocks, La Villita is a unique arts and crafts community with shops, working artists, restaurants, and a post office. The Old San Antonio Exhibit (located in Bolivar Hall) houses a collection of art objects, artifacts and symbols relevant to the history. This beautifully landscaped historic district offers leisurely shopping and dining. La Villita is a great destination for a cultural San Antonio outing that is within walking distance from the Emily Morgan.

Know before you go: Planning an event at La Villita? Be sure to make reservations beforehand!

Theater

Majestic Theater

Named a State and National Historic Landmark, the Majestic Theater is one of the few remaining vintage, atmospheric vaudeville movie palaces. Famous for its Spanish Mediterranean architecture and style, the Majestic Theatre has brought excellent artistic and cultural value to the city since 1929. The theatre was renovated in the 1990s and now serves as a prime theater for the performing arts and is now home to the San Antonio Symphony and the AT&T Broadway Series. Individual concerts and events are also showcased.

Know before you go: Our hotel is only a 5 minute walk to the Majestic Theater, so stop by ORO Restaurant to enjoy dinner and drinks before the show!

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Built in September 2014, the Tobin Center is a state-of-the art performing arts facility featuring a large performance hall, studio theater, and outdoor performance plaza. Within walking distance from our hotel, you will enjoy performances of all kinds that make for a perfect evening out in San Antonio. The center is home to Ballet San Antonio, OPERA San Antonio, Children's Chorus of San Antonio, and many more fine arts organizations that shape the artistic community in San Antonio.

Know before you go: While the Tobin Center seats up to 1,738, many shows sell out! Make sure to buy tickets in advance to enjoy your evening.

Aztec Theater

The Aztec Theatre is a showpiece of architecture that will have you step back in time when movies were shown in grand palaces. Built in 1926, it is the only surviving exotic-themed movie palace in Texas and home to special performing arts events. In addition to film, the theatre also hosts a variety of musical acts and serves as a San Antonio slot for many touring bands and artists. Grab tickets for the show of your choice and get ready for a performance in one of the most unique venues in San Antonio!

Know before you go: Multiple parking garages are within walking distance of the Aztec Theatre.

Culture

San Antonio River Walk

A top entertainment destination in Texas, the River Walk serves as a centerpiece of San Antonio culture. Choose from top restaurants and eccentric boutiques lining the river that snakes throughout the urban center of the city. The River Walk is a perfect destination for a quick meal, afternoon of exploration, or a night out San Antonio style. Located less than a half mile away, the Emily Morgan is the perfect hotel near the River Walk in San Antonio!

Know before you go: The San Antonio River Walk has a water taxi service that provides you with an alternative to walking down the river. With over 39 stops, you'll be sure to see all the beauty the River Walk has to offer while passing through the crowds!

Historic Market Square

Browse through the 32 shops at "El Mercado" (The Market), an area patterned after an authentic Mexican mercado. In addition, there are 80 specialty shops in Farmers Market Plaza. Market Square is also the scene of many Hispanic festivals where food and beverage booths spring up alongside the Guadalajara lamps and the strains of mariachi music blend with the excitement of Mexican dances. Free admission. Located just under a mile from the Emily Morgan, the market is a great place to enjoy local culture and indulge in authentic dishes.

Know before you go: Every first Saturday of the month the Historic Market Square celebrates Primer Sabado, a one day event featuring local entertainment, arts and crafts, children's activities, food and much more!

King William Historical District

The King William Historic District is a neighborhood rich in history and cultural diversity. San Antonio's original upscale neighborhood now features bed and breakfasts, art galleries, restaurants and a thriving commercial corridor known as South Town. Bring the family and join in on the fun during the annual King William fair!

Know before you go: Renting bicycles from San Antonio B Cycle is a fun, active, and popular way to get around the King William Historic District.

Witte Museum

Just a short drive from the Emily Morgan, the Witte Museum offers unique exhibits and experiences in science, natural history and culture. Set in beautiful Brackenridge Park. The campus features historic buildings and the HEB Science Treehouse. While the museum charges an admission fee, complimentary parking is provided.

Know before you go: Admission to the Witte Museum is free on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.