Student and professional plays, holiday markets and a celebration of Indian culture are among major events scheduled across the San Antonio area on the first weekend of November.

‘These Shining Lives’

Johnson High School theater students will perform “These Shining Lives,” Melanie Marnich’s play based on the true story of four women who fought for a safer workplace in the 1920s and `30s.

  • Nov. 2-4, 7 p.m.; Nov. 5, 2 p.m.
  • $10-$15
  • Johnson High School auditorium, 23203 Bulverde Road, San Antonio

’Big Love’

The modernized play, based on Aeschylus’ ancient Greek tragedy “The Suppliants,” follows 50 brides who flee to an Italian manor to avoid marrying their 50 cousins. While their wedding day looms, the brides and grooms debate gender politics, love and domestic violence.

‘On Golden Pond’

Classic Theatre of San Antonio will perform “On Golden Pond,” a play that explores love, aging and family bonds while shedding light on the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Classical music program

San Antonio Philharmonic will present Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony and stage music by Mozart and Stravinsky in its third classical concert program of its second season.

  • Nov. 3 and 4, 7:30 p.m.
  • $35-$75
  • First Baptist Church of San Antonio, 515 McCullough Ave., San Antonio

Church holiday bazaar

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church will host its 20th annual holiday bazaar, which will feature several vendors selling food, home decor, apparel, accessories, art and crafts, and handmade holiday items.

  • Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • 4201 DeZavala Road, San Antonio


Coker Methodist Church will hold its annual festival involving several vendors selling various handmade items and other goods. Proceeds go to support the church’s missionary efforts.


City of San Antonio will co-host the 15th DiwaliSA, an event that celebrates Indian culture with traditional music, food, dance, crafts and more.

  • Nov. 4, 4:30-midnight
  • Free (admission)
  • Arneson River Theater, 418 La Villita St., and Hemisfair, 434 S. Alamo St., San Antonio

Arbor Day scavenger hunt

Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy will hold a tree scavenger hunt where visitors can find and identify trees in the park. Guests are asked to wear comfortable shoes, bring water to drink and dress for the weather.

Arbor Day celebration

Hollywood Park Tree Advisory Board will have an Arbor Day celebration for town residents. Educational activities will include a question-and-answer session with the advisory board, oak wilt informational materials, refreshments, and presentations on native trees, shrubs and tree planting.

Pooch parade

John Igo Library will host a dog parade and costume contest with other activities. Some San Antonio-area animal rescues will have pet adoption opportunities and information. Online registration is required.


Green Spaces Alliance will have NatureFest, a conservation fair with 30-plus local nonprofit partners, a family hike challenge, gardening demonstrations and educational workshops, family-friendly activities, games, food trucks and more. The first 200 families will receive fresh produce sourced by GSA's local gardening partners.

Hollywood Park market

Hollywood Park Community Association will hold a market day where vendors will sell homemade baked goods, jewelry, candles, tumblers, plants, planters, quilts, artwork and more.

  • Nov. 5, 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • Voigt Center, 701 El Portal Drive, Hollywood Park