Hot Llama in the Summertime

 

Happy Thursday! (Or Happy Whatever-Day-You’re-Reading-This!)

 

July is truckin’ along, and the Back to School section at Target is getting filled with Crayola products and unicorn folders. Maybe there will be some llama gear thrown in there this year… maybe.

 

Anyway, we’ve got about a month left for summer events, and there are a lot of them. Plus a whole slew of fun stuff happening daily at local breweries, bars, and parks!

 

Get out there and have some fun!

 

ReadAbouts

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Local BBQ Spots

New Restaurant Opening by The Granary’s Chef!

Gruene’s The Gristmill, Then & Now

The latest on the SA Symphony.

Robert E. Lee HS Memorabilia Auctioned

Two New (Southwest) Flights from SAT

Bye Bye Bye, Kawhi (AND Danny Green)

Silver Dancers to be Replaced with Hype Team

Final Four is Back in SA for 2025

 

PSA: It’s HOT. And it’ll stay hot, according to the weather peeps. Drink water and stay shady. (The Shady Llama is a great place to cool off.)

 

The Short List:

Friday

Gartenfest @ Beethoven – 9-11pm

Friday Happy Hour + Cask Tapping @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Star Party @ Boerne City Lake Park – 8-11pm

 

Saturday

Hemingway’s Birthday @ Hotel Havana – 8-10pm << LLAMA-RECOMMENDED!

Cocktail, Dinner, and Oxygen Pairing @ Hanzo – 6:30-8:30pm; $56

Market, Festival, and Mac & Cheese Throwdown @ Black Swan Inn – 10am

Lonely Horse @ The Bang Bang Bar – 10pm; FREE!

 

Sunday

Cocktail Scavenger Hunt @ Botanical Garden – 12:30-3pm; $20

Rock and Roll Flea Market @ Southtown 101 – 11a-6p

Adult Ice Cream Floats @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

 

This Week:

All Summer:

Ole San Antonio @ The Pearl

Wes Anderson Film Festival @ various venues

Rock the Bahn – Live Music @ Schlitterbahn – 12-4pm << SATURDAYS

Jungle Boogie Nights @ SA Zoo – 5-9pm; $9 << SATURDAYS

Two Ton Tuesdays @ Gruene Hall – 8:30pm; $6 << TUESDAY NIGHTS

Festival de Arte @ SAMA – 4pm << TUESDAY AFTERNOONS

Pool Party @ La Cantera Spa Pool – 7-11pm; $30-40 << THURSDAY NIGHTS

Free Music Series @ County Line (IH-10) – 7:30pm; FREE! << THURSDAY NIGHTS

Andy Warhol / Billy Schench Exhibit @ Briscoe Western Art Museum

JAWS on the Water @ Lake Travis (Austin)

 

All Weekend:

Float Fest @ San Marcos << SNOOP DOGG, TAME IMPALA, MODEST MOUSE

Gruene Market Days @ Gruene, TX – 10a-5p

 

Thur, July 19:

Saint Arnold Beer Dinner @ Stella Public House – 7-10pm; $50

Craft Beer, Bacon and Meats Tasting @ The Hangar – 7-9pm

Four-Course Bourbon Dinner @ Rebelle – 7-10pm

Beer and Wine Tasting @ The Grapevine (Gruene ,TX) – 5-8pm

Tech2sDay: Meet the Alamo Angels @ 5 Points Local – 5-7pm

Southtown Fun Ride @ Dorcol Distilling – 6-9pm

Salsa Night @ Jazz, TX – 8:30-11:30pm; $10

Movie Night: Finding Dory @ Main Plaza – 8:30-10:30pm; FREE!

Codeup Demo Day @ The DoSeum – 3:30-5:30pm; FREE!

Panel Discussion: HemisFair ‘68 Reunion @ McNay – 6:30-7:30pm; FREE!

 

Fri, July 20:

Geekdom Bike Ride @ 131 Soledad (Geekdom) – 2-4pm; FREE!

Pre-Chupacabra Ride @ Classic Elite Soccer Fields – 6-8pm

Theory of a Deadman @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm; $30+

Gartenfest @ Beethoven – 9-11pm

Friday Happy Hour + Cask Tapping @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Star Party @ Boerne City Lake Park – 8-11pm

New Orleans Night @ Jazz, TX – 8:30pm; $10-30

 

Sat, July 21:

Hemingway’s Birthday @ Hotel Havana – 8-10pm << LLAMA-RECOMMENDED!

Ole San Antonio: Paella @ The Pearl – 11am; $25

Cocktail, Dinner, and Oxygen Pairing @ Hanzo – 6:30-8:30pm; $56

Market, Festival, and Mac & Cheese Throwdown @ Black Swan Inn – 10am

Ninth Inning: Do or Die Brew Tour @ Freetail Brewing (S. Presa) – 12-5pm

Jaws: Dive-In Movie @ Schertz Aquatic Center – 8-11pm

Star Wars: The Force Awakens @ Mission Marquee Theatre – 7-11pm

Explore the Canyon @ Government Canyon – 8a-12p

Ziggy Stardust feat. Ronnie Heart @ The Rustic – 8pm; FREE!

Audra Menconi QUartet @ Carmens de la Calle – 8-11pm

Lonely Horse @ The Bang Bang Bar – 10pm; FREE!

 

Sun, July 22:

Cocktail Scavenger Hunt @ Botanical Garden – 12:30-3pm; $20

Rock and Roll Flea Market @ Southtown 101 – 11a-6p

Adult Ice Cream Floats @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

 

Next Week

All Week:

Beer Flight Dinner feat. Ballast Point @ The General Public

 

All Weekend:

Summer Artisan Show @ The RiverWalk – 11a-11p

 

Mon, Jul 23:

Swing Nite w/ Two Tons of Steel @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8:30pm; $7-10

Happy Hour Theater Tour @ Majestic Theatre – 5pm & 6pm; $25

 

Tues, Jul 24:

NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY!

Celebrate Tequila @ The Hangar – 11am

Celebrate Tequila @ The Rustic – 5-11pm

Travis Park 4th Anniversary Celebration @ Travis Park – 9:30a-10:30p; FREE!

Cinema Tuesday: Full Metal Jacket @ Bijou Cinema – 7:30pm; $15

 

Wed, Jul 25:

The Witte Unlocked @ The Witte Museum – 6-8pm

Steve Miller Band @ Majestic Theatre – 8pm; $70+

 

Thur, Jul 26:

Cocktails & Culture @ Witte Museum – 6:30-8:30pm; $15

DT Buffkin, Lonely Horse @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8pm; FREE!

Outdoor Film: Miss Congeniality @ The McNay – 8-10pm; FREE!

 

Fri, Jul 27:

Film on the Green: The Royal Tenenbaums @ SAMA – 8-10pm; FREE!

La Santa Cecilia @ Paper Tiger – 9pm; $22

Cocktail: The Event 2018 @ The Doseum – 8-11pm; $40-70

Foodie Cinema: Under the Tuscan Sun @ Botanical Garden – 6-8pm; $35

Movie in the Park: Christmas in July @ Boerne Main Plaza – 7:10-11pm

Last Friday Music @ Rosella Coffee Co (Jones Ave) – 7-9pm

Final Friday @ Sunset Station – 6-11pm; FREE!

 

Sat, Jul 28:

Turnpike Troubadours @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8pm; $25+ << LLAMA-APPROVED

Bidi Bidi Banda @ Schlitterbahn – 12-4pm

Full Moon Paddle @ Boerne Lake & Random – 7:15pm; $15

San Antonio Reggae Festival @ Rosedale Park Pavilion – 2-11pm; $12

Brazilian Grooves / Rhythm Workshop @ Carmens de la Calle – 5:30-7pm; $15-30

Sip & Sweat with TC Fitness & SAYP @ Alamo Beer Co. – 10a-12p; FREE!

 

Sun, Jul 29:

Dog Days of Summer @ Little Woodrow’s Babcock – 2-8pm

 

Save the Dates

July 30: Swing Nite w/ Dirty River Dixie Band @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8:30pm; $7-10

July 31: Movies by Moonlight: Coco @ Travis Park – 7-10pm; FREE!

Aug 2: Movie Night: The Lion King @ Main Plaza – 8:30-10:30pm; FREE!

Aug 3: Elijah Zane and Chris Cuevas @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $10

Aug 3: Culture + Cuisine: Modernisme in Spain & Dinner at Tre @ SAMA – 6-9pm; $55

Aug 4: Henry + The Invisibles @ Schlitterbahn – 12-4pm

Aug 5:  Erasure @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $40+

Aug 6: Swing Nite Summer Luau @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8:30pm; $7-10

Aug 9: Second Thursday feat. Bidi Bidi Banda @ McNay Art Museum – 6-9pm; FREE!

Aug 9: Movie Night: Cinderella @ Main Plaza – 8:30-10:30pm; FREE!

Aug 10: Art Party: Viva Espana @ SAMA – 6-8pm

Aug 12: Dawes @ The Rustic – 8pm; $25 / $60

Aug 12: Gospel Brunch @ Gruene Hall – 10am; $35

Aug 14: Cinema Tuesday: Blazing Saddles @ Bijou Cinema – 7:30pm; $15

Aug 17: Lupe Fiasco @ Paper Tiger – 8:30pm << LLAMA IS EXCITED!

Aug 19: Cocktail Scavenger Hunt @ Botanical Garden – 12:30-3pm; $20

Aug 20: Lyle Lovett @ Majestic Theatre –  8pm

Aug 24: Whiskey Business @ Witte Museum – 7pm; $55+

Aug 24: Spanish Wine Tasting & Tour @ SAMA – 6-8pm; $25/$35

Aug 25: 1st Annual Bean Bash @ El Luchador – 2-6pm

Aug 25: Whiskey Myers @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8pm; $20+

Aug 30: Outdoor Film: Selena @ McNay Art Museum – 8-10pm; FREE!

Aug 31: Leon Bridges @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8:30pm; $43+

Aug 31: Bob Schneider @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8:30pm; $15

Aug 31-Sept 3: Labor Day Artisan Show @ The RiverWalk – 11a-11p

Sept 6: World Heritage Festival Sunset Dinner @ Mission San Juan – 6:30-8:30pm

Spt 7: Pat Green @ The Rustic – 7pm; $27 / $60

Sept 21: Robert Earl Keen @ Floore’s – 9pm; $25

Sept 23: Yo La Tengo @ Mohawk (Austin) – 7pm; $25-27

Sept 25: Billy Idol @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $60-90

Sept 27-28: Trombone Shorty @ Gruene Hall – 9:30pm; $35

Sept 28-30: Borderland Film Festival @ Woodlawn Theatre – $75

Sept 28-30: Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $50-125

Sept 29: Texas Craft Brewers Festival @ Fiesta Gardens (Austin) – 2-6:30pm; $15-120

Oct 4-7: Gruene Music & Wine Festival @ Gruene, TX

Oct 19: 4u: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince @ Majestic Theatre – 8pm

Oct 20: SA Beer Festival @ Dignowity & Lockwood Parks – 1:30pm; $30-350

Oct 20: Ability Strong Parade @ Downtown SA – 9-10am

Oct 20: AccessAbility Fest @ Market Square – 10a-2p; FREE!

Oct 24: The B-52s @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $40-100

Oct 28: Gary Clark Jr. @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm; $33+

Nov 2: Tango of the Vines @ Witte Museum – 7-10pm; $60-100

Nov 3-4: Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend @ Austin, TX – $10-$165

Nov 9: Blues Traveler @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm

Nov 25: August Greene (Common + Robert Glasper + Karriem Riggins) @ Majestic Theatre – 7:30pm << OMG THIS WILL BE GREAT!

 

Running

We’re in the dog days of summer, but there are still races in and around town every weekend. Make sure you train in the heat before you get out there! Don’t be afraid of slowing your times and stopping for water. I like to run with a little cash or a card so I can stop at a convenience store if I need to grab hydration. However you barrel through the heat on your run, make sure you bring your ID!

 

Local running stores:

iRun

Fleet Feet

Soler’s

Run Wild

 

Upcoming Races:

Check out the SA Road Runners (SARR)!

El Chupacabra 5K / 10K Night Rn @ 11600 Starcrest – Jul 20

Summer Scorcher 5K @ Mission County Park #1 – Jul 21

Don’t Tread on My Tri @ San Marcos, TX – Jul 22

Sand Crab 5K / 10K Night Beach Run @ Port Aransas – Jul 28

Olympia Toga Run @ Olympia Hills Golf Course – Aug 3

Dogs Days 5K @ Fischer Park (New Braunfels) – Aug 4

Dam 09 Triathlon @ Alamo Heights Swimming Pool – Aug 18

Churchill Cross-Country 5K @ Walker Ranch Park – Aug 19

SARR Labor Day Whine Run 5 mile / 5K @ Dry Comal Creek Vineyards – Sept 3

Gruene 10K / 5K @ Gruene Hall – Sept 8

Zoo Run 8 Mile Relay @ SA Zoo – Sept 14

Texas Two-Way Torture 20 Mile Relay @ Lighthouse Hill Ranch – Sept 15

Conquer the Coast Bike Ride @ Corpus Christi Bay – Sept 15

The Great Fundraiser 5K @ Helotes – Sept 29

Missions Heritage Half Marathon @ Mission San Jose – Oct 6

Guadalupe Trail Fest Half Marathon / 12K @ Guadalupe State Park – Oct 14

Quarry Crusher Run 5K / 10K @ O’Connor Quarry – Oct 20

Hootenanny on the Hill 10K / 5K / 3K / 1K @ Kyle, TX – Oct 20

Masquerade Half @ JW Marriott Hill Country – Oct 27

Recharge Trail Run 8K / 15K @ Government Canyon – Nov 3

Pie Run 5K @ Kyle, TX – Nov 10

Tough Mudder Houston @ 3 Palms Action Sports Park – Nov 10-11

SARR Endurathon 30K / 15K / 5K / Relay @ Bulverde, TX – Nov 11

Jingle Paws Classic 5K @ OP Schnabel Park – Dec 8