Celebrate San Antonio’s 300th Birthday This New Years Eve

This New Year's Eve is an especially exciting one in San Antonio, because it's also the city's tricentennial! Celebrate 300 years of San Antonio at the Celebrate 300 event downtown, which features live music, great food, dancing, kids events and much more.

There will be live performances across three stages, including headliners like four-time Grammy award winner Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Grammy-nominated American rock band, REO Speedwagon. The kids will enjoy carnival games, a ferris wheel, outdoor movies and a performance by Magik Theatre in the Tricentennial Garden. Admission is free and open to the public, so you won't want to miss this historic event!

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Do Your Shopping at the Holiday Gift Market at Pearl

This year, instead of hitting the chain retailers for gifts for your friends and family, pick up something handmade right here in San Antonio. At the Holiday Gift Market at Pearl on December 3, 10 and 17, you can shop unique, one-of-a-kind items made by area artisans and makers right at the farmers market.

At the Holiday Gift Market, you'll find items like handmade lip balms, artisan chocolate, soaps, and much more. In addition to shopping, you can also enjoy live music from a different local artist every week. This is always a beloved event and a unique way to support local makers and shops during the holiday season, so don't miss out!

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International Accordion Festival at Historic La Villita


Are you music lover? What about a lover of all kinds of music? If you answered yes, you have to attend the International Accordion Festival scheduled to take place September 14-15. You’ll enjoy performances, workshops, open mics and jam sessions on multiple stages with the finest accordionists on the planet!

The fest will be held at Historic La Villita and open on the following days and times: September 14th 12-11:00 p.m. & 15th 12-10:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by IAFA, Dept. for Cultural & Creative Development, and you’ll get just that–a cultural experience like none other.

Not only will the top accordionists be in attendance, the San Antonio Food Truck Association will too! That means the best foods on four wheels in San Antonio will be serving at the festival.

Be sure to check out the website and call 210-454-2875 for more information.




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Upcoming Family-friendly San Antonio Events


Spring’s here. That declaration itself should garner a round of applause or at least a smile. I know we live in Texas and all, but springtime is still a beautiful time of year and it also means more festivals and events (studies have been done) are held for us to attend! Here are two:

  • April 12-14 : 66th Annual Poteet Strawberry FestivalMore than just a celebration of the strawberry, this festival is one of the oldest, most popular events in the state and is recognized as the largest agricultural festival in Texas. Located just south of San Antonio, the Poteet Strawberry Festival includes concerts, dancing, rides, gunslingers, rodeo performances, and, of course, loads of strawberries.
  • April 14-17 (Sun through Wed 7:30 p.m., Sun and Wed 2:30 p.m.), Shen Yun 2013Shen Yun. For Chinese, the words evoke a sense of wonder, magic, and the divine. To audiences who have seen it, they recall the experience of a lifetime—a moment so powerfully beautiful it touches the soul. Discover the glory of a fantastically rich culture, that of classical China, brought to life through brilliantly choreographed dance and mesmerizing, all-original orchestral compositions. Magnificently costumed dancers—the world’s elite—move in poetic arrangements that evoke pastoral beauty, imperial drama, and the glory of an ancient civilization. This season, discover what art was meant to be. The performances will take place at Lila Cockrell Theatre (200 E. Market St.)

These are just a couple of the many events taking place in San Antonio in the coming weeks, but they are two of the most promising as far as fun goes. Let us know if there are any other “can’t miss” events taking place soon!






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San Antonio’s Many Farmers Markets

Let’s be honest, whether it’s fruits or vegetables there’s nothing better than eating delicious, fresh food. Fruits and veggies that are in season are not only full of vitamins and minerals, but they are usually cheaper than buying them at the local grocer.

Not only are you getting a deal on your fresh foods, but you’re helping the local economy. Most of the food at farmers markets are grown/produced by local farmers, so you’re helping your community in both the short and long term. Here are a few (one for Monday-Friday) farmers markets around San Antonio that you should visit:

  • San Antonio Farmers’ Market Association-Year Round; Every Monday, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church (16320 Huebner Rd.)
  • San Antonio Farmers’ Market Association-Year Round; Every Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Olmos Basin (100 Jackson Keller)
  • RackSpace Farmers’ MarketYear Round; Every Wednesday, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at 5000 Walzem Road (I-35 and Walzem)
  • South Texas Farmers’ Market (Mercado de los Granjeros)Every Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Culebra Crossing Shopping Center (8333 Culebra Rd.)
  • HemisView Farmers’ MarketYear Round; First Friday of Each Month, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at 800 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. (Corner of Labor Street and Durango Boulevard)

And there you have it, a selection of local farmers markets that won’t be a disappointment! If you need a bigger selection, be sure to check out more!




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Celebrate San Antonio!

Beautiful, night shot of the Tower of Americas.

I don’t know how much revenue the New Year’s Eve Celebrate San Antonio event brings in for the city, but it has to be a pretty large amount. For good reason, too; it attracts more than 250,000 people to the downtown area! Many of the downtown hotels, as well as restaurants, have no vacancies on December 31st.

With that said, do you plan on heading to Celebrate San Antonio this year to welcome in the New Year? According to their website, “There is no other New Year’s Eve event of this size, with fireworks, and offered free to the public in the state of Texas.” That’s a very strong declaration, and I’d go just based on that statement alone.

The downtown party commences at 6:00 p.m. on S. Alamo Street between Market and Durango and throughout historic La Villita district. Like stated previously, admission is free and open to the public, and the festivities continue until 12:30 a.m. The highlight is the countdown to midnight and, of course, the Fireworks Extravaganza surrounding the Tower of the Americas.



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