New Year. Same Adorable Llama.

 

Happy New Year! And Happy 300th Birthday, San Antonio!

 

I had a nice break last week, and I’ve been able to spend a little extra time adding stuff to the schedule for 2018.

 

Dream Week kicks off this week overlapping with the SA Cocktail Conference next week, and then Culinaria’s Restaurant Week… and that’s just January!

 

ReadAbouts

Best New Restaurants in SA

Wondrous Things That Happened in 2017

SA Mag’s 12 Favorite Stories of 2017

The Ten Best Texas Albums of 2017

Ten Memorable 2017 Moments for Texas in Film

Symphony GASP!

Symphony WHEW! (for now)

January 5th is the deadline for TPR talent competition

Alamo Street Eat is Closing! Nooooo! (But there’s a new Friendly Spot.)

Rosella Coffee Opening at SA Botanical Garden

Earl Abel’s New Location: A Review!

Malinalli Bakery is back with coffee and croissants!

Stargazing at Texas State Parks

 

PSA: The weather won’t be cold forever, so enjoy “winter” while you can! Just be glad you’re not a turtle!

 

The Short List:

Friday

Puro Café Coffee Meetup @ Art of Donut (!!!) – 8am; FREE!

First Friday @ Southtown – 6-9pm

First Friday w/ The Lonesome Heroas & Ranch\House @ Lowcountry – 9pm

 

Saturday

The Final Farewell @ Alamo Ice House – 12pm << SO SAD!

SA Coffee Festival @ La Villita – 10a-5p; $5-20 << COOL BUT SUPER CROWDED

Brunch & Build @ Burleson Yard Beer Garden – 12-4pm

3rd Annual Bowie Bash @ Brass Monkey – 9pm

 

Sunday

Sunday Supper Series w/ Jonathan Perno of Los Poblanos @ Supper – 6-8pm; $65

Sunday Live Jazz Brunch @ Rosella at the Rand – 9a-3p

 

This Week:

All Weekend:

DreamWeek Begins

Free Week @ Paper Tiger

Tricentennial Celebration @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $25+

 

Thur, Jan 4:

Sock It Up Sock Drive @ Brick at Blue Star – 8pm; 4 socks

First Thursday Science Trivia @ Ranger Creek – 6-10pm

 

Fri, Jan 5:

Puro Café Coffee Meetup @ Art of Donut (!!!) – 8am; FREE!

DreamWeek Opening Ceremony @ Briscoe Western Art Museum – 8am; $75

First Friday @ Southtown – 6-9pm

Unofficial Yelp Event: First Friday @ Southtown Flats – 7-10pm

First Friday Pub Run @ Pat O’Briens – 7pm << ONESIE PARTY!

First Friday w/ The Lonesome Heroas & Ranch\House @ Lowcountry – 9pm

Deadeye – Grateful Dead Tribute Band @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $10

New Orleans Night w/ Dirty River Dixie Band @ Jazz, TX – 8:30-11:30pm

New Year’s Yoga + Beer @ Ranger Creek – 6-9pm

 

Sat, Jan 6:

THREE KINGS DAY

The Final Farewell @ Alamo Ice House – 12pm << SO SAD!

SA Coffee Festival @ La Villita – 10a-5p; $5-20 << COOL BUT SUPER CROWDED

Puro Café Coffee Meetup @ SA Coffee Festival – 10a-5p

Holiday Shoe & Sock Drive @ Fleet Feet Sports – 12-1pm

Brunch & Build @ Burleson Yard Beer Garden – 12-4pm

Yoga on the Patio @ Paramour – 12-1pm

1/3 lb Cheese Burger for $1 @ Chunky’s Burgers – 11:30a-9p

Barrel Aged Cocktails @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Dream Mix @ The Mix – 9pm

3rd Annual Bowie Bash @ Brass Monkey – 9pm

David Bowie Tribute & Fashion Show Benefit @ Limelight – 9pm

 

Sun, Jan 7:

Sunday Supper Series w/ Jonathan Perno of Los Poblanos @ Supper – 6-8pm; $65

Fiesta de los Tres Reyes Magos @ San Ferando Cathedral – 1-4pm

Sunday Live Jazz Brunch @ Rosella at the Rand – 9a-3p

National Tempura Day – Enjoy a special menu at Yummi Japanese Restaurant!

 

Next Week

All Week:

Dream Week << THRU JANUARY 20TH

San Antonio Cocktail Conference @ Downtown SA << JAN 11-14

 

All Weekend:

Dog Days @ Botanical Garden – $5

 

Mon, Jan 8:

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (Alabama vs Georgia)

Watch it @ The Friendly Spot – 7-10pm

The Bars at Night are Big and Bright @ Paper Tiger – 8pm; $10+

Monday Night Trivia @ Big Hops The Bridge – 7:30-8:30pm

 

Tues, Jan 9:

Fried Chicken & Champagne Night @ Downstairs at The Esquire Tavern – 5-11:30pm

Dream Week – After Hours Mixer @ Plaza Club – 6-8pm

Loteria @ El Luchador – 7:30pm

 

Wed, Jan 10:

Hotel Havana SA: Live at Ocho @ Ocho – 7-9pm

Texas Young Professional Mixer @ Max’s Wine Dive – 5:30-8pm

Dream Big Networking Mixer @ The Brooklynite – 5:30-8:30pm; FREE!

 

Thur, Jan 11:

Thursday Night (Latte) Throwdown @ Local Coffee Alamo Heights – 6-9pm << PURO CAFÉ MEETUP!

SA Cocktail Conference Opening Night @ The DoSeum – 7:30-11pm; $85

Joint Happy Hour: SAYP + SASSC @ Hofbrau (Quarry) – 5-7pm

 

Fri, Jan 12:

Art Party @ SAMA – 6-8pm

Los Texmaniacs w/ Special Guest Flaco Jimenez @ Paper Tiger – 8pm; $15

Disney’s Frozen @ Tobin Center – 8-10pm; FREE!

New Orleans Night w/ Pierre Pore and friends @ Jazz, TX – 8:30-11:30pm; $20

 

Sat, Jan 13:

Hayes Carll @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $20+

Tour de Dream SA: Ride Through the Eastside @ Alamo Beer – 9a-2p

Cocktails Under the Sea @ Villita Assembly Hall – 7:30-11pm; $75

Red Headed Stranger Farewell @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Creative Creatures 4 Year Anniversary Party @ Brick at Blue Star – 7pm

 

Sun, Jan 14:

Jazz Brunch (SACC) @ Jazz, TX – 11a-2p; $75

Live Glass Blowing Demo @ Caliente Hot Glass – 11a-3p

Olaju African Market: A Creative Arts Festival – 8pm

 

Save the Dates

Jan 15: Martin Luther King Jr. March @ MLK Academy – 10am << LARGEST MLK MARCH IN THE NATION

Jan 15-27: Culinaria Restaurant Week << LLAMA FAVORITE

Jan 17: Neil DeGrasse Tyson @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $50+

Jan 18: First SA Flavor Medal Party @ Alamo Beer – 6:30-9pm

Jan 19: Chris Duarte Group @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $10

Jan 21: Troop Beverly Hills Quote-Along @ Drafthouse Park North – 3:30pm

Jan 23: Zoolander Movie Party @ Drafthouse Park North – 7:30pm

Jan 24: A Night with Janis Joplin @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $37+

Jan 26: Vallejo & Ruben V @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $12

Jan 26-27: SA Symphony: Jaws in Concert @ Majestic Theatre – 7:30pm; $25-65

Jan 27: Uncle Lucius Farewell Show @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $12

Jan 28: Coffee Beer + Donuts @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

Jan 28: The Wiz Movie Party @ Drafthouse Park North – 6:30pm

Jan 28: Special Show w/ Legendary Card Mechanic, Richard Turner @ Jazz, TX – 8-10pm; $50

Jan 29: Champagne Cinema: The Devil Wears Prada @ Drafthouse Park North – 7:30pm

Jan 30: Funny Face @ Drafthouse Park North – 7:30pm

Jan 31: Barry Manilow @ Majestic Theatre – 7:30pm; $60+

Feb 4: Super Bowl LII

Feb 6: Art Fit: El Tango w/ Fred Astaire Dance Studio @ SAMA – 6:30-8pm; $10

Feb 6: Worth Repeating @ Brick at Blue Star – 7pm; $7

Feb 8: Itzhak Perlman @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $46.50+

Feb 8: Second Thursday @ The McNay Art Museum – 6-9pm; FREE!

Feb 8-25: SA Stock Show and Rodeo @ AT&T Center

Feb 9: Art Party @ SAMA – 6-8pm

Feb 9-11: Mardi Gras Artisan Show @ The Riverwalk

Feb 10: Mardi Gras River Parade @ Arneson River Theatre / The RIverwalk – 1-6pm

Feb 10: Alejandro Escovedo @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8pm; $20+

Feb 11: Sweetheart’s Gospel Brunch @ Gruene Hall – 10:30am; $30+ << SELLS OUT FAST

Feb 11: 2nd Annual El Mardi Gras @ The Cookhouse – 1-6pm

Feb 13: MARDI GRAS!

Feb 14: VALENTINE’S DAY!

Feb 14: Valentine’s Day w/ Dale Watson & His Lone Stars @ Gruene Hall – 7pm

Feb 16-17: Cotopaxi Questival @ Crocket Park – 6pm; $41+ << SOUNDS AWESOME

Feb 17: Confucius Wishing Lanterns on the Water @ The River Walk – 5-7pm; $5

Feb 17: San Antonio Onesie Bar Crawl @ TBD SATX – 5pm-midnight

Feb 17: LeAnn Rimes @ Gruene Hall – 9pm

Feb 18: LeAnn Rimes @ Gruene Hall – 8pm

Feb 22: Lalah Hathaway @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm; $25+

Feb 23: Open Rehearsal for Students: Bernstein & Brahm @ Tobin Center – 10a-12:30p; FREE!

Mar 7: Top 100 Dining & Drinks Taste Event @ McNay Art Museum – 7pm; $85

Mar 12: Hotel California Live @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $25

Mar 18: A View from Above w/ Astronaut Terry Virts @ Tobin Center – 4pm; $20-45

Mar 22: SA Flavor @ SAMA – 7pm; $50

Mar 24-25: In Bloom Music Festival @ Eleanor Tinsley Park (Houston)

Apr 4: John Cleese and screening of Monty Python & The Holy Grail @ The Majestic Theatre – 8pm

Apr 19-29: Fiesta San Antonio!

Apr 20: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil @ The Veranda – 7pm; $85

Apr 21: Real Ale’s 22nd Birthday @ Real Ale Brewing (Blanco, TX) – 12-5pm

Apr 21: Jim Gaffigan @ The Majestic Theatre – 7pm & 9:30pm

Apr 26: Weird Al @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $35-55

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

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

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

 

Running

Time to start training for those winter half marathons or the big kahunas, if you dare. Always bring an ID (and a bottle of water).

 

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 – 4 races for $170

River Road Run @ River Road House (New Braunfels) – Jan 6

Purgatory Trail Run @ San Marcos Greenbelt – Jan 6

Bandera Endurance Run @ Hill Country State Natural Area – Jan 6-7

Natural Bridge Caverns Trail Run 13.1 / 10K / 5K @ Natural Bridge Caverns – Feb 4

Game Day 5K & Tailgate Party @ Rockin R River Rides (Gruene) – Feb 4

Cocoa Half @ N St Mary’s – Feb 11

Freetail Brewing 5K Beer Run @ Freetail Brewery (S. Presa) – Feb 17

Austin Marathon, Half, 5K @ Downtown Austin – Feb 18

Pedernales Trail Runs @ Pedernales Fall State Park – Feb 24

Diploma Dash 5K @ UTSA Main Campus – Feb 24

El Taco Run 5K @ 10 10th Street – Feb 24

Alamo 13.1 / 26.2 @ Hemisfair Park – Mar 4

San Marbellus Half Marathon @ Tanger Outlets (San Marcos) – Mar 11

Culinaria 5K Wine and Beer Run @ La Cantera – Mar 17

5th Annual Helotes Beer Garden Run @ Old Town Helotes – Mar 24

Outlaw Half Marathon @ Luckenbach, TX – Apr 7

Wanderlust Run 5K / 10K / 13.1 @ Fredericksburg, TX – Apr 7

River City Half Marathon @ Salado Creek – Apr 8

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

San Antonio Adventure Race @ OP Schnabel Park – May 19