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10 FOOD & DRINK
True Lives Exposed: Confessions of a Shopaholic!
by Johnnie De La Garza
by Angela Rabke
14 KIDS & FAMILY
The Fiesta Store—Your Medal Mania Hook-Up
26 HISTORY & CULTURE Confucius says: Study the Past, If you Would Divine the Future
by Julie Catalano
by Rosie Carbo
18 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
King-Sized Kindness Reigns During Fiesta
Food & Drink
Arts & Entertainment
“Life is Uncertain. Eat Dessert First!”
Museum Reach & King William
Shops at Rivercenter
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Greater San Antonio
30 HEALTH & RECREATION
by Michele Stanush
Permission to GO WILD!
by Carole Miller
ON THE COVER April means Fiesta, and Fiesta means royalty, parties and medals. Read about all three in this issue. Join us on Tuesday, April 25 for the coronation party of the River Walk royalty. Details at TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com
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A IS FOR AN AWESOME APRIL! This month’s Health & Recreation feature is a wonderful story about interacting, observing and sometimes coming in direct contact with wild animals - all in San Antonio, from an encounter with a penguin to feeding a giraffe or getting face-to-face with a lion. April is the season to reawaken our slumbering taste buds. My culinary reawakening of choice involves sugar (I am obsessed with really good desserts), of which this town has no shortage. My only regret is the photos in this article are not scratch and sniff. England does not have a monopoly on kings and queens, royal courts, and royal traditions. In fact, many newcomers are surprised to learn that San Antonio has had a King and Queen since 1927. Each April within a ten day period, San Antonio Royalty participate in more pomp and circumstance than the Queen Mum sees in a year. See the Arts and Entertainment and Kids & Family stories for details on royals who give it their all and make SA a better place. I hope each of you has an Amazing month.
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“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first!” ~ Ernestine Ulmer
By Johnnie de la Garza
Ernestine is a very wise woman! Anyone with a sweet tooth has certainly done this rebel act. Savvy chefs the world over know never to skimp when it comes to the all-important dessert course. Home-made, in-house, with fresh ingredients, take the cake (pun intended) every time. Whether it’s a rustic cobbler, an indulgent chocolate morsel or an icy treat, life is uncertain enjoy dessert first! The Italian word for ice cream is gelato. However, anyone who has tried both knows there is a big difference. The key difference is gelato uses more milk than cream and less air. Gelato is lighter on fat and heavier on flavor. Rio de Gelato, a family owned and operated gelateria and has been making their gelato from scratch daily for six generations. Located in the La Villita Historic District downtown, this eatery sets the standard for first-time gelato tasters. If you’re lucky, the unique olive oil, balsamic and basil gelato will be on the menu the day you stop in. If not, no worries. Every choice is bursting with fresh, delicious flavor. Rio de Gelato also offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and pastries for the lunch crowd or specialty Italian coffee drinks for that afternoon pick-meup. Everything here is made from scratch daily using fresh ingredients, some grown in their patio garden. Rio de Gelato is a traditional pizzeria, gelateria, and Italian cafè.
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For over 50 years Paesanos River Walk has been known for its fine dining, irresistible Italian food, and a romantic setting. Ask anyone from San Antonio where they like to eat shrimp and more than likely they will mention the famous Shrimp Paesano dish. Do not miss dessert here. As the French Queen Marie Antoinette once said, “let them eat cake,” and at Paesanos River Walk you will want to heed her advice. Their best seller, Chocolate Eruption cake, is a smooth chocolate mousse cake, topped with white and dark chocolate chips and toasted almonds. It promises to be the richest, creamiest, most indulgent sweet ever to pass your lips. Pair it with a sweet dessert wine or a glass of champagne to end a memorable meal. Barbecue is always a top choice among locals and tourists in the Alamo City. The County Line River Walk is renowned for their award-winning Texas Bar-B-Q served in generous portions piled high on the plate. It’s so good you’ll want to “get it all over ya”. I strongly urge you to pace yourself because County Line is also known for their Southern-inspired desserts. The cobbler a la mode of the day is sure to put a
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Food & Drink smile on your face. And don’t even get me started talking about the Kahlua Chocolate Chip Brownie. You will be in chocolate overload with its warm goodness. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and let it melt a little before digging in, that is if you can wait. But the absolute must try, is Mom’s Bread Pudding. Made from their rich homemade bread soaked in a custard with raisins and magic seasoning, this one is a keeper. Top it with ice cream and Jack Daniel’s Bourbon Sauce, and NOW you can say your meal is complete. Get some real Texas hospitality at the Lone Star Café. With a Texas boast of the largest balcony on the river, you’re sure to find a great spot to sit yourself down, order an ice-cold longneck and enjoy the Texas atmosphere. If you own cowboy boots, you will feel comfortable wearing them here. And be sure to use y’all in at least two sentences. Besides the Texas hospitality, you can eat your fill of good ole’ Texas food (think flame broiled steaks, juicy burgers and chicken fried steak). But the dish at the end of the trail, the homemade dessert, is what keeps people coming back. Lone Star Café’s Sizzling Cobbler, served in a sizzling skillet hot from the oven and filled with apple or peach and a golden crust topped with vanilla ice cream and covered with their brandy butter sauce. No one can resist them, and no one will want to share, so order your own y’all. Schilo’s Delicatessen is celebrating 100 years in business. Any restaurant which has flourished that long has to be doing, well, everything right! Most mornings a line forms outside to enjoy their hearty American and German breakfasts foods. Stop in any time and pull up a stool at the bar to experience the ultimate homemade root beer made with pure cane sugar with or without a scoop of Bluebell vanilla ice cream. Served cold in a frosted mug, I dare you to find a better glass of root beer anywhere. Both the bread pudding and cheesecake, also homemade, are rich enough to share but delicious enough, you won’t want to. Willing to venture away from downtown a bit? Asado Lounge and Asado Seafood & Grill nestled inside the Hilton San Antonio Airport hotel just 10 miles north of downtown are dessert hot spots. Asado Lounge is known for its craft cocktails and hearty gourmet “Texas Tapas” bar bites. Asado Seafood & Grill is known for an innovative menu of fresh seafood. And now expect elegant desserts at both. Chef Mike Collins, wanting to add fresh selections to his dessert menu, took matters into his hands by creating his “Desserts after Dark” program. Every month expect 4-5 new mouthwatering desserts you won’t find anywhere else. An example is the Amaretto Panna Cotta. This rich, creamy custard topped with a miniature dark chocolate ice cream bar coated in a dark chocolate shell and dipped in toasted hazelnuts is delicious. Add a nice dollop of amaretto caramel, spun sugar and Luxardo Maraschino cherries and it is both decadent with a WOW presentation. Top to bottom: Paesano’s Chocolate Eruption Cake, Lone Star Café’s Peach Sizzling Skillet, and decadent Cheesecake at Shilo’s Delicatessen
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THE FIESTA STORE YOUR MEDAL MANIA HOOK-UP! By Julie Catalano
THEY ARE SMALL BUT IMPRESSIVE. SIMPLE YET STRIKING. AFFORDABLE YET PRICELESS. AND EVERYBODY WANTS ONE. OR TWO. OR 200. EVERY YEAR FIESTA-GOERS GO MANIC FOR MEDALS — THOSE EYE-CATCHING LITTLE TREASURES DANGLING FROM A PIN THAT MAKES FIESTA, EVEN MORE FUN— IF THAT’S EVEN POSSIBLE! For such a coveted fashion accessory, this bit of Fiesta bling had rather humble beginnings. As the story goes, the Texas Cavaliers first thought of “King’s coins” in 1946 as freebies for the masses. By the early 1960s, the coins had cardboard sleeves created by Joske’s department store. But it wasn’t until 1971 that Charles Orsinger, as King Antonio XLIX, kicked it up a notch by punching holes in about 200 of his royal coins and threading ribbons through them. The decade was almost over by the time Lt. Col. Leon Childers, founder of FiestaMedals.com, the Official Medal Sponsor of Fiesta perfected the whole idea by introducing the military style medal, a fitting concept that remains to this day.
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Since then, designs have evolved in a big way. “It used to be here’s the logo, here’s the name, a little bit of confetti on the side and that was it,” says Mari Morales, director of retail at the Fiesta Store, where official medals are available for purchase. “Now people are getting into the design of their medals, and it’s become a social media frenzy to see who has which medal.” So, from where do all these medals come? They are the promotional stars of 100 member organizations of the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission, most of whom design their medals as giveaways at special events before and during Fiesta. Over the years countless thousands of medals have been designed and distributed by local charitable organizations, colleges, and universities, city government, religious institutions, sports teams, hotels, restaurants and more.
FiestaMedals.com, The Official Medal Sponsor of Fiesta San Antonio San Antonio’s premier Fiesta Medal maker since 1984, FiestaMedals.com can help you create your own unique, collectible medal for Fiesta®. Fast, friendly, and expert service will ensure you’re not caught empty-handed when medal mania ensues! Visit www.fiestamedals.com and complete the “Contact Us” form to get started. Mark your Calendar! On April 20, Fiesta® will kick off with Fiesta® Fiesta at Hemisfair where the most serious medal hoarders partake in Pin Pandemonium, presented by FiestaMedals.com, to buy and trade some of San Antonio’s most coveted medals.
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The Fiesta® San Antonio Commission itself gets into the act in a very special way, creating a curated collection of medals every year. For 2017, Baby’s First Fiesta, My First Fiesta, Show Us Your Shoes®, Miss Fiesta, Sugar Skull, the cotton candy-scented Carnival, a seven-medal Happy Hour set—one for each day of the week—and a Fiesta Fiesta medal for the huge kickoff event of the same name. Perennial fan favorites are medals depicting the three parades: Fiesta Flambeau, Battle of Flowers and the King’s River Parade. But one medal leads the pack every year. “The official Fiesta poster medal is always the most important one to us because it represents all of Fiesta,” says Morales. “It is derived from an actual work of art by the winner of the annual poster competition. And because it is entirely possible to look good and do good—especially during Fiesta—the medals serve a philanthropic purpose as well. “Our customers know that if they buy their medals from the Fiesta Store, a portion of the sale helps the nonprofit organization that designed and produced their particular medal, and it helps the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission—also a nonprofit—at the same time.” New medal prices range from $8-$17. As popular as the medals are, for savvy shoppers there’s even more in store—it is truly the retail repository of all things Fiesta, overflowing with official Fiesta merchandise and boutique-style gifts, fashion, toys, accessories, caps, jewelry, home décor and much more. When it comes to buying Fiesta medals, says Morales, time is of the essence; it’s not always possible to predict which new medals will be in big demand. “If there’s a particular medal you are determined to own, the sooner, the better.” In other words, put the pedal to the medal and get to the Fiesta Store pronto. When it comes to Fiesta medals, it’s not less is more. More is more and more is better. 2017 River Walk Fiesta medals are sold at the Fiesta Store.
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Arts & Entertainment
The celebration of Fiesta includes a potpourri of proper potentates as well as utterly ludicrous and irreverent rulers with a little bit of everything in-between thrown in for good measure. But they all have one thing in common—they “party with a purpose” and use their (albeit temporary) royal status to give back to the community in a magnanimous way fit for a king (or queen).
Miss Fiesta Madi Moad-Hageman. Courtesy of Fiesta SA Commission and Betsy Newman Photography.
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KING-SIZED KINDNESS REIGNS DURING FIESTA By Carole Miller
One of the most heartfelt of all the platforms this year belongs to Fiesta Princess Morgan McClelland. The Princess of Hellenic Grandeur supports the David’s Legacy Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to ending cyberbullying after local high school student David Molak committed suicide in January 2016 after being relentlessly tormented online. “I was bullied as a child,” she explains. “I even switched schools for a year because I became suicidal and my parents became worried for my safety. The problem adolescents face today is that even when they get home these bullies can reach out to them via social media.” King Antonio XCV Michael Casillas agrees with the princess and his message throughout Fiesta will center around kindness and how it is the greatest gift you can give or receive. “I am very blessed in my life to have been the recipient of so many acts of kindness,” says his Royal Highness. “Everything I am today is the result of kindness from other people.” Since 1927, King Antonio has been selected by the Texas Cavaliers. Let’s just say that the
king and his royal entourage know how to put their money where their mouths are. Since the Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation was founded in 1989, the men in the woolen blue suits have raised approximately $4 million dollars for local children’s charities. Magnanimous monarch El Rey Feo LXIX Fred Reyes, along with his charitable consejo have contributed $300,000 since 2011 to the Rey Feo Scholarship Foundation and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) scholarship fund. Miss San Antonio and Miss Fiesta are both strong advocates for the deaf and hard-ofhearing. menting her platform by incorporating American Sign Language interpreter services into public speaking Fiesta events. And Emma Faye Rudkin, Miss San Antonio, founded the nonprofit organization, Aid the Silent, to help economically-disadvantaged deaf children and teens. The Queen of Soul provides a representative of the African American community and raises money for women’s scholarships. The Charro Queen raises funds for the San Antonio
Charro Association, a San Antonio tradition since 1947. (A “charro” is a flashy Mexican cowboy.) Just like El Rey Feo, La Reina de la Feria de las Flores (“Queen of the Flower Festival”) earns her crown by raising funds for the Rey Feo Scholarship Committee. And the Woman’s Club of San Antonio chooses its Fiesta Teen Queen from among the daughters and granddaughters of the members of this 117-year-old organization with money raised also going to scholarships. Legions of local charitable organizations sponsor their own kings and queens with all the money going to benefit the less fortunate as well. One of the most famous of these outlaws is King Anchovy who reigns over Cornyation, a parody of Fiesta’s pageantry billed as the “raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta” that raises money for the San Antonio AIDS Foundation and BEAT AIDS. There is also a King and Queen of Chips and Salsa who are crowned during a casino night party benefitting SA Youth, an organization that works to develop the character, strengths, talents and skills of San Antonio’s highrisk urban youth. The King and Queen of
2016 River Walk Queen Kimberly Crawford and King Esteban Solis. Both are co-hosts of the local popular television show Daytime@Nine.
Queen of Soul, Kamilah Avery, Reina des la Feria de las Flores, Gabrielle Gargrove.
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RIVER WALK ROYALTY, A TRADITION STEEPED IN MUD Once upon a time, in a marvelous, magical kingdom not-so-farfar away, there was a beautiful, glistening river. One day, the evil Sir Charles of Barkley referred to the river as a “dirty creek” and a malevolent Maverick King remarked on its muddiness. This displeased the citizens who faithfully cleaned their beloved river every year with the help of the Mud King and Queen. The king and queen, you see, raised money for the nonprofit Paseo del Rio Association who used the funds to promote, protect and preserve the San Antonio River Walk, the number one tourist attraction in Texas. The Mud King and Queen reigned from 1987-2010 but, through the years, due to technological advancements, the river was drained less often and, sadly, the tradition of Mud King and Queen ended. But in the true spirit of San Antonio using any excuse to throw a party and toss in a little royalty, in 2010 the court of River Walk Royalty was born and continues to rule to this day, bringing joy to all.
one vote). Today, nominees are announced in September and are given seven months to fundraise for their “position” on the royal court. Titles are awarded in the order of who raises the most. During the Royal Coronation ceremony in April, a King and Queen, Prince and Princess, Duke and Duchess and Count and Countess receive their title. The Ford Mariachi Celebration and River Walk Royalty Coronation takes place on Tuesday, April 25, at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets to attend the coronation party are available online at: www.tobincenter.org/box-office/2017-04/ford-mariachi-celebration. Advance tickets are $20 (or 4,000 nickels).
Back in the olden days, the man and woman who raised the most “nickels” earned the title of Mud King and Queen. (Each nickel was
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Some things are not to be missed. The River Walk. The Alamo. And the Shrimp Paesano at Paesanos Riverwalk. For almost 50 years, locals and visitors alike have enjoyed the contemporary setting, Italian/Mediterranean cuisine and Old World service you won’t soon forget it.
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True Lives Exposed: CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC By Angela Rabke
I confess it had been years since I visited and shopped at the iconic Rivercenter Mall. I mean, EVERYONE knows about the mall. I was born and raised in San Antonio, and I remember visiting Rivercenter’s IMAX theater often when growing up, enjoying the shops, food, and the scenery—but after returning from college, it somehow had fallen off of my personal radar.
The Shops at Rivercenter interior. Photo credit The Shops at Rivercenter
Fast forward to my recent shopping assignment which included the purchase of five gifts for five very different people including my mother, my collegeaged nieces, my husband, and my kids. Where could I shop for all of them under one roof? I surfed the internet and was surprised, and pleased, with the variety of retail shops offered at the Shops at Rivercenter, the new name for Rivercenter Mall. I wanted shops that are both unique and offer popular appeal. I consider it a bonus that the structure neatly wraps around views of the River Walk. The Shops at Rivercenter need to be on your regular shopping rotation. It mixes exciting national brands with local flavor, offering an unmatched shopping experience for every age group. The largest department store anchoring the Shops at Rivercenter is Macy’s, the retailer made famous by the classic film A Miracle on 34th Street. Macy’s has a little bit of something for everyone. Forgot your suit for the meeting
at the Henry B. Gonzalez Conference Center? Check. Forgot your bathing suit for the swimming pool after the conference? Check. With everything from handbags to fragrances to footwear, this large department store has everyone covered, including cowboy boots which are always-in-fashion in Texas. Texas fashion vibes run even deeper at Wandering Cowboys, where Ariat boots mix with racks of the most current western fashions, which are appropriate in San Antonio twelve months out of the year. If rodeo fashion isn’t your thing, no worries. To the delight of fashionistas everywhere, H&M is the other large retail store typically with a popular .com presence. Everything in this megastore is on-trend and affordable. Their stylish line begins with newborns and culminates all the way up to the hottest fashions for women and men. Out-of-towners will especially appreciate items from this popular chain, as brick and mortar locations are rare. I was also able to find some sweet gifts at Francesca’s, some fun party outfits at The Express, and a few fun items for my 23-year-old nephew at the Game Stop.
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“I was surprised, and pleased, with the variety of retail shops offered at the Shops at Rivercenter.”
Athletic stores are hot here and tend to be the best locations to shop for authentic, licensed Spurs gear. Footlocker offers cool athletic footwear, including Nike, Reebok, and Adidas, and Lids Locker Room has caps and jerseys for San Antonio’s aforementioned world-champions Spurs, as well as a few other basketball teams that we won’t mention. There’s even a Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop! Despite promises of jerseys and cowboy boots, keeping kids entertained can still be challenging when it’s time to shop. Shops at Rivercenter is home to many fun experiences for kids of all ages. Families will be delighted to find a lively Dave and Buster’s inside Rivercenter, as well as the IMAX theater, which has both educational and mainstream showings. Tourists and locals benefit equally from the lessons of The Alamo. A generously sized play space is located on the second floor, a welcome respite for the toddler set. The area features a kidsized Alamo, a Cypress treehouse, and an armadillo slide. Parents can happily shop in shifts as their little ones stretch and play before heading outside, where river boats cruise past and live Andean Mountain music fills the air. There are many shops that appeal to the younger crowd: The Disney Store, Build-a-Bear Workshop, and Pokemania are special stops for youngsters, and It’s Sugar is a delightful candy shop that is certain to draw squeals of delight. Ghiradelli’s Chocolate shop located on the river level is a not to mix experience as far as this chocolate lover is concerned. I dare you to find a better hot fudge sundae. Pick up a bag of the mini chocolates perfect for nibbling on while you shop. Sharing is not a requirement. Kids and adults alike need fuel for shopping, and the dining options at Rivercenter are unlike any other. Because the mall wraps around a scenic cul de sac in the River Walk, even casual dining options feel special. The food court offers all the customary meals , which can be enjoyed inside or out, while those who are interested in finer dining can check out Luciano’s or Morton’s Steak House as riverboats cruise by. Unlike other local malls, Rivercenter offers many vendors and services that cater to San Antonio’s robust tourism industry, and are equally convenient for locals looking to consolidate errands. Texas Currency Exchange, Avis, and Rivercenter Drug Store all make traveling a little bit easier, especially for guests at the Rivercenter Marriott, which is adjacent to the hotel. Regis Hair Salon makes for a quick and affordable hair trim before an unexpected business interview, and you can even pop into Time Out Liquor, just in case you need to stock up on margarita fixings! After just a few short hours, I successfully found fun gifts for all of the people on my list, from grandma to toddler, and as a result, this local gal is definitely planning a staycation for the entire family centered around this fantastic shopping hub. A movie, exciting shopping, games, a river barge ride, and dinner sound like the perfect reminder that there’s really, genuinely, no place like home.
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Goes Medal for Fiesta 2017 The Hard Rock Cafe on the River Walk has been a downtown San Antonio staple since opening in 1994. When Selena Quintanilla performed there in January 1995, it was clear Hard Rock was committed to bringing the sights and sounds of old school rock ‘n’ roll, and merging them with the music that San Antonians know and love. Twenty–two years later, the same rings true as the restaurant prepares for what is going to be a rockin’ Fiesta 2017! On Tuesday, April 11, Hard Rock Cafe is teaming
series that Hard Rock Cafe has to offer. There’s
Get rockin’ with the Hard Rock Cafe on social
up with Howl at the Moon, Cowboy Harley
something for everyone with the restaurant’s
media at fb.com/hardrockcafesanantonio!
Davidson, and Barriba’s Cantina for the first ever
legendary burgers, sizzling fajitas, specialty
Fiesta* South Bank Medal Stroll!
cocktails, and more! Every last Tuesday, patrons
at 5:00 p.m., guests of the Hard Rock Cafe can
can feast on the Hard Rock’s diverse menu while
make their way up to the restaurant’s third
they feast their ears on live performances by
floor patio for a beautiful view of San Antonio’s
some of the city’s top, local talent.
beloved River Walk, the opportunity to get their hands on dozens of Fiesta medals, and access to both Howl at the Moon and Barriba’s Cantina. Complete with live music, food and drinks, and the spirit of Fiesta, this event promises to be a good time.
Rock Cafe debut? Email san_antonio_social@ hardrock.com for consideration in the cafe’s live music program!
We know there’s a River Rocker inside every San
Hard Rock Cafe for the perfect combo you’ve been
Fiesta South Bank Medal Stroll
looking for - (and we’re not just talking about the
Tuesday, April 11; 5:00 p.m.
Antonian, whether a permanent resident of the Alamo City, or a weekend guest. So stop by the
restaurant’s Hickory-Smoked Barbecue combo!)
Of course, guests need not wait until April 11 to
– sweet music, a beautiful view, great food, cold
come enjoy the delicious food, full bar, two stories
drinks, and the essence of River Rockers who
of music history memorabilia, and live music
have come before, from Selena to Aerosmith.
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Are you a local musician? Want to make your Hard
(Not an official Fiesta event- but a lot of fun!)
History & Culture
C O N F U C I U S S AY S : S T U D Y T H E P A S T, I F YO U WO U L D D I V I N E THE FUTURE
By Rosie Carbo
THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE, A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION AIMED AT PROMOTING THE CHINESE LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND BUILDING GOODWILL BRIDGES, BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES, HAS REACHED OUT BEYOND CAMPUS WALLS TO BECOME AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY. A recent example of the Confucius Institute’s involvement in the local community is sponsoring Wishing Lanterns on the Water, a spectacular display of thousands of lanterns placed in the water of the River Walk to close the Institute of Texan Cultures 30th annual Asian Festival. The lanterns are personalized and then cast into the river to honor loved ones and ones’ hopes, dreams, and wishes for the future. This beautiful tradition celebrated throughout the Asian culture, occurs during the Asian new year. “The event was spiritually moving,” stated Maggie Thompson, Executive Director of Paseo del Rio Association who organized the event, “no matter where we are from, we all dream and hope. The world feels a little more unified when we find meaning in each other’s traditions.” This event is one of several activities sponsored by the Confucius Institute throughout the year. The goal is to better integrate into the Alamo City’s diverse community. Housed at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s main campus, the Confucius Institute offers several opportunities for individuals and their families to get involved.
United States, San Antonio’s Chinese community, and state and local cultural nonprofit organizations. Wuxi City in China is San Antonio’s sister city. But the founding of the Confucius Institute in 2009, bolstered this relationship. The Confucius Institute is a global, educational, and cultural nonprofit organization working within colleges and universities. The Ministry of Education’s Office of Chinese Language Council International, known as Hanban, is the Beijing, China headquarters for all of the more than 600 Confucius Institutes worldwide. The Confucius Institute gets its name from China’s famous teacher and philosopher. In fact, it is now a world-renowned brand name instantly recognized as a symbol of Chinese history and culture. Hanban has a 15-member board of directors, 10 of whom are directors of the various institutes overseas. Hanban sets the guidelines and provides some funding to the institutes. Host universities and colleges also contribute financially. There are 64 Confucius Institutes in 37 states across America. In Texas, Confucius Institutes are in Dallas, Houston, and
While the mission of the Confucius Institute is to promote the Chinese language and culture, it also acts as a bridge between China and the A message on a “wishes lantern.”
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The lanterns are personalized and then cast into the river to honor loved ones and ones’ hopes, dreams, and wishes for the future.
Chinese dance taught through Confucious Institute.
History & Culture
Wishing lanterns on the water
our long-term goal is to prepare students to work in a global environment because now you have to be a global citizen.
San Antonio. There are also Confucius Institutes in countries such as South Korea, France and other countries around the world. Aside from participating and sponsoring in community-based activities, such as Fiesta San Antonio’s annual Battle of the Flowers Parade, and the Ford Holiday River Parade, held annually, the day after Thanksgiving, Confucius Institute offers several educational opportunities. The Chinese Sunday School is open to anyone interested in learning the Chinese language. There is no enrollment fee or membership requirement to attend. All ethnicities are welcome. Sunday language classes are open to residents of all ages. Also taught, are Chinese heritage courses. These special classes cost only $300 for a full year of instruction. The Chinese Bridge is an annual competition intended to determine the Chinese proficiency of high school and college students. International students studying in China may also take a Chinese language exam sponsored by Confucius Institute. The China Classroom is a program that offers college students in San Antonio Chinese language classes at local junior colleges, including Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, and San Antonio College. While Confucius Institutes worldwide strive to be purely educational and cultural, they also provide a forum for international dialogue about global citizenship while building better relations with their host countries. “Our mission is to promote the Chinese language and culture, but our long-term goal is to prepare students to work in a global environment because now you have to be a global citizen,” said Dr. Wan X. Yao, Director of the East Asia Institute and Confucius Institute at UTSA.
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Health & Recreation Lory. Courtesy of the San Antonio Zoo.
PERMISSION TO By Michele Stanush
Mitchell Lake Bird Tour. Courtesy of Laurel Smyth
AFTER YEARS WORKING IN AN OFFICE, SARA BEESLEY SWITCHED CAREERS FROM MANAGEMENT TO WILDLIFE CONSERVATION. SHE WAS NERVOUS DRIVING TO HER INTERVIEW AT MITCHELL LAKE AUDUBON CENTER IN SOUTH SAN ANTONIO. BUT THAT WAS BEFORE. “Walking through the gardens to the visitor center, I remember that moment as the moment I reconnected with nature,” she recalls. “Clouds of monarchs, queens, and swallowtails in the wildscaped gardens immediately replaced the pre-interview butterflies in my stomach.” Indeed, it’s amazing what observing wildlife can do to one’s spirit. Stress and anxiety melt away and replaced with wonder and awe. And when we humans have a greater appreciation for the other creatures sharing our planet, perhaps we’ll all be better stewards. ANOTHER BENEFIT IS GETTING OUTSIDE GETS YOU MOVING! “Research shows that children today are spending between 7-11 hours per day indoors,
sedentary with media, and only minutes per day playing outdoors,” reports the website Nature Rocks-San Antonio, part of an evolving grassroots initiative called Texas Children in Nature. “This disconnection with nature has ill effects in children and adults such as a rise in obesity, diabetes, depression, near-sightedness and attention deficit disorder. The good news is this is a solvable problem!” OKAY. LET’S HELP SOLVE IT. GO WILD! You don’t have to venture far from downtown to get a lovely dose of evolving “wildness.” Pack your binoculars and head to River Walk’s southern Mission Reach, eight miles of walking and biking trails. Once an eyesore -- “uglified” by flood control construction. Now, thanks to the San Antonio River Authority, it’s been restored
into a riparian woodland ecosystem attractive to all kinds of wildlife, from fish and turtles to water-loving birds like egrets, herons, and cormorants. Another great place is the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, where Beesley is now director. The 1,200-acre wildlife refuge has 7.5 miles of walking (and some driving) trails. A 15 to 20 minute drive south of downtown, numerous creatures call this home, from frogs to butterflies. But it’s best known as a “hotel for birds.” April is a great month for bird-watching because it’s migration season, San Antonio is on the central flyway, and Mitchell Lake is the first stop. More than 50 species are “spot-able” at any one visit; with more than 300 species have observed over the years.
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Indeed, it’s amazing Bottom left to right: Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, Mitchell Lake reptile viewing. Both photos courtesy of Sean Fitzgerald
Top left to right: Feeding giraffe, Flamingo. Both photos courtesy of the San Antonio Zoo
what observing wildlife can do to one’s spirit.
click on this: SAN ANTONIO MISSION REACH www.sanantonioriver.org/mission_ reach/mission_reach.php MITCHELL LAKE AUDUBON CENTER www.mitchelllake.audubon.org thesanantonioriverwalk.com
NATURE ROCKS-SAN ANTONIO www.naturerockssanantonio.org SAN ANTONIO PARKS & RECREATION www.sanantonio.gov/ParksAndRec/ Home
GOVERNMENT CANYON STATE NATURAL AREA www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ government-canyon FRIENDS OF SAN ANTONIO NATURAL AREAS www.fosana.org
SAN ANTONIO ZOO www.sazoo.org SEAWORLD SAN ANTONIO www.seaworldparks.com/en/ seaworld-sanantonio/
Health & For other ideas, Recreation
check out Nature Rocks-San Antonio website listing activities, nature centers and green spaces. Of note: The City of San Antonio maintains thousands of acres of parkland—from tamed to wild—with more than 140 miles of trails. Government Canyon State Natural Area has another 40 miles of trails. Check out eBird.org for bird sightings–and to share yours. You might even catch a glimpse of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler! As awe-inspiring as wildlife is in its natural habitat, get an extra-big dose of Mother Nature’s inventiveness at the San Antonio Zoo. A 10-minute drive north of downtown, the zoo houses more than 750 species, including Texas natives like the nine-banded armadillo. Or let your imagination run wild and travel to an entirely different continent by getting face-to-face with a lion in the new “Big Cat Valley.” Or feed a giraffe and check out its long, long, long tongue. For water-loving creatures, there’s SeaWorld San Antonio, about 20 minutes northwest of downtown. Among new features: an educational show about Pacific white-sided dolphins, the “acrobats of the sea,” and beluga whales, sociable animals with expressive faces. A neighboring waterpark operated by SeaWorld, Aquatica San Antonio, has an aviary with tropical birds. Or wade with fish and stingrays. Remember, it doesn’t take a trip or a ticket to “go wild.” Spend some quiet time observing that ladybug on your windowsill. Contemplate. Appreciate. And don’t be impatient for something “big” to happen. Mother Nature has her own rhythm. With patience, humans may rediscover theirs.
SPECIAL EVENTS Below is a sampling of wildlife happenings at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, which also offers scheduled bird walks. WRITING & READING IN NATURE Sunday, April 9 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Official National Poetry Month event. Focuses on observation and notation, writing exercises,readings from naturalists, journaling. ROCKIN’ REPTILES! Saturday, April 15 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Snakes, lizards, and turtles, oh my! Family friendly. Meet reptiles and amphibians, go for a reptile walk, make crafts. CAMINADA DE FIESTA 5K OR 10K Saturday, April 22 8 a.m.-11 am European-style “volksmarch” along nature trails and roads, passing numerous bird watching areas (no hills!). In partnership with Texas Wanders Volksmarch Club.
Green Darner Dragonfly at Mitchell Lake. Photos courtesy of Sean Fitzgerald
Don’t be impatient for something “big” to happen. Mother Nature has her own rhythm.
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W h at J i m B oW i e r e a l ly s a i d
— Jim Bowie
Had Boudro’s been serving on the River Walk back then, Jim Bowie could have carved his Center Cut Top Sirloin with a butter knife. Prime steaks, Gulf Coast seafood and the best Margaritas around have made Boudro’s one of the Alamo City’s most loved restaurants. Frommers says “Everybody loves this old standby on the River Walk.” Join us riverside, inside or (with reservations) on a barge dinner cruise.
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CHECK THIS OUT! April is a very busy month with so many fun things to experience. With some difficulty, we selected these three to highlight based on their local vibe and uniqueness. For more suggestions go to pages 40-41.
MISSION REACH FLOTILLA FESTIVAL! Saturday, April 8, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Mission County Park Free and fun for the whole family! A flotilla water parade, costume contest, watercraft decorating contest, live music, food and art vendors, and more! Sponsored by the San Antonio River Foundation and the San Antonio River Authority to highlight the newly developed Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project. For details, visit www.MissionReachFlotillaFestival.org
FOODIES DELIGHT: SEVEN SEAS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
BRIGHTON CENTERâ€™S 18TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE NORTHSIDE
The Seven Seas Food & Wine Festival bring a world of taste to SeaWorld San Antonio. Visit eleven countries in one stop while sampling food, wine, craft beers and cocktails from around the world. Authentic menus and colorful chef demonstrations are complemented by live entertainment, music and fabulous shows, making this a favorite event of Texas gourmets. SeaWorldparks.com/en/seaworld-sanantonio/
Tickets include parking, shuttle, unlimited food tasting from 50+ restaurants, 5 drinks, 4 stages with live music and loads of fun. Price: $85 pre-sale or $100 at door. Tickets https://www. eventbrite.com/e/18th-annual-taste-of-the-northside-tickets30469914334?aff=ehomecard
April 21 â€“ May 29; SeaWorld San Antonio
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April 26, 5:30-10:30 p.m.; The Club at Sonterra
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FOOD & DRINK MI TIERRA
ACENAR 146 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2362 www.acenar.com Mexican - p44 2
DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB 200 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-3343 www.durtynellyspub.com Irish Pub - p44 27
218 Produce Row San Antonio TX 78207 (210) 225-1262 www, mitierracafe.com
BARRIBA CANTINA 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 228-9876 www.barribacantina.com Mexican - p44 63
GHIRARDELLI ICE CREAM & CHOCOLATE SHOP Shops at Rivercenter, River Level San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 627-6064 Ghirardelli.com Ice Cream, Chocolate - p44 89
NECTAR WINE BAR & ALE HOUSE 214 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 375-4082 www.nectarsa.com Wine Bar and Ale House - p50 50
GUADALAJARA GRILL 306 W. Market San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-9222 www.thehotelcontessa.com Spanish - p44 91
THE ORIGINAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT 528 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 224-9951 www.originalmexican.com Tex-Mex - p44 14
BEN & JERRY’S 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 220-3770 benjerry.com/riverwalksouth.com Ice Cream BIER GARTEN 124-150 Losoya St San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-7299 www.alamobiergarten.com German - p44 36 BOUDRO’S TEXAS BISTRO 421 East Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-8484 www.boudros.com American - p44 16 CASA RIO 430 E. Commerce San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 225-6718 www.casa-rio.com Tex-Mex - p44 61 CHARLIE WANTS A BURGER SPORTS BAR 223 Losoya San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-0864 charliewantsaburger.com Burgers-Craft Beer - p44 18 CHART HOUSE Tower of the Americas
739 East Cesar E. Chavez
San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-3101 toweroftheamericas.com Seafood/Steakhouse COUNTY LINE BARBEQUE SPORTS BAR 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 229-1941 www.countyline.com BBQ - p44 7 DENNY’S 903 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210 223 4321 www.dennys.com American 24 hours - p50 5 DICK’S LAST RESORT 406 Navarro San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 244-0026 www.dickslastresort.com American - p44 6 38 RIO Magazine
GUADALAJARA GRILL 301 South Alamo Street San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-222-1992 www.guadalajaragrill.us Tex-Mex - p44 91 IRON CACTUS MEXICAN GRILL & MARGARITA BAR 200 River Walk San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-9835 www.ironcactus.com Tex-Mex - p44 4 JOE’S CRABSHACK 212 College Street, Suite 100, San Antonio, Texas 78205 Seafood - p44 92 JOE’S CRABSHACK 255 E. Basse Road, San Antonio, Texas 78209 Seafood LA MARGARITA 800 Dolorosa San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 227-7140 www.lamargarita.com Mexican - p50 4 LANDRY’S SEAFOOD HOUSE 517 N. Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-1010 www.landrysseafood.com Seafood MAD DOGS 123 Losoya Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-0220 maddogs.net British Pub - p44 11 MARBLE SLAB The Shops at Rivercenter 210-227-9100 Ice Cream & Pretzels MARIA MIA 849 East Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 272-0403 mariamiamexicanbistro.com Mexican - p44 23
Mexican - p50 3
PAESANOS Paesanos River Walk 111 W. Crockett #100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 227-2782 www.paesanosriverwalk.com Italian - p44 91 Paesanos Lincoln Heights 555 East Basse Rd. (210) 828 5191 Italian Paesanos 1604 3622 Paesanos Parkway (210) 493 1604 Italian PICO DE GALLO
111 S. Leona San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 225-6060 www.picodegallo.com
Mexican- p50 1
RAINFOREST CAFÉ 110 E. Crockett San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 277-6300 www.rainforestcafe.com American - p44 17
SALTGRASS STEAK HOUSE 502 River Walk San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-9092 www.saltgrass.com Steakhouse - p44 53 SCHAKOLAD CHOCOLATE FACTORY 112 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 354-3322 schakolad.com/store49 Chocolate Boutique - p50 45 SCHILO’S 424 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-6692 www.schilos.com Deli - p50 26 TEXAS DE BRAZIL 313 E. Houston San Antonio., TX 78205 (210) 299-1600 www.texasdebrazil.com Brazilian Steakhouse - p50 27 TEX’S RIVER WALK SPORTS BAR 200 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 270-0786 www.palaciodelrio.com American - p44 80 TONY ROMAS The Shops at River Center 849 E Commerce St San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-7662 tonyromas-sanantonio.com Ribs, Seafood, Steak - p44 66 ZOCCA 420 W. Market San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 444-6070 www.zoccariverwalk.com Italian
THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS 429 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-6256 therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com American - p44 55 RIO DE GELATO, PIZZERIA & ITALIAN CAFE 102 Navarro Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205, (21) 223-0800, riodegelato.com Family Recipe Italian p44 2 RIO RIO CANTINA 421 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-8462 www.rioriocantina.com Tex-Mex - p44 13
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL EVENTS 4/1-16 JUST FOR KIDS Offered over three weekends in April, this festival of whimsical concerts features some of today’s favorite children’s musical artists, including: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo & Recess Monkey (April 1-2), Choo Choo Soul (April 8-9) and Aaron Nigel Smith (April 15-16). SeaWorld. seaworldparks.com/seaworld-sanantonio
POTEET STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL This fruity festival is “jam-packed” full of fun with gunslingers, a carnival, various contests, exciting rodeo performances and more than a dozen areas of continuous entertainment from famous country and Tejano stars and regional bands. Bring the family and enjoy strawberry fields forever. Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds. StrawberryFestival.com Through 12/23 ART IN THE GARDEN FEATURING THE STEEL SCULPTURES OF GEORGE TOBOLOWSKY Tobolowsky creates abstract metal sculptures from found objects, pieces of bulky industrial castoffs scoured from scrap yards and fabrication plants. The metal pieces, rarely altered, are arranged into balanced compositions fit together like “pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.” Considered part assemblage and part recycling, his work follows closely the artistic influence of Louise Nevelson. San Antonio Botanical Garden. sabot.org
4/26 @ 7:30 p.m. PAUL ANKA “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and sing along to “Diana,” “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” and many of the most memorable songs in modern entertainment. Don’t miss an incredible night with legendary musician Paul Anka performing his greatest hits.Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. tobincenter.org
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FORD RIVER WALK CORONATION & MARIACHI KICK-OFF April 25, 6:30-9:30 pm Tobin Center for the Performing Arts This is the announcement and crowning ceremony of the 2017 River Walk Royal Court. The party includes mariachis, live band, DJ, dancing, appetizers & more. Fiesta attire is encouraged. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets: tobincenter.org/box-office Info: thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events 40 RIO Magazine
FORD MARIACHI CELEBRATION April 25-27, 6-9 pm 2 ½ mile downtown area of the River Walk This free, official Fiesta event features Mariachi bands and Folklorico dancers from local schools and colleges. This is the perfect time to sit outside, sip a margarita and enjoy the music as it floats by. Barges randomly stop and play. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/eventsl
FIESTA ARTISAN SHOW April 22-24, Opening day, 11am– 11pm, Middle day 10am–11pm, Final day, 10am–8pm River Walk Extension (close to Shops at Rivercenter) Vendors display and sell beautiful handmade merchandise along the San Antonio River Walk. Artisans are different for each show but usually include pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork and more.
SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS 4/8 @ 9 a.m. San Antonio Book Festival Central Library 4/19 @ 10:30 a.m. Fiesta Hat Contest & Luncheon Alzafar Shrine 4/19 @ 6 p.m. “The Cutting Edge” Fiesta Fashion Show Rosenberg Skyroom 4/20-30 @ 6 p.m. Fiesta Carnival Alamodome
4/25 @ 6:30 p.m. Ford River Walk Coronation & Mariachi Kick-Off Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/25-27 @ 6 p.m. Ford Mariachi Celebration River Walk 4/25-27 @ 7 p.m. Cornyation Empire Theatre 4/25-28 @ 5:30 p.m. NIOSA (A Night in Old San Antonio) La Villita
4/20 @ 5 p.m. Fiesta Fiesta Hemisfair
4/26 @ 8 p.m. Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo Majestic Theater
4/21-4/22 Fiesta Oyster Bake St. Mary’s University
4/28 @ 12:20 p.m. Battle of Flowers Parade Downtown
4/21-4/23 A Taste of New Orleans Sunken Garden Theater
4/29 @ 6:30 p.m. Fiesta Flambeau Parade Downtown
4/21-30 @ 10 a.m. Fiesta de los Reyes Market Square 4/21 @ 5:30 p.m. Alamo Heights Night University of the Incarnate Word 4/21 @ 5:30 p.m. Crown the King! Public Crowning of Rey Feo Main Plaza 4/21 @ 11 a.m. Fiesta UTSA UTSA Sombrilla Plaza 4/22-23 Fiesta Arts Fair Southwest School of Art 4/22 @ 10 a.m. El Rey Fido coronation Grand Hyatt San Antonio 4/22 @ 6 p.m. Investiture of King Antonio The Alamo 4/22 @ 12 p.m. Pinatas in the Barrio Guadalupe Theater 4/22 @ 10 a.m. Viva Botanica San Antonio Botanical Garden 4/23 @ 3 p.m. Throwback Fiesta Maverick Park 4/24 @ 7 p.m. Texas Cavaliers River Parade River Walk 4/25 @ 10 a.m. Fiesta Especial Celebration Day Alamodome www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com
4/29 @ 7:45 a.m. Fiesta Pooch Parade Alamo Heights Swimming Pool 4/29 @ 9 a.m. King William Fair King William Historic District Through 4/30 Mardi Gras Festival Six Flags Fiesta Texas Through 5/31 Celebrate the Arts Six Flags Fiesta Texas
COMEDY 4/5-9 Janet Williams Rivercenter Comedy Club 4/7-9 Jo Koy Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club 4/8 @ 7:30 p.m. Mnozil Brass Empire Theatre 4/12-15 JR Brow Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club 4/19-23 NIPSA presented by Comedia a Go Go Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club 4/19-23 Raul Sanchez Rivercenter Comedy Club 4/26 & 4/30 Ben Moore Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
4/27-29 @ 8:00 p.m. Fiesta Comedy Explosion with Donnell Rawlings Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
KID’S & FAMILY 4/1 @ 4:00 p.m. Family FIESTAval Aggie Park 4/2 @ 11:00 a.m. First Sundays for Families: The Art of Nature San Antonio Museum of Art 4/5 @ 10:00 a.m. Playdates: Wonderful Warriors San Antonio Museum of Art 4/7 @ 8:00 p.m. Film on the Green: The Sapphires San Antonio Museum of Art 4/12-16 Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart Alamodome 4/12 @ 10:00 a.m. Playdates: Fruits and Flowers San Antonio Museum of Art 4/13 @ 10:00 a.m. Art Crawl: Feathers, Fur & Scales! San Antonio Museum of Art 4/15 @ 9:00 a.m. Bird Walk San Antonio Botanical Garden 4/19 @ 10:00 a.m. Playdates: Let’s Fiesta San Antonio Museum of Art 4/26 @ 10:00 a.m. Playdates: The Dot San Antonio Museum of Art 4/28 @ 10:30 a.m. Splashtown Season Opening Splashtown San Antonio Through 4/30 Dream Keeper Exhibit The DoSeum Through 5/7 Above & Beyond Witte Museum
MUSIC 4/5 @ 7:30 p.m. Ronnie Milsap A Legend in My Time Tour Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/6 @ 7:30 p.m. Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Tour AT&T Center 4/7-8 Maverick Music Festival La Villita
4/7 @ 7:30 p.m. The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/10 @ 7:30 p.m. Black Violin Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/12 @ 8:00 p.m. Morrissey Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/15 @ 8:00 p.m. Portugal. The Man Aztec Theatre 4/20 @ 7:30 p.m. Che Malambo Empire Theatre 4/27 @ 8:00 p.m. Tech N9ne Aztec Theatre
PERFORMING ARTS Through 4/9 The Three Javelinas Magik Theatre Through 4/9 Disgraced The Playhouse Theater Through 5/31 Celebrate the Arts Six Flags Fiesta Texas 4/5 @ 7:30 p.m. Sex and the City A Parody Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater 4/7-5/7 Sister Act Woodlawn Theatre 4/8-9 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/13 @ 7:30 p.m. Greater Tuna Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/14-16 Shen Yun 2017 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/19 @ 7:30 p.m. Momix Opus Cactus Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/21-6/3 The Emperor’s New Threads Magik Theatre
SPORTS & FITNESS 4/1-2 @ 9:00 a.m. HEB Alamo Run Fest Alamodome
4/2 @ 2:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz AT&T Center 4/4 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies AT&T Center 4/5 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers AT&T Center 4/7 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Bakersfield Condors AT&T Center 4/8 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers AT&T Center 4/8 @ 8:00 a.m. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Alamodome 4/9 @ 3:00 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Bakersfield Condors AT&T Center 4/14 @ 7:30 p.m. Fan Appreciation Night: San Antonio Rampage vs. Texas Stars AT&T Center
VISUAL ARTS 2/24-5/14 Of Country and Culture: The Lam Collection of Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art San Antonio Museum of Art 2/24-5/28 Perceptions of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures 4/2-5/14 Night of Artists Briscoe Western Art Museum 4/11 @ 7:00 p.m. By the Book: Of Country and Culture Myths & Texts & Today San Antonio Museum of Art 4/14 @ 6:00 p.m. Art Party: Deep in the Art of Texas San Antonio Museum of Art 4/18 @ 6:00 p.m. Culture + Cuisine San Antonio Museum of Art 4/21-30 Natural Beauty: Fiesta of Land,Water and Sky Witte Museum Through 4/9 Foreign by Land, Native by Heart Institute of Texan Cultures RIO Magazine
SHOPPING ALAMO PLAZA SHIRTS 325 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-2347 Shirts ALAMO QUARRY MARKET 255 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8885 www.quarrymarket.com Shopping Center THE ALLEY ON BITTERS 555 W. Bitters Rd. San Antonio, TX 78206 (210) 494-3226 www.TheAlleyOnBitters.com Unique collection of shops and artists BONITA RITA’S 245 E. Commerce, #100 San Antonio, TX 78205 CALIENTE HARLEY DAVIDSON 7230 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78245 (210) 681-2254 www.calienteharley.com Harley Davidson Rentals CASA SALAZAR 216 E. Houston San Antonio, 78205 210-472-2272 themajestic.com/casa Fine Mexican Imports THE COLLECTION 7959 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-3130 thecollectionsanantonio.com Shopping Center CLASSIC OLD TIME PHOTOS 123 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-475-9899 Photos DEL SOL OF SAN ANTONIO 321 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-231-0900 www.delsol.com Clothing DOS CAROLINAS 303 Pearl parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 224-7000 www.doscarolinas.com Custom Handmade Guayaberas EL MERCADO 514 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78207 210-207-8600 www.sanantonio.gov/marketsquare Traditional Mexican Market FIESTA ON MAIN 2025 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 738-1188 www.alamofiesta.com Mexican cultural gifts, pinatas 42 RIO Magazine
THE FIESTA STORE 2611 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78215 210-227-5191 www.fiesta-sa.org FIVE & DIME GENERAL STORE 101 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-233-0166 fiveanddimegs.com General Merchandise GALLERY VETRO CREATIVE ARTGLASS 250 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-354-0001 Glass Art, Jewelry, Gifts
2017 River Walk Fiesta medals are available for purchase online at TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com or at the Fiesta Store on Broadway, 3 miles north of downtown.
GARCIA ART GLASS 715 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-1400 www.garciaartglass Hand Blown Glass
NORTH STAR MALL 7400 San Pedro San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 340-6627 www.northstarmall.com Shopping MalL
HUEBNER OAKS 11745 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 shophuebneroaks.com Shopping Center
PARIS HATTERS 119 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-3453 www.parishatters.com Cowboy Hats - p44 6
KATHLEEN SOMMERS 2417 North Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8437 kathleensommers.com Local Fashions & Jewelry
PENNERS DOWNTOWN 311 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-2487 www.pennersinc.com Iconic Men’s Clothing Store
KENDRA SCOTT 310 East Basse Rd. #101 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 591-7180 www.kendrascott.com Jewelry LOS PATIOS 2015 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 655-6171 www.lospatios.com Unique local shops LUCCHESE BOOT COMPANY 255 East Basse Rd #800 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9419 www.lucchese.com Custom Boots and Western wear MELISSA GUERRA 303 Pearl Parkway#104 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 293-3983 melissaguerra.com Latin Kitchen Market MERCADORITA’S 245 E. Commerce & Bonita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-286-7432
OUT WEST 215 1/2 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, Texas 78205 Phone (210) 224-8804 Clothing & Gift Shop SAN ANGEL FOLK ART 110 Blue Star San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 226-6688 www.sanangelfolkart.com Mexican Cultural Arts SAN ANTONIO VISITORS CENTER 317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-6871 www.visitsan antonio.com SHOPS OF LA CANTERA 15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com Shopping Mall
TIENDA LA GARZA 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133 Mexican Folk Art, Books and Apparel TPJ GIFT SHOP 849 E. Commerce #673 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-9066 THE TWIG BOOK SHOP 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com Locally Owned Book Store THE UNOFFICIAL BEST OF TEXAS 101 Alamo Plaza, #3 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-0242 THE VINEYARD 1207 North Loop 1604 W San Antonio, TX 78258 thevineyardshoppingcenter.com Shopping Center WYNDHAM SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK 111 E. Pecan Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-489-9768 www.sawyncom THE WESTIN RIVERWALK 420 W. Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-413-9731 www.westin.com
77T’S SOUVENIRS & T-SHIRTS 207 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-549-1279 www.77tshirts.com T-Shirt TEXAS ACCENT GENERAL STORE 803 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78207 210-435-2446 General Merchandise thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Downtown on the River Walk â€˘ 146 E. Houston St. 210.222.2362 â€˘ acenar.com
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19 Lone Star Cafe
22 Battle For Texas, The Experience at The Shops at River Center
25 Riverwalk Wine & Spirits
21 Café Olé
33 The Alamo
23 Maria Mia
35 The Shops at Rivercenter
24 Las Ramblas 27 Durty Nelly’s
36 The Improv at Rivercenter 38 La Villita
28 Little Rhein Steak House
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55 The Republic of Texas
57 Briscoe Western Art Museum 72 San Fernando Cathedral 73 Tower of the Americas
63 Barriba Cantina
MISCELLANEOUS 34 CitySightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Double Deckers
56 Pizzarita’s 61 Casa Rioa
60 Wyndham River Walk 64 Menger Hotel 82 Grand Hyatt 86 Hotel Contessa
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6 Dick’s Last Resort
89 Garcia Art Glass
75 Fig Tree Restaurant
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81 Turquoise River Trading Company
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LOCATIONS LISTING RESTAURANTS
21 Tienda La Garza
1 Ristorante Pico de Gallo
22 The Amazing Mirror Maze
2 Rio de Gelato
23 San Antonio General Store
3 Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia
5 Denny’s 18 Francesco’s Gelato 20 Pat O’Brien’s 26 Schilo’s 27 Texas De Brazil 28 Houston Street Bistro 36 Augies Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse 37 Bohanan’s
44 Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen River Walk Downtown
45 Schakolad 46 Thai Lao Orchid
50 Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House 51 Biga on the Banks ATTRACTIONS & SHOPPING 38 Plaza Taxco 6 Paris Hatters 7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum 8 The Pearl 9 The Shps at RiverCenter
29 Aztec Theatre
4 La Margarita Mexican
Restaurant & Oyster Bar
10 Tower of the Americas/
Chart House Restaurant
30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/ Tomb Rider 3D
31 Guiness World Records Museum 32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not/
Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works
33 The Alamo 35 Tobin Center 38 Angelita’s 40 VFW Post 76 41 Market Square 42 Spanish Governor’s Palace 48 Alta Vista Skate Shop HOTELS 12 Wyndham Garden River Walk 15 Crockett Hotel 16 Gunter Hotel 17 Menger Hotel 24 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 43 Marriott Plaza San Antonio MISCELLANEOUS 34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour
Exceptional dining at chart house
13 San Antonio Museum of Art
68 SegCity Segway Tours
14 Institute of Texan Culture
69 San Antonio Public Library
18 Yasmin’s Boutique
Nothing tops the tower
19 Out West
Photo by Joe Chidgey
Observation deck with incredible views
4D Theater Ride: Skies over texas
Look for our ad on coupon page
739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. 210-223-3101 toweroftheamericas.com RIO Magazine
Historic Arts Village S H O P S
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La Villita, south of the River Walk in downtown San Antonio, was originally settled nearly 300 years ago as one of the city’s first neighborhoods. In 1939, La Villita Historic Arts Village was established and the neighborhood was adapted into a center for teaching regional arts and crafts and to serve as an artists market. Today, nearly 30 shops and galleries offer distinct handcrafted items by artists from San Antonio and surrounding areas. You’ll find paintings, folk art, textiles, sculptures, copper wares, jewelry, and more. Plus, in the midst of these tree-lined walkways and plazas, enjoy a savory culinary experience at the area restaurants with options ranging from traditional Mexican flavors to steakhouse favorites.
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LA VILLITA 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops - p44 38 ANGELITA La Villita - Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry - p44 38 B & C LEATHER DESIGNS & UNIQUE FINDS La Villita - Bldg. 24 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-724-8521, 210-464-1126 - p44 38
BES ARTE La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, Texas 78205 Bes Arte-La Villita/Facebook.com 210-232-0661 - p44 38 CASA MANOS ALEGRES La Villita - Bldg. 6 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-313-7293 www.lavillita.com Mexican Cultural Gift - p44 38 COPPER GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 11 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.271.3856 www.thecoppergallery.com Art Collectibles - p44 38
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EQUINOX GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery - p44 38
SCENTCHIPS USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles - p44 38
LITTLE STUDIO GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38
STARVING ARTIST GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38
MUSTANG GREYâ€™S La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.222.1894 www.lavillita.com - p44 38
VILLAGE GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery.net Art Gallery - p44 38
PLAZA TAXCO La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com - p44 38
VILLITA STAINED GLASS La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery - p44 38
POPULUX COMMISSARY/ HOUSE PAINT La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205 populuxcommissary/facebook.com 210-883-4259 - p44 38
TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com @TheSanAntonio RiverWalkOfficial @PaseoDelRio The San Antonio River Walk Hugman thesanantonioriverwalk
RIVER ART GROUP La Villita - Bldg. 14 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.rivergroup.com Art Gallery - p44, p50 38
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29 Joe’s Crab Shack -
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14 Salt Grass - Donella
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15 Paesanos - Lincoln Heights
1 The Rim
16 Paesanos - 1604
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas
26 Augies Barbed Wire
3 The Shops at La Cantera
28 Joe’s Crab Shack -
San Antonio Quarry
4 SeaWorld of San Antonio
5 North Star Mall
12 San Antonio Botanical Garden
6 The Forum Shops
17 K1 Speed
21 The Alamo
7 Vineyard Shopping Center
18 San Antonio Aquarium
22 Mission Conception
8 Alamo Quarry Market
19 Morgan’s Wonderland
23 Mission San José
20 The DoSeum
24 Mission San Juan
10 Alamo Helicopter Tours
27 Flipz Trampoline Park
25 Mission Espada
11 San Antonio Zoo
PLAY EXPLORE STAY
DINE SERVICES MAP
FORD MARIACHI CELEBRATION April 25 - 27 (6PM - 9PM)
2 Â½ mile downtown area of the River Walk www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/eventsl 56 RIO Magazine
849 E Commerce Street, #171 | San Antonio, Texas 78205 | 210-225-7662
LOCATED ON THE HISTORIC RIVER WALK
10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE
Valid at the San Antonio location only. Not available with any other discounts, specials, coupons or offers. Does not include tax or gratuity. Limit one coupon per table, per visit. This ad cannot be redeemed for cash. Excludes alcohol.
MORE TO EXPLORE:
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Open 9 AM Daily. Ticket/Boarding Locations:
(Market St. & Alamo)
Rivercenter Mall (Commerce & Bowie)
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Aztec Theatre @riosanantonio
(St.Mary’s & Crockett)
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COUPONS Psychic Elizabeth Gifted Spiritualist Psychic $15 off a $35 reading
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Open Tue–Sun 10AM with seasonal closing hours | Closed Mondays Expires 04/30/2017
* Free Appetizer - Present this offer to receive a free appetizer (value up to $11.99) with the purchase of one adult entrée. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Tax and gratuity not included. Valid at all San Antonio locations. ** Military Discount - Valid on food purchases only. Expires 12/31/2017
KRAUTWURST BALLS with purchase of TWO – ONE LITER BIERS
One coupon per table. For dine in guests only. Expires 04/30/2017.
at any of these La Villita locations
Chef’s Surprise Appetizer With purchase of 2 entrées
146 E. Houston St. @ River Walk 210.222.2362 | acenar.com One per table, please. Dine in only. Expires 04/30/17.
(Excluding Sales Items)
In Historic La Villita just steps from the Riverwalk 418 Villita St. • www.angelitasa.com (210) 224-8362
General Adult Admission SAVE UP TO $8
Please enjoy a *Free Appetizer **20% OFF Military
126 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX, 78205
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(excluding sale items and alcohol)
BUY ANY GHIRARDELLI SUNDAE, RECEIVE A FREE CHOCOLATE BAR*
See our ads on pages 53 & 54
*Cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon.
849 E Commerce Street, #171 San Antonio, TX 78205
FREE CHIPS and QUESO with purchase of an Entrée* 849 E. Commerce/River Walk (Below Marriott Rivercenter)
210.272.0403 | mariamexicanbistro.com *One per table
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10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE
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Valid for up to 8 guests per table/reservation. 313 E. Houston St., San Antonio, Texas 78205
Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Not valid on restaurant holidays. Does not apply to salad-area only dinner or discounted children’s prices. Beverages, alcoholic beverages, desserts, tax and gratuity not included. Expires 04/30/2017
124 Losoya St., San Antonio, TX 78205
FREE BEVERAGE With the purchase of entree during happy hour only. Happy Hour 4-8PM 04/30/17
409 E. Commerce 210-465-UGLY www.coyoteuglysaloon.com
Rio de Gelato Pizzeria & Italian Cafe 102 Navarro Street San Antonio, TX 78205
SAVE UP TO
Present this coupon and receive $2.00 OFF each adult and $1.00 OFF each Child’s Full Price Discovery Tour Ticket. Limit 6.
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Classic Torch Cone with the purchase of a small Gelato
Not valid with any other offers. One Coupon per table. Expires 04/30/17
ENTIRE GUEST CHECK
One coupon, per check, per visit. Not valid with any other coupons or promotional offers. Coupon has no cash value. No change returned. Taxes and gratuity not included. Alcoholic beverages not included. Valid only 903 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX location. Selection and prices may vary. Only original coupon accepted. Photocopied and Internet printed or purchased coupons are not valid. No substitutions. © 2014 DFO, LLC. Printed in the U.S.A. Offer ends 04/30/17
Any one piece of regularly priced jewelry
123 Losoya, #4
(Located on the river level,
in the atrium of the Hyatt Regency)
210-227-5866 Expires 04/30/17
Crockett at Navarro (210) 293-7482 |www.pizzaritas.com
Two big slices!
Applies to Cheese or Pepperoni slices. Cannot be combined with other offers or coupons. Available for delivery and in-house.
Harley Davidson Dealer T-Shirt 111 West Crockett Street 210-212-4461 cowboysalamocityharley.com
*Short sleeve t-shirts only. Applies to dealer t-shirt wall only. Limit one coupon per person. Full price items only. No additional discounts apply. Expires 04/30/2017
FREE BASKET OF HAND BATTERED FRIED PICKLES With the purchase of TWO dinner menu entrees.
237 Loyosa, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-9374 www.riverrestaurants.com Limit one coupon per table. Expires 04/30/17
...the ultimate souvenir to remind you of good times on the River Walk
Available at TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com OR at these San Antonio Retailers:
Alamo Plaza Shirts 325 Alamo Plaza San Antonio Visitorâ€™s Center 317 Alamo Plaza The Unofficial Best of Texas 101 Alamo Plaza, #3 Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk 111 E. Pecan Street The Westin Riverwalk 420 W. Market Street Mercadorita's 245 E. Commerce & Bonita Bonita Rita's 245 E. Commerce, #100 The Fiesta Store 2611 Broadway
OFFICIALLY LICENSED RIVER WALK MERCHANDISE Distinctive, high-quality merchandise is what defines the River Walk brand. These are styles youâ€™ll want to show off, the ultimate souvenir to remind you of good times on the River Walk. Proceeds from the sale of this merchandise are used to preserve, protect, and promote the River Walk.
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CHIPS & QUESO Visit Us At The Republic of Texas Restaurant and receive a complimentary order of Chips & Queso. 526 Riverwalk • 210-226-6256 www.therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com Minimum purchase of $25.00. Not valid with any other offers. Subject to Blackout Dates. One Coupon per table. Expires 04/30/17
On the San Antonio Riverwalk 223 Losoya Street (210) 227-0864
FREE Homemade Potato Chips in a basket served with avocado crèam dipping sauce.*
10% MILITARY DISCOUNT
to those in uniform or with an active duty military ID.**
charliewantsaburger.com Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily. Dog-Friendly Patio, Restaurant & Sports Bar. *With purchase of any entrée. One per table of 4. **Military discount on food only.
ADULT OR CHILD TICKET
301 Alamo Plaza •210-224-9299
Complimentary House Dessert with order of an entrée. 111 W. Crockett Street, Suite 101 (210) 227-2782 paesanosriverwalk.com Not valid with any other offer or discount. Offer only valid at Paesanos Riverwalk location.
FREE Queso Blanco OR Guacamole & Chips with purchase of entrée.* 421 E. Commerce Street riorioriverwalk.com | (210) 226-8462 *One complimentary order of Queso Blanco OR Guacamole and Chips per table. Purchased entrée does not include daily specials, appetizers, happy hour, alcohol or desserts. One offer per table, not to be used in conjunction with other coupons. RIOPUB
COMPLIMENTARY QUESO BLANCO*
Located in Rivercenter Mall on 3rd Level 849 East Commerce 210-229-1420 www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com Not valid with any other offer. Good up to six people. Expires 04/30/17 • ©RIPLEY ENTERTAINMENT INC. - RIO MAG
Save up to $11
Not valid with special events. Expires 04/30/17
Happy Hour Every Day 3pm–6pm Reverse 9pm–11pm: House Wine $4.50 • 12oz Rio Margarita $5 Well Drinks $4 + Beer Specials! *1 coupon per table. Not to be used in conjunction with other coupons.
421 E. Commerce St. on the River Walk 210-226-8462 www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com
Tower of the Americas
Parties of LESS than 8
(seasoned chicken rolled up in a tortilla)
with the purchase of 1 entrée Parties of 8 or MORE
LA PACHANGA APPETIZER (Cup of Queso, beef tacos and flautas)
with the purchase of 2 entrées Coupon not valid with other offers or coupons. Please present coupon to server at time of ordering.
110 E. Crockett on the Riverwalk 210-277-6300
OFF TOWER TICKET
701 Bowie, San Antonio, TX 78205
Toweroftheamericas.com Ticket includes unlimited access to Observation Deck, Flags over Texas & 4-D Theater Ride. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Limit one $2.00 off coupon per person. No cash Value. Expires 04/30/17
an Adult Entrée with this ad
CHEF’S APPETIZER OF THE DAY
Ice Cold Drinks & Good Texas Food
One coupon per table per visit. Offer at Riverwalk location only. Must present coupon. Expires 04/30/17.
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Redeem this coupon for one complimentary appetizer.
200 River Walk, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-9835 • ironcactus.com Not valid with any other offer, one per table, not valued during happy hour. Expires 04/30/17.
FREE With the purchase of an adult entrée.
245 E. Commerce River Level at Navarro & Crockett 210-227-RITA • www.ritasontheriver.com Valid only for lunch and Dinner, coupon good for up to 2 entrees at a table
With a purchase of 2 Entrees & 2 Beverage Riverwalk level of the Hyatt Regency Maddogs.net • (210) 222-0220 One Coupon per table per visit. Expires 04/30/17.
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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS DINING/RESTAURANTS
Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362
Barriba www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876 Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484 Casa Rio & Schilo’s www.casario.com 210-225-6718 www.schilos.com 210-223-6692 Charlie Wants A Burger Sports Bar www.charliewantsaburger.com 210-227-0864 Chart House www.toweroftheamericas.com 210-223-3101 The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941 Denny’s Riverwalk www.dennys.com 210-223-4321 Dick’s Last Resort www.dickslastresort.com 210-224-0026 Ghirardelli www.ghirardelli.com 210-627-6064 Guadalajara Grill www.guadalajaragrill.us 210-222-1992 Iron Cactus www.ironcactus.com 210-224-9835 Joe’s Crabshack www.joescrabshack.com 210-271-9981 Landry’s Saltgrass Steakhouse www.saltgrass.com 210-222-9092 Landry’s Seafood www.landrysseafood.com 210-229-1010 Lonestar Restaurants www.riverrestaurants.com 210-223-9374 Maria Mia www.mariamiamexicanbistro.com 210-272-0403 Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262 62 RIO Magazine
La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140
Turquoise River Trading Company 210-227-5866
Rio San Antonio Cruises www.riosanantonio.com 210-224-5700
The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951
Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499
Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY
Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782
Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000
Pizzaritas www.pizzaritas.com 210-293-7842
San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924
Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.palaciodelrio.com 210-224-3368
Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300 The Republic of Texas therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com 210-226-6256 Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060 Rio de Gelato www.riodegelato.com 210-223-0800 Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462 Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA Texas de Brazil www.texasdebrazil.com 210-299-1600 Tony Roma’s www.tonyromas.com 210-225-7662
Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362
Howl at the Moon www.howlatthemoon.com 210-212-4770
Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080
MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220
Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101
BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299
Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828
Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462
Mirror Maze 210-224-2288 Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299
Alamo SegCity Segway Tours www.segcity.com 210-224-0773 BARS/PUBS The BarWalk www.TheBarWalk.com City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687
Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel www.luckyeagletexas.com 1-888-255-8259
Improv Comedy Club www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com 210-229-1400
Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com
Zurich US Properties, Inc. www.zurichproperties.com 210-225-5877
B & C Leather Designs & Unique Finds 210-724-8521; 210-464-1126 Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600 Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461 Paris Hatters www.parishatters.com 210-223-3453 Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733 Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-000 thesanantonioriverwalk.com
MARCH 27 â€“ APRIL 30
This month we are giving away not one, but TWO 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class! LUCKY Winners have the opportunity to win one on April 21 at 11 p.m. and the other on April 30 at 7 p.m. Begin earning entries on March 27. Earn one FREE entry daily and additional entries for every 777 points earned. As an added bonus, you can earn double entries every Tuesday and Wednesday! Join us early on the grand prize drawing nights where 10 Lucky guests will win $250 in Lucky Bucks during our hot seat drawings and one Lucky winner will get the keys to a brand-new Mercedes-Benz. The drawing drum will be emptied after the April 21 drawing so be sure to come back next week for a second chance to win! See Players Club for full details!
E AG L E PA S S, T X
Vehicle shown will vary from actual prize. Must be a Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel Players Club Member to participate. Management reserves all rights.
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