Don’t Miss Jazz’SAlive at Travis Park

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Get excited music fans! Jazz’SAlive is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in Travis Park with live performances from both national and international artists, plus local & regional bands who participated in the very first Jazz festival in Travis Park.

There will be plenty of food, fun and, of course, entertainment for all ages! Children’s activities will be featured both days from noon to 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit San Antonio and County Parks. Sorry, no outside food or drinks are allowed in the event. Have a look at the schedule and prepare your visit accordingly:

Saturday, September 21

BUD LIGHT MAIN STAGE

7:00 pm
S.A. RIVER RATS BRASS BAND

7:30 pm
ED CALLE

(Mulitiple Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist & Original Member of Miami Sound Machine)

9:30 pm
HIROSHIMA

VALERO STAGE

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
TAKE NOTE
(City of San Antonio’s Parks & Rec. Dept. Youth Band)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
SMALL WORLD

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
BETT BUTLER & JOEL DILLEY

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
BEVERLY HOUSTON

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
WEST SIDE HORNS

Sunday, September 22

BUD LIGHT MAIN STAGE

6:00 pm 
S.A. RIVER RATS BRASS BAND

6:30 pm
SPYRO GYRA

8:30 pm 
RAMSEY LEWIS

11:00 pm – 1:00 am
AFTER DARK JAM SESSION
(Featuring Visiting National, Local & Regional Artists Up Close & Personal)

VALERO STAGE

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
THE REGENCY JAZZ BAND

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
KEN SLAVIN

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
JOE POSADA

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
FIRST LIGHT
(Featuring Richard Garcia)

 

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Avenida Plaza Guadalupe

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Dolores Hidalgo Statue (Guanajuato, Mexico)

Celebrate the Mexican Independence Day by attending one of the biggest festivities in San Antonio–16 de Septiembre. The fun will take place at Avenida Plaza Guadalupe (1313 Guadalupe St); it’s “one of the most sought after multicultural fiestas in San Antonio and the surrounding areas,” so it can’t disappoint!

Join the party on Saturday, September 14, beginning at 8:00 a.m., complete with a Drill Team Competition, Parade, Festival and the Boxing Extravaganza featuring the Floyd Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez bout. The schedule is as follows:

  • Drill Team Competition @ 8:00 a.m.
  • Parade Step-Off @ 10:00 a.m. You must register to take part in this!
  • Festival @ 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is FREE, so don’t miss out!
  • Boxing Extravaganza begins @ 7:00 p.m.

Tickets to the Boxing Extravaganza costs $30, but is well worth since this fight is guaranteed to be a good one between 2 undefeated boxers! We hope you can make it out to celebrate and prepare for the Grito de Delores.

If you have any questions, be sure to call 210.223.3151.

 

 

 

 

 

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International Accordion Festival at Historic La Villita

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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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An Evening In…Main Plaza, San Antonio!

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Remember back in June when you missed out on the  “An Evening in…” event held in Travis Park? Well, it’s that time of the month again, so don’t miss out on the fun and food this time! It’s scheduled to be held in Main Plaza (115 E. Main Plaza) on Tuesday, July 30, from 5-8:00 p.m.

What can you expect? Food trucks, of course, and live entertainment in conjunction with Downtown Tuesday–because Tuesday is the new Friday. In an effort to bring locals Downtown, Councilman Diego Bernal and Downtown Operations Department bring you Downtown Tuesday. Be sure to take advantage of the free parking and for information call 210-207-3677.

And always keep in mind, food trucks are located at Travis, Soledad Street near the Weston Centre, and Madison Park (when not at Main Plaza), serving lunch weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., along with breakfast and evening serving times as well.

 

 

 

 

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The 2013 Summer Jam is on at Arneson River Theatre

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All summer long the students at LJE Music Lessons have been learning and fine tuning their skills and it all culminates at the 2013 Summer Jam on Sunday, July 28th from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. This free concert will be a don’t miss event so grab the entire family and head to La Villita’s Arneson River Theatre.

With over 10 years of experience teaching private lessons Five-Time GRAMMY Award nominee Leroy Esparza has taken the lead in providing high quality instruction in various instruments for students of all ages. LJE Music Lessons consists of 5 instructors providing music education in guitar, piano, flute, recorder, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, and drumset.

You can witness the growth of the students at the 2013 Summer Jam. It’s a rock concert where the students are the stars, so join them for a rockin’ night of music and fun.

 

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Be Sure to Catch Fiesta Noche del Rio!

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What started as a way to showcase local talent and “stimulate interest on the River Walk” 57 years ago, has continued to showcase talent as well as raise nearly $5 million for needy children in San Antonio. All of this done through an amazing outdoor show known as the Fiesta Noche del Rio.

These shows, performed every Friday & Saturday night beginning at 8:30 p.m. through August 10, 2013, feature music and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas. Fiesta Noche del Rio is a spectacular showing of talent from around San Antonio, and one you’ll undoubtedly enjoy!

For tickets call (210) 226-4651 or visit Eventbrite where you can purchase them up to an hour prior to the show. They’ll run you just $10 as an active or retired service member, and $6 for children ages 6-14. The Alamo Kiwanis Club, which supports and sustains the River Walk show, has approximately 100 local members that help needy children.

Such a wonderful volunteer-led organization deserves your support–don’t you think?

 

 

 

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Culinaria’s Festival Week: The Food Truck Event

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If you’re not aboard the food truck phenomenon you’re missing out, and will be until you try one. There are literally culinary geniuses who opt to serve food from a mobile truck instead of from a kitchen because they have more freedom. Classically trained chefs serving food from a food truck? Yes, an “outrage” as such is taking place across the nation–it’s your turn to try it!

San Antonio’s top chefs and mobile chefs serve their fine cuisine right from their mobile trucks! Here, some of the more popular food trucks will gather in one place providing an opportunity for attendees to a stroll around that includes wine, shopping and live entertainment. It’s a casual evening of gourmet foods and, of course, wine and beer. Seize the opportunity to gather and dine with these esteemed guests.

The event will take place at H-E-B Alon Market (6818 S. Zarzamora Street) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 – for 21 and older ($20 at the door), $5 – for under 21, and 5-under are free. The ticket price includes entry into the event and beverages, but food from the trucks is sold separately.

And I almost forgot, there will be a movie showing on the outdoor screen under the stars as well!

 

 

 

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Upcoming Family-friendly San Antonio Events

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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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The H-E-B Big League Weekend!

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Go Rangers!

The Alamodome has been around for two decades and hosted numerous events, both sporting and non-sporting, but it has never been the host site of a baseball game. Surprising, right? Well, come March 29 & 30, baseball will finally be played in the Alamodome!

The 2010-11 American League Champion Texas Rangers will take on the San Diego Padres in the first-ever baseball games inside the iconic structure. Serving as a final tune-up before the regular season gets underway, the H-E-B Big League Weekend promises to bring the thrill and excitement of Major League Baseball to San Antonio.

You might just see a couple of your past favorite San Antonio Missions playing at the big league level, since the Missions are the AA-affiliate of the Padres. Ticket prices range from $10 – $55, and can be purchased over the phone at 1-800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Alamodome Box Office (100 Montana Street) Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Let’s get ready to finally “Play baaaaaaall!”

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San Antonio St. Paddy’s Day Events

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Well, some people say it’s the one day of the year that everyone is Irish, and I have taken to that in my lifetime. I’ve worn the green, eaten my fair share of Corned Beef Hash, and even sipped a Guinness. If you’re feeling up to it, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in San Antonio with the following events:

Friday, March 15:

  • The 33rd Annual Shamrock Golf Scramble, 11:30 a.m. registration & 1:00 p.m. shotgun start, Silver Horn Golf Club of Texas, 4-person teams, $85/player (includes green fees, cart, food and libation).  Contact: Ryan Stone,          210-849-1215, for more info.

Saturday, March 16:

  • Donovan 5k Fun Run/Fitness Walk, 8:30am, McAllister Park (NEW Location!), $25 pre-registration/$30 day of event. Contact: Terry Peak, 210-829-3920, for more info.
  • Arneson Theatre Irish Entertainment, noon – 6:00 p.m. In La Villita on the river, FREE. Contact: Darryl Britten, 210-699-8632.
  • Irish Hooley, 5:00 – 11:00p, Beethoven Maennerchor, 422 Pereida Street San Antonio, FREE ADMISSION for members. Food, libations, music, dancing, kids corner, the Irish store and fun. Contact: Carolyn Dowd.

Sunday, March 17:

  • St. Patrick’s Day Wreath Laying Ceremony, noon at The Alamo, FREE. Contact: Melissa Schulz, 210-831-2072.
  • Arneson Theatre Irish Entertainment, noon – 6:00p, In La Villita on the river, FREE. Contact: Darryl Britten, 210-699-8632.
  • St. Patrick’s Day River Parade, 3:00p, FREE. Contact: Melissa Schulz, 210-831-2072.

 

 

photo courtesy of KordovanikBronislav

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