Don’t Miss the 125th Anniversary of Fiesta San Antonio and Fiesta Flambeau Parade

Experience one of San Antonio's most colorful, high-flying events at Fiesta San Antonio, a beloved area tradition for more a century. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the wild and wonderful occasion, so you can expect even more excitement from the parade and other activities.

The Fiesta Flambeau Parade began in 1891 to honor the heroes from the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Today, it's one of the largest celebrations in the country and it generates more than $285 million in revenue for the Alamo City. Approximately 3.5 million people attend Fiesta San Antonio each year, decked out in their brightest, more eye-catching costumes. Aside from the incredible parades like the Texas Cavaliers River Parade and the Battle of Flowers Parade, there are also live musical performances, Mexican cultural events, fashion shows and much more.

San Antonio Fiesta
April 14 – 26, 2016
www.fiesta-sa.org

Voice Your Opinions About Fort Sam Houston With the Annual Gimme 5! CEL & Associates Survey

Make your voice heard at Fort Sam Houston by taking part in the annual Gimme 5! CEL & Associates Survey. This quick survey allows residents to voice their opinions about issues like management, maintenance, security and even resident activities at Fort Sam Houston, so it's essential in helping to improve the quality of life in the building.

Like its name suggests, the Gimme 5! survey takes just 5 minutes to complete, and it even enters you to win a valuable cash prize! While it's very important for you to participate in the survey, we also ask that you remind your friends and neighbors in the building to help us recieve even more participation than we did last year.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for the Gimme 5! CEL survey!

Discover Some of the Best Artists Around Fort Sam Houston During Contemporary Art Month

Support the local art and education communities in San Antonio during Contemporary Art Month, a celebration of the area's artist community that takes place throughout the month of March. Events are held at various art galleries, museums, performing arts spaces and schools around the area, and they're sponsored by numerous local companies and organizations.

Attend multisensory events at galleries like Blue Star Contemporary, Cinnabar Gallery and even UTSA Main Art Gallery, which even showcase works from area art students. Cultural exhibitions will take place at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and The Jackson Ranch in the Heart of San Antonio, while fashion and design enthusiasts will learn about textiles at the Northwest Vista College Palmetto Center for the Arts. If you're interested in getting a glimpse at the artistic process, you can even take tours of local artists' workspaces during the open studio tours. Cap off the festivities during the closing ceremony on April 10, when you'll enjoy live music and more.

Contemporary Art Month
Various locations across San Antonio
February 10 through April 10, 2016
www.contemporaryartmonth.com

Bask in the Glow of Thousands of Luminaries During the Annual Fiesta de las Luminarias, Taking Place This Weekend Near Fort Sam Houston

You've likely encountered quite a few holiday light displays in your time, but not many are quite like San Antonio's Fiesta de las Luminarias. Every holiday season, this dazzling event illuminates the River Walk with the gentle flicker of more than 6,000 paper-bag luminaries. The luminaries follow the contour of the San Antonio River, setting the scene for a festive seasonal stroll near Fort Sam Houston.

Free to enjoy, this year's Fiesta de las Luminarias takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening through Sunday, Dec. 20. The candles are lit at dusk.

Fiesta de las Luminarias 2015
Friday, Saturday, Sunday evenings through Sunday, Dec. 20
San Antonio River Walk
www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/ford-fiesta-de-las-luminarias

Have a Whale of a Time at the SeaWorld San Antonio Christmas Celebration, Just Minutes From Fort Sam Houston

Create a fun new holiday tradition this year with your friends at Fort Sam Houston during the Sea World San Antonio Christmas Celebration. The popular theme park is home to many of the world's most fascinating underwater creatures, and it becomes even more magical around the holiday season when they join together to put on an exciting show that's truly a whale of a time.

Watch stunning live performances from some of your favorite Sea World residents, including the silly sea otters, the charismatic dolphins, and the real stars of the show, the incredible killer whales. With themes like "Shamu Christmas: Miracles" and "A Dolphin Christmas," each show has something new and exciting to offer. Sip hot cocoa as you wander through the park's winter wonderland, and even pay a visit to Texas Santa Claus, a San Antonio specialty.

Make note, Fort Sam Houston: Through Sea World's Waves of Honor program, active duty military personnel receive free admission for themselves and up to three dependents each year!

SeaWorld San Antonio Christmas Celebration 2015
3-9 p.m. select dates Nov. 21 through Dec. 31
10500 SeaWorld Drive
San Antonio, TX 78251
seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sanantonio/christmas/about

Mark Your Calendars, Fort Sam Houston: The Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights Returns for Its 7th Year on Nov. 14!

Did you know that San Antonio is home to the country's only city-sanctioned Diwali festival? It's called Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights, and the annual event, which will return for its seventh year in 2015, is known to attract nearly 15,000 people from all over the Lone Star State — and beyond.

But exactly is Diwali? In a nutshell, it's a Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. On Saturday, Nov. 14, this "festival of lights" will head to La Villita on the banks of the San Antonio River for six hours of family-friendly entertainment that will include traditional Indian dance, a lighted candle release, Indian handicrafts, Indian cuisine, and a fireworks display.

Perhaps best of all, Fort Sam Houston? The Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights is free to attend!

Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights 2015
5-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14
La Villita
418 Villita St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
www.diwalisa.com
visitsanantonio.com/Browse-Book/Events/Diwali-San-Antonio

Mark Your Calendars, Fort Sam Houston: Luminaria, San Antonio’s Annual Contemporary Arts Festival, Returns Oct. 23!

A San Antonio favorite since 2008, Luminaria will return for its eighth season in 2015! This annual contemporary arts festival celebrates the talent of performers and artists hailing from places near and far from Fort Sam Houston, in a wide range of mediums: poetry, music, painting, theater, and film, to name a few.

Open to the public (and free to join!) Luminaria will take place between 7 p.m. and midnight on Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24. The festival comprises various performances and events, all of which will take place at different venues in the River North neighborhood of San Antonio (see the festival's map for more specific locations).

While Luminaria is free and open to the public, a select few events are ticketed; they include special workshops, panel discussions, and luncheons.

Luminaria 2015
7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 23-24
River North neighborhood
San Antonio, TX
luminariasa.org/index.cfm
www.facebook.com/LuminariaSA

Oktoberfest at Beethoven Maennerchor: A Taste of Germany Near Fort Sam Houston

Whether you're a Germanophile or a beer enthusiast, you'll find something to love about Oktoberfest, taking place Oct. 2, Oct. 3, Oct. 9, and Oct 10 at Beethoven Maennerchor. This non-profit, volunteer German singing society serves to "preserve German song, music, and language," and that's exactly what you'll find during the organization's annual Oktoberfest!

The outdoor event promises the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of German culture, from food and beer to dancing and live music. Arrive hungry so that you can get your fill of traditional German cuisine, including Reubens, brats, potato salad, goulash, and sauerkraut, and wash it all down with — what else? — a German brew!

Want to attend, Fort Sam Houston? Tickets to Oktoberfest will be available for purchase at the door and cost $5.

San Antonio Oktoberfest 2015
5 p.m. to midnight Oct. 2, Oct. 3, Oct. 9, and Oct 10
Beethoven Maennerchor
422 Pereida St.
San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 222-1521
www.beethovenmaennerchor.com/2015/09/oktoberfest-set-for-oct-2-3-9-10.html
visitsanantonio.com/english/Browse-Book/Events/OKTOBERFEST-(2)

Beware, Fort Sam Houston! Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins Will Take Over SeaWorld San Antonio This October During Howl-O-Scream

If you're planning a visit to SeaWorld San Antonio this October, be sure to gather your wits about you as day turns to night. Because as soon as the clock strikes 7 p.m., the theme park sheds its marine theme to take on a whole new persona during Howl-O-Scream!

During this annual event, which takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night in October, things that go bump in the night come out to play. Select parts of the theme park are transformed into haunted villages, complete with "scare squad" actors hiding in the shadows. Rides are decked out in creepy ambient lighting and fog, while special performances include a Halloween-themed Shamu show and a dance performance starring ghosts and ghouls. Afterward, you can refuel with a signature cocktail at the Blood Thirsty Cocktail Bar!

Access to Howl-O-Scream is included in regular SeaWorld park admission. Note that this event isn't suitable for young children, so you might want to leave the kids at home at Fort Sam Houston with a sitter. And don't forget to wear a costume!

Howl-O-Scream 2015
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in October
SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 SeaWorld Drive
San Antonio, TX 78251
(800) 700-7786
seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sanantonio/howloscream

Tap Your Foot to Sultry Beats During the 32nd Annual Jazz’SALive Festival, Taking Place Not Far From Fort Sam Houston

On Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20, the 2.6-acre Travis Park in downtown San Antonio will come alive with the sweet sounds of live jazz music. That's due to the fact that the park will be hosting Jazz’SALive, an annual jazz music festival that celebrates the talent of local and national jazz artists!

Returning for its 32nd year, next weekend's Jazz’SALive will feature close to 15 different jazz acts, who will perform on Travis Park's two outdoor stages. While the performers croon, drum, and tickle the ivories, festival attendees can chow down on food provided by 20-plus vendors, then take a lap through the festival's arts and crafts booths. Pint-sized jazz enthusiasts can blow off steam in a Kid Zone, which will host interactive arts and crafts, a bounce house, and plenty of games!

See you there, Fort Sam Houston!

Jazz’SALive 2015
Sept. 19-20
Travis Park
301 E Travis St
San Antonio, TX 78205
www.saparksfoundation.org/jazzsalive.html

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