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

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

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

Sing and Clap Along With the Jonathan Pennington Studios Production of ‘Hairspray,’ Held at the Cameo Theatre Near Fort Sam Houston

Taking place at the Cameo Theatre, not too far from Fort Sam Houston, the Jonathan Pennington Studios production of Hairspray promises to "fill your heart with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs."

Be whisked back in time to 1962 Baltimore as you clap, sing, and laugh along to the familiar songs of this classic, family-friendly musical comedy, which follows Tracy Turnblad in her quest to dance on the Corny Collins Show. Even if you already know the outcome of Turnblad's misadventures, this local production will be a good opportunity to introduce your kids to a tale that transcends time!

But hurry: Hairspray ends its run at the Cameo Theatre on Sunday, March 1. Tickets are $33 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Members of the military are admitted for $25!

Hairspray at the Cameo Theatre
Weekends through Sunday, March 1, 2015
1123 East Commerce Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 212-5454

From the Petting Zoo to the Food Court, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Near Fort Sam Houston Has Something for Everyone

It's been more than 60 years since the first San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, but its roots go back even further than that. In 1854, San Antonio played host to Texas's first agricultural fair. Despite its success, similar fairs couldn't follow due to the lack of a large arena in San Antonio. That all changed when the Freeman Coliseum opened—the brainchild of a local who wanted the youth of Texas to gain exposure to its agriculture. This year, parts of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will still be held in the Freeman Coliseum, and the rest of the events right next door at the AT&T Center.

So if you're interested in the state's agriculture and livestock (or just interested in contributing to a fund that goes into educating Texas's youth about agriculture), corral some friends from Fort Sam Houston and head to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo! From the petting zoo to pony rides, there are plenty of activities for young children. There's also plenty of Southern comfort food for the entire family. Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban are among the many well-known performers who will set the soundtrack for rodeo events.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo takes place February 12 to March 1.

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo at the AT&T Center and the Freeman Coliseum
Feb. 12 through March 1, 2015
3201 East Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78219
(877) 63-RODEO

See the Harlem Globetrotters near Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio

It's been decades since the Washington Generals have beaten the Harlem Globetrotters, and five years since these two teams last played one another.

In the interim, the Generals have been practicing and preparing and biding their time, and they're now ready to challenge the Globetrotters once more. You can see them square off near Fort Sam Houston on January 29, 2015 at San Antonio's AT&T Center.

If you've never seen the Globetrotters, they put on a great show. Expert passing, dribbling, and dunking will be complemented by the team's signature wit and showmanship.

Want to see them for yourself? Harlem Globetrotters tickets start at just $18 and you can find out more about their San Antonio appearance by visiting the AT&T Center website.

Watch the Best High School Football Players Face Off at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Near Fort Sam Houston

In the mere 14 years since it's been happening, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has hosted more than 425,000 fans at San Antonio's Alamodome and, in the beginning, smaller venues in the area. 2014's game drew a crowd of more than 40,000 spectators—the second year in a row to do so. This year, just as many are expected to flood San Antonio's Alamodome once again for this now-iconic football game. Since the Alamodome is just a few miles from Fort Sam Houston, you could easily join them.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl brings together the best high school football players from the East and West sides of the country. Like previous years, you'll probably get a chance to see soon-to-be famous football stars before they hit it big. LeSean McCoy, Andrew Luck, and Jamaal Charles are just a few of the NFL athletes who once played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The 2015 game will be held on January 3 at 1 p.m., so make sure to grab your ticket or tune into NBC to watch.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl
San Antonio Alamodome
100 Montana Street
San Antonio, TX 78203
(210) 207-3663

Celebrate San Antonio

Enjoy the New Year's Eve Celebration December 31st. This FREE event features something for everyone including music on THREE stages and special entertainment areas for children and families. Celebrate San Antonio attracts approximately 250,000+ people to the downtown area. Most hotels report sellouts and local restaurants are at capacity during New Year’s Eve, thanks to the event and its popularity.

Click here for more information!

Take a Ride on Santa’s Railroad

Santa's Railroad Wonderland is an extravaganza of holiday activities. There are night time train and hay rides. Just about every part of our forty acre site is decorated, from the historic depot, the trains, the garden railroad, our three other scale model railroad layouts and everything else in between.

Click here for details!

Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony

For over 30 years, this spectacular one-hour parade along San Antonio's River Walk has featured illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly-costumed participants. The parade goes on RAIN OR SHINE. Children 2 years of age or older will need a ticket.

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