November 9-10, 2019San Antonio, Texas

Luminaria’s Contemporary Arts Festival dazzles the City of San Antonio with experimental and experiential installations and performances from over 50 local, national, and international artists. Join us at Hemisfair and the historic Mission San José for a weekend celebration of the arts.


Saturday, November 9

Time: 7 – 12PM

Location: Hemisfair
434 S Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Admission: Free


Main Stage

7:00 PM » Opening Kick Off with Mayor Ron Nirenberg
7:10 – 7:55 » PM Lunar Fire
8:10 – 8:55 » PM K dot LA
9:10 – 9:55 » PM Dance Like Robots
10:10 – 10:55 » PM Canción Cannibal Cabaret
11:10 – 11:55 » PM The Holy Knives

Mexican Cultural Institute (MCI)

7:00 – 7:25 PM » Chicana Art Song Project
8:00 – 8:25 PM » Hepner + Ross
8:45 – 9:30 PM » Resistencia en Silencio
9:40 – 10:25 PM » Pioneer Winter Collective
10:40 – 10:55 PM » Bonnie Cox and Taylor King

Universidad Nacional de Mexico (UNAM)

7:30 – 8:15 PM » Slowpoke
8:30 – 8:50 PM » Andrea Vocab Sanderson
9:00 – 9:50 PM » Anna de Luna
10:00 – 10:45 PM » Split Complementary
11:00 – 11:25 PM » Claire Rousay

LDR @ Convention Center, River Level

Cenicienta: A Quinceñera with a Taste of Cinderella
The Princess and the Peanut Allergy Co.

Film Stage @ Convention Center, River Level

Brenda Burmeister
Buttercup & Alejandro DeHoyos
CineFestival (Sharon Arteaga)
Daisy Cornejo
Lenzy Mora
Sabra Booth
San Antonio Film Festival (Edward Tyndall)
San Antonio Film Commission (Sam Lerma)


Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival


From 7:00 PM to midnight, as you roam Hemisfair on your personal quest to behold the staged events, myriad installations will materialize and mesmerize you along the way. On porches, in gardens, nestled amongst trees, artistic creations suffuse the night with sights and sounds to see, hear, touch, and explore.

  • To the Left are schedules for some of the stage performances. Use this schedule to plan your personalized experience of the festival.

Featured Artists
Artists illuminate downtown San Antonio with new works in visual arts, performance, film, literature, dance, and more!

A panel of local curators reviewed applications and invited artists from all over Texas and the world to create a dynamic evening for your immersion into the Arts. Learn more about the festival’s Featured Artists, their inspirations, their visions, and their offerings to Luminaria 2019.


Community Interaction

Open Stage & Open Gallery
Inspire Luminaria audiences with your personal artistic vision. Sign-up to perform unique works on the Open Stage or enter original art pieces to be exhibited at the Open Gallery. Luminaria is always seeking new and emerging talent.

Light Up the Night
Cast a spotlight on yourself and enter our annual Light Up the Night costume contest. Glow through the evening DIY style in distinctively radiant garb handcrafted by you. Your illuminated walking art piece could win you a prize!

Art Quest Adventure
Participate in this family-friendly Art Quest led by Spare pARTS educators. Travel the festival footprint and learn how art and creativity can revitalize the environment and innovate sustainability. Win a prize when you’ve reached your final destination in this passport program.

Arts Organization Booths
Infuse your life with the arts! Learn how to expand your arts experience throughout the year with other San Antonio and South Texas arts organizations who will have information and activities for you to explore. Click here to sign up.

VIP Experience
Enjoy your Luminaria VIP experience with an exclusive preview on Friday, November 8. Continue your Luminaria VIP experience Saturday, November 9, in the private Contemporary Arts Festival Lounge. Hang out with fellow VIPs while savoring light bites and drinks at the sleek ’68 Apartments. Finish the weekend with saved seating for the closing performance at Mission San Jose on Sunday, November 10th.

Sunday, November 10

Time: 11AM – 3PM

Location: Hemisfair
434 S Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Admission: Free

Learn, play, and create with Luminaria’s Featured Artists on Community Arts Day!

A family-friendly day with artist-led demonstrations, workshops, and brunches sparks creativity while an Artist Market provides a chance to purchase artworks and memorabilia.

Artist Market
Bring a piece of Luminaria home with you. Featured Artists will have CD’s, artworks, and more available for purchase.

Artist-Run Workshops and Demonstrations
Watch, participate, and learn artistic techniques from some of Luminaria’s Featured Artists. Suggested donation $5.

Artist Brunches
Dish on art and dine on San Antonio’s celebrated cuisine with Luminaria Featured Artists. $35 will save your seat at the table. Tickets Coming Soon.

Sunday, November 10

Time: 4 – 6PM

Location: Mission San José
6701 San Jose Dr
San Antonio, TX 78214

Admission: Free

Closing Performance

Enjoy a culturally reflective closing performance by Mike Ryan y Los Patricios, who blend Indigenous, Mexican, American, and Irish music in an upbeat multimedia concert. VIPs benefit from reserved seating for this exciting mix of history, dance, and music set against the apropos backdrop of Mission San José. This special event is sponsored by Mission Heritage Partners.

November 8-10

Time: 7PM

Location: Hemisfair
434 S Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78205


Experience the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival as a VIP, which includes this exclusive evening preview at Hemisfair. Roam the grounds, enjoy light bites and drinks, and get a sneak peek of a few of the 2019 featured artists.

For our VIP donors, the experience will include:
  • Friday, November 8 Preview Event with special guest artists, light bites and drinks
  • Saturday, November 9 Contemporary Arts Festival private lounge at the ’68 apartments with light bites and drinks
  • Sunday, November 10 Closing Performance (saved seating)
  • Luminaria Catalog and swag


Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival will cast its glow throughout Hemisfair, which is easily accessible from all sides.


Travel with your tribe to celebrate art in San Antonio and ride with VIA Metropolitan Transit. Plan your trip on


Pedal to Hemisfair, which offers several convenient bike racks as well as a bike share  SWell Cycle station. The KickStand SA will also offer bike valet services on location.


Reduce your carbon footprint and share a ride through LYFT. Use code: LUMINARIA19


Arrive footloose and fancy free. Visit Hemisfair for more information about getting your steps in!


Sail in on one of the famous San Antonio River barges captained by GO RIO. These river taxis can drop you off dockside by the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.

Stay a while!

Set on the buzzing River Walk with its shops and restaurants, this modern hotel is across the street from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and a 3-minute walk from La Villita Historic Arts Village.

All the comforts of home with useful, money saving amenities in the location ideal for Luminaria attendees, tourists or business travelers. Each spacious studio, 1 or 2 bedroom suite includes a full kitchen, living area, desk and bedroom. Spread out and “get comfortable” for an enjoyable night or extended stay.