April Showers Bring Llamas Flowers

 

March Madness has come to an end, and I’m SO happy to have seen the music festival packed to capacity with 25,000 people! Hooray! If you were one of those music fans, here’s the scoop on festivals nationwide you might like. Lineups are being announced and NOW is the time to snag tickets.

Boston Calling (Boston, MA)

Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN)

Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL)

Pilgrimage (Franklin, TN)

Grandoozy (Denver, CO)

 

In the immediate future and the immediate vicinity, San Antonio Beer Week kicks off this weekend! Look for loads of events below, marked with “SABW.”

 

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Happy 50th, Hemisfair!

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SA’s Millennial Migration Patterns

Google Fiber Expanding SA Service

Can’t wait to see Isle of Dogs this weekend!

Retired Military Resort Vacay

The most interesting thing to happen on American Idol in a while

 

PSA: I think we may have reached Peak Fiesta Medal. I seriously have at least a dozen medal swaps / release parties / fundraisers on here — and those are the events I handpicked from a pool of many more. Here’s the history of Fiesta medals. Most of the medal purchases support a local non-profit, so it’s all fun for a good cause. Go to the Fiesta Store on Broadway for the best selection.

 

The Short List:

The Weekend

Viva Hemisfair Party @ Hemisfair

San Antonio Beer Week << THRU APRIL 14

 

Friday

First Friday @ Southtown – 5-9pm

First Friday @ Kunstler Brewing – 7-10pm

The Moth Mainstage @ Majestic Theatre – 7pm; $25-45 << GOING!

 

Saturday

NATIONAL BEER DAY!

SA Beer Week Kickoff @ Main Plaza – 4:30-9pm << SABW

Boerne Bierfest @ Boerne Main Plaza – 11a-7p; $30 << BBF 101

Lollapalooza ‘94 @ Paper Tiger – 4pm; $7-10

Wine Fest @ Tower of the Americas – 2-5pm; $40-45

 

Sunday

Bike&Brunch&Reel @ Broadway 5050 – 11am

Build Your Own Beer Day @ Freetail Brewpub (1604) – 12-11:30pm << SABW

Brewstillery Brunch w/ Food Maniacs @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

 

This Week:

All Weekend:

Viva Hemisfair Party @ Hemisfair

San Antonio Highland Games & Celtic Festival @ Helotes Fairgrounds – $11

San Antonio Beer Week << THRU APRIL 14

 

Thur, Apr 5:

First Thursday Night Market @ The Pearl – 4-8pm

Tatum Fiesta Medal Fest @ Brick at Blue Star – 7pm; FREE!

Fiesta Medal Launch Party @ Viva Villa – 6-9pm; $25

Science Trivia Night @ Ranger Creek – 6-10pm

Music for Advanced Listeners APR @ Dorcol Distilling – 6pm

AwesomeSA Pitch Party @ Burleson Yard – 6:15-8pm

 

Fri, Apr 6:

First Friday @ Southtown – 5-9pm

First Friday Pub Run @ Pat O’Brien’s << FIESTA THEME!

First Friday @ Kunstler Brewing – 7-10pm

Flamenco Friday @ Carmens de la Calle – 8:30-11pm; $25

The Moth Mainstage @ Majestic Theatre – 7pm; $25-45 << GOING!

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark @ Emo’s (Austin) – 8pm; $25

 

Sat, Apr 7:

NATIONAL BEER DAY!

Celebrate with Karbach Specials @ Drink Texas – 3-9pm

Celebrate @ The Rustic – 12pm-Close

SA Beer Week Kickoff @ Main Plaza – 4:30-9pm << SABW

SA Book Festival @ SA Public Library – 9a-5p

Viva Hemisfair! 50th Anniversary Celebration @ Hemisfair – 12-9pm

Boerne Bierfest @ Boerne Main Plaza – 11a-7p; $30 << BBF 101

Music Business Day @ UTSA – 9a-1p; FREE!

Turnpike Troubadours @ Floore’s – 9pm; $25

TurkishFest @ Eisenhower Park – 11a-10p

Crawfish Palooza II @ Alamo Beer Co – 12-5pm

Lollapalooza ‘94 @ Paper Tiger – 4pm; $7-10

Wine Fest @ Tower of the Americas – 2-5pm; $40-45

2nd Annual Fiesta Medal Sell / Trade Party @ Franky Diablos – 4-9pm

Made in SA Film Series: Viva Max! @ Hemisfair – 7-10pm

 

Sun, Apr 8:

Bike&Brunch&Reel @ Broadway 5050 – 11am

German Winemakers Dinner @ The Granary – 6pm; $75

Build Your Own Beer Day @ Freetail Brewpub (1604) – 12-11:30pm << SABW

Second Sunday Brunch @ Jamaica Jamaica – 11a-4p

Brewstillery Brunch w/ Food Maniacs @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

Sunday Jazz @ The Witte – 3-5pm

Sunday Funday Fiesta w/ Real Ale @ The Friendly Spot – 3-6pm

Viva Hemisfair! Sunday Funday in the Park @ Hemisfair – 12-5pm

 

Next Week

All Week:

San Antonio Beer Week! (SABW)

 

All Weekend:

Poteet Strawberry Festival @ Poteet, TX << LLAMA-APPROVED!

Fiesta de la Flor (Selena Music Festival) @ Corpus Christi

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $25+

 

During the Week:

Apr 11-12: InnoTech SA – Biz & Tech Innovation Convention @ Norris Conf. Center

 

Mon, Apr 9:

Fantom Kitchen Pop-Up Menu & Special Tapping @ Cullum’s Attagirl – 6-10pm << SABW

Latin Pop-Up Dinner @ Nao (The Pearl) – 6-8pm; $85

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

Monday All Day Happy House @ Bottling Dept (The Pearl) – 5-7pm

Annual Pub & Brewery Tour @ Blue Star Brewing – 9a-6p; $35

 

Tues, Apr 10:

Downtown Tuesday Kickoff Party @ Rosella at the Rand – 6-8:30pm

Ranger Creek Tap Takeover @ Big Hops Shaenfield – 6-8pm << SABW

Tech Job Fair @ Jack Guenther Pavillion at Briscoe – 5pm

Cascaron Bash @ Alamo Beer Co. – 6-9pm

Big Bend Brewing Glass & Swag Night @ Big Hops Bitters – 5pm

Freetail & Ghost Pixel @ The Growler Exchange – 6pm << SABW

 

Wed, Apr 11:

Muchos Medals Medal Swap @ The Pearl – 6:30-9pm

Brewing Up Texas @ Institute of Texan Cultures – 6-8pm << SABW

SA Beer Week Pint Night @ The Corner – 6pm << SABW

Karbach Tasty Waves Happy Hour @ The Growler Exchange – 6pm

Headshot Happy Hour Benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – 3-7pm

 

Thur, Apr 12:

Bebel Gilberto @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $40 << GOING!

Second Thursday @ McNay Art Museum – 6-9pm; FREE!

Viva Fiesta: The Official Kick-Off Party to Fiesta @ Smoke – 5pm; $10-25

Real Ale Swifty & Medal Release Party @ The Hoppy Monk – 6-9pm

Jazz Drummer Herlin Riley @ Jazz, TX – 8:30-11pm; $10

Golden Age of Homebrewing @ Alamo Beer Co – 6-9pm; FREE! << SABW

Beer Blending Bonanza! @ Freetail Brewing – 6-11pm << SABW

 

Fri, Apr 13:

FRIDAY THE 13TH!

Bad Horror Movie Night & Special Tapping @ Ranger Creek – 5-10pm << SABW

Puro Cafe Coffee Meetup @ Revolucion Coffee – 8-9am; FREE!

Art Party @ SAMA – 6-8pm

Coco @ Tobin Center – 6pm & 8:30pm; FREE!

HighWheel Beerworks Patio Party w/ King Pelican @ The Hoppy Monk – 7-11pm

Starlight Movies: Sunset Boulevard @ Botanical Garden – 6:30-9:30pm

Birdman Live @ Empire Theatre – 7:30pm

Selena Night @ Groove House – 9pm << LOOK-A-LIKE CONTEST!

 

Sat, Apr 14:

Taco Fest @ La Villita – 12-11pm; $15-50

5 Year Anniversary and Fiesta Medal Event @ SoFlo Market – 10a-5p

Barkitecture 2018 @ Mission Marquee Plaza – 10a-4p

1st Annual “Chicken Walk” Coop Tour @ Olmos Basin Farmers Market – 10am; $10

Tribute to George Strait @ Bluebonnet Palace – 8pm; $5-10

Freetail Pub Crawl @ Cullum’s Attagirl – 5pm << SABW

Pizza Night @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Fiesta Medal Trading @ Arctic Ape Desserts – 1-4pm

2nd Saturday Social Ride @ The Beer Depot – 3-8pm

Ragin’ Cajun Festival @ Traders Village – 11a-5p

Cajun Fest @ Anhalt Dance Hall – 11a-9p; $10

100 Things to do in SA… Book SIgning @ Tip Top Cafe – 11a-2p

Paws on Bikes – Pre-Fiesta Edition @ Mission Marquee Plaza – 8:45-11am

8th Annual 5 Pint Brew Crawl @ Appliance Liquidation Outlet – 8:45a-6p; $93

 

Sun, Apr 15:

Houston Street Food: an urban picnic @ Houston St. – 11:30a-2p

Sip & Sweat @ The Trophy Room – 12-2pm; $18

Artisan Market @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

Tea Party How-to @ Botanical Garden – 1:30-3:30pm; $25

Sunday Funday Crawfish Boil @ The Growler Exchange – 2-6pm

 

Save the Dates

Apr 16: Shinedown @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $43

Apr 18: The Doobie Brothers @ Majestic Theatre – 8pm

Apr 19: Taste of the Republic @ Marriott Plaza – 5-9pm; $75

Apr 19-29: Fiesta San Antonio!

Apr 20: ReDO: Pinata Party @ The Doseum – 7-9:30pm; $35

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

Apr 20: Willie Nelson & Robert Earl Keen @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8pm; $42+

Apr 20-22: Tour de JAH Bike Ride @ Viva Tacoland – 6am

Apr 21: Mission Reach Flotilla Festival @ Mission County Park – 11a-5p

Apr 21: The Revivalists @ Aztec Theatre – 8pm

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

Apr 21: Willie Nelson & Robert Earl Keen @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8pm; $42+

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

Apr 21: Flowers & Fireworks @ Botanical Garden – 6:30-9:30pm

Apr 22: Fiesta Kings Cup Polo Match @ Olmos Basin Park – 12-4pm << LLAMA APPROVED!

Apr 22: Cocktail Scavenger Hunt @ SA Botanical Garden – 12:30-3:30pm; $20

Apr 25: SAC Fiesta Brunch with Cheech @ Pearl Stable – 10a-12p; $100

Apr 25: Taste of the Northside @ The Club at Sonterra – 5:30-10:30pm; $85

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

Apr 27: The Lone Bellow @ Floore’s – 9pm; $18-79

Apr 27-29: Crawfest New Braunfels: Whiskey Myers, Vallejo @ Comal Country Fairgrounds

Apr 28: Fiesta Flambeau Parade Viewing @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 6:30pm; $35-40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 21: Diana Krall @ Majestic Theatre – 8pm

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

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

Jul 10: Alison Krauss @ Majestic Theatre – 8pm

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!

Alamo Beer Co 5K Beer Run @ Alamo Beer – Apr 7

Beat the Clock @ Woodlawn Lake Park – Apr 7

Outlaw Half Marathon @ Luckenbach, TX – Apr 7

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

Cap 10K @ Downtown Austin – Apr 8

River City Half Marathon @ Salado Creek – Apr 8

Unified in Wellness 5K @ UIW – Apr 8

Alamo Run Fest Half Marathon / 10K @ Alamodome – Apr 15

Confetti 5K @ Our Lady of the Lake University – 9a-12p

Mariachi Dash 5K @ The Dominion – Apr 14

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