October 30, 2018

Sights to See: Main Plaza, San Antonio, Texas


Main Plaza  115 Main Plaza, (210) 225-9800.  Free.  Situated in the city’s center, San Antonio's historic Main Plaza dates back to the early 1700s.  This innovative public space enhances the city's core with mature trees and bubbling fountains.  Known historically as the "Heart of the City," this plaza is home to San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral sanctuary in the nation.  Additionally, Main Plaza hosts a variety of events that include farmer's markets, food trucks, and art installations.

exterior of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas
exterior of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas


San Antonio/The Saga (Tu, F, Sat, Sun at 9pm, 9:30pm, & 10pm.  Free.) is a beautiful 24-minute video art installation created by renowned French artist Xavier De Richemont.  Using lights and music, it projects on the fa├žade of the cathedral and takes you on a colorful visual journey through the history of San Antonio.  The Saga is Richemont’s first outdoor art installation in the U.S.  Other works by him can be seen in France, Germany, Spain, Morocco, Mexico, and Canada.

San Antonio/The Saga projected on exterior of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio/The Saga projected on exterior of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas


Downtown Tuesday   
●On Tuesday nights, parking is free after 5 p.m. at downtown city garages and meters.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum‘s stellar collection of western art is also free for the viewing on Tuesdays  from 4 p.m. to closing. 

"Walkara--Hawk of the Mountains" by Greg Kelsey at Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas
"Walkara--Hawk of the Mountains" by Greg Kelsey at Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas


The Esquire Tavern  155 East Commerce St., (210) 222-2521.  Celebrating the end of Prohibition when it opened in 1933, this watering hole has been popular ever since.  It is located on the River Walk and makes a great place to enjoy a casual meal.  Newly updated, a cabbie who dropped me here quipped that “it went from tomato to tomahto.”  Now, downstairs is for drinking and upstairs is for dining on tasty tavern fare. 

downstairs bar at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio, Texas
downstairs bar at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio, Texas


●Arrive at San Antonio's Main Plaza by 9 p.m. for the evening’s first projection of San Antonio/The Saga light show (always free).



More things to do in San Antonio.

Great ideas for travel adventures in California and the U.S. and around the world.

images ©2018 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

7 comments:

  1. The beer selection at this place was great and rotates often. Everyone who works there makes you feel welcome. At event venues Chicago they remember your favorite drink and you will be glad to tweet about them.

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  2. Oh that light show at 9 pm would draw me back to San Antonio! And parking is free on Tuesdays!

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  3. With our plans to visit San Antonio in 2019, this article is extremely helpful. It looks like the cathedral light show will have to be included on our itinerary.

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  4. OMG the lights on the cathedral are amazing!

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  5. My goodness, the Saga light show seems like an extraordinary experience! San Antonio is such a vibrant city full of unique art, food and culture!

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  6. That Saga light show looks amazing! Thanks too for the handy tips on free things to do on Tuesdays. With the low exchange rate on the Canadian dollar it's great to be able to save some dollars whenever possible when travelling!

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  7. What an amazing light show on the Cathedral! Hopefully I'll get to San Antonio one day.

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