As one of the nation’s most culturally rich and diverse destinations, San Antonio is a mecca for the performing arts. From mariachis on the River Walk to Broadway shows and world-class dance productions, San Antonio’s performing arts scene is both varied and vivid.
An exciting addition to San Antonio’s art world is the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. This spectacular venue is the new home to the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio, Opera San Antonio, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, the Children’s Fine Arts Series and more. Plus, its location on the esteemed Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Walk makes it a gateway to the cultural heart of San Antonio.
The opulent Majestic Theatre, built in 1929, is a memorable downtown setting for touring Broadway shows and concerts. The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre reflects the beaux-arts grandeur of the 1920s and hosts touring musical acts and other entertainment headliners.
The Aztec Theatre is a beautifully restored Mesoamerican-themed masterpiece built in 1926. Today, it’s a live music venue featuring everything from rock to blues to Latino music.
The beautiful and historic Arneson River Theatre at La Villita is a great outdoor venue at which to watch a dance or musical performance.
Located on the east bank of the famous River Walk at the Convention Center Complex, the Lila Cockrell Theatre, named after a former San Antonio Mayor, is designed for performing arts events, such as ballets, symphonies, concerts and theatrical performances.
Around the City
You can catch exciting concert performances by the top names in country, rock, pop, comedy and Latin music at the AT&T Center. Plus, every February the AT&T Center hosts the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, which features 18 days of live music entertainment plus rodeo performances, livestock shows, a carnival and more.
From folklorico and flamenco dance performances to the Tejano Conjunto Festival, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center focuses on Hispanic artistic endeavors, including literature, dance, music and theatre.
The Carver Community Cultural Center mounts a stellar season each year with performing groups from around the world and an accent on African-American artists.
Situated in historic and picturesque San Pedro Springs Park, the Playhouse San Antonio performs dramatic and colorful plays on a stage graced with 75 years of successful productions.
Other Performing Arts options:
• Barshop Jewish Community Center
• Harlequin Dinner Theatre
• Josephine Theatre
• Jump-Start Performance Co.
• The Steven Stoli Backyard Theatre
• Tuesday Musical Club Series
• Woodlawn Theater
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