Veterans Day tributes, an educational park program, a Native American festival, fundraisers and the commemoration of a dark, historic event are among the San Antonio activities scheduled over the second weekend of November.

Silent auction

Velvet Realty Group will have a silent auction where proceeds will benefit Sierra Delta, a wellness nonprofit network that supports veterans in need of service animals. Auction items can be found at Velvet’s Stone Oak office.

Kristallnacht commemoration

Jewish Federation of San Antonio, Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio and the Jewish Community Relations Council will hold an event commemorating the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht. On Nov. 9, 1938, Nazis burned synagogues and Jewish businesses, and kidnapped and murdered Jewish citizens in Germany and other communities in Europe. Many people see this as the start of the Holocaust. Guest speakers will include San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and state Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio.
  • Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio, 12500 NW Military Highway, San Antonio

Single Professionals Network

Single Professionals Network, a friendship group for singles age 55 and older, meets for conversation, libations, games and food.

  • Nov. 10, 4-6 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • Tiahco Mexican Kitchen, 1662 Encino Rio, San Antonio
Dairy Days

Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy will co-present Dairy Days, part of an occasional series of community events that let park visitors explore the history of the former Voelcker homestead farm, which anchors the park. Activities will include cow milking and beekeeping demonstrations, a petting zoo, a plant giveaway, kids crafts and games, and tours of the butterfly learning center and children’s vegetable garden.Pet adoptions

Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue will have pet adoption opportunities.Yanaguana Indian Arts Festival

Briscoe Western Arts Museum will host the Yanaguana Indian Arts Festival, which will feature Native American artists, musical performances and dancing, storytelling, artist demonstrations of painting, printmaking, pottery, weaving and carving, and Native American-inspired food.Veterans Day Parade

San Antonio’s Veterans Day Parade will feature active-duty military personnel, veterans associations and civic groups, marching bands, schools, and other organizations paying tribute to those who have served in the U.S. military.
  • Nov. 11, 11 a.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • Gather at 11 a.m. at Milam Park, 514 W. Commerce St.; march on Houston Street begins at noon
Veterans Day at Hemisfair

Local veterans nonprofit Endeavors will present San Antonio Veterans Day at Hemisfair, which will feature veteran-supportive organizations and businesses, live entertainment, living history exhibits, and other activities for people of all ages and abilities.School Discovery Day

San Antonio Charter Moms will invite young families interested in sending their children to local charter schools to meet representatives from nearly 30 such campuses and discuss their educational opportunities. Attendees may also enjoy Confluence Park’s amenities as well as music, face painting and animal encounters.Empty Bowls fundraiser

The nonprofit SAMMinistries will hold its 23rd annual Empty Bowls event, presented in collaboration with the San Antonio Potters Guild, San Antonio Glass Art Guild, and the Alamo Woodturners Association. The event showcases hand-crafted bowls, mugs and holiday ornaments, and includes a silent auction featuring pieces crafted by renowned local artists. Attendees will also enjoy gourmet soup donated by local restaurants and live music. The event raises funds for SAMMinistries’ efforts to help the local homeless community and to raise awareness about hunger and the unsheltered.
  • Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Free (admission); $150 VIP tickets are available and include early event entry, two signature bowles and a collection of Empty Bowls memorabilia.
  • 5922 Blanco Road, San Antonio
Fundraiser walk

JDRF, Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates and funds Type 1 diabetes research, will hold JDRF Community One Walk, a fundraiser that will include an opening ceremony, mini-parade, and activities for kids and teenagers.Veterans Day concert

Singers from Opera San Antonio and musicians from the Bradley Middle School Jazz Band will honor Veterans Day by performing patriotic songs, operatic classics, jazz standards and more. Any donations accepted at the event will benefit CAMMO, or the Center for American Military Music Opportunities, and the South Texas VA Fisher House. Donations of toiletry items for the guests of the Fisher House are also welcome.
  • Nov. 12, 3 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 6914 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio
Mariachi concert

Alamo City Arts will present “Viva Mariachi,” a concert featuring the Alamo City Symphony and Mariachi Campanas de America. Together, the two groups will perform traditional mariachi favorites with symphonic sounds.
  • Nov. 12, 4 p.m.
  • $25 adults, $10 children
  • Our Lady of the Lake University Thiry Auditorium, 411 SW 24th St., San Antonio
Grief support program

The nonprofit Ecumenical Center will host a “Grief and the Holidays" program for anyone who is grieving and would like a safe space to seek support and coping strategies during this holiday season.
  • Nov. 16, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • 8310 Ewing Halsell Drive, San Antonio
  • 210-616-0885