Every year Boston has First Night that salutes the city’s arts and local artisans. San Antonio, a city that parties at the drop of a sombrero, has its own version of First Night that happens every March with Luminaria. This free event takes place on Saturday, March 12th from 5:30pm until midnight at HemisFair Park underneath the Tower of Americas. The park a beautiful setting for the arts as it was the home of the San Antonio World’s Fair in 1968.
Luminaria is San Antonio’s opportunity to show off drop dead gorgeous artworks and other creations by local artists, galleries, and museum school and university students.
This is a night of events that encompasses all the different genres of contemporary art; dance, theatrical performances by actors from the Magik Theatre group, architecture, music and light displays with 150 artists groups participating.
Thirty of HemisFair Park’s structures will be intricately illuminated by art students from the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio. The park walls provide the back drop for 3-D projections, nine stages placed throughout the park will highlight performances of Irish, flamenco and Aztec dancing along with mariachi and swing jazz music groups.
The 24th Street Theatre of Our Lady of the Lake University has created a special light show Illuminating our Past and Embracing our Future paying homage to carpas, traveling circus tent shows that went throughout Texas from 1914 to 1947. San Antonio was home to two famous carpa troupes; Carpa Garcia and Carpa Monsivals.
San Antonio is a city that parties at the drop of a sombrero so join the fun at HemisFair Park this Saturday, March 12th for Luminaria.