Built in 1929, the Majestic Theatre is the prime venue in the city for performing arts. The architecture reflects Baroque and Mediterranean influences. Elaborate ornamentation, colorful walls with creeping grape vines, statues, a tiled roof, and many other design elements make this venue a magical setting. It features a huge stage and grand lobbies, also plays host to private and corporate events.
Just a few minutes northeast of San Antonio lies a geological wonder that attracts tourists from around the globe. Natural Bridge Caverns, designated both a U.S. Natural Landmark as well as a Texas Historic Site, contains some of the most phenomenal cave formations in the country. Giant stalactites resembling enormous chandeliers and stalagmites that look like fried eggs are just a few of the more than 10,000 formations contained within this living cave. Special rates are available for groups of 25 or more.
Housed in what was once the Lone Star Brewery, this museum boasts fairly comprehensive collections of both ancient and Asian art. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art displays what is probably one of the most impressive collections of pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and Latin American modern and folk art in the United States. On Sundays, the museum sponsors educational workshops for children, in which they can create their own pieces of art to display at home. The museum also plays host to touring exhibits such as one featuring Egyptian artifacts on loan from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
Although construction did not begin until 1749, this cathedral was established in 1731 by the Canary/Spanish Islanders, who sought to build their own place of worship. It is one of the oldest cathedral sanctuaries in the United States. The famous Alamo defender James Bowie was married here and during the siege of the Alamo Santa Anna used it as an observation post. Notable historic figures Bowie, William Travis and Davy Crockett are buried here. The cathedral still draws huge crowds for Mass and always welcomes visitors.
This Spanish-Mediterranean mansion, located in the heart of well-to-do Alamo Heights, houses impressive artworks from 19th and 20th Century America and Europe, in addition to one of the largest theater arts collections in the United States. Its grounds are as lovely as its collections, boasting fountains, streams, goldfish ponds and Japanese-style gardens. Recent touring exhibitions include works by Georgia O'Keefe, a collection of pop art and American Pictorial Photography. The auditorium and portions of the McNay Art Museum are available for private functions.
Sandwiched between Mission San Jose and Hot Wells locales in the heart of San Antonio's expansive wildernesses, this historical park was designated as a settlement for Catholic priests who were sent here as Spanish missionaries to spread the word of the holy bible among the natives. The park is spread over 948 acres (384 hectares) of blissful lawns that house the Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada; the four historical missions which constitute what is known as the Mission Trail, all possessing very distinct and beautiful detailing in their designs and constructions. The Espada Aqueduct, Rancho de las Cabras, and the Ethel Wilson Harris House are some of the park's other notable attractions.
Saint Paul's square provides a glimpse into San Antonio's rich past dating back to 1877. This historic district once played host to nightlife and other entertainment activities and featured artists like Louis Armstrong. The venue where culture and cuisine meet—Sunset Station—is nestled here. This district has a close association with the African American community.
Located within the Trinity University, the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall is a premier concert venue housed within the Ruth Taylor Fine Arts Center. The hall plays hosts to concerts, gigs and rehearsals at regular intervals. Not just established artists but emerging artists also come here to deliver a performance during concerts. The Ruth Taylor Recital Hall is furnished with modern acoustics and lights which accentuates every performance that takes place here. Call ahead to know more.
Originally founded in Chicago, Unit B has been focusing on Texas artists since it relocated to San Antonio in 2006. See the works of contemporary local and national artists in a unique atmosphere. Unit B is located in a converted bungalow, giving the space an intimate feel. Sometimes exhibits even extend to the lawn and the house itself, making for quite a sight.
This Catholic church boasts a large and active congregation in the heart of North San Antonio. With daily mass, numerous parish committees and strong community organizations, there is something with which everyone can become involved. In addition to regular church services and activities, Blessed Sacrament offers a private school, day care and an after-school program for children.
Time Magazine has referred to Trinity Baptist Church as "The Boom Church" because it is one of America's fastest-growing churches. Its humble beginnings date back some 50 years to 1949, when a small group of Christians gathered with a vision of creating a church in Laurel Heights. Today, the congregation exceeds 8,000 members. The church is led by world-renowned evangelist Dr. Buckner Fanning. Billy Graham calls Dr. Fanning "the ideal pastor...a pastor evangelist whom God has greatly used." The church offers two identical worship services on Sunday mornings, one at 8a and the other at 11a. Bible study takes place in between the two services at 10a.
Established on March 2, 1879, this church forms an integral part of the history of La Villita. No particular denomination met here consistently, but it continues to exist, and is the favorite local wedding venue. The church also supports and hosts the Starving Artist Art Gallery's annual show—so whether you wish to wed or enter your art-work in the event, call to register!