Activities around San Antonio in May

SAN ANTONIO – Do good and good will come back to you.

At least that’s what I’ve always heard, and today is a great day to practice giving back as it’s Global Pay It Forward Day. I’ve had the person in the car in front of me pay for my coffee at a particular retail chain at least five times. I’m not joking. (Hey, 🧜‍♀️ ☕ feel free to sponsor this newsletter). It’s either a sign that I have to skip coffee or that people are great. By the way, I also paid for the people behind me.

Speaking of giving back, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day are both in May and they are both great opportunities to do something selfless.

If you’re looking for something to do, Flags for Fallen Vets always needs volunteers to help plant flags and collect them around Memorial Day.

Here’s what’s happening in the San Antonio area in May:


  • Jacob’s well – Jacob’s Well in Wimberley is located at 1699 Mt Sharp Road, about an hour’s drive from downtown San Antonio. Summer swimming pool reservations are currently open for dates beginning in May. Jacob’s Well is an artesian spring releasing thousands of liters of water every day.
Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Hays County. (KSAT12)
  • Cornyval – The final day of the annual Cornyval Festival takes place on May 1st at Old Town Helotes. This year’s theme is “You Make Corn From Helotes!” There will be live music, fun and games, food, crafts and other entertainment.
  • Law Festival – This dinosaur exhibition offers visitors a unique experience with the opportunity to see various gigantic, moving, prehistoric dinosaurs face to face. The final day of the festival is May 1st in Travis Park.
  • skill – The Deftones will perform at the AT&T Center on May 3rd. Tickets are still on sale.
  • May 4th (Be with you) – This event is Star Wars themed for the 18-and-up crowd. On May 4th there will be a very dark night of music at the Bonham Exchange.
  • Zoo La La – The San Antonio Zoo will host its 26th Annual Adults-Only Zoo La-La Benefit on May 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $85 per person. More than 50 beer, wine and food vendors from some of San Antonio’s most popular restaurants will be in attendance.
  • Pixar putt – Pixar Putt, an outdoor putt-putt course dedicated to all things Disney’s Pixar, is making a temporary appearance near Legacy Park until May 15th. Movies featured include Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Coco, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, and Inside Out.
  • On A Stick Festival – The San Antonio Zoo is hosting On A Stick Festival again this year, inspired by some of the best festivals in Texas. You can celebrate the gourmet festivals every Saturday and Sunday until May 8th.
  • Tejano Conjunto Festival – This music festival will take place from May 16th to 22nd at the Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park. There is a mix of events, some of which are free. View the full schedule of events at
  • Bizarre Botany Cocktail Tour: Promiscuous Plants – On this tour at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, learn about the extreme and unique ways plants attract pollinators while sipping cocktails. The tour is only for adults over 21 years of age. There will be a tour on May 19th and another on May 21st.
  • New kids on the block – NKOTB will perform at the AT&T Center on May 21st. Tickets for the performance are still on sale.
  • Brew & Skew Music Festival – The Brew & Skew Music Festival on May 21 at the Sunken Garden Theater features live music and a culinary showdown. The festival concludes with a performance by Texas Pink Floyd featuring Machan Taylor, Roberta Freeman and Scott Page.
  • LTC Hector Villarreal Memorial Golf Tournament – The San Antonio Coalition for Veterans and Families is hosting this May 23 golf tournament at the Silverhorn Golf Club of Texas at 1100 W. Bitters Road. The event supports local veterans and their families.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas – Six Flags Fiesta Texas, located at 17000 W I-10 in San Antonio, is open on weekends. Extended days begin in mid-May and the park will officially be open seven days a week beginning May 23.
The Cliffhanger Dive Coaster by Dr. Diabolical will open at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas in Summer 2022. (Courtesy of Six Flags)
  • Memorial Day Metalfest – The 7th Annual Memorial Day Metalfest will be held May 27th-29th at Vista Hermosa Park. Pets are welcome and there is a discount for veterans. Active duty military members are admitted free.
  • Seven Seas Food Festival – This festival will be held throughout the month ending May 30th at SeaWorld San Antonio. There will be more than 60 fresh international dishes to pair with nearly 50 beer, wine and cocktail selections.
  • GWAR – Heavy metal band GWAR will perform at Vibes Event Center on May 31st. Goatwhore, Nekrogoblikon and The Native Howl will also perform.
  • Water complex Landa Park – Landa Park in New Braunfels is a short drive from San Antonio, approximately 40 minutes. The spring pool opens in May. It’s a constant 72 degrees all year round. The pool was built in the early 1900’s and is one of the oldest and most historic swimming pools in Texas. It is located at 110 Golf Course Road.

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  • Art Museum of San Antonio – Admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art is free on May 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This family day celebrates the American Heritage Month of Asia Pacific Islanders with Chinese lion dancers, gallery games, special performances and food.
The San Antonio Museum of Art celebrates American Heritage Month of Asia Pacific Islanders in May. (San Antonio Art Museum)
  • Wine and Song Festival – This annual New Braunfels tradition will be held on May 7th from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Main Plaza in New Braunfels. There are shopping and food vendors, wine and craft beer educational seminars, and wine and craft beer tastings and sales. Admission is free!
  • Encanto – Watch “Encanto” for free on May 7 at 8:00 p.m. at the Mission Marquee Plaza at 3100 Roosevelt Avenue. This event is hosted by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office. Be sure to bring your blanket, lawn chair, and snacks. Food trucks will also be there.
  • Pan-African Cultural Festival – This free community celebration is taking place on May 14th at the Carver Library. There will be African drumming and dancing, an African fashion show, a Capoeira demonstration, poetry, storytelling, children’s activities, a pan-African panel discussion and more.
  • Dirt Dauber Festival – More than 40 local sound artists will be present at the Dirt Dauber Festival, which will be held on May 14th and 15th at the Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos. The event is free and offers families the opportunity to learn more about the art of sound. There will be live music, demonstrations, clay competitions and light refreshments.
  • jazz in the garden – The Jazz In The Garden Spring Concert Series at the historic Japanese Tea Garden features live jazz music near the pavilion overlooking the beautiful Koi pond, waterfall and garden. Rat King Cole will perform for the final concert of the spring series on May 20th.
Japanese tea garden in San Antonio, Texas (KSAT12)
  • dune – Watch Dune for free on May 21 at 8:00 p.m. at the Mission Marquee Plaza at 3100 Roosevelt Avenue. This event is hosted by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office. Be sure to bring your blanket, lawn chair, and snacks. Food trucks will also be there.
  • McNay Art Museum – Enjoy free general admission to The McNay every Thursday from 4pm to 9pm and the first Sunday of every month from 12pm to 5pm. Military members, veterans and their families also get free admission year-round.

Mother’s Day 🌸

Don’t forget: Mother’s Day is May 8th!

Here are me and my mother – the best woman in the world. On the left, she’s teaching me a lesson on how to cook gumbo, and the photo on the right is of us on a casual Friday. Just kidding, it’s Halloween. 🎃

Mary Claire and her mother Carrie. (Mary Claire Patton)

Memorial Day 🇺🇸

This year Memorial Day falls on May 30th. Memorial Day is sometimes confused with Veterans Day, but they are significantly different.

Memorial Day is designed to honor those who have died in service to our country. It is a day of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Veterans Day, which occurs in November, is a day recognizing the service of all people who have served in the military.

Fort Sam National Cemetery will host its annual Memorial Day program on May 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Boy Scouts and other youth, military and community service organizations will join forces to place flags throughout the cemetery, according to the event site.


The Flags for Fallen Vets volunteer organization will be available to plant the flag at the cemetery.

Fallen veterans and military members are honored on Memorial Day at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. (KSAT)

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery is located at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road.

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Here are some of the top headlines from the last month:

Fun Fact: May is the only month in 2022 that has a Friday the 13th.

Do you have an idea or know something about events in the area? You can reach me at [email protected]

-Mary Claire Patton, KSAT digital journalist

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