Art, Live Music

Luminaria

When: Fri., Nov. 7, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. and Sat., Nov. 8, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. 2014

With March, there came rain, but no Luminaria. Months passed, and some gave up hope that the annual festival would return to San Antonio’s cultural landscape. But on November 7 and 8, Luminaria comes back for its seventh year with bold intentions. Historically, Luminaria has been an ever-shifting entity. Mayor Phil Hardberger originated the festival in 2008 as a one-night celebration of work created by San Antonio artists. The event continued to pop up in various locations downtown for three years, before settling into Hemisfair Park from 2011 to 2013. This year, Luminaria returns to the street as artists from all over the world descend upon San Antonio to revel in the city’s position as a cultural crossroads between North and South America. Luminaria 2014 reaches from Central Library and the Southwest School of Art all the way to the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and the River North Extension. This expanse of urban landscape becomes a central aspect of the experience. Creative Director Noah Khoshbin believes this year will hearken back to the original spirit of Luminaria because of it. “The synergy on the street is going to be different than past Luminarias,” he explains. “It will be epic in terms of the scale. We’re really working on three levels, which is the river, then we come up to street level and then we come up to work on the facades. It’s a vertical energy.” For a full schedule and map, visit luminariasa.org.

Price: Free