Fiesta with The Llama

 

I love Fiesta-ing, but I know it’s not for everyone… when your neck isn’t as long as mine, it can be hard to deal with the crowds. I get it.

 

So, if you’re into the Fiesta thing, look for stuff marked with a **. If not, I’ve worked extra hard to find stuff to do that isn’t Fiesta… some of it isn’t even in San Antonio!

 

Plan your week and enjoy the heck out of it! We’ve got incredible weather (mostly) and so much to do.

 

ReadAbouts

** Tune In: TPR Takes On (Tries to Explain) Fiesta

** Stranger Things-inspired Fiesta Medal

** Bag Policies at NIOSA

** Fiesta Protips

** In defense of Chicken on a Stick. And other interesting Fiesta facts.

Alamo AR App Recreates Alamo Plaza — Digitally

Alameda Theater Renovation Plans

Ada Vox makes it to the next round of American Idol.

Got potholes? Here’s how to report them.

RIP Barbara Bush

 

PSA: Mark your calendars for May 26th, 5-9 at Ranger Creek. There will be a party because I’m turning FOOOORE! I mean, 4. Let’s celebrate through homophones… and golf! More to come!

 

The Short List:

Friday

** Alamo Heights Night @ UIW – 5:30-11:30pm; $12

ReDO: Pinata Party @ The Doseum – 7-9:30pm; $35

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil @ The Veranda – 7pm; $85

 

Saturday

Puro Cafe Meetup: Oyster Bake Pre-Game @ Koffee Kup – 8:30-9:30am

Flowers & Fireworks @ Botanical Garden – 6:30-9:30pm << LLAMA-APPROVED!

Viva 300 Beer Release & Tricentennial Celebration @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Real Ale’s 22nd Birthday @ Real Ale Brewing (Blanco, TX) – 12-5pm << LLAMA-APPROVED!

** El Rey Fido Coronation @ Gunter Hotel – 10-11am

 

Sunday

** Fiesta Kings Cup Polo Match @ Olmos Basin Park – 12-4pm << LLAMA-APPROVED!

Southerleigh Three-Year Anniversary Party & Beer Release @ Paper Tiger – 3-7pm

Breakfast Tacos, Beer, and Bourbon @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

 

This Week:

All Weekend:

Fiesta San Antonio! < < THRU 4/29 (related events marked with **)

** Fiesta Arts Fair @ Southwest School of Art

** Oyster Bake @ St. Mary’s Univ (Fri & Sat)

** Taste of New Orleans @ Sunken Garden Theatre; $12

Tour de JAH Bike Ride @ Viva Tacoland – 6am

Austin Reggae Festival @ Auditorium Shores

Old Settlers Music Festival @ Dale, TX

 

Thur, Apr 19:

** Fiesta Fiesta @ Hemisfair – 4-9pm << OFFICIAL KICKOFF!

** Pin Pandemonium @ Hemisfair – 4-9pm

** Fiesta Kick-Off Party @ Rosario’s (S. Alamo) – 7-10pm; $10-40

** Taste of the Republic @ Marriott Plaza – 5-9pm; $75

Bike Fiesta @ Burleson Yard – 5pm-midnight

Nite Market Fiesta @ Dignowity Kolaches – 6-9pm

Wine Tasting: Becker Vineyards @ The Grapevine (Gruene) – 5-8pm; FREE!

Bark Fiesta Costume Contest @ Burleson Yard – 8-9:30pm

 

Fri, Apr 20:

** Crowning of El Rey Feo 70 @ Main Plaza – 5:30-6:30pm

** Rey Feo Coronation Celebration @ Henry B CC – 7pm; $125

** Alamo Heights Night @ UIW – 5:30-11:30pm; $12

ReDO: Pinata Party @ The Doseum – 7-9:30pm; $35

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil @ The Veranda – 7pm; $85

Willie Nelson & Robert Earl Keen @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8pm; $42+

Whiskey Myers + The Steel Woods @ Luckenbach, Texas – 8-11pm; $20

10 Years of Shows Anniversary Party @ La Botanica – 9pm

 

Sat, Apr 21:

Saturday Social Run @ iRun 1604 – 6:30-9:30am

Puro Cafe Meetup: Oyster Bake Pre-Game @ Koffee Kup – 8:30-9:30am

Flowers & Fireworks @ Botanical Garden – 6:30-9:30pm << LLAMA-APPROVED!

Viva 300 Beer Release & Tricentennial Celebration @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Real Ale’s 22nd Birthday @ Real Ale Brewing (Blanco, TX) – 12-5pm << LLAMA-APPROVED!

** Mission Reach Flotilla Festival @ Mission County Park – 11a-5p

** El Rey Fido Coronation @ Gunter Hotel – 10-11am

Fiesta 4 Paws Pet Pageant @ 4 Paws Animal Hospital – 12-2pm

** 19th Hole Fiesta @ The Backyard, TPC – 5-10pm/

The Revivalists @ Aztec Theatre – 8pm << BOGO TICKETS w/ PW: REV210

Willie Nelson & Robert Earl Keen @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8pm; $42+

San Antonio Earth Day 2018 @ Freetail Brewing (S. Presa) – 12-5pm

A REAL NOLA Crawfish Boil @ VFW Post 76 – 12-6pm

Jim Gaffigan @ The Majestic Theatre – 7pm & 9:30pm

Incognito Masquerade and Dance Party @ Mission Marquee Plaza – 7-11pm; FREE!

Bubble Fest @ Linda Pace Foundation – 11a-2p

Fredericksburg Jazz Fest @ Fredericksburg HS – 7pm; $15

Chaparral Music Festival @ UTSA Park West – 3-11pm

Arturo Sandoval Sextet @ Laurie Auditorium (Trinity Univ) – 7:30pm; $26+

 

Sun, Apr 22:

EARTH DAY!

** Fiesta Kings Cup Polo Match @ Olmos Basin Park – 12-4pm << LLAMA-APPROVED!

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

Fiesta Ole Fashion Show @ Hyatt Hill Country Resort – 10am

Southerleigh Three-Year Anniversary Party & Beer Release @ Paper Tiger – 3-7pm

SA Potter’s Guild Clay & Art Festival @ The Pearl – 10a-4p

Breakfast Tacos, Beer, and Bourbon @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

FredStock Music Fest @ SAC – 12-8pm

 

Next Week

All Weekend:

Wiener Dog Races @ Wiener Dog Capital of Texas (Buda, TX) << AWFUL WEBSITE! SORRY IN ADVANCE!

** 10th Street RIver Festival @ VFW Post 76 – 12pm-midnight << FRI & SAT

Sandfest @ Port Aransas << SUPPORT PORT A!

Crawfest New Braunfels: Whiskey Myers, Vallejo @ Comal Country Fairgrounds

 

During the Week:

** Cornyation @ Empire Theatre << April 24-26

** NIOSA (A Night in Old San Antonio) @ La Villita << April 24-27 GOING!

** Gartenfest @ Beethoven – 5pm-midnight << April 25-27 GOING!

 

Mon, Apr 23:

** Texas Cavaliers River Parade @ The Riverwalk – 7-9pm

** Pilgrimage to the Alamo @ Alamo Plaza – 4-5pm

 

Tues, Apr 24:

** Fiesta Tech Trek 2018 @ Houston St (Tech District) – 5pm

** Mariachi Festival Kick-Off & Riverwalk Coronation @ Briscoe – 6:30-9:30pm; $30-75

Naeglin’s Bakery Sesquicentennial @ Naeglin’s (New Braunfels) – 6pm

Houndmouth @ Paper Tiger – 8pm; $20-22

 

Wed, Apr 25:

** Taste of the Northside @ The Club at Sonterra – 5:30-10:30pm; $85

** Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo @ Majestic Theatre – 8-10pm

SAC Fiesta Brunch with Cheech @ Pearl Stable – 10a-12p; $100

LocalSprout Midweek Market @ LocalSprout – 5-8pm

 

Thur, Apr 26:

** Battle of Flowers Band Festival @ Alamo Stadium – 6:30pm; $5-8.50

Weird Al @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $35-55

Film: Purple Rain @ The McNay – 7-9pm

 

Fri, Apr 27:

** Battle of Flowers Parade @ Downtown – 9:30a-2:30p << LLAMA-APPROVED CHAOS

** Battle of Flowers After Party @ The Pearl – 12:30-5pm

The Lone Bellow @ Floore’s – 9pm; $18-79

 

Sat, Apr 28:

** King William Fair @ Southtown – 9a-6p << GOING!

** King William Parade Tweed Ride @ Southtown – 8a-1p

** Fiesta Fandango Run @ Broadway & Pearl Pkwy – 6:30pm

** Fiesta Pooch Parade @ Alamo Heights Swimming Pool – 7:45-11am

** Festival de Animales @ SA Zoo – 9a-6p

** Fiesta Flambeau Parade Viewing @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 6:30pm; $35-40

Thru the Chute Cardboard Boat Race @ New Braunfels City Tube Chute – 10a-2p

Monkeys on a String DMB Tribute @ Burleson Yard – 7:30pm << SO SO GOOD!

Cosmic Unity @ La Botanica – 3-10pm << FOLLOWER RECOMMENDED

Crawfish Boil @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Kimchi Festival @ UTSA – 10a-12p

Eeyore’s 55th Annual Birthday Party @ Pease Park (Austin) – 11am-dusk; FREE!

 

Sun, Apr 29:

Adios Fiesta Bash @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 3pm; $12

David Sedaris @ Tobin Center – 3pm; $50-60

Coffee Beer + Donuts Finale @ Ranger Creek  12-4pm

Pages & Pints @ Kunstler Brewing – 1:30-3:30pm

** MIssionFest @ Mission San Jose – 10:30a-11p; FREE!

 

Save the Dates

May 1-6: The Book of Mormon @ Majestic Theatre – $35+

May 2: Toots and the Maytals @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $27+

May 2: Made in SA FIlm Series: The Sugarland Express @ 2355 SW Military Dr – 8-10pm

May 4: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band @ Floore’s – 9pm; $43+

May 5: Kaleo @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8pm; $33+

May 5: JMBLYA Music Fest @ Circuit of the Americas (Austin) – 2pm; $25+

May 5: Juanes @ Freeman Coliseum – 7:30pm; $37+

May 5: Afghan Whigs @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm

May 5: Cinco de Derby @ The Rustic – 10a-2p brunch; 2pm-close Derby Party

May 5: Cinco de Mayo Roller Derby @ Mission Concepcion Sports Park – 6pm; $10

May 6: Siclovia @ South SA Mission Rd – 11a-3p; FREE!

May 8: Fleet Foxes @ The Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $37+ << GOING!

May 9: La Dolce Vita @ Botanical Garden – TBA; $250+

May 9: of Montreal @ Mohawk (Austin) – 6:30pm; $18-20

May 9: Made in SA Film Series: Selena @ SA Library – 8-10pm

May 11: The Georges @ Floore’s – 9pm; FREE!

May 11-12: SA Symphony plays Pirates of the Caribbean – 7:30pm

May 12: Dwight Yoakam @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8:30pm; $33+

May 13: Grease Sing Along @ Aztec Theatre – 3pm; $12+

May 14: Dr. Dog @ The Rustic – 8pm << GOING!

May 16: Gipsy Kings@ Majestic Theatre – 8pm

May 17: Taste of the Dominion @ Dominion Country Club – 6-9pm; $35

May 19: 7th Annual Pride of the East Side Block Party @ Sam Houston HS – 11a-2p

May 19: Brews and Blooms @ SA Botanical Garden – 6:30-9:30pm; $35 / $65

May 20: Yosapalooza @ Tobin Center – 6pm; FREE!

May 21: Made in SA Film Series: Go Down, Death @ Sunset Station – 8-9:30pm; FREE!

May 22: Dave Matthews Band @ Austin 360 Amphitheater – 8pm; $45+

May 22: Cold War Kids @ The Rustic – 6pm; $30 / $65

May 24-27: Hot Luck Festival @ Austin (various venues)

May 26: Texas Salsa Festival @ Hemisfair – 1pm; $45

May 26: Eastside Food Truck Festival @ Wheatley Heights – 12-6pm; $5-15

May 27: Depeche Mode @ AT&T Center – 7:30pm; $40

May 27: Taco Truck Throwdown @ VFW Post 76 – 12-8pm

May 29: Cinema Tuesday: Jaws @ Bijou – 7:30pm; $15

All Summer:  JAWS on the Water @ Lake Travis (Austin)

Jun 2: Patricia Vonne Album Release Show @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $12

Jun 5: Cinema Tuesday: The Day the Earth Stood Still @ Bijou – 7:30pm; $15

Jun 8: Chad Valley @ Paper Tiger – 7pm; $13

Jun 9: Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Fest @ La Villita – 2-6pm; $10-50

Jun 11: Bill Clinton @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $75+

Jun 14: John Cusack & screening of Say Anything @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $40+

Jun 14: Celebrate Selena Day w/ Bidi Bidi Banda @ The Rustic – 6pm; FREE!

Jun 16: Randy Rogers Band @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8pm; $22+

Jun 18: Swing Nite w/ The Georges @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8:30pm; $7-10

Jun 21: Diana Krall @ Majestic Theatre – 8pm

Jun 22: William Shatner @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $40-70

Jun 30: Slightly Stoopid @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 7pm; $25+

Jul 7: Culture Club @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $60+

Jul 10: Alison Krauss @ Majestic Theatre – 8pm

Jul 21-22: Float Fest @ San Marcos << SNOOP DOGG, TAME IMPALA, MODEST MOUSE

Jul 28: Turnpike Troubadours @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8pm; $25+

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

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

Oct 20: SA Beer Festival @ Dignowity & Lockwood Parks – 1:30pm; $30-70

 

Running

I just heard the weatherman say “warm front” the other day. Translation: drink a load of water before and after you run. Happy sweating, my fellow frolickers. Don’t forget your ID wherever you’re running!

Local running stores:

iRun

Fleet Feet

Soler’s

Run Wild

Upcoming Races:

Check out the SA Road Runners (SARR)!

Texas Hill Country Half Marathon Series – 2018 – 2 races left!

2018 Texas 5K 6-Pack Beer Series – 8 races for $210!

AH 09 5K @ 6116 Broadway – Apr 21

Fiesta Especial Regalia Run 5K & Parade @ City of Windcrest City Hall – Apr 21

Fiesta 5K @ Walker Ranch – Apr 21

Carnival of Venice Night Run 5K / 10K / 13.1 @ Brackenridge Golf Course – Apr 27

Margarita Run 5K @ Concepcion Park – Apr 28

Sand Crab 5K / 10K Beach Run @ South Padre Island – Apr 28

Tough Mudder Central Texas @ McMahan Ranch – May 5-6

Texas Flower Country 5K / 10K Run @ Wildseed Farms (Fredericksburg) – May 12

San Antonio Adventure Race @ OP Schnabel Park – May 19

Gabriella’s 5K Cupcake Run @ Bluebonnet Palace – May 19

Boy Scout Trail Run 5K @ McGimsey Scout Park – May 19

SARR Women’s Run 5K / 10K @ HEB Lincoln Heights – July 14

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

Dam 09 Triathlon @ Alamo Heights Swimming Pool – Aug 18

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

Zoo Run 8 Mile Relay @ SA Zoo – Sept 14

The Great Fundraiser 5K @ Helotes – Sept 29