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

Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger

Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger

Ingredients:
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 pound of ground beef
3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons water
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
4 (1-ounce) English muffins, toasted
4 lettuce leaves
4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato

Instructions:
Coat a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium heat until hot. Add onion; saute 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat; let cool. Combine onion, beef, breadcrumbs, water, and egg white in a large bowl; stir well. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping into 1/2-inch-thick patties. Spoon 1 tablespoon cheese into the center of 4 patties; top with remaining patties. Press edges together to seal.

Prepare grill. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until done.

Spread 1 tablespoon sour cream over top half of each muffin, and set aside. Line bottom halves of muffins with lettuce leaves; top each with a tomato slice, a patty, and top half of muffin.

Celebrate the Diverse Cultures of the Lone Star State During the First-Annual Tejas Fest, Taking Place May 2 Near Fort Sam Houston

No plans yet for this weekend, Fort Sam Houston? Consider attending the first-annual Tejas Fest! Taking place this Saturday at the Maverick Plaza at La Villita, this upbeat, colorful event intends to "bring together the cultural elements that make the Lone Star State unique," according to the Tejas Fest website.

On the docket for this eight-hour-long event? Lively performances by ballet folklórico dancers, Mariachi bands, and accordionists. Plenty of food vendors will be attendance, and kids can get in on the fun, too, with facepainting and make-and-take crafts. Then, at 7 p.m., Tejas Fest will conclude the day with a benefit concert featuring the Texas quintet Brave Combo.

Tickets to the benefit concert cost $12, but Tejas Fest's day program is free to attend. Tejas Fest benefits the San Antonio Clubhouse, a not-for-profit organization supporting adults with mental illness.

Tejas Fest 2015
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2
Maverick Plaza at La Villita
418 Villita St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 782-8886
www.tejasfest.com

Mark Your Calendars, Fort Sam Houston Residents: The Ford Mariachi Festival Returns Tuesday, April 21!

Need an excuse to get outdoors and soak up some sunshine? Why not head to the Ford Mariachi Festival? Returning to the San Antonio River Walk on Tuesday, April 21, this vibrant, upbeat event offers area residents an opportunity to take in live music as they dine or stroll along the River Walk. High school mariachi bands will don traditional garb, then climb aboard floating barges that will transport them down the placid waters of the San Antonio River. All the while, the musicians will perform for shoppers and diners watching from the River Walk's banks.

Taking place April 21 through April 24, the Ford Mariachi Festival is free to attend. The barges will cruise down the river in two shifts: four barges from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and three barges from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Each barge will make one lap.

Hope to see you there, Fort Sam Houston!

Ford Mariachi Festival at the San Antonio River Walk
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 21–April 24, 2015
San Antonio, TX 78205
www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/ford-mariachi-festival

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day near Fort Sam Houston with the Harp & Shamrock Society

March is here and that means St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner! One of the best celebrations you'll find near Fort Sam Houston might be the one presented by the Harp & Shamrock Society in San Antonio. On March 14, the event will gather people who want to celebrate the holiday with dancing, music, competition, food, and drink.

The Donovan's Run 5k race will kick off the day at 8:30 a.m., followed by a St. Patrick's Day Parade at 11. The festival begins at 11 a.m., too, with food, crafts, entertainment and much more to enjoy. There'll be Guinness, of course, as well as traditional Gaelic music.

If you'd like to plan to attend this St. Patrick's Day event, admission is free for active duty military, $5 for other adults, and free for kids under 12. You can learn more about the celebration on the Harp & Shamrock Society's website.

South Texas Alamo Irish Festival
March 14, 2015
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
http://harpandshamrock.org/stpats.php

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