Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Avenida Plaza Guadalupe


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


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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Tejano Breakfast Kicks Off Tejano Heritage Month


September has been designated Tejano Heritage Month by the State of Texas, Bexar County and City of San Antonio. Created to bring awareness and education about the true contributions and lives of Tejano pioneers, the events of Tejano Heritage Month vary from historic commemorations to educational, governmental, community and religious activities.

On August 31, from 10:00 a.m. – noon in Alamo Plaza, Texas Tejano will kickoff  Tejano Heritage Month with a Tejano Breakfast. The Breakfast will tell the story of Tejanos, such as Toribio Losoya, Gregorio Esparza, and Juan Seguin who fought and died along side Davy Crockett and James Bowie. You can also expect live entertainment, music and food.

They invite everyone to come out to learn about Tejano heritage and legacy as they educate, elevate, and celebrate the true lives and legacies of Tejanos. This event is free and open to the public; for information call 210-673-3584.




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Texas’ Tax Free Holiday and The Exchange’s Price Matching

Loose Change

I know the kids don’t want to talk about yet, but school will be back in session soon and that means shopping will also happen soon. Lucky for you, Texas has a state sales tax holiday coming up in the near future!

Texas shoppers will be able to save up to 8.25 percent on qualifying items in the upcoming sales tax event in August. The sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. August 9, and conclude at 11:59 p.m. August 11. According to the Windows on State Government website the sales tax exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks individually priced under $100 from sales and use taxes.

I know that The Exchange located on base is tax free year round and also does price matching, but just in case you can’t find what you need there’s always Texas’ tax free weekend. So, do some research on what your students need, and plan your shopping excursion accordingly!




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The 2013 Summer Jam is on at Arneson River Theatre


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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Salsa in the Plaza in Historic Market Square, San Antonio!


Who doesn’t enjoy dancing (or watching others dance) the night away? I know I do! Along with plenty of other things to do, this is what you should expect at Salsa in the Plaza.

Scheduled to take place Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21, from noon – 8:00 p.m. in Historic Market Square, this two-day event will be filled with Salsa Music, Salsa Cook-off, local entertainment, arts & crafts, children’s activities, food & more. This event is perfect for the whole family!

Like I stated previously, there will be a Salsa Cook-off, so make sure to bring your appetite! This is a great local event that you just can’t (and shouldn’t) miss, so we’ll hopefully see there. Historic Market Square is located at 514 W Commerce Street–like you didn’t know.

For more information, call 210-207-8605. So, who’ll be there?




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Don’t Miss ¡BRAVO! An Evening of Song and Dance


Looking for some summer fun around San Antonio? Well, there are definitely a few events taking place that you should check out, that benefit both you and great organizations. Beginning Wednesday, July 3, you can take in the stylings of ¡BRAVO!

Scheduled every Wednesday and Thursday through July 25, the award-winning program features dancers performing Mexican Folkloric, tap, jazz, hip hop and Latin style dances in a production reflecting the unique cultural tradition of this region.

BRAVO! An Evening of Song and Dance, will take place in Historic La Villita’s Arneson River Theatre from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. with live music by city youth band Take Note. This program is sponsored by City of San Antonio Parks & Rec. Department; a $10 donation is suggested for general admission with all proceeds benefiting the youth participating in the department’s cultural programs.




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Don’t Miss Movies By Moonlight in HemisFair Park


Sponsored by the City of San Antonio and partnered with Downtown Tuesday, an initiative created to bring more locals to Downtown, Movies by Moonlight returns for its sixth season. The free movies will be shown through July in the grassy area under the HemisFair arch, next to the Magik Theater.

The family-friendly event begins around with 7:30 p.m. with pre-movie entertainment followed by a short intermission, and finally the feature film at 8:30 p.m. The movies to be shown are good wholesome features; the schedule is as follows:

  • June 18- Thumbelina
  • June 25- The Ant Bully
  • July 2- Yogi Bear
  • July 9- Balto
  • July 16- The Lorax
  • July 23- A Bug’s Life
  • July 30- Madagascar

The City is offering free parking too! You will be able to park at the Alamo Street Lot near the Hemisfair or across from the Federal Courthouse on Cesar Chavez (Durango Street) lots after 6:00 p.m. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the whole family to sit on, and even picnic baskets, or simply head to the concessions for popcorn, soda and cotton candy. Have questions? Call 210-207-3677.




photo courtesy of Movies by Moonlight

Motherhood: The Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon


Texans Can Academies have campuses all over Texas that provide schooling for students that have especially struggled in traditional schooling environments. To give back to the community that supports them, the local San Antonio Can High School students host an annual Motherhood: The Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon.

This year they will honor First Lady of Bexar County, Tracy Wolff, on Tuesday, May 14th at The Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Western Art Museum (210 West Market Street). Along with a strong business background, Wolff has held leadership roles and served as an officer with numerous non-profit organizations in the San Antonio community. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude around 1:00 p.m.

Along with the luncheon chair, Sonya Medina Williams, and vice-chair, Norma Reyes, two San Antonio Can students will also be featured as speakers. Tickets can be obtained by calling Development Director Marcy Andrade at 210.607.9720 or emailing her at mandrade@texanscan.org.




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Fiesta San Antonio 2013 is Finally Upon Us!


It all began back in 1891, with a one-parade event that also saw local women decorating carriages, baby buggies and bicycles with live flowers and throwing the blossoms at one another, in front of the Alamo. Fast-forward one hundred and twenty-two years, and more than 300 million people are a part of the festival with San Antonio seeing a $284 million economic impact!

This year Fiesta San Antonio begins on April 18, and runs until the 28th, so mark your calendars for the events you want to attend. There are literally more than a hundred events taking place during the 11-day span, including the Battle of Flowers Parade on April 26.

There are even athletic events for those of you interested in participating in the 10K or soccer tourney or Wildflower Bike Ride. You’re undoubtedly going to have a great time no matter the events you attend! Maybe we’ll see one another out–but then again, 300 million people is a lot.




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