San Antonio has captivated people from cultures around the world since the city was first established in the early 1700s. Mexican, European, Asian, African and Western traditions all blend together into a personality that’s uniquely San Antonio. You’ll find outdoor sculptures and artwork, art galleries, more than 25 museums, over 40 performing arts stages and many cultural arts festivals. Together, these artistic attractions make San Antonio one of the top 25 cities for art in the United States.

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 beautiful and historic Arneson River Theatre at La Villita is a great outdoor venue at which to watch a dance or musical performance. And on Fridays in May, the stage features Fiesta Noche del Rio – an outdoor performance on the Arneson stage featuring the songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas.
San Antonio is also home to world-class museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art exhibits collections of Latin American and Asian art, as well as folk and contemporary pieces. From Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso to manuscripts and sculpture gardens, the McNay Art Museum invites you to step into a masterpiece. The McNay opened in 1945 as the region’s first museum of modern art. Works are displayed in the ornate setting of a 1920’s Spanish colonial home and a contemporary addition amid 23 acres of beautifully landscaped terrain.