What Museums And Arts Events Are Canceled In San Antonio? | Texas Public Radio

What Museums And Arts Events Are Canceled In San Antonio?

Mar 13, 2020

The following organizations provided statements or interviews about upcoming events:

San Antonio Museum of Art UPDATE 

The Museum will close to the public at 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020, and remain closed for seven days, through Friday, March 20, 2020, at which time the situation will be re-evaluated.

All public programming remains canceled through April 10, and all school field trips are canceled for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.

San Antonio Symphony UPDATE

SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY TO CANCEL CONCERTS THROUGH APRIL 25TH

In response to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County’s announcement on Friday, March 13 to cancel or suspend gatherings held in Bexar County over 500 people until March 20 with the possible extension of 30 additional days, the San Antonio Symphony will cancel all public concert and program activity from March 13, 2020 through April 25, 2020. This cancellation by the Symphony is to assure the health and safety of our patrons and slow the spread of COVID-19. The Symphony is fortunate to bring in audiences that span generations, regions, and socio-economic classes, and know this decision is in the best interest of each person in the San Antonio community.

  • Donate your ticket. Your tax-deductible donation today means that the next time you join us at for a concert, the orchestra will be here to share the joy of live music with you once more, as a healthy, vibrant and financially secure organization.
  • Exchange your tickets for any future 2019-20 Season Performance. We are happy to exchange your tickets for one of the upcoming 2019–2020 season San Antonio Symphony performances. We understand customers are thinking carefully about purchasing tickets for future performances. To offer increased flexibility, all ticket exchanges are free for performances through June 6, 2020.
    • For Subscribers, to increase flexibility around our cancelled performances, we are relaxing our current Exchange Policy that prevents exchanging into a concert in which you already hold tickets.
  • Put tickets on account. Unsure what you’d like to exchange into? The Tobin Center Box Office can put your funds on your account for future use as a Gift Voucher. 
  • Other options. For all other ticketing options, email the Tobin Center Box Office.

 For assistance with any of the above ticketing options, email the Tobin Center Box Office at tickets@tobincenter.org

Taco Y Mas Festival

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Third Annual Taco Fest: Music Y Más has been postponed until further notice. Taco Fest: Music Y Más was scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at The University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus.

Woodlawn Theater UPDATE

In compliance with the Center for Disease Control's recommendation, and Mayor Nirenberg's request of limiting gatherings of more than 50 people, Woodlawn Theatre will be postponing On Your Feet, Godspell, Jr. and School of Rock. We are currently looking at other dates so that we may bring these amazing productions to the Woodlawn stage and continue our goal of providing high quality entertainment to San Antonio audiences. Once new dates have been determined, those who have already purchased tickets can exchange them for a new date by emailing us at: info@woodlawntheatre.org.

Please note that we will be limiting our staff until further notice and appreciate your patience with this. In addition, we ask that instead of requesting a refund, for you to please consider donating your ticket purchase. As a nonprofit, we are trying to lessen the financial effects during this trying time.

The Woodlawn Theatre Academy will be postponing all rehearsals until further notice. All Academy in-person classes will transfer to online only classes beginning March 23rd. More information to come on this transition soon.

Blue Star Contemporary UPDATE

Blue Star Contemporary is now closed until further notice. 

The Public Theater UPDATE

Based on the recommendation of the CDC, the WHO, and local city officials: For the health and safety of our patrons, production members, and staff we have decided to postpone our production of Bright Star until April 24th (or later as governed). We are postponing the current production of Admissions until further notice. The production of Bright Star will return with a strong five week run and we anticipate an encore performance of Admissions.

 

This schedule change makes a significant financial impact on the organization as well as impacts the future programs.  We will be delaying the production of Lonely Planet until further notice and cancelling More Better Beautiful.  We will cancel the production of Amelie but are hopeful to produce a concert version. We are investigating live video-streamed reading workshops of More Better Beautiful.  The productions of Into the Woods and Fade remain on schedule. 

 

The theater will be operating with limited staff until April 13th.  Many arts organizations are facing heavy burdens due to lack of revenue and attendance caused by the important need to reduce the spread of the Corona virus.  The Public Theater will be diligent with its mission and vision to create professional theater in San Antonio and Bexar County. We will honor all exchanges among the various production titles.  We ask for your patience and kindness during these confusing times.  If you are contemplating a refund, we encourage you (if able) to consider your ticket as contribution to the theater.  

 

 

Artpace UPDATE

Artpace is temporarily closing to the public until further notice. We have also suspended our public programming, including our Spring 2020 International Artist-in-Residence public opening reception. You can find our statement attached here. 

However, we are moving forward with our exhibition preview and are welcoming all press that feel safe to attend to join us on Wednesday, March 18, at 10:30am. We have some digital content in the works in place of our public opening.  

Tuesday Musical Club

Given the current global concerns over the spread of CoVID 19 and its advance upon the United States, the Tuesday Musical Club regretfully announces the cancellation of the March 24 organ concert.  

The program featuring organist Damin Spritzer is postponed until further notice.  

We apologize deeply for any disappointment and appreciate your gracious understanding.

NOTE:  Please retain your ticket; it may be utilized for the 2020-2021 Artist Series season.  We will announce that season shortly. 

 Holocaust Memorial Museum

In light of recent public health concerns, the Jewish Federation of San Antonio announced the postponement of their biennial For Hope For Humanity Holocaust Memorial Museum Benefit. The event, previously planned for Wednesday, March 25, at the Witte Museum, will be rescheduled for a later date in 2020 with updated details forthcoming.

Concert at Parman Library

Out of an abundance of caution, our Concert tonight at Parman Library has been postponed along with Fest of Tails tomorrow.

Witte Museum

Mayor Ron Nirenberg has issued a Declaration of Public Health Emergency, so the Witte Museum will close to the public by the end of the business day, March 13, 2020, and remain closed for seven days, through March 20, 2020. The City of San Antonio will re-evaluate in seven days

San Antonio River Walk Association

Due to the City of San Antonio ban on crowds of more than 500, The San Antonio River Walk Association has complied by canceling the two  St. Patrick’s Day events – the dyeing of the river green and The St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade.  We will, however, continue with the St. Patrick’s Day Artisan Show presented by Hiltons of San Antonio. The artisan show does not attract a large static crowd; instead, it is a flow of people.

The Tobin Center for Performing Arts

As our community continues to respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the City of San Antonio have issued an order to cancel or postpone gatherings of 500 or more.  

 

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and its resident companies will immediately follow this order. We appreciate the leadership of our public officials and will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves to ensure the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, and staff before anything else.

 

We are currently working to reschedule all performances through April 25th that were set to take place in our venues. Your patience with us is greatly appreciated, as this process may take some time. We will directly email patrons regarding the status of each performance as details are confirmed. The most up-to-date status for each event is available on our website calendar at www.tobincenter.org.

 

Morgan's Wonderland

In response to Mayor Ron Nirenberg's declaration of a public health emergency, Morgan's Wonderland will be closed to the public from Saturday, March 14, through Thursday, March 19; these dates are subject to change based on recommendations from health officials.  Please visit www.MorgansWonderland.com<http://www.MorgansWonderland.com> and our social media outlets for the latest information.

All tickets purchased online are valid for one year from the date of purchase, and you can reschedule your visit for a future date by filling out this form - https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/6VCtfFn53603kv.

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA)

Out of caution, YOSA has decided to cancel all rehearsals for Sunday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 17. This includes all rehearsals that take place at UTSA, UIW, and St. David’s Episcopal Church. YOSA will continue to monitor this situation and will plan to resume regular rehearsals starting Sunday, March 22.

Betty Kelso Center and Greehey Lawn Hospitality and Media Preview

Out of the abundance of concern and care for the well-being of our guests, and in keeping with the CDC’s guidelines to practice social distancing, the San Antonio Botanical Garden is postponing the hospitality and media preview night of The Betty Kelso Center and Greehey Lawn scheduled for this Monday, March 16. A follow up email with a new date will be sent later this year. 

The Pearl 

Pearl continues to monitor the developments surrounding novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Pearl’s top priority is the health and safety of our community. With this in mind, the following changes are being instituted immediately:

 

  • All Pearl programming is suspended until further notice.

  • Gustav’s Geysers is turned off until further notice.

  • Venue Open House is suspended until further notice.

  • Weekend Farmers Market is suspended until further notice.

 

Our efforts are focused on our community and small business partners. Pearl is supporting San Antonio Food Bank’s Coronavirus preparedness campaign to reach low-income households throughout San Antonio and Southwest Texas. Learn more here: www.safoodbank.org/cvprep. Pearl will be purchasing all produce from our Farmers Market vendors and donating it to the Food Bank of San Antonio to help feed and sustain those families that are especially vulnerable. We will work closely with our restaurant partners in the upcoming weeks to help support them during this difficult time.

 

The Doseum

 

Closed Friday, March 13. Subsequent days pending.

 

Showings of The SAGA at Main Plaza

 

The Saga WILL NOT BE SHOWING:

Friday, April 10th – no showings
Saturday, April 11th – no showings
Tuesday, April 21st – no showings
Friday, April 24th – no showings
Saturday, April 25th – no showings

 

Gemini Ink

 

As San Antonio's Writing Arts Center, Gemini Ink is tracking closely the updates on the coronavirus and know this is a time of unease and uncertainty in our city. We are thinking of our community very much at this time and plan to be vigilant in the weeks to come to offer you writing workshops and literary community in safe and smart ways. This means some of our face-to-face classes this spring will be moving online via our user-friendly WetInk platform (more on this soon) and our current online classes (such as our April workshop with award-winning poet Sheila Black) will continue uninterrupted.

 

Majestic and Empire Theatres

 

Under the direction of Mayor Ron Nirenberg, large public gatherings in San Antonio, TX with 500 people or more will be banned effective immediately for seven days. As a result, all performances scheduled for March 13-14 at the Majestic & Empire Theatres have been rescheduled for later dates - 
- Ali Wong: Mik & Money Tour rescheduled to August 15, 2020
- "One Night With You" rescheduled to September 5, 2020
- Alamo City Jazz: Warren Hill + Cindy Bradley rescheduled date to be announced

--Disney's Alladin canceled

All tickets for the original performances will be honored on the rescheduled date. Patrons not able to attend the new dates are eligible for refunds at point of purchase. Please contact 800.982.2787 or ticketmaster.com. date to be announced

All tickets for the original performances will be honored on the rescheduled date. Patrons not able to attend the new dates are eligible for refunds at point of purchase. Please contact 800.982.2787 or ticketmaster.com. 

Mind Science Foundation 

EVENT POSTPONED: Neuroscientist shares insights, lessons learned from her personal journey through addiction and recovery

Out of concern for the health of our guests and our community, and following the City of San Antonio's recommendation to postpone events with more than 250 attendees, our March 24th lecture at the Pearl Stable, Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction, featuring guest speaker, Judith Grisel, has been POSTPONED. We will distribute the rescheduled date information as soon as it becomes available.  Individual tickets for this event will be honored for the rescheduled date, or if requested, refunds will be issued by contacting Mind Science at info@mindscience.org or 210-821-6094. 

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Out of an abundance of caution and deep commitment to our beloved community's wellbeing, we are cancelling this month's Second Saturday Convivio. We are investigating how we might bring the planned presentation to you, our friends, digitally. Please stay tuned and we hope to be back to regular in-person programming soon!

Sea World and Aquatica 

“As part of our continued commitment to the safety of our guests and Ambassadors, and out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily closing SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio effective March 16, through the end of the month.

During this time, essential personnel, including animal care experts, will continue to look after the health, safety and nutritional needs of the animals in our care. Our animal rescue and rehabilitation operations will also continue to operate. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will continue to pay our full-time Ambassadors during this period.

https://seaworldentertainment.com/blog/coronavirus/

Mexican Cultural Institute

In light of growing concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council and its community partners regret to inform you that we are postponing the welcome reception for Consul General of Mexico Rubén Minutti Zanatta, scheduled for next Tuesday, March 17 at the Mexican Cultural Institute.
 
Like all organizations in our community whose events have also been impacted, we and our partners want to exercise an abundance of caution in protecting our event guests and the general public.
 
We look forward to rescheduling this reception in the near future and providing a warm and generous welcome to our new Consul General.  

Briscoe Western Art Museum UPDATE

The safety and well-being of our visitors, members, staff, and our community is our top priority. Due to increasing health concerns and local, state and national guidance and emergency orders, our galleries and McNutt Sculpture Garden are temporarily closed until further notice.  

The closure will also effect the events surrounding the 2020 Night of Artists opening weekend. While the events are cancelled, we are excited to bring Night of Artists to life like never before, with a virtual exhibition and sale everyone can enjoy. Stay tuned for more details on our website and social media as we’re optimistic that this sale will be further reaching than ever. 

We are continuously monitoring the situation and will follow the updates and guidelines issued by health officials. We will continue to keep you informed about the Briscoe through our website and social media, and look forward to sharing our plans to reopen. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming you again as soon as possible.

 

The San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is actively monitoring the development of the novel COVID-19. The Botanical Garden’s top priority is the health and safety of visitors, volunteers, staff and the collection of plants. The Botanical Garden will continue to be open during regular business hours (Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Since the early outbreak of the virus, the Botanical Garden has been adhering to the protocols and best practices outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the City of San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health Department.

 

                                               8th Annual Book Festival Canceled

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the city’s announcement today, the 8th annual San Antonio Book Festival and Lit Crawl San Antonio, which were scheduled to take place on April 4 and 3, respectively, have been canceled. We fully support the City of San Antonio’s decision on erring on the side of caution and will follow its guidelines to help contain this disease. We strongly believe in fostering the literary community and bringing writers and readers together in person, but protecting the health and safety of the community is of the utmost importance right now. 

Many of our writers need to fly to San Antonio from other parts of America, requiring flights and hotel stays. Public health experts across the board state that social distancing, including limiting nonessential travel, is crucial to minimizing the virus, which influenced our decision to cancel. Due to the nature of operations and writers’ schedules, it’s unfortunately not possible to postpone the festival to a later date but we look forward to next year’s event scheduled for April 10, 2021. 

The Book Appétit Literary Feast featuring Amor Towles scheduled for April 2 has been rescheduled for November 30. Festival staff will contact table sponsors shortly.

 

 

Postponement of the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Gala

The San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame is postponing its 2020 Induction Gala that was to be held at the Omni Hotel on the evening of Saturday, March 21, 2020.  It will be rescheduled at a later time.  

 

Ruby City

Due to the recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am writing to let you know we have decided to close Ruby City to the public starting Saturday, March 14th until further notice. This was done with a heavy heart but I believe it is the best option for the well-being of our community which includes visitors, partners and staff. The decision to close was based on many conversations with staff and peer institutions as well as recommendations from public healthcare experts. This ongoing health crisis is a lot to take in but we remain vigilant to the situation.

At this time we are postponing all remaining events in March, including Thursday’s Gallery Talk with Ethel Shipton and the CAMMIE AWARDS scheduled for Friday, March 27th. Our sound performance on April 30th with Ballroom Marfa and Les Filles de Illighadad is also postponed until 2021 due to travel restrictions and concerns.
 
At Ruby City we want to both limit exposure and adhere to our mission of being accessible to the public, especially in such worrisome times. While the galleries and gardens won't be open we will make sure to keep our social media outlets active. Look for special, new virtual tours of the galleries, segments on works from the collection and information on forthcoming exhibitions. Please check our website and social media regularly to stay connected to Ruby City.

Guadalupe Cultural Arts

We’d like to communicate to our Guadalupe familia our response to the coronavirus epidemic.  This event is affecting all of us in the arts and entertainment industry and we continue to monitor the situation closely every day.  As of now, our programs are affected as follows: 
 

Guadalupe Dance & Music Academy – Classes week of March 16 – 20 are canceled based on school closures from various San Antonio area school districts.  Please check back with us by Thursday of next week for further information on classes moving forward. 

Musical Bridges Around the World

Given recent developments, tomorrow's MBAW Art Gallery Reception, Within and Without, is canceled.

The gallery exhibition will still be available to view by appointment, Monday - Friday | 10 AM - 4 PM. To schedule an appointment, contact Diana Roberts by email here or call 210-464-1534.

Four X Five Photo Fest

Four X Five Photo Fest will follow local leadership guidance and will postpone our 2020 Fest originally scheduled for Saturday

Four X Five Photo Fest will follow local leadership guidance and will postpone our 2020 Fest originally scheduled for Saturday

San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo, Kiddie Park, and Will Smith Zoo School are temporarily closing effective Saturday, March 14, through Friday, March 20, 2020, as part of our commitment to the health and safety of our community, guests, Will Smith Zoo School students, and team members. We are following the lead and directive of our local health and government officials as a measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Zoo Train and Starbucks will continue to operate in Brackenridge Park. 

In addition, San Antonio Zoo will continue to closely monitor the updates from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local government department officials and will assess re-opening on March 20, 2020.

World Affairs Council

With deep concern for the health and safety of our members, guests, speakers, staff and community, we will pause all World Affairs Council programming through the month of April. Events scheduled for the month of May and after will be assessed at a later date.

McNay Art Museum

Due to increasing health concerns, we are taking a precautionary measure to maximize social distancing and minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. Beginning today, March 16, at 5 PM, the Museum and grounds will temporarily close until further notice.

We are continuously monitoring the situation and paying close attention to updates and guidelines issued by health officials. Please check our website, mcnayart.org/visit/health, and social media channels for the latest updates, including our plans to reopen.

We look forward to welcoming our staff and visitors back to the Museum as soon as possible.

Classic Theatre

Yesterday evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people throughout the U.S. should avoid events of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. With that recommendation, The Classic Theatre of San Antonio is suspending all performances for the near future – Our Town will be postponed to a future date.

We are committed to performing Our Town for our town when we have gotten through this crisis. Thank you for your patience as we work to move forward in the best possible manner. More information to come.

Bihl House Arts

  • Bihl Haus Arts programming, classes, and events have been postponed until further notice.
  • Upcoming events including the Big Give and Quinseñora have been postponed.
  • We will be sharing videos of previous events as well as our 3D exhibitions online over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for our 3D premiere of our 2020 Fred exhibition!

How to stay connected with the Bihl Haus community

  • We encourage Goldens, Forward Arts students, and Fred Artists to continue making art and share with us via social media. You can tag Bihl Haus Arts, GO! Arts, Forward Arts!, and On and Off Fred on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • If you have attended an event in the past, share your experience with us by writing a review or making a video about what you liked and what you hope to see in the future.
  • Make a donation to Bihl Haus Arts at www.bihlhausarts.org.

 

 

Mid Texas Symphony Performance Canceled

 

To help protect the health and safety of Mid-Texas Symphony patrons, musicians, and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our concert Rhythm of Life on April 5th. Additionally, we want to be compliant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to cancel or suspend gatherings of groups of more than 50 people. There are no options or considerations to reschedule this concert for a later date.Below are options for ticket holders:

  • Donate the value of your ticket back to the Mid-Texas Symphony. You will receive a tax receipt for the value of your ticket. As a non-profit organization, we rely on our audience. We especially appreciate your support during this time. The Mid-Texas Symphony sincerely thanks you for your donation.
  • Exchange your tickets for a voucher, which can be used at any time for tickets to a future concert. This voucher cannot be used for fundraising events or Christmas Dinner reservations.
  • Other options. For all other ticketing options, email our Box Office, boxoffice@mtsymphony.org.

 

NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS TO SUSPEND OPERATIONS

At Natural Bridge Caverns, there is no higher priority than the safety of our guests and staff.  Since the onset of COVID-19, we have followed the guidance of federal, state, and local authorities.  In light of the President’s recommendation today to limit public social activities and group sizes to less than 10, we will suspend operation beginning Tuesday, March 17th through the end of the month.  We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will reevaluate as needed.

If you have purchased tickets for a tour during one of the days we are now closed, please call us at 210-651-6101 between 9am and 4pm and we will help you reschedule for another date or refund your purchase. 

Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens &The Edward Steves Homestead  Following National Trust for Historic Preservation guidelines and the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and local city officials, Villa Finale has made the decision to close Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens and The Edward Steves Homestead through Monday, April 13th. We will be postponing all March and April programming. These decisions are not made lightly, but the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests, as well as the health and safety of our greater community, is of the utmost concern. We will continue to evaluate this public health emergency and will maintain communication regarding any changes to our plans through our website at www.villafinale.org, through email, and through our social media channels.   San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

San Antonio, Texas – San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 17, the park Visitor Center at Mission San Jose and the visitor contact stations at Missions Concepcion, San Juan and Espada, are closed until further notice. All ranger-led tours and special public programs have been canceled. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, National Park grounds are remaining open from sunrise to sunset, the exception is Mission San Jose which will continue to be open from 9 am – 5 pm daily. Public restrooms will continue to be open during normal business hours. Park rangers will engage with visitors outside per social distancing guidance. Visitors can also continue to interact with park staff online through the park website, www.nps.gov/saan, and on our social media.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Mission Heritage Partners and Western National Parks Association is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.

The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting the park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

SAY Sí 

With school district closures being extended, SAY Sí is now closed until further notice. We will continue to keep track of updates from our local school districts and follow guidelines set out by local government, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.  

We look forward to reopening to students as circumstances allow. 

Community Resources: 

Until we reopen, we remain dedicated to our core values of community and equity and would like to share resources available to you during this difficult time.

COVID-19 Updates from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

School District Meal Services

Local Food Pantries

The San Antonio Food Bank Coronavirus Preparedness Kits

Food Delivery Services: FavorPostmates, and Instacart have introduced "no-contact" delivery options to their apps, allowing customers to have groceries or food orders left at their door, with some offering free delivery as well

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

The City of San Antonio COVID-19 hotline

Freelance Artist Resources (Including Emergency Funding)