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ON THE COVER ¡Viva Hemisfair! is a weekend-long celebration for the 50th anniversary of Hemisfair, April 6-8. The event features throwbacks to the 1968 World’s Fair, previews of what’s to come in the redeveloping district, and a huge celebration of the diversity of San Antonio! Visitors will experience a weekend-at-the-World’s-Fair with cultural zones from around the worlds representing the different people that call San Antonio home, and their heritage traditions. You won’t want to miss the big kick-off party Friday, April 6 (5-10pm), a day of festival fun Saturday April 7 (12-9pm), and the art and history retrospectives happening Sunday April 8 (12-5pm). Visit www.hemisfair.org for more information. Photo courtesy of Joe Chidgey.
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IF YOU’RE VISITING SAN ANTONIO ANYTIME IN APRIL, YOU HIT THE EXPERIENTIAL JACKPOT.
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One-time events going on this month include our city hosting the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament and the 50-anniversary celebration of Hemisfair Park, created for when the World’s Fair shined a bright light on our then low-key, sleepy town.
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Prickly Pear at Boudro’s
Shaken, stirred, frozen or flavored, margaritas have an origin shrouded in mystery and history.
The most common story focuses on a Texas socialite named Margarita who created the cocktail at her vacation home in Acapulco and gave it her name. Another credits a restaurateur in Tijuana who created it for a frequent customer who was allergic to all hard liquor except tequila. Still another legend credits the owner of a race track in Tijuana who created it for a performer named Margarita Carmen Cansino—better known by her stage name of Rita Hayworth. Most likely, the origin of the margarita started as a tequila sidecar, or a different name for a briefly popular drink called the picador, or a variation on the prohibition-era daisy cocktail that swapped tequila for brandy. The last theory seems the most plausible since a “margarita” is simply “daisy” in Spanish. On the other hand, when it comes to the origin of the frozen margarita, that title goes to a Mexican American restaurateur in Dallas who elevated the drink to mainstream fame. But enjoying the famous cocktail on the River Walk is no mystery. Multiply the enjoyment of a margarita by sipping it from a patio or balcony and soak in the ambiance of the River Walk. In alphabetical order, here are suggestions for where to try the mysterious cocktail with the river vibe.
version to try is the Gallo Borracho, a jumbo frozen margarita with a Sol beer turned upside down in it. BIER GARTEN If you want to know how much of a local mainstay is the margarita, consider that they’re available even at a beer palace that celebrates the German heritage of San Antonio. The refreshing wine-based frozen margaritas come in a traditional lime margarita or one of the flavored versions, such as watermelon, Blue Hawaiian, mango, and strawberry. Bier Garten is the only place on the River Walk where you can take your margarita in a plastic to-go with you while strolling the River Walk. It has to do with liquor licensing rules because Bier Garten serves only wine and beer and no hard liquor.
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Of course, Bier Garten is much better known for its 25 beers on draft and nearly another 40 in bottles, offering a selection from Germany, Mexico, Texas, and other parts of the United States. Enjoy a cultural mashup by ordering a pretzel, German sausage, or sauerkraut balls (they are delicious) and washing them down with one of the restaurant’s signature margaritas.
BOUDRO’S The prickly pear margarita at Boudro’s is a Margarita at Café Olé local legend, and for a good reason. It is beloved AGAVE BAR restaurant on the River Walk by visitors and locals alike. Start a meal with this Located inside Cafe Olé restaurant, this hotspot refreshing concoction or simply add the appetizer is best known for its 60-ounce frozen margarita. tableside guacamole for the perfect self-proclaimed happy Stick around for the nighttime DJs, playing hip-hop, dance hour. Order this cocktail either frozen or on the rocks. It is one of the and Latin hits. Work your way through the oversized cocktail while most famous experiences on the River Walk, and for a good reason. The you munch on a Tex-Mex combo. You can also order the same famous drink is a little tart and sweet, and the cactus fruit purée adds a wonderful 60-ounce margarita at one of Cafe Olé’s sibling restaurants, Italian food touch of color. Sip it while seated on the patio overlooking the River Walk Michelino’s or steakhouse and home-cooking spot Lone Star Cafe. or in the chic indoor atmosphere. BARRIBA IRON CACTUS MEXICAN GRILL & MARGARITA BAR Try a 28-ounce Barriba Grande or El Jefe Grande, crafted with housemade Grab a seat indoors or outside and choose from nearly 20 variations of margarita mix that includes lime, lemon and orange juices with Dulce Vida margaritas on a list of tequila cocktails that take up an entire section of Organic. The Jefe Grande is one of the most popular margaritas at Barriba, the bar menu. Try different variations on the traditional recipe featuring along with the pineapple-forward Piña Rita, with infused El Jimador Silver, different tequilas and mixers, or go for some riffs. Among them, El Pepino, Patrón Citronge, lime juice and muddled pineapple. Another intriguing
SIP & SAVOR with Milagro Silver, jalapeño, cucumber, and cilantro; or the Strawberry Cactus, with El Jimador Blanco, Cointreau, prickly pear purée and strawberry. Pair the margarita of your choice with an award-winning appetizer of tuna escabeche on a crispy wonton. THE ORIGINAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT At this well-known spot with a heritage that extends to 1899, the bar menu includes five varieties of lime margaritas and 14 types of flavored margaritas. The flavored margaritas have a base of the original frozen drink and add unique flavors such as jalapeño, banana, and coconut along with more common flavors. The margaritas are available in 14-ounce and 32-ounce servings. The Original’s street creds include an amazing, house-made cheesecake worthy of a sinful pairing with a margarita, or anything for that matter. RIO RIO CANTINA This river fixture offers five Barrel Select tequilas, each made especially for this restaurant and bar. One of the most popular cocktails here is the Skinny Margarita, which offers a choice of tequilas mixed with fresh lime juice and agave nectar, served on the rocks. Consider creative riffs on the classic margarita like the Naked Iguana, made with Herradura Double Barrel Reposado and a housemade honeydew-cilantro syrup, pineapple, and a squeeze of lime juice, or the Mexican Standoff, with Maestro Dobel Diamante Multi-Aged Tequila, lime, fresh cucumber and strawberry with a hint of jalapeño. When it comes to cocktails, you can go as traditional or nontraditional as you want at Rio Rio Cantina.
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So whether you’re like James Bond and like it shaken not stirred (or prefer it frozen), the best place to solve all the mysteries in one’s life is while enjoying a refreshing margarita overlooking the River Walk. Case closed.
WRITER’S BIO When he’s not cooking for his wife and son at home, award-winning food writer Edmund Tijerina visits restaurants along the River Walk and throughout San Antonio. He’s author of the guidebook, San Antonio’s Best Restaurants, which is available on Amazon. Find out more at SanAntoniosBestRestaurants.com.
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Piñatas in the Barrio
By Carole Miller
by Carole Miller
EVERY APRIL THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO COMES TOGETHER FOR FIESTA SAN ANTONIO, A FUSION OF ARTS, MUSIC, HERITAGE, AND CULTURE.
The best part about this far-flung jubilee is there is something for everyone. From street fairs and carnivals to charity runs to music, arts and culture, if your family can’t have fun during this perpetual party, then you just aren’t trying. During the eagerly-anticipated, annual citywide celebration of history and diversity, which takes place April 19-29, San Antonio will, once again, “party with a purpose.” More than 100 local nonprofit organizations orchestrate festivities and raise funds that support the community throughout the year, all to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, According to the Fiesta Commission, this event brings in $300 million in annual economic impact 14 RIO Magazine
with 3.5 million attendees, 52 stages, 35 concerts, 33 food events and 14 parades—all with a little help from 75,000 volunteer friends. WEST SIDE STORY Peregrinate past a plethora of piñatas the perimeter of Plaza Guadalupe. Or promenade, prance and party with proper potentates during Piñatas in the Barrio with live entertainment, delicious food, and fun for the whole family. This annual Fiesta event on the city’s West Side celebrates piñatas who, like people, come in all sizes shapes and colors. Watch the unveiling of the record-setting “Barrios Largest Pinata.” This free event is extremely family-friendly and welcoming to everyone from seniors to strollers. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Piñatas in the Barrio
Bring lawn chairs to sit and catch your breath after breaking-out your impressive dance moves at one of the many music stages. Then, stand back and take in all the sights and sounds of Grupo Azteca, dressed in traditional Aztec Indian garb, or watch the women in the Kazamba Drum & Dance Group shake their hips to the rhythm in their colorful costumes. Adding to the paper maché madness, His Royal Highness El Rey Feo (The Ugly King) will make a royal appearance and crown the new Senior Citizen King and Queen of the Barrio at this official Fiesta event. This sovereign pair, dressed in their finest Fiesta frippery, will participate in the Battle of Flowers Parade and the Fiesta Flambeau Parade.
Piñatas in the Barrio takes place downtown on Saturday, April 21, from noon until 10 p.m. at the Guadalupe Theatre located at 723 South Brazos Street. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds from this unique event benefit Action United for Entertainers & Diverse Artists (AUEDA) to assist the arts and entertainment community through financial, legal, medical, and mental health assistance with a focus on educational scholarships. A PARTY FIT FOR A KING Voted the “Best Family-Friendly Fiesta Event” by locals, the magical and marvelous King William Fair takes place in one of the most beautiful historic neighborhoods in America. Merriment and mirth worthy of a king,
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EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY When it comes to family, everyone knows the most important member is, of course, the family dog. Grab Fifi and Fido and frolic like party animals during the annual Fiesta Pooch Parade. Spend a Saturday morning strolling through the fresh air among tree-lined streets and manicured lawns of Alamo Heights with your furry best friend on the 2.6-mile parade route or bring a lawn chair (along with a little hair-of-the-dog, perhaps) and catch the cavalcade of canines in comfort. Arrive early for exciting exhibits and hair-raising presentations for the whole family. And the highly-anticipated Canine Costume Contest featuring some of the best-dressed dogs in the Alamo City starts at 8:15 a.m. (you must be registered to enter). Contest categories include Best in Show, Top Dog, Most Creative, Most Patriotic, Best Fiesta Flair and Best Matched Human and Dog. Guests and their dogs are invited to join the fun on Saturday, April 28, from 7:45-11 a.m. at the Alamo Heights Swimming Pool at 250 Viesca Street. Proceeds from this event remain in the local area to support the programs of Therapy Animals of San Antonio, a nonprofit that focuses on “bringing people and animals together for healing.”
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the festivities kick off with a whimsical and wacky parade of local characters. There is a vast palette of arts and crafts vendors, lively live music on five stages for impromptu dancing, food and beverage booths to both feast on fiesta fare and wet one’s whistle and a Kids Kingdom play area where younger family members can bounce and play. Recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, the King William neighborhood was established decades after the Civil War when many of the city’s wealthy German immigrants made it their home and built magnificent homes in various Victorian high styles including Second Empire, Romanesque Revival, and Italianate. The area also features the works of many of San Antonio’s best late-nineteenth-century architects, including Alfred Giles and James Riely. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to turn out for this fun-filled, family festival on April 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The King William Fair is the primary fundraising event for the King William Association, a non-profit organization which works to preserve and protect the oldest historic district in Texas and promotes the unique cultural heritage of San Antonio.
WRITER’S BIO: Carole Miller has been a freelance writer in San Antonio for more than 20 years. Her love affair with all that is Fiesta began early on and has never waned. Although it is not an official title, she considers herself to be a queen because her pantyhose say so. 16 RIO Magazine
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Dos Otros Fiesta
By Susan Yerkes
San Antonio’s colorful diversity is evident in the music, museums, architecture, flavorful food, colorful clothing, and thriving art scene. While the city’s galleries exhibit a wide array of artistic styles, you can sample some of the coolest artworks without ever going inside.
sits among metal scorpions on the corner of the lot. Benavides’ art and framing studio, and the couples cool home share space with an ambitious education project for neighborhood kids, a fashion TV studio and several more artist studios and galleries – including Gravelmouth.
Today, people are interested in experiencing new places from an authentic street-level perspective. Adventurous folks want to explore unique, interesting neighborhoods and discover hidden gems. They search-out one-of-a-kind craft shops and funky, imaginative diners and dives where the individual flavors of the cultural melting pot pique imagination’s palate. When it comes to visual stimuli, street art is hot. From fine art techniques transplanted to murals to intricate spray-painted swirls, graffiti–style Gravelmouth’s expression on big, bold, expanses have David Shek Vega gone mainstream.
Gravelmouth is the first fully urban art gallery in San Antonio, according to founder David “Shek” Vega. While the gallery brings the work of brilliant urban artists inside the walls, Vega and his partner Nik “Soupe” are Dos Otros, doing some of the finest street art in town and beyond. Just check out the outside of the building, embellished by their work. A couple of blocks towards town on South Flores you’ll find another spectacular example of Dos Otros’ talents – the Bottom Bracket Bicycle Shop, a ramshackle building embellished with stunning murals on both sides. Across the street from the 1906 building, Freight is another muralembellished warehouse housing a dozen or more hip studios and galleries. Not only art but the community flows here.
In San Antonio, you can spend days exploring areas where the city’s walls, bridges, and underpasses serve as canvases for creative artists from the city and around the world. Urban arts renaissances often take root in warehouse districts. In San Antonio, the Blue Star area, across the river from the historic King William Andy and Yvette neighborhood’s charms, was the first place lofts and Benavides & Jake studios sprouted three decades ago. Blue Star and its surroundings are still a treasure trove of contemporary cool. It’s also the leading edge of the next big warehouse district – a gritty, sometimes surprisingly sophisticated work in progress that fall under the umbrella of “Southtown.” The two biggest and hippest public art parties in town each month are First Fridays, in the King William-Blue Star area, and Second Saturdays, which start just down South Flores, or SoFlo. Throngs of people, from wealthy art connoisseurs to neighborhood hipsters, circulate through these urban neighborhoods rich with music, celebration, food, and all kinds of arts. The Southtown Arts District, the brainchild of visionary artists Andy and Yvette Benavides, is headquartered at 1906 South Flores in an area on the cutting edge of urban renaissance. Flores Street is the starting point for Second Saturday Art Walks, a true catalyst of urban art culture. A giant rusted-out motorcycle, like something out of the movie Mad Max, 18 RIO Magazine
For decades San Antonio’s West Side cultural art scene centers around communitybuilding and education. The evidence is clearest in the scores of public murals that students and residents have created throughout many neighborhoods, in many cases, with guidance and collaboration from highly respected artists. San Anto’s goal is bringing people and communities together–bridging differences, working together. Vortex is a great example, created with renowned artist Alex Rubio’s Blue Star-headquartered MOSAIC student art program. Covering a concrete underpass on Nolan Street, the East Side continuation of McCullough Street is a dynamic, swirling work. In 2016, Iker Muro, an artist from Tenerife, one of San Antonio’s Sister Cities, in Spain’s Canary Islands, painted an even longer mural called Neon Drive on the other side of the underpass wall as part of the citywide Luminaria art festival in 2016. Check it out, along with more street art created on the nearby historic Hays Street Bridge. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Top: Bike Shop; Far Left: Selena; Left: Vortex; Bottom: Neon Drive
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Another ambitious San Anto project is Vision del Futuro, the city’s first 3-D stereoscopic mural, featuring a 3-D-glasses-wearing Tejano cowboy gazing at images like the face of former mayor Julián Castro, a taco, the moon and a cockroach. Across from the mural sits a large metal sculpture of a pair of 3-D glasses to look through and get the mural’s intended effect. But unfortunately, the glass has been broken out so take your own 3-Ds for the full effect. For a concentrated look at many of San Antonio’s creations sign up online for a monthly Mural Tour. Or check the website for locations and go on your own tour. Incorporate other cool sites – like Blue Star, where the city’s most recently unveiled street art masterpiece, Birds of Feather, brought artists from around the world to add their personal touches to a fantastic collaboration on the walls of R. Tatum’s Choice Goods gallery. Further afield, don’t miss Chris Montoya’s Selena, a spraypainted masterpiece that fills the whole south wall of a humble shopping strip at S. Flores and Beatrice Streets. Montoya, now a wellknown part of the street art scene, was 19 when he embarked on the project with spray paints and a positive attitude. For a completely different narrative sense of another Texas icon, stop by the beloved Taco Haven café on South Presa, where Terry Ybanez’s tribute to historical Latina activist Emma Tenayuca graces the side of an old neighborhood laundromat. The greatest thing about street art is that once you start looking for it, you begin to see it in all sorts of unexpected urban settings. This year, fans of Fiesta will have a chance to do more than just look at street art, you could land a featured role in a Dos Otros mural. For the second year, Red Bull is sponsoring the Fiesta Mural Contest with the winners featured in a prominently placed, Fiesta-themed mural. One of last year’s contest images now appears on the side of the official Fiesta Store on Broadway Street. Upload your coolest Fiesta photo to Instagram with the hashtags “#FiestaMural” and “#contest.” With a little vision, an imaginative eye and good luck, you could become part of San Antonio’s street art scene yourself.
WRITER’S BIO Susan Yerkes is a San Antonio-based journalist and travel writer with a keen interest in all kinds of visual creativity, from found art to fine art and everything in between.
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Plus Sizes that Earn an By Dawn Robinette
Fashion guru Tim Gunn faulted the industry for not offering options for larger-sized women, but he obviously hasn’t been shopping in San Antonio. The average size of an American woman is 16, and thankfully, San Antonio’s fashion community celebrates that, offering an array of “plus-sized” shopping options that are anything but average. Like everything else in San Antonio, our larger-sized fashion options feature color, style and fun, all ready to add festive options to your wardrobe.
To jump into festive fashions and a pool of color, you can start just off the River Walk at Eye Candy Boutique. “Eye Candy” is the perfect name: the array of colors and styles is a feast for your eyes. Hello, rich colors, cool fabrics and eye-popping designs that scream spring—and fashion. Named “Retailer of the Year” at the San Antonio Fashion Awards the last two years, the store features clothes in sizes XL to 3XL and shoes and accessories for everyone. Thanks to the sharp style and fashion-forward taste of owner Elsa Fernandez, the store delivers a perfectly curated collection that fits any fashion need. With spring in full bloom, Eye Candy is brimming with bright colors, lightweight fabrics, and fun patterns, not to mention fabulously embroidered goodies perfect to wear for any Fiesta celebration. And whether you’re a Fiesta veteran or are just getting into San Antonio’s explosion of fun, don’t miss the boutique’s annual Fiesta t-shirt and medal. Follow the boutique online for a sneak peek of the Fiesta fun.
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Speaking of Fiesta, let’s talk feet. From parades to parties, spring in San Antonio means walking, and of course, you want to look good from head to toe. Cue San Antonio-based Fiesta Feet, with fabulously fashionable shoes that are 100 percent leather, making them incredibly comfortable for long days that parade into the night, all while looking great. Cute shoes aren’t always comfortable, but Fiesta Feet tosses that idea to the curb to give you stylish options that add a pop to any outfit. With style names including Unicorn, Paparazzi and Piñata Party, the fun begins from the ground up whenever you’re wearing Fiesta Feet. Like Fiesta itself, Fiesta Feet shoes has a charitable twist, too: 10 percent of the proceeds are donated to Casa Kamami, an all-girls home in Guadalajara. This spring, you’ll also find a 2018 Fiesta shoe that comes with its own medal. Rumor has it that the shoe design was inspired by the official 2018 Fiesta Commission poster commemorating San Antonio’s Tricentennial and features some of Fiesta Feet’s signature metallic elements, making them sure to be a must-have for anyone
celebrating this year. Fiesta Feet are available online and at a variety of stores, including Hey Eye Candy, giving you another reason to stop in. Shopping local is always in style and thanks to San Antonio-based Hola Beaches; you can shop local online, too, to snag the perfect swimsuit and beachwear guaranteed to bring fun in the sun this year. Shoppers can also catch the fashionably amazing Hola Beaches Airstream at any number of events in and around San Antonio. This cute boutique on wheels caters to “curvy girls,” delivering an ocean full of beauty, color and fantastic looks wherever the boutique roams. Featuring quality swimwear with fresh styles and fun designs that flatter, fit well and are affordable, Hola Beaches also offers resort/vacation style apparel to complete your look. From cover-ups, dresses, tops, skirts, and rompers to unique bags, shoes, hats and sunglasses, everything you need to look glam as the temperature rises is at your fingertips. If you’re not a curvy girl, Hola Beaches doesn’t discriminate: they offer
Everything old is new again, especially in fashion. But when you see the terrific looks at Broadway Pinups, you’ll understand why it’s so wonderful that fashion likes to take a step back in time now and then. A peek in the store’s big, bright windows lures you into a world that feels as fresh today as it did in the 1950s. But there’s a reason the classic look has lasted through the years—and why everyone is clamoring for those designs today: the clean lines and fun prints are flattering no matter what, making them a must for your wardrobe. You’ll feel like a pinup wearing dresses and skirts in prints that feature lips, sugar skulls, Vegas-kitsch, polka dots and more, all available from size XS to 4XL. Whether you have voluptuous curves or a straight figure, Broadway Pinup’s array of shapely bust
lines, closely-defined waistlines, and full, billowy skirts shout feminine—and sexy—making them as stylish and popular today as they were when bobby socks and saddle shoes were all the rage. Don’t miss their rompers and dresses that seems custom-made for Fiesta and summer fun, or grab the perfect dress for a night of swing dancing. And if you want to take your fashion back a few more decades, check out the terrific 1920s flapper styles that add panache to any occasion. To complete your look, be sure to check out the cute purses and shoes they carry, as well as the fantastic hair accessories and jewelry. For more fun, don’t miss their calendar of special events where they demonstrate make-up and hair styling to complete
Eye Candy Boutique
ABOUT THE AUTHOR An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who enjoys finding discoveries and revisiting old favorites her adopted hometown, Dawn Robinette loves to tell stories. You can read more of her work at Alamo City Moms Blog.
click on this: BROADWAY PINUPS Broadwaypinups.com
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EYE CANDY BOUTIQUE heyeyecandy.com
FIESTA FEET Fiestafeet.com
HOLA BEACHES hola-beaches.com
CULTURE & COMMUNITY
HEMISF By Denise Richter
SAN ANTONIO LOVES TO THROW OVER-THE-TOP PARTIES, AND THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE SOOOO EXTRA BECAUSE IT’S THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HEMISFAIR AND THE 300TH BIRTHDAY OF OUR FAIR CITY.
Hemisfair, the 1968 World’s Fair, celebrated San Antonio’s founding in 1718 at San Pedro Creek by Spanish Governor Martín de Alarcón. A combination of public and private funds sponsored the “Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas” and changed San Antonio forever. In an interview with the San Antonio Library Foundation, Tom C. Frost IV, a retired San Antonio banker, said that 1968 was San Antonio’s most important year—more important than 1836—because the community came together and made Hemisfair happen. More than 6 million guests from around the globe visited the Alamo City and put San Antonio on the world’s map. The Institute of Texan Cultures, the Henry B. González Convention Center, the John H. Wood
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Federal Courthouse, and the Tower of Americas were all built for the fair, and the city extended its River Walk, one-quarter of a mile to reach into the fair’s grounds. National and corporate pavilions wowed attendees, and Los Voladores de Papantla, known as the Flying Indians, were a crowd favorite. The six-month fair has had lasting impact. Twenty years later, the site was renamed Hemisfair Park. In 2009, the San Antonio City Council established the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation, a local government corporation, to manage and revitalize the area. In the first two years since its re-opening, more than one million visitors have enjoyed Hemisfair
Park. The vast majority of visitors are from San Antonio, including all 10 city council districts and every zip code, but non-natives also take advantage of the downtown park. Hemisfair Park will host more than 600 events this year, and 95 percent of them are free of charge. Drew Hicks, Communications Manager of Hemisfair, said that his team members are Hemisfair’s current-day stewards.
“People were so enthused about what the World’s Fair represented,” said Hicks. “The city was dripping with optimism in 1968. The Confluence of Civilizations was REAL. You felt like you were part of something bigger. For the fiftieth anniversary, we want to celebrate our diversity, our inclusivity, our city. It’s a good time for more optimism.” Hemisfair’s anniversary celebration, ¡VIVA HEMISFAIR!, will take place on April 6, 7 and 8 in the park. Admission is free. Guests will pay for food and drinks with cash.
Hemisfair. Photo by Billy Hustace
FAIR’68 put San Antonio on the World’s Map
Friday’s kick off begins at 5 p.m. at the Institute of Texas Cultures and will feature a Hemisfair ’68 exhibit.
on the Queen Latifah show, ESPN’s SportsCenter, and Spurs Insider on Fox, designing in the sand play area.
Common Currents 1968, showcasing Jose Dávila, Rocío Sáenz, and Roberto Rébora, will be open at the Mexican Cultural Institute on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Grand Opening of the MOMOPOMPA exhibit will take place at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México on Friday evening and continue throughout the weekend, while a Knuffle Bunny performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Magik Theater.
The Community Housing Resource Partners CHR and its team of volunteers will construct a life-size house made of Everblocks in 48 hours. They will demonstrate home-life stability and its impact on a child’s life—one block at a time.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Tower of the Americas is offering buy one get one 50 percent off admission. Activities in Yanaguana Garden on Friday include artist Rob the Original, featured
What’s a party in San Antonio without an Urban 15 performance and parade?! It will begin at 8 p.m. followed by surf-rock legends King Pelican, backed by images and video from Hemisfair ’68, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s events will run from noon to 9 p.m., mainly along East Nueva Street from Alamo Street to the Tower of the Americas.
Photo courtesy of Hemisfair
CULTURE & COMMUNITY Photo courtesy of Hemisfair
Cultural zones will showcase food, performances, music and art from La Familia Cortez, Pasha, American Indians in Texas, Cookie CRAVE, Dom’s Chopped Salsa, Whole Foods, Beethoven Maennerchor, Fiesta City Chorus, Aqua Acro Entertainment, Southwest School of Art, Blue Star, AyeQueCute, Grupo Folklorico de Bendiciones, DJ Mayhem, Ballet Conservatory, The Best of Diwali, and more.
The Film Commission, in partnership with the Tricenntennial, will present a showing of “Viva Max” at sundown on the Great Lawn of Yanaguana Garden.
Unlike the 1968 World’s Fair, the cultural zones won’t be made up of formal delegations from these regions, but rather San Antonians with a connection to these heritage traditions.
Sunday’s events will take place from noon to 5 p.m. and include an Art Walk, Jazz music, food, activities, and docentled tour guides who will provide insight on artifacts in five historic homes. They will cover the history of Hemisfair from before the 1968 World’s Fair until now.
From 10:30 a.m. to noon, MixFit SA: Zumba will be offered in the Splash Pad. Kites, a special edition of Super Fun Saturday, will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will make and decorate their very own kites led by local artists Stuart Allen and Cade Bradshaw. A Retro ’60s Car Show will occur at the Tower of the Americas while the Institute of Texan Cultures will feature two exhibits, “VIVA Hemisfair” and “VIVA ITC”. Native Texan Anne Wallace will mount an art installation that highlights the district before Hemisfair ’68. EarnA-Bike bamboo bike demonstrations and gardening workshops by Gardopia Gardens will also be going on. A Maker’s Village will take place inside the Hilton Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m. to showcase San Antonio’s connection to the technology of tomorrow.
Saturday’s events will close out with the Institute of Texan Cultures’ “Reboot, Rewind” Gala, a ticketed event, from 8 p.m. to midnight, which will include a 1960s fashion show, featuring uniforms that were worn during the World’s Fair.
The Institute of Texan Cultures will host an employee alumni reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and the City of San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation will capture a StoryCorpsstyle recorded interviews of Hemisfair ’68 memories. The Tower of the Americas will stage a Wine Festival from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. that features Sonoma Vineyards wines and a special commemorative Official Tricentennial Wine of 2018. Whether you were present for the 1968 celebration or not, now is your chance to be a part of the Alamo City’s on-going history. ¡VIVA HEMISFAIR! ¡VIVA SAN ANTONIO!
Photo by Billy Hustace
click on this: HEMISFAIR hemisfair.org hemisfair.org/visitor-information/history/ hemisfair.org/memories INSTITUTE OF TEXAN CULTURES texancultures.com/vivahemisfair UTSA LIBRARIES libguides.utsa.edu/hemisfair68/timeline TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/lkh01 TEXAS ARCHIVE OF THE MOVING IMAGE ttexasarchive.org/library/index.php/ Category:HemisFair_%2768
Panther Azul. Photo by Billy Hustace
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Denise Barkis Richter, Ph.D., author of “100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before You Die,” has been blogging about San Antonio since June of 2010. Follow her at facebook.com/SanAntonioTourist. Her love affair with the Alamo City began at Hemisfair in 1968, where she rode a roller coaster for the first time. 28 RIO Magazine
Explore the Art, History, and Heritage of the American West
Located on the River Walk, the Briscoe Western Art Museum houses nine galleries of painting, sculpture, photography, and historical artifacts. Highlights include Pancho Villa’s saddle, a diorama of the Alamo conflict, an authentic Chuck Wagon, and Santa Anna’s sword. 210 W. Market Street | San Antonio, TX 78205 BriscoeMuseum.org | 210.299.4499
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— 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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Texas Cavaliers River Parade courtesy of Loren Reyes
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Day 1 (4/19):The party kicks off with
Fiesta Fiesta at Hemisfair. Trade your medals, meet Official Royalty, crack some cascarones and watch the fireworks. Viva Fiesta!
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Day 2 (4/20): The crowning of El Rey Feo:
See “The Ugly King” take his crown and follow his
reign to party through the night. A more traditional
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“Fiesta is all about celebrating with my Oyster Bake. Photo courtesy of Fiesta
Day 3 (4/21): Loren starts her
day at Pinatas in the Barrio, on the West Side from where she hails. She attends to support her community; you’ll attend to see the largest pinata in town! Then it’s Oyster Bake, where she takes just one oyster shot, to say she did and promptly goes straight for chicken on a stick—a must!
city. It’s my favorite time of year because we all come together to embrace our heritage and culture. It’s like one big family that grows every year.”
Day 4 (4/22): Start the day at Champagne
and Diamonds Brunch, where you could win a diamond but are guaranteed champagne! Then, it’s Taste of New
Ford Mariachi Festival
Orleans for the best Creole food in Texas! Finish the day at the Deco District Arts and Music Festival for free Texas Cavaliers River Parade courtesy of Loren Reyes
performances and local art.
Rver Walk Royal Coronation
Day 6 (4/24): Check out the Day 5 (4/23): The Texas
kick-off to the Ford Mariachi Festival, where bands perform on boats. The River Walk
Cavaliers River Parade, because
Association will also crown their Royalty and
Loren is a giant fan of the River Walk!
Loren will be there to help reign them in! RIO Magazine
Battle of the Flowers Dress courtesy of Fiesta
Day 7 (4/25): Loren takes off work for this
day, so you know it’s good. She starts at Market Square and then goes to NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio) to watch her dad perform in his band, Karizma. NIOSA is her favorite event, as it’s where she feels like the whole city
NIOSA courtesy of Fiesta
comes together as one.
Day 9 (4/27): Loren will be
front and center yelling “Show me your shoes!” at the Battle of the Flowers parade, it’s a tradition after all.
Day 8 (4/26): Visit Fiesta San Fernando
for food and music with the backdrop of the
cathedral. A new 2018 event for Loren is Culture Fest & Rib Cook-off held at St Phillip’s College.
Day 10 (4/28): Start the day
with puppies at the Alamo Heights Pooch Parade. Can it get any better than dogs in sombreros? Next, the King William Fair for the rest of the afternoon for a jazzy vibe and
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a night out at the Flambeau parade! This illuminated nocturnal parade is a Fiesta Fiesta San Fernando. Photo courtesy of Dru Photography
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Drew Henry is the founder of the Design
Day 11 (4/29): On the last day
Dudes blog. During the week he’s blogging about the coolest style, and on the
Loren will be (exhausted) at A Day in Old
weekends he is getting active! Instagram:
Mexico, a trip back in time to a traditional
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Mexican rodeo. Battle of the Flowers courtesy of Fiesta
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Day one: MORNING ROUTINE:
City Sightseeing bus
MORNING ROUTINE (continued): Bakery Lorraine The buses run every 20 minutes, and the loop is about an hour round trip. So once you’ve soaked in the city’s historic battle site, grab your City Sightseeing tickets, and hitch a ride to the beautiful Historic Pearl. Drink coffee like a Local and snack on a famous Bakery Lorraine macaron as you walk around the unique shops of this beautifully AFTERNOON DELIGHT: Pop in The Twig bookstore, for a signed copy of books by local authors, then grab some lunch at the new Food Hall. There’s truly something for everyone in this trendy food court-style eatery, and the Tenko Ramen pork belly bowls are legendary.
CULTURE TRIP: Just a short bus ride from The Pearl is the San Antonio Museum of Art. City Sightseeing offers a SAMA package, and the museum boasts the largest and most comprehensive collection of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Asian art in the Southwest United States. You can spend an entire afternoon in the nry museum, or continue on the bus and hop on and off as you He rew fD o please. The buses stop running at 5:30, so consider that when y s e urt co riding around. If you ride back from the SAMA to the Buckhorn Saloon to ho
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stop, you’ll be within walking distance once again to the Alamo where you started.
NIGHTLIFE: Although the bus stops running at 5:30, the city will be alive with evening festivities. Check the San Antonio of sy River Walk events page to see what’s rte cou o t Ph o going on during your visit. On April 24 the Ford Mariachi Festival Kick-Off & Royalty Coronation is an awesome party experience with professional, and student live mariachi groups, live rock band, dancing, food and adult libations. The party sold our last year, so get your tickets early. The mariachi festival itself is free and runs the 24 through the 26 on the River Walk, so grab dinner and a margarita at Casa Rio as the barges float by with some of the best mariachi and folklorico groups the city has to offer. SAMA courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art
Courtesy of Drew Henry
Local at The Pearl
board, and the drivers accept credit card. The best bet for those who like to plan is to visit the City Sightseeing website and book a package in advance; even the basic hop-onhop-off pass is cheaper online, so it’s worth getting your phone out to book.
Start your day at Alamo Plaza paying your respects and getting your touristy photo ops at the Alamo before boarding a City Sightseeing bus. The iconic red mega buses offer one, two or fourday sightseeing passes that can be purchased in advance or right on
Anywhere else, April showers bring May flowers. But in San Antonio, we have our own spring style. While the hill country outskirts of the city are blanketed in bluebonnets, inside the city limits, April comes with a Battle of the Flowers (parade) courtesy of the ten-day annual Fiesta celebration. But whether you’re in town during Fiesta, or just trying to find a cure for your spring fever in SA, we’ve got three days of festivities ready to go.
MORNING ROUTINE: If you opted for the multi-day bus pass, start your day at Market Square. This festive Mercado is home to the Mi Tierra bakery, and it’s one of my favorite breakfast stops. Take a number and let your eyes wander across the expansive glass case of campechanas, churros, tres leches, and donuts. My favorite is the candied sweet potato, which is technically a vegetable cleverly disguised as dessert.
Day two goes something like this...
CULTURE TRIP: During Fiesta you can be a part of Viva Market Square or Fiesta de los Reyes, one of the largest free celebrations of Fiesta. Arts and crafts vendors fill the square along with, live music and entertainment. It is an immersive puro San Antonio experience!
lunch in the upscale glam firehouse at Battalion, and grab a treat at Steel City Pops before moving along the route. NIGHTLIFE: If you’re visiting in late April, make your last stop for the night at La Villita for a Night in Old San Antonio—or NIOSA as the locals call it. April 24 through 27, the heart of downtown San Antonio celebrates the city’s diverse cultural legacy with more than 200 food vendors, live music, decorations, souvenirs and 15 heritage-themed areas. If your visit doesn’t fall during NIOSA, continue your bus loop back around to the San Fernando Cathedral for the nighttime light show, San Antonio The Saga.
click on this: BAKERY LORRAINE bakerylorraine.com
CITY SIGHTSEEING SAN ANTONIO citysightseeingsanantonio.com
THE TWIG thetwig.com
HISTORIC PEARL BREWERY atpearl.com
SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART samuseum.org
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Steel City Pops Maple Bacon with Burbon
Mi Tierra Bakery
SAN ANTONIO RIVER WALK thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events
LOCAL COFFEE meritcoffee.com
AFTERNOON DELIGHT: The bus route will then guide you through the quickly growing King William District and Southtown. Home to the Blue Star Arts Complex, Victorian-era homes, and droves of new restaurants, this area is a culinary and cultural gold mine. Take some time to explore, and eat
CASA RIO Casa-rio.com
MARKET SQUARE getcreativesanantonio.com/ Explore-San-Antonio/Market-Square
STEEL CITY POPS steelcitypops.com/ where-we-are
MI TIERRA CAFE & PANADERIA mitierracafe.com
LA VILLITA thesanantonioriverwalk.com/ directory/la-villita-historicarts-village1
SAN ANTONIO | THE SAGA mainplaza.org/ san-antoniothe-saga
ALAMO BEER alamobeer.com/events
Yeya’s Antiques and Oddities
On your last day, head to the East side of town
for fun local
spots you might
Dignowity Meats on Houston St.
Estate Coffee Dessert Photo courtesy of Yeya’s Antiques
MORNING ROUTINE: On your last day, head to the Eastside of town—for some of the fun local spots you might otherwise miss. Estate Coffee is a light, quick and easy breakfast stop. This killer local coffee joint offers incredible baked goods and strong beans. The unassuming pecan sandies are the grit you’ll need to start your day, and their lattes are on point. CULTURE TRIP: No trip to the Eastside is complete without a tour of the Alamo Beer Company. Tours are on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m., so if you’ve got time to kill in the morning, check out some of the off-the-wall shops in the area like Yeya’s Antiques and Oddities. This quirky shop is the wildest treasure hunt in Dignowity Hill. If you don’t find the perfect souvenir at Yeya’s,
Photo courtesy of Crystal Henry
Photo courtesy of Crystal Henry
just down the road, you’ll find a similar vibe at Feeding the Pig. With a plethora of funky junk and charming tchotchkes, these hidden gems are the wild, artsy, hippie cousin of Magnolia at the Silos. AFTERNOON DELIGHT: Don’t leave Dignowity Hill without meat treating yourself at Dignowity Meats on Houston St. Their brisket burnt ends and loaded potatoes are the things of dreams. Then polish off your meal with a decadent dessert from Chocollazo. The brownies are rumored to contain the highest quality Belgian chocolate, dolphin milk and tears of a mermaid. NIGHTLIFE: What pairs better with barbecue than beer? If you guessed bacon, then BINGO! Alamo Beer offers Beer, Bacon, and Bingo every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Feeding the Pig
Photo courtesy of Crystal Henry
Dessert at Didnowity
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Crystal Henry is a loyal Texan, and an award-winning author, writer, and columnist. She is fluent in both sarcasm and English, and evidence of those bilingual writing talents can be found at crystalhenrywrites.com. Or follow her on FB + IG @ crystalhenrywrites and Twitter @chenrywrites. Photo courtesy of Kody Melton
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 4/29 @ 3 p.m. David Sedaris Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
SPECIAL EVENTS AND FESTIVALS 4/6 !Viva Hemisfair! A 50th Anniversary Celebration Hemisfair Park
FAMILY FUN 4/1 @ 3 p.m. NCAA Final Four Dribble Downtown
4/6 -4/8 CarFest Freeman Coliseum
4/6 @ 10 a.m. ArtStrolls: One Big Family McNay Art Museum
4/7 @ 10 a.m. Farmers and Artisans Market Mission Marquee Plaza 4/7 @ 9 a.m. San Antonio Book Festival Central Library 4/13 -15 Poteet Strawberry Festival Poteet, Texas 4/19 -30 Fiesta! San Antonio Everywhere 4/20-5/28 Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld San Antonio A favorite annual event, the Seven Seas Food Festival will expand its selections of flavors, cuisines and cultures from around the world with a new location featuring Hawaiian dishes.
4/24 @ 6:30 p.m.
Ford Mariachi Festival Kickoff and River Walk Coronation All the things we love about Fiesta in one event, Mariachi Music, Folklorico dancers, gourmet Fiesta food, medals, dancing, and a boat ride on the River Walk. 4/24 -27 NIOSA--A Night in Old San Antonio La Villita 4/27 -29 @ 11 a.m. Fiesta Artisan Show River Walk 4/27 Mardi Gras Celebration Six Flags Fiesta Texas
4/4 @ 8 p.m. John Cleese and the Holy Grail Majestic Theater 4/4 -8 Kris Shaw Improv Comedy Club 4/6 @ 8 p.m. Undeportables Empire Theatre
4/6 @ 8 p.m. The Comedy Get Down AT&T Center 4/20 ReDo Adult Night The DoSeum 4/24 -26 @ 6 p.m. Ford Mariachi Festival River Walk
4/11 -15 Slade Ham Improv Comedy Club 4/18 -22 Alex Ansel Improv Comedy Club 4/27 Jim Gaffigan: The Fixer Upper Majestic Theater
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4/13 @ 7 p.m. H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza: Coco Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Through 4/15 Run, Jump, Fly! The DoSeum Through 4/21 The Ants Go Marching at The Pearl Pearl Studios
MUSIC 4/13 -14 @ 8 p.m. Beethoven: 9th Symphony Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/13 @ 8 p.m. Roberto Fonseca Jo Long Theatre at the Carver Tune in to dynamite Cuban jazz with Cuban- born, multiinstrumentalist Roberto Fonseca. This Grammynominated musician draws his inspiration from AfroCuban music’s traditional styles and rhythms with a modern twist.
4/26 @ 8 p.m. Weird Al Yankovic’s Ridiculously SelfIndulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour Tobin Center for the Performing Arts For the first time in his storied career, the world’s foremost musical satirist and four-time Grammy-winner foregoes his usual high-octane, big-production show for an intimate evening of music, focusing on original songs from his 14-album catalog.
4/7 RainA Tribute to the Beatles Majestic Theatre Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a mind-blowing performance that takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles.
4/16 @ 8 p.m. Shinedown Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/18 @ 8 p.m. The Doobie Brothers Majestic Theater 4/19 @ 7:30 p.m. David Archuleta Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater 4/20 4/22 Fiesta Pops Tobin Center for the Performing Arts The annual Fiesta Pops concert features the music, dance, and culture of Mexico and Latin America through the local talents of San Antonio. 2018 Fiesta Pops brings star-power with San Antonio native and favorite, vocalist, Sebastien de la Cruz, the beautiful sounds of Campanas de America and a colorful corps of dancers with the Guadalupe Dance Company.
4/22 @ 8 p.m. Maluma AT&T Center 4/27 @ 8 p.m. David Byrne American Utopia Tour Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
4/4 @ 7:30 p.m. it Bodytraffic Check Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2013 and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, the young company is already internationally recognized for their high quality of work. 4/6 @ 7 p.m. The Moth Mainstage Majestic Theater
Through 4/22 Tangled Up in Blue: Lace Cyanotypes by Mary Holland Southwest School of Art Through 5/6 Night of Artists Public Exhibition Briscoe Western Art Museum Through 5/6 30 Americans: Rubell Family Collection McNay Art Museum Through 5/6 Something to Say: 100 years of African-American Art McNay Art Museum 4/13 @ 7:30 p.m. Antonio Sanchez: Birdman Live Empire Theatre
4/7 @ 8 a.m. Beat the Clock Fun Run Woodlawn Lake Park 4/7 @ 8 p.m.
4/28 @ 7:30 p.m. Black and White--A Bollywood Musical Jo Long Theatre at the Carver
San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers AT&T Center 4/9 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings AT&T Center 4/12 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Grand Rapids Griffins AT&T Center 4/13 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Texas Stars AT&T Center
Through 5/6 Manifest Blue Star Contemporary Art Through 5/7 Common Currents: 300 Years 300 Artists Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Carver Community Cultural Center, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Southwest School of Art
William Henry Johnson
Through 5/13 San Antonio 1718: A Tricentennial Exhibition of Art from Biceregal Mexico San Antonio Museum of Art Through 10/18 Brewing Up Texas Institute of Texan Cultures
Ongoing San Antonio Firefighters Museum Just a few steps behind the Alamo grounds is old Central Fire Headquarters now repurposed as a fire museum telling the historic story of firefighting in San Antonio. Visitors are taken back to the city’s mid-1800’s and its fire history through collection of vintage apparatus, photos and film guided by retired firefighters.
4/16 -22 Valero Texas Open TPC San Antonio
SPORTS & RECREATION 3/30 -4/2 2018 NCAA Final Four Alamodome 4/1 @ 2:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets AT&T Center 4/4 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Rockford IceHogs AT&T Center
4/4 @ 7 p.m. My Heart in a Suitcase Temple Beth-El 4/6 -12/31 Viva! Institute of Texan Cultures 4/11 @ 7:30 p.m. Yom Hashoah: Kindertransport 80th Anniversary Rodfei Sholom 4/22 @ 3 p.m. Jack Sacco: Where the Birds Never Sing Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Campus of the Jewish Community
SHOPPING ALAMO PLAZA SHIRTS 325 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-2347 ALAMO QUARRY MARKET 255 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8885 www.quarrymarket.com THE ALLEY ON BITTERS 555 W. Bitters Rd. San Antonio, TX 78206 (210) 494-3226 www.TheAlleyOnBitters.com ANGELITA’S Building 2, 418 Villita St. angelitaboutique.webs.com ART PACE 445 N Main Ave artpace.org BATTLE FOR TEXAS 849 E. Commerce battlefortexas.com B&C LEATHER ACCESSORIES & UNIQUE FINDS 418 Villita St #24 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 464-1126 BONITA RITA’S 245 E. Commerce, #100 San Antonio, TX 78205 BRISCOE WESTERN ART MUSEUM 210 W. Market Street briscoemuseum.org BUCKHORN MUSEUM 318 E Houston St. buckhornmuseum.com CASA SALAZAR 216 E. Houston San Antonio, 78205 210-472-2272 themajestic.com/casa THE COLLECTION 7959 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-3130 thecollectionsanantonio.com DEL SOL OF SAN ANTONIO 321 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-231-0900 www.delsol.com DOSEUM 2800 Broadway St. thedoseum.org EL MERCADO 514 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78207 210-207-8600 www.sanantonio.gov/marketsquare 42 RIO Magazine
FIESTA ON MAIN 2025 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 738-1188 www.alamofiesta.com Mexican cultural gifts, pinatas 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 GALLERY VETRO CREATIVE ARTGLASS 250 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-354-0001 GARCIA ART GLASS 715 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-1400 www.garciaartglass COWBOY’S ALAMO CITY HARLEYDAVIDSON RIVERWALK BOUTIQUE RIVERWALK BOUTIQUE 111 West Crockett St. Suite 209 cowboysalamocityharley.com
NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road naturalbridgecaverns.com NORTH STAR MALL 7400 San Pedro San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 340-6627 www.northstarmall.com PARIS HATTERS 119 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-3453 www.parishatters.com PENNERS DOWNTOWN 311 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-2487 www.pennersinc.com RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT 301 Alamo Plaza ripleys.com/sanantonio SAN ANGEL FOLK ART 110 Blue Star San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 226-6688 www.sanangelfolkart.com SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART 200 West Jones Avenue samuseum.org
HUEBNER OAKS 11745 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 shophuebneroaks.com
SAN ANTONIO VISITORS CENTER 317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-6871 www.visitsan antonio.com
KATHLEEN SOMMERS 2417 North Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8437 kathleensommers.com
SHOPS OF LA CANTERA 15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com
KENDRA SCOTT 310 East Basse Rd. #101 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 591-7180 www.kendrascott.com
SHOPS AT RIVER CENTER 849 E. Commerce shoprivercenter.com
LOS PATIOS 2015 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 655-6171 www.lospatios.com LUCCHESE BOOT COMPANY 255 East Basse Rd #800 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9419 www.lucchese.com MERCADORITA’S 245 E. Commerce & Bonita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-286-7432
77T’S SOUVENIRS & T-SHIRTS 207 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-549-1279 www.77tshirts.com TEXAS ACCENT GENERAL STORE 803 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78207 210-435-2446 TIENDA LA GARZA 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133
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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 THE UNOFFICIAL BEST OF TEXAS 101 Alamo Plaza, #3 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-0242 VILLA TESOROS 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126 THE VINEYARD 1207 North Loop 1604 W San Antonio, TX 78258 thevineyardshoppingcenter.com 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
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a spectacular learning environment focused on concepts in science, technology, engineering and math, integrated with literacy and arts in a way that makes learning so fun kids and parents won’t want to leave. Be a spy, an artist, a builder, a musician, or an inventor. Dance up a musical staircase and hang out with a real live robot. The DoSeum is more than just a children’s museum; it’s a family playground. Don’t bother telling them it’s a haven for interactive education. Just say you’re going to the coolest playground in all of Texas!
The DoSeum | 2800 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 | (210) 212-4453
PARK RIDE SMILE Park & Ride is the most convenient, affordable way to get there.
THE REAL STORY OF THE ALAMO TOLD LIKE NEVER BEFORE. S H O P S AT R I V E R C E N T E R
It’s a fully immersive historical adventure staged in an authentic recreation of the Alamo as it stood in 1836. The attraction showcases the world’s most historically significant Alamo artifacts ever to be displayed under one roof and connects them through heart racing multimedia re-enactments. Guests will see the battle brought to life as they journey back in time and experience the 13 fateful days that gave birth to the great state of Texas.
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21 Tienda La Garza
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22 The Amazing Mirror Maze
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4 La Margarita Mexican 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
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30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/
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31 Guiness World Records
32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not/
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33 The Alamo 35 Tobin Center 38 Angelita’s 40 VFW Post 76 41 Market Square
42 Spanish Governor’s Palace
46 Thai Lao Orchid
48 Alta Vista Skate Shop
50 Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House
51 Biga on the Banks 53 Guillermo’s ATTRACTIONS & SHOPPING 38 Plaza Taxco 6 Paris Hatters 7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum 8 The Pearl 9 Shops at RiverCenter
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13 San Antonio Museum of Art 14 Institute of Texan Culture 18 Yasmin’s Boutique
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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
Exceptional dining at chart house
34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour 38 USO 68 SegCity Segway Tours 69 San Antonio Public Library
Observation deck with incredible views
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DINING. Villita is home to more than 20 artisan shops, galleries and savory restaurants. Modern artisans, romantic tree-lined walkways and architecture dating back 300 years offer a unique ambiance of a rich past and a vibrant present. Our historic grounds also offer the perfect location for special private and corporate events. Please call (210) 207- 8614 for information on venue rentals. Join us for a day of shopping, a bite to eat, or a celebration at our year-around cultural events.
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LA VILLITA 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
POPULUX COMMISSARY/ HOUSE PAINT La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205
populuxcommissary/facebook.com 210-883-4259 - p44 38
VILLAGE GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery.net Art Gallery - p44 38
EQUINOX GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery p44 38
RIVER ART GROUP La Villita - Bldg. 14 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.rivergroup.com Art Gallery - p44, p50 38
VILLITA STAINED GLASS La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery - p44 38
LITTLE STUDIO GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 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 PLAZA TAXCO La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com - p44 38
SCENTCHIPS USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles - p44 38
STARVING ARTIST GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38 VILLA TESOROS 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126 Apparel & Clothing - p44 90
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“Let the good times roll”! When you attend a Zulu event, you give back to the community!
The San Antonio Zulu Association (SAZA) aka “The Zulu’s,” have been in existence since 1976. This all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization has donated over $2M dollars to the people, charities, and organizations of San Antonio and the surrounding area throughout the years. Their annual, “A Taste of New Orleans” Fiesta event will be celebrating its 33rd year of providing a three-day party with a purpose for the Alamo City. This years’ “A Taste of New Orleans” Fiesta event themed, “It’s Carnival Time!” takes place on April 20th, 21st, and 22nd at The Sunken Garden Theater near downtown San Antonio. This event is filled with live music, food, drink and fun for the whole family. Taste a wide range of some of the best/ authentic Cajun, Creole and Soul ood, while experiencing the sounds of live jazz, zydeco, brass band and rhythm & blues music. When you add all that, along with plenty of dancing
and festive partygoers, it makes it pretty easy to let the good times roll! This three-day food and music festival attracts fun seekers from all across the country; as well as local celebrities, dignitaries and party goers from all walks of life. Proceeds from this event go to the many community programs, scholarships and support initiatives that SAZA provides the community throughout the year. Some of those include The San Antonio Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, The Battered Women’s Shelter, Christian Senior Services, The San Antonio Red Cross and many more. Pre-sale tickets available now at all area HEB stores, and online at ETix(etix.com). For updates and additional information follow The Zulu’s @sazaorg on Instagram/Facebook/ Twitter, as well as www.atasteofneworleans. info for the band line up and schedules.
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16 Paesanos - 1604
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas
26 Augies Barbed Wire
3 The Shops at La Cantera
28 Joe’s Crab Shack -
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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
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Chef’s Surprise Appetizer
One per table, please. Dine in only. Expires 4/30/2018.
*Cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon.
One coupon per table. For dine in guests only. Expires 4/30/2018
at any of these La Villita locations
Limit one coupon per table. Expires 4/30/2018
BUY ANY GHIRARDELLI SUNDAE, RECEIVE A FREE CHOCOLATE BAR*
with purchase of TWO – ONE LITER BIERS
146 E. Houston St. @ River Walk 210.222.2362 | acenar.com
One coupon per table per visit. Offer at Riverwalk location only. Must present coupon. Expires 4/30/2018.
237 Loyosa, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-9374 www.riverrestaurants.com
SHOPS AT RIVERCENTER
126 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX, 78205
In Historic La Villita just steps from the Riverwalk 418 Villita St. • www.angelitasa.com (210) 224-8362
With the purchase of TWO dinner menu entrees.
110 E. Crockett on the Riverwalk 210-277-6300
ADULT OR CHILD TICKET
301 Alamo Plaza •210-224-9299
Not valid with any other offer. Good up to six people. Expires 04/30/18 • ©RIPLEY ENTERTAINMENT INC. - RIO MAG
(excluding sale items and alcohol)
Plaza Taxco See our ads on pages 33 & 53
our regular dinner pricing for up to 8 guests. Not valid on Saturdays or restaurant holidays. Cannot be combined with any additional promotions or discounts. Valid until October 31, 2018.
an Adult Entrée with this ad Ice Cold Drinks & Good Texas Food
Complimentary House Dessert with order of an entrée.
245 E. Commerce River Level at Navarro & Crockett 210-227-RITA • www.ritasontheriver.com
111 W. Crockett Street, Suite 101 (210) 227-2782 paesanosriverwalk.com
Valid only for lunch and Dinner, coupon good for up to 2 entrees at a table
Not valid with any other offer or discount. Offer only valid at Paesanos Riverwalk location.
FREE BEVERAGE With the purchase of entree during happy hour only. Happy Hour 4-8PM 04/30/18
409 E. Commerce 210-465-UGLY www.coyoteuglysaloon.com
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.
Not Valid With Any Other Discount or Program. Expires 4/30/2018. 10124
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 4/30/2018
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 04/30/18
Harley Davidson Dealer T-Shirt Expires 04/30/18
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 4/30/2018
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.
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.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
An Authentic Texas Experience â€“ Telling the story of San Antonio through the art of food, wine, beer and spirits.
FOR MORE INFO VISIT CulinariaSA.org
Social Media: Facebook: @CulinariaSa Instagram and Twitter: @CulinariaSA
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362
The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951
Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499
Improv Comedy Club www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com 210-229-1400
Barriba Cantina www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876
Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782
Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000
Culinaria Wine & Food Festival www.culinariasa.org
Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484
Pizzaritas www.pizzaritas.com 210-293-7842
The DoSeum www.thedoseum.org 210-212-4453
Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300
San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924
Casa Rio & Schilo’s www.casario.com 210-225-6718 www.schilos.com 210-223-6692 Chart House www.toweroftheamericas.com 210-223-3101 The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941 Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600 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 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 Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262 La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140
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The Republic of Texas therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com 210-226-6256 Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060 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
Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080 City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687
Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.palaciodelrio.com 210-224-3368 Howl at the Moon www.howlatthemoon.com 210-212-4770 MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220 BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299
GO RIO River Cruises www.goriocruises.com 210-227-4746
Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462
Mirror Maze 210-224-2288 Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101
B & C Leather Designs & Unique Finds 210-724-8521; 210-464-1126
Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828
Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461
Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600
Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362
Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600
Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com
Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino www.luckyeagletexas.com
Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299
La Villita Historic Village www.lavillitasanantonio.com 210-207-8614 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 Villa Tesoros 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126
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The Official Magazine of the River Walk