San Antonio Event Highlights: November

 2: El Dia de los Muertosdia de los muertos
Translated literally as “the Day of the Dead,” this Mexican cultural tradition is a celebration in which the family welcomes back departed loved ones, sharing the joys of life with them as their memories live on. Creative and respectful altars are set up around town at galleries, cultural centers, cemeteries and restaurants to commemorate loved ones who have passed on. Poetry readings, and calavera processions (participants dress as skeletons) are typical events as well. Citywide. Some events have an admission charge. Get Details

2-11:  WurstfestWustfest
A unique celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun! During this 10-day salute to sausage, you’ll find a variety of entertainment options including a polka contest, games, rides, food and drinks on the Wurstfest Grounds in Landa Park as well as special events throughout New Braunfels and Comal County. New Braunfels at Landa Park. Admission. Get Details

Diwali Festival of Lights3: Diwali San Antonio; Festival of Lights
Diwali is one of the biggest festivals largely celebrated in India and for the second year is being celebrated in the Alamo City. Event starts at 5:00 p.m. Experience this colorful event filled with Indian music, dance, food and a special lighting ceremony as a thousand tea lights are released into the fountains at HemisFair Park.
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11: San Antonio Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon
This one of a kind marathon features over 70 bands along the course which passes several historic missions and wraps Runner at the Rock n Roll San Antonio Marathonup at the Alamodome. Get Details

18: Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
Formula 1 racing is coming to Central Texas with the Circuit of The Americas, just 83 miles from downtown San Antonio. The new racetrack will welcome the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix on November 18. Get Details 

19 – January 6: Light the Way at the University of Incarnate Word
A million twinkling lights will illuminate the night sky at the University of Incarnate Word to celebrate the holiday season in style.This walking or driving experience has been going on for more than two decades and is truly a San Antonio-style holiday event. Free. Get Details

23: Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony
The day after Thanksgiving, our river parade kicks off the holidays as decorated floats wind through the river in one of the country’s only nighttime river parades. Admission for all river-level access. New this year, nearly 1.8 million lights will illuminate the River Walk trees and bridges throughout the holiday season.  Get Details

25 – December 1: Mariachi Vargas
Experience the best of mariachi music during the holiday season with the world renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. San Antonio’s 16th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza features numerous free and ticketed events.Get Details 

30 – December 2: Hecho a Mano/Made by Hand
Fine art exhibit and sale is open to individual artists selling their own original work. In order to maintain a high quality of traditional and contemporary crafts sold every year, Hecho a Mano/Made by Hand is a juried show. Each year an invited panel of jurors selects the participating artists. Sponsored by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Get Details

30- December 16: Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias  Luminarias Square
Experience the Holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 Luminarias. Warmly glowing candles in sand-filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the “lighting of the way” for the Holy Family. This century’s old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday & Sunday only. Get Details

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