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CULTURE & COMMUNITY Spice You Want? Spice You Get. By Dan R. Goddard

GREAT FINDS Ode to Dogs: Our Best Friend By Dawn Robinette

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SIP & SAVOR High End Eats Without The Fuss By Edmund Tijerina

FAMILY FUN Drip Tripping By Carole Miller

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IN EVERY ISSUE FEATURES 12 16 20 24 28 32 36

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GUIDES 40 Food & Drink 42 Arts & Entertainment 44 Shopping

MAPS 46 River Walk 47 Museum Reach & King William 50 Shops at Rivercenter 52 Downtown 58 Greater San Antonio

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ON THE COVER 85 million families own a pet according to the 2017-18 National Pet Owners Survey. That’s a whopping 68% of the households in America. Did you know the River Walk is pet-friendly? Dogs are welcome on patios and many restaurants offer water bowls. Rita’s on the River and The Barkery even sell dog food and treats. Where to shop for the family pet is made easy with the Great Finds story on page 24. Photo credit: cmannphoto

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WOW! Each month when I sit down to edit another edition of RIO Magazine, I am wowed by what I learn about the city I have lived in for over thirty years. I’m astounded by the creativity and self-expression of San Antonio’s events, food, people, and the natural beauty of the town. I could live for a hundred years and still not see and do everything in town. I have added several new places to my bucket list courtesy of this issue including a trip to Jacobs Well (page 16), the San Antonio Film Festival (Page 20), and a mother­–son date night at Dave & Buster’s Rivercenter (Page 32) for pulled pork tacos and arcade games.

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High-End Eats WITHOUT THE FUSS By Edmund Tijerina

As wonderful as an elegant dining experience can be, sometimes you want something more relaxed. Sometimes, the perfect meal means dressing down and enjoying a fresh breeze. If that means ordering a juicy burger or a fried chicken sandwich so messy you don’t want to wear a dress shirt, so be it!

Luxury. Photo courtesy of Edmund Tijerina

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We’re not talking about cheap or fast food. These are eateries that satisfy your inner-foodie without the boujee trappings. Food prepared by trained, well-respected chefs so you can enjoy an upscale experience without fancy tablecloths and at wallet-friendly prices. LOUNGING AT THE LUXURY The most casual concept from powerhouse chef/restaurateur Andrew Weissman sports a name that plays on the relaxed surroundings. The Luxury is an open-air plot of land adjacent to the San Antonio Museum of Art, just off Broadway. Refurbished railroad cargo cars are now the kitchen, bar, and bathrooms, and a bocce court sits behind the drink car.

Chef and partner Luis Colón’s creation features house-ground brisket with heavy cream in the grind. It is grilled and placed on a butter-toasted housemade bun. Final burger touches include Folc sauce (similar to Thousand Island dressing) accompanies a seared slice of poached pork belly, an over-easy egg, and homemade pickles.

Even though the seating is all outside, plenty of corrugated metal canopies offer shade over the picnic tables. And there’s a row of wooden swings, for relaxed lounge time overlooking the San Antonio River. The menu focuses mostly on sandwiches and finger food. The menu changes often, so when the buttermilk marinated fried chicken sandwich is available, make sure to snag it. The chicken, like other items on the menu, is sourced from local and sustainable producers. Meanwhile, the fries are still among the best, if not the best, in the city. Stand in line at the bar car to wash down those good dishes with something from their refreshing beer and wine selection. ROMPING ON THE FOLC BURGER AT BEXAR PUB A couple of years ago, Texas Monthly called the burger from Folc restaurant the “greatest burger in Texas,” and it was incredible. thesanantonioriverwalk.com

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The restaurant closed because of a dispute with the landlord, but the burger lives on at Bexar Pub, an icehouse just east of Interstate 37 on the edge of downtown. With shaded picnic tables facing the freeway and a small indoor bar with only a handful of seats, the surroundings are much more humble than Folc. Fortunately, the flavor of the burger still shines brightly.

Colón oversees the kitchen, which excels on the burger and also makes a delicious fried chicken sandwich and some outstanding fried chicken. SANDWICHES OR SMOKED GOODNESS AT DIGNOWITY MEATS At lunch, this local favorite offers sandwiches featuring RIO Magazine

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Sit outside at one of the metal tables or stay inside among the mid-century interior and fill the jukebox for smooth, soulful sounds. Either way, it’s a great time. Tucker’s

house-smoked meats, such as satisfying smoked pastrami, smoked turkey, and terrific smoked bologna. The dinner menu also offers pulled pork and mouth-watering fried chicken quarters. Order at the bar and grab a craft beer while you’re there. Then snag a seat at one of the outdoor tables and pick up your food when it’s ready. There’s no indoor seating, but there is plenty of covered areas and fans to help create a breeze. Besides, there’s something about sitting in the open-air venue that makes a cold beer taste that much better. As a bonus, Thursday is trivia night, and it brings a crowd. MORE IS BETTER AT TUCKER’S At Tucker’s Kozy Korner, the longtime East Side hangout celebrates the over-the-top creations of chef and co-owner Jeff White. In the days when White headed the kitchen at Boiler House, he gained a following for his dishes that piled on ingredients for glorious

overloads of flavors. He continues in that style with dishes such as a double-meat burger with double cheese, a grilled cheese sandwich with pulled pork and Mexican street corn, and Nashville-style hot chicken wings with housemade pickles, to name a few. Sit outside at one of the metal tables or stay inside among the mid-century interior and fill the jukebox for smooth, soulful sounds. Either way, it’s a great time. Make a special trip for Sunday brunch, when Tucker’s breaks out its beloved fried chicken with a crisp Belgian waffle. Pair it with a mimosa or bloody mary and Sunday turns into the best day of the week. SIPPING TASTEFULLY AT KÜNSTLER BREWING Head brewer and co-owner Vera Deckard turns out an impressive array of beers that change periodically and are available by the pint or flight. The brewery name

means “artist” in German and refers to the concentration of artists and galleries nearby. Of course, it can refer to a talented brewer, too. Make sure to grab a snack to pair with the beers. You can’t go wrong with a giant pretzel or a charcuterie board, but also consider the pimento cheese served with saltines and Fritos, or have some fun with the pimento cheese that’s paired with an obatzda, a Bavarian cheese spread of Camembert, butter, and beer—it’s called Germany vs.Texas. CASUAL FARE, HIGH STANDARDS So remember, it’s still possible to enjoy a good meal with high culinary standards without going to a swanky venue or paying upscale prices; you just have to know where to look.

WRITER’S BIO Edmund Tijerina is an award-winning food writer, author of “San Antonio’s Best Restaurants,” and food tour operator. Check out his site at SanAntoniosBestRestaurants.com.

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DAY TRIPPING August is both Romance Awareness and National Family Fun Month. Interesting combination If you think about it. (Pause. Laugh.) From hot dates to play dates, these suggested activities go beyond dinner and a movie. (Yawn.) Show a little creativity, and your sense of adventure, with a day trip to a magical outdoor location instead. by Carole Miller

TAKE A DRIVE TO THE WILD SIDE Everyone loves animals (or else how do you explain all those viral videos), so why not bring your date to Texas’ most popular safari drive-thru, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch? The actual drive is 6-miles in length and takes roughly an hour-and-a-half to two hours to complete. Opportunity awaits around every winding turn to view animal behaviors that some people travel the globe to witness. You can even feed the animals from your vehicle. The animals will come right up to your car and grab a tasty morsel. But don’t be stingy! A particularly hungry zebra might stick their head in if they do not feel like they got their “fair share.” Travel through the ranch as many times as you like for different experiences and encounters. Located 35-minutes from downtown San Antonio in the scenic Texas Hill Country, the ranch’s landscape, flora, and fauna 16 RIO Magazine

look just like that of South Africa. The nearly 500-acre ranch is divided into four compounds: Tower Creek, Tatonka Range, Kenyan Preserve and Massai Savannah. At Tower Creek, and you can feed Nakato and his twin sister Wasswa, the first set of living reticulated giraffe twins “born in the U.S.A.” (A group of giraffes is called a “tower.”) Visit Bertha and Goliath, an adult breeding-age pair of Southern White Rhinoceroses. (A group of rhinos is called a “crash.”) The 1,100-square-foot free-flowing spring pool at Lemur Island mimics the habitat of the islands of Madagascar. Or experience the petting barnyard and walkabout full of black and white lemurs, ringtail lemurs, African pygmy goats, kangaroos, scarlet macaw and Amazon parrots. And cap off your adventures while feeding your hungry herd at the Safari Camp Grill. thesanantonioriverwalk.com


b’s Jaco ll We JUMP IN THE LAKE (OR THE WELL) Or why not take your kids or date (or both) and jump in a well? Spend the day at Jacob’s Well Natural Area located in Hays County about an hour-andfifteen-minute drive from downtown San Antonio. Jacob’s Well is an artesian spring that releases thousands of gallons of water a day. It was discovered in the early 1850s by William C. Winters, who exclaimed, “Like unto a well in Bible times!” and named his discovery Jacob’s Well. The source of the water is the Trinity Aquifer, which makes its way from an extensive underground cave system. Jacob’s Well is the second-largest, fully-submerged cave in Texas. The deepest part of the cavern system is 140-feet deep. The main cavern length is 4,341 feet and the secondary cavern, which branches off the main cavern, is 1,314 feet in length.

Call it what you want, but the water temperature in the well stays a constant 68°F, the perfect temperature to cool off in the summer. The size of Jacob’s Well Natural Area is a little more than 81 acres with picnic tables located throughout the park, along with hiking trails, geocaching, birding, scenic photography and a children’s play area.

LANDA THE FREE AND HOME OF THE DATE Take a 40-45 minute getaway from downtown to the quaint city of New Braunfels where Landa Park is the perfect place to spend the day playing in paddle boats on the lake, get competitive in a round of miniature golf, or riding the miniature train under the shade of giant, ancient oak trees. Walk or jog on the marked trails, frolic on the playground or hike the Panther Canyon Nature Trail. Take the William and Dolores Schumann Arboretum walking tour to learn about more than 50 species of trees. During Landa Lake Date Night on Friday, Aug. 17, couples can cruise or anchor their paddleboats for a special evening under the moonlit skies. And on Saturday, Aug. 18, the entire family can join Spass Walking Tours of New Braunfels to explore the history and beauty of Landa Park and on a two-mile walk during this interpretative tour. Discover man-made and natural treasures and hear stories about the people that made Landa Park a significant part of this community.

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Spend the day on the cypress-lined banks of Cibolo Creek at Boerne City Park

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Spend the day on the cypress-lined banks of Cibolo Creek at Boerne City Park, a unique natural setting that shares a border with Cibolo Creek. Take a dip in the pool during free swim from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and extend your day trip into the evening with the August Movie in the Park, “The Little Mermaid” on Friday, Aug, 17. Great exercise, communing with nature and perhaps a wildlife experience or two awaits you on the Cibolo Nature Trails at the Cibolo Nature Center and Farm, located roughly 40 minutes north of downtown in Boerne. Spend a Saturday strolling through the Farmer’s Market shopping for local, homemade, organic, fresh food while participating in fun workshops, kids crafts, garden and historic home tours. Or bring your lawn chairs, blankets, drinks, eats, kids, grandparents and

friendly dogs (on leashes) and mosey on down for an evening of live music, dancing and fun at the “Moondance Concert,” a good, oldfashioned outdoor jamboree, on Saturday, Aug. 25. Boerne City Park and Cibolo Nature Center and Farm are both located in the city of Boerne (pronounced BUR-nee) about 45 minutes northwest of downtown San Antonio.

WRITER’S BIO Family Fun expert Carole Miller recently celebrated her Cincuentañera. She has been a freelance writer in San Antonio for the past several decades and always enjoys day-tripping with her family. She is also an “experienced” mother who raised her three children (Sydney, Nick, and Faith) right here in the Alamo City.

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San Antonio Film Festival

Festiv a ls! Movies, Mozart & Latin Roots By Susan Yerkes

When the summer heats up, so does the entertainment action in San Antonio. Festivals start the month off with a film fanfare August 1-5, as the San Antonio Film Festival rolls into town. You might call it SanDance. 20 RIO Magazine

This is the 24th year for the festival, now the largest annual film fest in South Texas, and each year the excitement builds as the buzz grows. Dozens of indie films, from shorts to feature presentations will be screened for thousands of movie buffs during the five-day festival. Unlike exclusive events like the Cannes Film Festival, San Antonio organizers have maintained a down-home approach, even to the glitziest events. Everyone is welcome, and tickets to both workshops and screenings are far more affordable than even many “Moviepaloozas,” from Cannes to L.A. This year’s action is held at the elegant new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, right on the

River Walk in the heart of downtown. Artists, producers and diehard film fans from Hollywood, New York and around the world will gather to see narrative, documentary, animated films and more, accompanied by workshops, meet-the-artists sessions and a star-spangled awards ceremony. Last year, legendary Hollywood talent agent and producer, a frequent collaborator of Martin Scorsese, whose clients included Robert de Niro, Harye Keitel, Jodie Foster and Peter Bogdanovich, attended and accepted a special Lifetime Achievement Award here just a few months before his death. This year, the final thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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CHILLIN’ WITH MOZART Moved by Mozart? You’ll love Mozart Festival Texas. The festival runs for two weekends, July 28-29 and August 4-5, at the University of the Incarnate Word’s spectacular Concert Hall, with its sinuous, silvery, sculptural façade.

night of the festival also features a “pitch” competition, where ambitious filmmakers can test their ideas to Hollywood execs, as the audience listens and learns. The real festival stars, though, are the movies. Two documentaries are among this year’s hottest titles --an ESPN movie about NBA Hall of Famer and former San Antonio Spurs legend George “The Iceman” Gervin, and a documentary on meditation featuring uber-cool director David Lynch. Headlined feature films include “The Butterfly Tree,” a family saga about the love between a burlesque queen and a father and son. Like many film festivals, the schedule is a moving target until a week or two before the action begins, so check the event’s website for up-to-the-minute details. thesanantonioriverwalk.com

The musical action includes a carefully curated selection showcasing Mozart’s wide-ranging composing genius, from orchestral and opera to chamber music pieces, accompanied by masterworks by some of his contemporaries. Mozart fans from around the nation flock to the event, founded by conductor Terence Frazor, with the Mozart Festival Orchestra and various soloists and ensembles. Since the university lies along the Broadway Cultural Corridor, the trip there from downtown is dotted with tempting stops to explore, from the magnificent Witte and McNay Museums to the family-friendly DoSeum and the riverine shade of Brackenridge Park, also home to the San Antonio Zoo. When making a date with Mozart, pencil in time for some serious side-tripping.

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Latin Roots Festival

LATIN ROOTS San Antonio’s long roots in Latino culture have been on display in hundreds of colorful events around town in this 300th anniversary year. We’re not just talking one culture, but a fantastically diverse set of customs, costumes, cuisines and musical traditions from Spain and the Canary Islands to Central and South America. The annual Latin Roots Music and Food Festival, hosted by the Association of Puerto Ricans in San Antonio, gets jazzed up for the city’s 300th birthday. This fabulous August 4 event is a daylong celebration of the different Latin themes that harmonize in San Antonio’s multi-cultural symphony. And it’s free to all. The venue is La Villita’s central Maverick Plaza, near the city’s early Spanish settlement here -- a spectacularly picturesque setting for a rocking party.

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To the rhythms of Mexico, Cuba, Brazil and more from a DJ and live bands, brightly colorful dancers swirl on the stage, as party-goers in shorts and sneakers bop along. Booths feature savory tastes of Puerto Rica, Venezuela, Colombia and beyond, cool crafts, and cooling libations. And since La Villita lies near some of the hottest spots along the fabled River Walk, you can drop in and out of the party between strolls along the river banks, hop a water taxi, or check out a distinctive SWell shared bike from one of the many downtown racks to explore more of San Antonio’s charms. Wherever you go, you’ll find colorful new vistas and warm, friendly folks. No matter when you visit, this town’s year-round Fiesta spirit is bound to brighten your stay.

WRITER’S BIO Susan Yerkes is an award-winning San Antonio-based journalist and travel writer. Like a lot of Texans, she is always up for a fiesta, festival or fandango. Especially if it’s air-conditioned.

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Take back the dog days of summer and make them paw-sitively fabulous by spending quality time with your pooch or shopping for treats sure to make his tail wag. Whether you’re visiting with your furry best friend or just looking for an un-fur-gettable day around town, the array of dog-friendly spots and shopping options in San Antonio are sure to make your four-legged friends bark with joy.

It doesn’t take a bloodhound to sniff out the River Walk as the perfect spot for exploring with your walking paw-rtner. From the Mission Reach to the Museum Reach, and all of the wonderful in between, the River Walk is a doggy paradise. With plenty of shade, trees to sniff and sights to see, exploring the River Walk—on a leash, please, for the safety of our canine friends—is a must. So is water, so if you’re looking for the paw-fect souvenir from the River Walk, be sure to snag collapsible bowls from the San Antonio River Walk Association. Expandable dog bowls provide easy hydration and food for your dog on the go. Constructed from BPA-free plastic, reusable, easy to re-fill and zip close, so they’re mess free and easy to pack up when you’re ready to go, the bowls are a great accessory to have for your explorations and of course, a terrific souvenir to remember all of the fun you had with your pup. If you want to fuel up for your walk, stop by The Barkery at the Sheraton Gunter, inside Market on Houston, just a bone’s throw from the River Walk. The boutique offers up the petfriendly hotel’s homemade dog treats made thesanantonioriverwalk.com

with whole wheat flour, peanut butter, oats, banana, eggs, and a flavored puree. The treats are chef-crafted and sure to please.

“He never came to me when I would call Unless I had a tennis ball, Or he felt like it, But mostly he didn’t come at all.” — By Jimmy Stewart, the actor Back on the River Walk, Rita’s on the River offers pet-friendly dining in covered outdoor seating areas. With views of the River Walk, your best fur-end can enjoy a free water slushy and peruse Rita’s doggy menu that includes a pupitizer, houndtree treats from PAWsitively Sweet Bakery, and freshly made ice cream from Justin’s Ice Cream Company. And so that

your four-legged companions can strut the River Walk in style, Rita’s offers doggy gear including bandanas, collapsible bowls, and dog tags. Better yet, make sure to enjoy Rita’s “Yappy Hour” events. With drink specials, giveaways, music, and entertainment, tails are sure to wag. Partial proceeds from all of Rita’s doggy sales benefit local pet rescues and organizations, making everyone “yappy.” The San Antonio Botanical Garden is going to the dogs—in a good way! Leash up your ball of fluff and head to the garden for Dog Days of Summer, August 4 and 5. Explore the gardens with your dog and help benefit local animal charities at the same time. And while you’re there, be sure to check out the flowered collars and doggy merchandise at the garden’s gift shop. Not far from the garden, enjoy dog shopping heaven at Fifi and Fido’s Pet Boutique. From the cutest dog toys you’ll ever see—including a taco chew toy and a smiling stuffed sugar skull—to an incredible selection of holistic pet foods, the boutique offers everything you need to keep your dog healthy and happy. RIO Magazine

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The boutique specializes in raw diets and has six freezers full of tasty choices, making it a great resource to pet owners. They’re also happy to talk you through your pet’s diet to find what’s best to make them shine inside and out. For some handcrafted snuggle love, check out Charlie’s Girl Creations, locally-made fleece blankets. Another store well-stocked for fur shopping is Orvis. With memory foam dog beds and wonderful options to make traveling with your pooch easy, you’ll find collapsible dog crates, car seat protectors, doggie ramps, no-splash travel bowls and canine first-aid kits. You’ll also find a bevy of toys, treats, collars, and leashes. If your bundle of love doubles as your hunting companion, Orvis has everything you need to help keep them safe. You don’t have to be a hunter to discover spots that welcome dogs at the Pearl. All of Pearl’s businesses with outdoor patios are dog-friendly, including Southerleigh, High Street Wine, Bakery Lorraine, Green, Larder, and Botika. Pearl also has several doggie fountains scattered throughout the property, so feel free to roam and explore. It’s the perfect destination for a Museum Reach walk along the river. Southerleigh at the Pearl has true puppy love for canines, offering water for guests’ dogs and selling dog merchandise. And if you’re looking to expand your furry family, the restaurant also hosts pet adoption events. And at Bakery Lorraine, you can feed your pup tasty, nutritious treats from Katie’s Jar. Locally made, Katie’s Jar offers treats baked with fresh, human grade ingredients. No fillers, preservatives, additives, or artificial flavors are ever used. In addition to Bakery Lorraine, you can get your paws on Katie’s Jar at Bird Bakery and Revolucion Coffee + Juice. Fun fact: Spent grain is the key ingredient in Katie’s Growlers made from San Antonio’s 26 RIO Magazine

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own Dorćol Distillery. The grain is a natural source of fiber for dogs and a tasty way to create a natural treat. Katie’s Jar also upcycles fabric scraps from Dos Carolinas to create pup guayabera bow ties. Do you want to match your canine pal? At Dos Carolinas, you can purchase a bow tie for Bowser, and a custom made guayabera for you. Fashionable pet lovers at the Pearl make sure to visit Adelante Boutique, where pup-in-residence Charlie welcomes shoppers and acts as a model dog for the boutique’s colorful, fashionable and fun offerings.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who enjoys discoveries and revisiting old favorites in her adopted hometown, Dawn Robinette loves to tell stories. You can read more of her work at Alamo City Moms Blog.

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Spice you want? Spice you get! By Dan R. Goddard

In San Antonio, you don’t have to look far to find the spicy side of life; from food and drink to dance and roller-coasters we know how to heat-up your palette and your emotions. B.I.G. Salsa Festival at the Grand Hyatt Show off your smooth Latin moves at the 7th Annual Baile International Grand (B.I.G.) Salsa Festival August 9-13 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio on the River Walk. Can’t dance? Take advantage of workshops led by some of the best salsa instructors and choreographers in the country, or sit back and enjoy the show from the VIP area. This four-day-long extravaganza packed with dance performances, concerts, and social dancing will turn up the heat on the floor. Born in New York City in the 1960s and ‘70s, salsa mixes the traditional beats of Cuban (son) and Puerto Rican (bomba and plena) music with influences from American jazz and blues. Primarily a dance genre, salsa features syncopated arrangements in clave rhythms (five-stroke patterns), Spanish lyrics and a strong rhythmic pulse punctuated by trumpet or trombone. Salsa has grown far beyond New York, becoming the emblematic music for much of Latin America, and encompasses a variety of tempos and song styles, including guaracha, son, and mambo to name a few. Grammy-nominated Puerto Rican superstar Jerry Rivera, the bestselling salsa artist in history, pays tribute to the late Frankie Ruiz, who popularized the sensual salsa style. Joseph Amado channels the spirit of Héctor Lavoe, known as “El Cantante” (the singer) for some of salsa’s biggest hits of the ‘70s. Puerto Rican singer and composer Moncho Rivera honors 1950s bomba and plena star Ismael Rivera, dubbed “El Sonero Mayor” (The Greatest Latin Singer). Mickey Then and Joell Jaquez of New York’s 24 Horas sing the slower, more romantic bachata style. This years’ performers include Latin soul dancers Adolfo and Lorenita, mambo star Juan Matos, the Yamuleé Dance Company led by Osmar Perrones, Mexico City-born Karel Flores and Marco Ferrigno and Professional Salsa Cabaret World Champions Karen Forcano (Argentina) and Ricardo Vega (Chile), who’ve appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and “World of Dance.” 28 RIO Magazine

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Chunky’s Burger’s 4 Horsemen Challenge If you have asbestos-lined taste buds and a cast-iron stomach, you might be ready for the city’s spiciest food challenge. Watch brave souls who attempt the challenge on YouTube.com. Loaded with fresh jalapeño, (up to 8,000 units on the Scoville heat scale), Serrano (23,000 units) and the dreaded Jolokia ghost peppers (more than 1 million mouth-burning units) fired up by a spicy habanero sauce (325,000 units), the “4 Horsemen” at San Antonio’s Chunky’s Burger has been named the “hottest burger on the planet” by Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food.” This burger is so ferociously spicy; you are required to sign a liability waiver before you can dig in. Only about 10 percent of the brave souls who attempt the 4 Horseman Challenge manage to complete it. You must be 18 years or older to sign the “4 Horsemen Liability Waiver,” or have a parent/guardian’s permission. The rules are simple. You must eat every fiery mouthful of the burger in 25 minutes, then keep your cool for another five minutes. You are not allowed to eat anything besides the burger. No restroom breaks, sharing, spitting or double tasting allowed. A “chuck bucket,” is provided, but using it is an automatic disqualification. Also, if you miss the bucket, a $20 clean-up fee is added to the cost of the 4 Horsemen.

Barriba Cantina’s Spicy Cocktails Along with live music and Tex-Mex favorites, Barriba Cantina on the River Walk adds spice to its signature cocktails. The Mercadit is infused with jalapeno and mixed with El Jimador Silver Tequila, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice and a dash of sweet agave nectar. It will test separate the men from the boys. Named after the legendary South Texas vampire-like monster, the Chupacabra (“goat sucker”) features pineapple-infused El Jimador Silver Tequila along with ginger syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice and serrano pepper on the side. For an extra 75 cents, turn your beer into San Antonio’s zesty answer to the Bloody Mary, a Michelada. Recipes vary, but essentially a Michelada is a Mexican beer mixed with freshlysqueezed lime juice, Clamato, and assorted sauces, like Worcestershire, teriyaki, soy or hot sauce. The saltchili powder mix packed onto the rim of the chilled glass is an eye-popping and refreshing addition to the drink.

But if you successfully complete the challenge, your portrait – redfaced, watering eyes, drooping tongue and possibly steam spewing out your ears -- will be added to Chunky’s Burger Wall of Flame. Barriba Cantina

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CULTURE & COMMUNITY Wonder Woman: Golden Lasso Coaster Twisting and turning above the 100-foot limestone quarry walls of Six Flags Fiesta Texas, you will feel like you’re being whipped around by Wonder Woman herself on Wonder Woman’s Golden Lasso. The attraction is the world’s first I-beam roller coaster, which debuted last May. The groundbreaking, open-air design provides, unobstructed view, a sense of falling, and a chorus of screams! The coaster climbs to a frightful 113-foot peak before taking a 100-foot nose dive at more than 50 miles per hour – a first for a ride at Fiesta Texas. The thrilling, 1,800-foot ride also features two “airtime hills” to separate riders from their seats, a zero-g roll, a 180-degree stall and overbanked turns. When entering the ride, thrill-seekers journey through a tropical landscape and ancient architecture found in Themyscira, Wonder Woman’s island home. A moving loading station helps to expedite individuals entering and exiting the ride. While the ride only lasts a minute, the coaster’s gravity-defying acrobatics make it seem like you are up there for hours! Wonder Woman joins two other DC superheroes with rides at the park – the Superman Krypton Coaster, which includes virtual reality goggles, and Batman: The Ride, the world’s first 4-D free-spin coaster.

WRITER’S BIO Dan R. Goddard has been writing about San Antonio art, culture and history for more than 30 years and first discovered how unique the city was at HemisFair in 1968.

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W h AT S A M h O U S T O N R E A L Ly S A I d

— Sam Houston

Had Sam Houston and General Santa Anna sat at a Boudro’s riverside table to share a Blackened Prime Rib and a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, things may have turned out more amicably. So, if you want to write some Texas history for yourself, join us for lunch or dinner. 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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RECREATION

Air Conditioned RECREATION By Drew Henry

The heat is on, and thankfully so are the air conditioners. With the average August temperature in the mid-nineties, folks in town are either cooling-off in watering holes or looking for indoor, air-conditioned fun. So, what are your options? How about bowling, gaming, movies, and great escapes. So, let’s go inside! BOWL & BARREL: Ready. Set. Roll! Our first air-conditioned outing has us rolling to the RIM for Bowl & Barrel. Just 20 minutes from downtown, Bowl & Barrel is an upscale bowling experience in La Cantera. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a five-star restaurant that just happens to have bowling lanes. With a rustic atmosphere and dishes like fresh pepperoni pizza, Cornish hand pies, and specialty meatballs, it’s hard to keep your eye on the ball! Don’t forget to pair your savory treats with a cocktail! The Velvet Mule comes in a giant copper mug and is perfect to split with 4 or just 2 of your thirstiest lane buddies.

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SANTIKOS CASA BLANCA: If bowling, food, and drinks aren’t enough, then throw in a show. Next, we are heading to the ultimate summer heat escape — the movies! Santikos Casa Blanca is a 30-minute drive from downtown in the Alamo Ranch area, but this theater is worth the trip. Not only will you get a show, but you can check out 16 lanes of bowling for an afterparty. Take advantage of the full cafe and bar served directly to your theater seat.

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DAVE & BUSTER’S RIVERCENTER: Back downtown, we’re heading to the Shops at Rivercenter for the ultimate arcade experience at Dave & Buster’s featuring old-school games like PacMan and Skee-ball and new ones like Zombie Snatcher. Tons of massive HDTVs throughout make for the ultimate sports bar experience. Or cool-off one of the best happy hours on the river. Select mixed drinks are $2.50, and beer and wine are $1 off Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 7:00 PM. Get 10% off with military ID.

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ESCAPE THE ROOM: After you escape the heat, try to escape the room. Located in the heart of downtown is the #1 rated escape room experience in San Antonio. It even has Hoda Kotb from The Today Show saying, “It’s a blast!” There are three rooms to choose from, The Western Bank Heist, The Agency, and The Dig. See if you have what it takes to escape before time runs out. It may be cool inside, but Escape the Room will have you sweating it out.

WRITER’S BIO Drew Henry is the founder of the Design Dudes blog. During the week he’s blogging about the coolest style, and on the weekend he is getting active! Instagram: @design_dudes, Facebook: @ heydesigndudes, Twitter: @heydesigndudes

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24 48 72 HOURS by Crystal Henry

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GRAB A BITE: Start your downtown day trip with breakfast in a currency exchange building. Schilo’s might serve up fluffy eggs and crispy bacon now, but this business began as a saloon that switched to root beer and grub during Prohibition. The

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CATCH A RIDE: Downtown San Antonio has just enough sprawl that makes for a bit of a walk, but it’s condensed enough that you hate to pull your car out of the parking garage. Bird has solved this issue by allowing visitors and residents to flit from place to place on their dockless electric scooters for just 15 cents per minute. It’s a cheap and easy way to visit different areas of the city, and American service members and veterans get their base fees comped. Download the app and hop on for a quick trip to the Blue Star Arts Complex in Southtown. This funky art district is a great place to explore and grab lunch at Burgerteca, the newest nosh spot from celebrity-chef Johnny Hernandez. Chef Johnny is known for bringing authentic Mexican flavors to San Antonio with well-known restaurants like La Gloria and The Frutería. His new burger joint reimagines the classic American hamburger with a Mexican infusion. Order the Oaxaca burger (pronounced Wa-Ha-Kah) like a local, and don’t leave without a refreshing raspa at the ice cream shop.

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original family moved their operation from Beeville, Texas to this old building in 1914. They are 101 years old—the oldest operating restaurant in the city— serving breakfast tacos on the cheap and buttermilk pancakes by the stack.

SEE THE SIGHTS: Hop back on a Bird, and fly down to Hemisfair Park for a game of ping pong or a turn on the giant slide. Families can bounce around the squishy-floored playground, then take a short walk to the Tower of the Americas for dinner and a 4-D movie. End your day with a bird’s eye view and a cocktail perched atop the tower at Chart House.

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GRAB A BITE AND SEE THE SIGHTS This month we’ve got a hot list of cool places to grab a bite and see the sights in San Antonio.

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GRAB A BITE: Rosella Coffee is a San Antonio favorite with more than a good dark roast. The new location in the historic Rand building downtown is a full-service restaurant and cocktail bar, so go ahead and belly up to the bar for breakfast with coffee and avocado toast. Or come back after 5 for an Aperol Spritz. CATCH A RIDE: If you’re looking for a more in-depth scoot around town, SegCity offers guided tours of San Antonio from the breezy comfort of a Segway scooter. The High Noon tour is a two-hour comprehensive guide to local folklore, and it leaves at — you guessed it — high noon. After the midday ride, watch the boats and hit the (seafood) bar at On the Bend, a new seafood spot on the river featuring freshly shucked oysters, steamed clams, peel and eat shrimp, and four varieties of po boys. Two levels of seating both indoors and out with misters on the outside river level. thesanantonioriverwalk.com

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SEE THE SIGHTS: After lunch, treat yourself to a silver and turquoise shopping experience at Plaza Taxco. These FONART Mexican treasures, represent a national arts and crafts ministry that benefits Mexican artisans. Then choose your adventure at Battle for Texas. Summer programming includes daily live battle reenactments, a lantern-lit Night at the Museum and the Fandango — a theatrical dining experience featuring a 1830s style dinner leading up to the Battle of the Alamo. At night cool down with a cold poptail at Hotel Valencia. These crafty cocktails are a trendy blend of premium spirits and popsicles, and Hotel Valencia is the perfect place to people watch in the chic open lobby bar or chill on the patio overlooking the river.

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Snooze

GRAB A BITE: The final day of any vacay should always include a Snooze. Sleep in and brunch at Snooze at the Quarry. Enjoy a game of Jenga and free coffee while you wait. Order a pancake flight and a Boss Hog Bloody Mary, and if you happen to wander in on September 1, prepare yourself for an all-out celebration of Bacon Day! A portion of the proceeds from the bacon-centric menu that day will go toward an organization focused on getting healthy food for kids. And winners of their social media contest will win bacon for a year from Tender Belly. CATCH A RIDE: After brunch, it’s all aboard the train at Brackenridge Park for a trip that begins and ends near the Japanese Tea Garden and the San Antonio Zoo, two of the city’s most popular attractions.

SEE THE SIGHTS: Meander through the Japanese Tea Garden, a free-to-visit treasure in the heart of the city with koi ponds and lush landscapes. It’s a tranquil, picturesque oasis before walking to the San Antonio Zoo next door. Visit the bat house, and take a ride on the carousel. Then head over to Guillermo’s for a little taste of Italy. The lasagna and sandwiches are fantastic, but the real sleeper side dish is the pasta salad. Don’t let the bowtie fool you; this unassuming salad is no gentleman. It’s a wild ride to Flavortown that you won’t soon forget.

The final stop on your SA tour has to be the Scobee Planetarium at San Antonio College. You know what they say about the stars at night deep in the heart of Texas. And on Friday evenings the planetarium comes alive with nighttime programming showcasing the biggest and brightest Texas has to offer. For late night munchies, visit The Original Mexican Restaurant on the River Walk, open 24 hours and always serving breakfast.

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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.

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SAN ANTONIO FOOD & DRINK AMERICAN

BOUDRO’S TEXAS BISTRO 421 East Commerce St. boudros.com p44, 16 BIGA ON THE BANKS 203 S. St. Mary’s Street biga.com Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 406 Navarro bubbagump.com CHILI’S ON THE RIVERWALK 849 East Commerce St. Chilis.com DAVE & BUSTER’S 849 E. Commerce St. daveandbusters.com DICK’S LAST RESORT 223 Losoya St. dickslastresort.com p44, 18 EL TROPICANO HOTEL 110 Lexington Avenue. eltropicanohotel.com HARD ROCK CAFÉ 110 E. Crockett hardrock.com

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HOWL AT THE MOON 111 West Crockett St. #201 howlatthemoon.com LAS CANARIAS 112 College Street omnihotels.com LONESTAR CAFE 237 Losoya lonestarcafe.us MARGARITAVILLE 849 E. Commerce St. margaritavillesanantonio.com RAINFOREST CAFÉ 110 E. Crockett rainforestcafe.com p44, 17 RUTH CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 600 E. Market St. ruthschris.com THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS 526 Riverwalk

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BIER GARTEN 124-150 Losoya St. alamobiergarten.com p44, 36 JUSTIN’S ICE CREAM 245 E Commerce St. mercadoritas.com STEEL CITY POPS 812 S. Alamo, Suite 101 steelcitypops.com

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

COMEDY

Throughout August @ sunset Dive-In Movies Bring the entire family for a night of “dive-in movie and chill” every Friday night. Watch some of your favorite movies while relaxing in the wonderful wave pool. Splashtown

8/15 @ 4 p.m. Slayer Final World Tour Freeman Coliseum

8/22-26 Mike Suarez Improv Comedy Club

Throughout August @ noon Wave Pool Wednesdays Splashtown

8/29-9/2 Jerry Rocha Improv Comedy Club

MUSIC

8/20 @ 8 p.m. Lyle Lovett and his Large Band Majestic Theatre

8/8 @ 8:30 p.m. Erik Knowles Improv Comedy Club 8/9-12 Jordan Rock Improv Comedy Club 8/15-19 Mike Cannon Improv Comedy Club

8/7 Bat Loco The free, family-friendly event will include a bat parade, educational booths, food trucks, live music, bat friends and a Batmobile replica. The public is invited to bring their chairs as SA River Authority staff lead a talk about the bat colony that currently resides under I-35 bridge.  Camden Street Bridge on the River Walk

Every Friday and Saturday through 8/11 @8:30 pm Fiesta Noche Del Rio Arneson Theatre Through 8/26 Celebrate! Summer Night Show Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Through 8/5 Mozart Festival Texas University of the Incarnate Word

FAMILY FUN

Through 8/25 Jungle Boogie Nights San Antonio Zoo

8/4 @ 7 p.m. Deft-ones--A Tribute to Deftones Aztec Theatre

Through 8/2 Camp Broadway Majestic Theatre

8/5 @ 7:30 p.m. Erasure Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

8/3-31 @ 10:30 a.m. Twiglet Story Time every Friday with Miss Anastasia The Twig Bookstore

8/5 @ 6 p.m. Pimpinela Aztec Theatre

Through 8/26 Zoorasic Park San Antonio Zoo Through 8/12 Sesame Street Party Parade SeaWorld San Antonio

8/8 @ 7 p.m. Tory Lanez: Memories Don’t Die Tour Aztec Theatre 8/10 @ 7:30 p.m. Spanish Harlem Orchestra Empire Theatre

8/24 Whiskey Business Whiskey Business is San Antonio’s premier whiskey tasting event, featuring 50+ whiskeys, Scotches, bourbons, and ryes from local, regional and worldwide distilleries. Now in its fourth year, the event happens on Friday, August 24 at the Witte Museum. Guests can experience whiskey samples, craft beer, wine, and bites from San Antonio’s top restaurants, live & DJ music, Witte exhibits, as well as Sipping Sessions, unique interactive whiskey demonstrations, and seminars led by distillers and brand ambassadors. Witte Museum

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8/17 @ 8:30 p.m. Sofia Nino de Rivera Majestic Theatre 8/18 @ 7 p.m. VHT--Tribute to Van Halen Aztec Theatre

8/21 @ 8 p.m. Tony Bennett Majestic Theatre 8/23 @ 8 p.m. ZoSo: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience Empire Theatre 8/24 @ 7:30 p.m. Shakira El Dorado World Tour AT&T Center 8/30 @ 7 p.m. Luis Miguel !Mexico Por Siempre! AT&T Center 8/31 @ 7 p.m. Yuridia: Desierto Tour Aztec Theatre

PERFORMING ARTS

8/13 @ 7:30 p.m. Ninja Brian’s All-Star Variety Luau Spectacular Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater 8/13 & 27 Happy Hour Tours Majestic Theatre

SPORTS & OUTDOORS 8/5 -26 @ 7:30 a.m. Bird Tours every Sunday Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

8/31 @ 7 p.m. Def Leppard and Journey AT&T Center

August 8 @ Hotel Emma Day of Conservas (tinned seafood)

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Through 9/16 Ole San Antonio Celebrate San Antonio’s Spanish heritage in commemoration of the city’s 300th anniversary with events and activities related to four main pillars: gastronomy, music & dance, arts, and architecture. Experience restaurants featuring Spanish menus and chef collaboration dinners, retailers featuring specially curated Spanish items, activations in Pearl Park, and much more.

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Through 1/6 Dream Tomorrow Today Children have the opportunity to SEE, DO, and BE THE FUTURE through a wide array of interactive and creative educational stations. The activities within the exhibit will empower children to imagine their future, and play, discover, and design to realize their dreams and achieve their goals. The DoSeum

8/7 @ 7:05 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Springfield Cardinals $2 Tuesday Nelson Wolff Stadium 8/8 @ 7:05 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Springfield Cardinals Dollar Night Nelson Wolff Stadium 8/9 @ 7:05 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Springfield Cardinals Nelson Wolff Stadium

8/10 @ 7:05 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Tulsa Drillers - Jersey Giveaway Nelson Wolff Stadium 8/10 @ 8 p.m. Sunset Yoga Artpace 8/11 @ 7:05 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Tulsa Drillers Post-Game Fireworks and Lucky Section Night Nelson Wolff Stadium

West Briscoe Western Art Museum

Through 10/18 Brewing Up Texas Institute of Texan Cultures

Through 9/9 Summer 2018 International Artist-In-Residence Program Exhibition Artpace

Through 12/31 Viva! Institute of Texan Cultures

8/9-19 Men are from Mars/Women are from Venus Live! Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast-paced, this show is definitely for adults but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids. Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater

8/12 @ 7:05 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Tulsa Drillers Sunday Funday and Bark in the Park Nelson Wolff Stadium 8/21 @ 7:05 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Frisco Roughriders $2 Tuesday Nelson Wolff Stadium 8/22 @ 7:05 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Frisco Roughriders Military Appreciation Night Nelson Wolff Stadium 8/23 @ 7:05 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Frisco Roughriders Dollar Night Nelson Wolff Stadium 8/24 @ 7:05 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. Frisco Roughriders Shirt Off Our Back Night Nelson Wolff Stadium

Through 9/3 Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians Briscoe Western Art Museum Full of famous (and infamous) figures and symbols from the Great American West including Geronimo, John Wayne, Mother and Child, Teddy Roosevelt and the Northwest Coast Mask. Rather than portraying Native Americans and cowboys in a historically accurate setting, Warhol chose to depict a popular, romanticized version of the American West through his controversial images of American history that touch upon themes such as exploitation, war, power and rightful ownership.

8/25 @ 8 a.m. Beginner Bird Walk Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

Through 8/12 Electric Ocean SeaWorld San Antonio An all-new nighttime celebration headlines SeaWorld’s summer offerings with exotic worlds of light and music. Watch the mesmerizing, nightly firework display and play in party zones with electronic dance music that creates an exciting, electrifying dance club atmosphere.

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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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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 GREY’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

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STARVING ARTIST GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38

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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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BIGA ON THE BANKS 18 YEARS AND JUST GETTING STARTED! “Big celebrations, buzzy business dinners,

“First-rate all the way” -Zagat

romantic trysts—Biga brings the glamour

This is one of the most justifiably

and a menu to match (all the better if you

praised restaurants in town.”

can get a perch on the balcony over the

-Lonely Planet

river).” -Texas Monthly

and keeps locals and travelers alike coming back again and again for his delectable

“Bruce Auden, the city’s dean of

culinary creations.” -USA Today, 10 Best.com

contemporary cuisine.” -Gayot

After relocating to the San Antonio River Walk in 2000, Bruce Auden’s Biga on the Banks continues to charm San Antonio foodies and Alamo City visitors with its constantly-changing new American menu featuring the best ingredients South Texas has to offer. It has been said that Bruce Auden has “put San Antonio on the culinary map” but this Chef is just getting started. The Biga menu features fresh caught fish like Mahi Mahi, True American Red Snapper and Ahi Tuna. Main stays on the menu usually include Hill Country Venison and Bandera Quail, Grilled Australian Rack of Lamb and Roasted Tecumseh Chicken. The dining room is modern with a casual-well informed style of service. Private spaces at Biga have River Walk views accommodating groups from 10 to 300. Memorable receptions, rehearsal dinners and business events can be tailored to your exact specifications with exceptional service and an exciting menu your guests deserve. thesanantonioriverwalk.com

“Chef Auden lets his imagination run wild

Of course, every great restaurant needs a great beverage program. The Biga wine list has hundreds of labels hand-picked by Wine Director Kim Romo includes crowd pleasers, some hard to come by bottles along with your favorite wines you have yet to try. If mixed drinks are more your speed, Shane Clifford’s craft cocktails and list of spirits will hit the spot. Biga on the Banks has a versatility about it. If you’re looking for a come-as-you-are impromptu bite, a celebratory dinner with family or a working dinner with business colleagues, Biga fits your needs.

Discover Biga for yourself. Dinner served 7 nights a week. Go to Biga.com to book a reservation or call (210)225-0722 RIO Magazine

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ATTRACTIONS & SHOPPING

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

Smokehouse

28 Joe’s Crab Shack -

San Antonio Quarry

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12 San Antonio Botanical Garden

MISSIONS TRAIL

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

9 Splashtown

20 The DoSeum

24 Mission San Juan

10 Alamo Helicopter Tours

27 Flipz Trampoline Park

25 Mission Espada

11 San Antonio Zoo

28 Extreme Escape

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Go with the flow Savor the flavor By Devon McGarvey

Experience a night to remember as you slowly ‘Drift & Dine’ along the River Walk. Discover new restaurants and revisit old favorites. Relax in good company with music to hear, a sunset to watch, food to savor, and a feeling of bliss.

Drift and Dine is held on the River Walk September 25-27, 2018. The newest River Walk event is a night you won’t soon forget.

For more information and to book your passage visit TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com/events

Board a decorated boat and cast-off on a culinary journey stopping at seven different River Walk restaurants featuring one dish from their menu. Quench your thirst with specialty cocktails or drinks available for purchase at each dining destination. Then it’s back on the boat to dine while drifting to the next stop. Before you leave dry land, be entertained, check in, and mingle with fellow passengers in the pre-boarding reception beginning at 5 p.m. each night. Don’t be late! Ships set sail between 6-6:30 p.m., and you won’t want to miss your ride for this tasty adventure. Special tiered pricing is available with a discount for those who purchase their ticket before August 26th. Passage begins at $65 per person or $960 for all 16 seats on a single boat. Food at each restaurant is included with your boat passage.

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COUPONS

2

$

15% OFF

our regular dinner pricing for up to 8 guests.

Located in Rivercenter Mall on 3rd Level 849 East Commerce 210-229-1420 www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com

Not valid on Saturdays or restaurant holidays. Cannot be combined with any additional promotions or discounts. Valid until October 31, 2018.

$2 OFF

General Adult Admission SAVE UP TO $8 Open Tue–Sun 10AM with seasonal closing hours | Closed Mondays Expires 08/31/2018

FREE BASKET OF HAND BATTERED FRIED PICKLES

126 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX, 78205

(210) 212-7299

FREE

www.biergartenriverwalk.com

FREE

CHEF’S APPETIZER OF THE DAY

KRAUTWURST BALLS

With the purchase of an adult entrée.

10% OFF

at any of these La Villita locations With purchase of 2 entrées

Limit one coupon per table. Expires 08/31/2018

One per table, please. Dine in only. Expires 08/31/2018.

$

SHOPS AT RIVERCENTER

*Cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon.

3

OFF

4

Two big slices!

301 Alamo Plaza •210-224-9299

(excluding sale items and alcohol)

Plaza Taxco

RIPLEYS.COM/SANANTONIO

Not valid with any other offer. Good up to six people. Expires 08/31/18 • ©RIPLEY ENTERTAINMENT INC. - RIO MAG

$

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SAVE $5 OFF each Adult or Child Admission* Just 3 minutes North of Downtown on IH-35. Free Parking.

210-227-1100

Applies to Cheese or Pepperoni slices. Cannot be combined with other offers or coupons. Available for delivery and in-house.

angelita

ADULT OR CHILD TICKET

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Crockett at Navarro (210) 293-7482 |www.pizzaritas.com

(Excluding Sales Items)

Tasha Polizzi • Dian Malouf • Consuela • Free People Virgins, Saints & Angels • Juan Antonio • Cut Loose Flax • XCVI • Sterling and Turquoise by Gundi

Chef’s Surprise Appetizer 146 E. Houston St. @ River Walk 210.222.2362 | acenar.com

BUY ANY GHIRARDELLI SUNDAE, RECEIVE A FREE CHOCOLATE BAR*

One coupon per table. For dine in guests only. Expires 08/31/2018

One coupon per table per visit. Offer at Riverwalk location only. Must present coupon. Expires 08/31/2018.

237 Loyosa, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-9374 www.riverrestaurants.com

(210) 627-6064

with purchase of TWO – ONE LITER BIERS

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.

Not valid with special events. Expires 08/31/18

110 E. Crockett on the Riverwalk 210-277-6300

210 W Market St. San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 299-4499 BriscoeMuseum.org

OFF TICKET

www.SplashtownSA.com * Present this coupon at Splashtown and receive $5 OFF each adult and child admission prior to 4:00PM. Offer may not be combined with any other special rates or discounts. Limit 6 guests per coupon.

PLU# 715/716

Offer Expires 09/08/18

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$

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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 08/31/18

409 E. Commerce 210-465-UGLY www.coyoteuglysaloon.com

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Present this coupon and receive $2.00 OFF each adult and $1.00 OFF each Child’s Full Price Discovery Tour Ticket. Limit 6.

210-651-6101 •naturalbridgecaverns.com

Not Valid With Any Other Discount or Program. Expires 08/31/2018. 10124

FREE DESSERT

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 08/31/2018

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20% OFF

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 08/31/18

$5 OFF

Harley Davidson Dealer T-Shirt Expires 08/31/18

08/31/18

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 08/31/2018

Tower of the Americas

Parties of LESS than 8

FREE FLAUTAS

(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.

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$

OFF TOWER TICKET

701 Bowie, San Antonio, TX 78205

210.223.3101

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 07/31/2019

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS DINING/RESTAURANTS

Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362

Barriba Cantina www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876 Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484 Bubba Gump Shrimp Company www.bubbagump.com 210-224-4867 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

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MUSEUM

Splashtown San Antonio www.splashtownsa.com 210-227-1400

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000

Improv Comedy Club www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com 210-229-1400

Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782

The DoSeum www.thedoseum.org 210-212-4453

Tito’s Handmade Vodka www.TitosVodka.com

Pizzaritas www.pizzaritas.com 210-293-7842

San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924

La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140 The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951

Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300 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

SHOPPING

Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362 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 La Villita Historic Village www.lavillitasanantonio.com 210-207-8614

Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499

ATTRACTIONS

Battle for Texas: The Experience www.battlefortexas.com 210-592-8080 Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080 City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687

COMEDY CLUB

DISTILLERIES NIGHTLIFE

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 MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220 BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299

Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600

Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462

GO RIO River Cruises www.goriocruises.com 210-227-4746

On the Bend Oyster Bar & Lounge www.onthebendsa.com 210-354-3002

Mirror Maze 210-224-2288 Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101 Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828 Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299

HOTELS

Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com

CASINO

Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino www.luckyeagletexas.com

Labor Day Artisan Show, August 31-September 3. TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com/events

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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