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October, November and December on the River Walk
In a recent survey of Tripadvisor reviews where the word “beautiful” was mentioned, the San Antonio River Walk ranked 16th in the world. The world ! I am not surprised. If you know, you know, but I will happily elaborate! This time of year along the River Walk is simply lovely— and lively. From Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead and Halloween events to holiday markets, celebratory parades, lights, lights and more lights, the River Walk, from the Museum Reach through downtown to the Mission Reach, is a fun and fabulous place to be.
Oktoberfest brings craft beers, stein hoisting competitions and themed menus at Bier Garten. Spiritlandia is the River Walk’s Day of the Dead celebration spanning four days with multiple activities and a spectacular night river parade that is even being broadcast nationwide. The San Antonio Zoo joins in the Halloween fun, then transitions to the holidays in mid-November with light displays throughout the property until the end of the year.
November also brings the Diwali SA Festival of Lights with traditional Indian dance, food and crafts along with an epic fireworks display over the Tower of the Americas and another colorful nighttime river parade.
But the river parade that San Antonians believe officially kicks off the holiday season in the Alamo City is the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony. 2022 marks the 41st
year of this annual event, always on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year’s theme is Tastes & Traditions Around the World and is oh-so apropos for San Antonio with our confluence of cultures and our UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation. The evening’s lineup includes entertainment at the Arneson River Theatre, 28 festive river parade barges and a true “flip the switch” moment when more than 100,000 brightly colored lights draping the cypress trees on the river banks are turned on.
These holiday lights come on every night through January 9, and beautifully enhance other December events such as the Ford Holiday Boat Caroling, the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias and Downtown Lights River Cruises.
But there is so much more in store. Read on for more ways to enjoy October, November and December along the River Walk, and make plans to return for it all!
Trisha Hutzler Editor, Rio Magazine
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SAN ANTONIO is a CREATIVE CITY of GASTRONOMY and HERE IS WHY!
San Antonio was designated a Creative City of Gastronomy by the esteemed United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2017 due to its immense cultural versatility, history and superb cuisine. These incredible River Walk restaurants seamlessly represent this honored title.
To begin with, the newly opened Enrique Tomas , located in the Shops at Rivercenter mall, perfectly exemplifies the vast array of cuisine and world flavors that can be discovered in the Alamo City. Enrique Tomas, an international Spanish restaurant, is truly the home of Jamón! As you walk into the well-appointed restaurant, you will easily spot the Jamón Ibérico Station set up in the middle of the downstairs dining room.
Half a dozen Ibérico hams, which have each been cured for a various number of days, sit at center stage. That being said, I recommend you start your meal off with The Jamón Experience, a tasting of their awardwinning Jamón, including the 18-month Jamón Gran Reserve, 24-month Jamón Ibérico de Campo and the 36-month Jamón Ibérico de Bellota Premium. The Patatas Bravas with a spicy brava sauce and Jamón shavings are an ideal accompaniment.
From there, the sky’s the limit with Galician Octopus to Pasta Carbonara with Iberian Secreto. It is all equally divine, but save room for dessert because their blue cheese cheesecake with strawberry compote is a thing of luscious beauty!
Of course, San Antonio’s rich history is what makes our culinary scene so unique. Schilo’s , located along the River Walk, happens to be the oldest restaurant in town and was established in 1917. Although the menu features some of Mama Schilo’s classic German recipes, it is very versatile with a little something for everyone.
Known for their hearty breakfasts, you cannot go wrong with the Papa Fritz Breakfast of two eggs, hashbrowns or grits, toast or biscuits and ham, bacon, sausage, maple links or bratwurst, if you are feeling frisky!
For something a little different, I recommend the crispy Potato Pancakes with applesauce. Still, it is hard to leave Schilo’s without getting the Reuben, made traditionally with tender corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese on grilled Rye bread. It is such a treat and goes exceptionally well with their famous root beer. If it is a cheat day, order the float!
As we shift to the northern end of the River Walk, French comfort food has never been more wonderfully represented than at Mon Chou Chou , a chic vintage-inspired brasserie nestled in the Historic Pearl. Known for their Sandwich Au Fromage Raclette, made
with warm, gooey raclette cheese on a crisp baguette, smoked paprika aioli, cornichon and Bayonne ham, if you so choose, it is simply heavenly.
However, the Lyon-style onion soup with Emmental cheese and Cognac is one of the most delectable soups I have ever enjoyed, not to mention the lobster bisque topped with the most gorgeous puff pastry. Suffice it to say, you might encounter some nail-biting decisions here and that is before you even get to your main course.
Also at Pearl, you will find a true gem serving Asian cuisine unlike anything you have ever tasted. Best Quality Daughter is, in a way, a piece of art, from the stand-alone historic building to the décor on the interior. It is as whimsical as the dishes they serve, which are guaranteed to delight any gourmand.
A woman-owned and operated business, chef Jennifer Dobbertin has created a menu of Asian-American dishes with her own inventive twists, such as Mochi
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Dorrego’s at Hotel Valencia
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Cheddar Hush Puppies with Thai chili jam, Local Oyster Mushroom Larb and Sloppy Bros, made with red cooked beef cheek, pickled chilies and curry mayo.
Back downtown along Houston Street, located inside the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk is San Antonio’s only Argentinian-inspired restaurant, Dorrego’s , which overlooks the tranquil River Walk. Weather-permitting, there are few more stunning patios on which to dine.
With a full-service bar, lovely dining room and locally-sourced Argentinean plates paired with fine wines, Dorrego’s is always one of my first choices to take out-of-town guests. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menus are familiar yet completely their own.
For dinner, try the Provoleta of grilled and bubbling Argentinian provolone cheese to start before easing into some savory entrees, such as the Pescado del Dia (fish of the day) or Bife de Lomo (beef tenderloin).
Also, keep an eye out for their Tango in the Courtyard events, which will be coming up again this November. It is a one-of-a-kind evening of Spanish music and incredible dance performances.
Located on the River Walk near W. Crockett Street, Paesanos , has been a local’s favorite for Italian cuisine and time-honored recipes for
over 50 years. They have also mastered the art of service. Expect to find all of your favorites here, including Osso Buco, Fettuccine Alfredo, Eggplant Parmesan and Linguini with Red Clams.
Regardless of how yummy all of Paesanos dishes are, I always end up ordering their famous Shrimp Paesano of lightly crispy jumbo shrimp in an absolutely delicious lemon butter sauce, served with pasta. It is bound to put a smile on your face.
Finally, located within the Canopy by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel, you will find Domingo Restaurante, a stylish eatery with an expansive terrace and modern South Texas cuisine. A key part of what makes San Antonio such a special city is its South Texas cuisine, which is a niche all its own.
At Domingo, you can joyfully dig into some of these South Texas flavors such as their Prime Ribeye Pipian, their take on Texas steak served with the chef’s version of a traditional Pipian sauce, which originated in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The Elote Street Corn is another popular dish, made elevated. Imagine your favorite corn in a cup with chile, lime, mayo and a unique Mexican herb called epazote and then multiply those tantalizing flavors exponentially and you have arrived at Domingo.
I hope you continue to explore the utterly scrumptious cuisines of San Antonio and discover some unforgettable favorites you will return to again and again over the years!
Kimberly A. Suta of Sutapants Productions is a local and national food writer, award-winning filmmaker and publicist for the culinary industry. She is also the co-creator of Homegrown Chef, a culinary series and catering and events company, featuring our city’s best chefs and delicious eats. Kimberly also hosts River Walk Culinary Adventure Tours, walking food tours that highlight the fantastic offerings along the River Walk for both ticketed events and private groups. Go to homegrowncheftv.com/culinary-tours for details.
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Music, M oat tours and More
By Lakendra Lewis
With the autumn leaves slowly turning to hazy shades of winter, there are lots to see and do in downtown San Antonio that will have even the shiest concertgoer or theatre enthusiast dancing in the aisles or at least in their seat. It might even leave them wanting to hop on a boat tour or chase a butterfly or two. From classic rock to 80’s pop or 90’s grunge to traditional holiday fun, there is something to do in SA for everyone, through the end of the year.
Bang The Drum October 15, 9:00 to 10:00pm
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Music Is Just Alright With Me! October 8, 8:00pm
Four-time GRAMMY® Award winners The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald will be groovin’ minute by minute. The classic rock icons will be the headliners for the venue’s 7th Annual Benefit Concert that this year will honor founding Tobin Center Chairman Judge Nelson Wolff.
Known for their five decades of deep harmonies and guitar-driven Southern rock, The Doobie Brothers have sold more than 48 million albums and were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, get ready to rock to classic tunes like “Black Water,” “What a Fool Believes,” “Listen to the Music,” “China Grove” and “Takin’ it to the Streets,” just to name a few.
If you are looking for a fun, safe and healthy outlet to pound out some steam, check out the Tobin’s drum circle gathering at Will’s Plaza, headed by Jorge Ochoa, a local occupational therapist, group drumming facilitator and founder of TamboRhythms, a company dedicated to promoting FUNctional living through rhythmic expression.
This family-friendly event will take place rain or shine and is free and open to the public as part of the Wellness at the Tobin series, sponsored by H-E-B. No musical experience is necessary. A mixture of drums and hand percussion will be available to use but participants can also bring their own percussive instruments.
If The Glass Slipper Fits… October 14 to 16
Think you know the story of Cinderella? This new magical adaptation slated for performance by the San Antonio Ballet puts a new pirouette on “happily ever after.” In this new retelling set to Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s enchanting score, the audience is taken on an emotional journey as they follow Cinderella’s adventures and are reminded that how we respond to life’s adversities ultimately determines our happiness. For performance times, visit the Tobin website.
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ANTONIO AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY ARCHIVE AND MUSEUM
Magical History Tour
October 15, 5:00 to 7:00pm
The San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) will host a Black History River Cruise that spotlights contributions of African Americans in San Antonio and explores a variety of topics, including African Americans in politics, education, churches, neighborhoods, businesses and culture.
The 100-minute floating tour treats guests to a scenic river view of historic sites that include the Museum Reach, the Aztec Theatre and the Pearl. In addition to the river barge cruise, guests are invited to visit SAAACAM located in La Villita. The museum was founded in 2017 to serve as a community archive specifically for the preservation of stories of African Americans in San Antonio. Admission to the museum is free. Tickets for the cruise are $30; SAAACAM members receive a discount. Private tours also are available. Sail over to the museum’s website for more information.
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Mad About Belinda Carlisle November 10, 7:30pm 80’s music icon and lead singer of one of rock’s most successful all-girl bands, Belinda Carlisle is bringing her “Decades” tour to the H-E-B Performance Hall.
From her hits with her 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band the Go-Go’s to solo chart-topping tunes like “Mad About You,” “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “I Get Weak,” audiences will not be able to keep their lips sealed during this head-over-heels concert!
They Are The Champions! November 13, 7:00pm
It is UK meets the US in SA as the Champions of Magic team up for some powerhouse prestidigitation in a magic show that has wowed sellout crowds around the globe.
Filled with an evening of impossible illusions and spectacular special effects, this dynamic ensemble of magicians and acrobatic artists— described by the press as “The Avengers of magic”—will perform incredible interactive feats, jaw-
dropping escapes, death-defying levitation and a finale that can only be seen to be believed.
Ga Ga For The Goo Goo Dolls November 15, 7:30pm
The Tobin Center presents An Evening with the Goo Goo Dolls as part of the band’s “Chaos in Bloom” tour. Backed by a slew of hits and a pile of platinum records, concertgoers will slide into a catalogue of tunes that prove why this pop rock-grunge duo has been an alt favorite for the past three decades. VIP packages are available. Check the Tobin website for details.
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Butterflies Are Free
October 8, 10:00am to 2:00pm Butterflies will once again rule the skies at the Pecan Grove in Brackenridge Park during the Seventh Annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival. Hosted by The Brackenridge Park Conservancy, the free festival marks the end of a month-long series of celebrations surrounding the beautiful monarch butterfly. Festivalgoers are encouraged to “dust off their wings” for the traditional People for Pollinators Procession, monarch tagging demos, waggle dancing, Forever Journey altar and educational booths seen in past years, as well as anticipate some new surprises in the new “Brackenridge” location, an historic Alamo City enclave.
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A Holiday Tradition Returns
The holidays are not officially here until you have experienced the magic of Ballet San Antonio’s “The Nutcracker.” This year’s performances will be held in the H-E-B Performance Hall, with dance by guest choreographers Easton and Haley Smith.
Join the adventures of Clara, the Mouse King and The Nutcracker Prince in a production featuring a cast of more than 100 children and community heroes in the role of Mother Ginger. See the Tobin website for a full performance schedule.
Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!
December 14, 7:30pm
Doc Watkins and His Orchestra are back for an unforgettable night of swingin’ Christmas tunes. Snap those fingers and tap those toes to new arrangements of holiday big band favorites, as well as classic selections from the 1965 animated television special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
December 16, 8:00pm
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. The Illusionists will be in town direct from Broadway to present their “Magic of the Holidays” show.
Chocked full of thrilling and sophisticated acts, this mind-blowing show has shattered box office records all over the world and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing feats of magic. Do not miss it!
Lakendra Lewis is an arts and entertainment journalist, editor and author whose articles have appeared in Edible San Antonio Magazine, The Texas Observer and San Antonio Christian Woman Magazine. She enjoys movies, music, cooking, singing and telling other people’s stories. You can contact her/read more of her stories at lakendralewis.journoportfolio.com.
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Finding Artful Treasures
By Dawn Robinette
When you roam and enjoy San Antonio’s cultural landscape, do not overlook the fantastic fun finds you can take home from the city’s stellar museums and galleries. San Antonio’s art scene includes world-class exhibits by local and international artists, and each destination is one-of-a-kind. The true cherry on top of the art, history and fun you can enjoy at San Antonio museums and galleries is shopping. Unique finds make museums a secret weapon for shoppers. And even better: every purchase supports these amazing institutions and artists, so shop away and do some good!
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On a beautiful bend of the river in the city’s culturally rich King William/ Southtown Neighborhood is Blue Star Contemporary. Every year San Antonio’s vibrant and diverse art community gathers to showcase art made by contemporary artists in our city with the Red Dot Art Sale and Show, presenting and celebrating the work of over 100 San Antonio artists. With works on sale for a wide variety of tastes and budgets, proceeds from the art sales equally benefit artists and Blue Star Contemporary, the city’s longest-running nonprofit venue for contemporary art. Throughout the year, Blue Star presents exhibitions with artists from San Antonio and around the world sharing their global perspectives that encourage understanding, empathy, change and action, fulfilling its mission to inspire, nurture and innovate. The Red Dot Art Sale and Show opens its doors on November 9 and runs through January 8, 2023.
Set your compass to the heart of the River Walk and let your museum hopping take you west, as in the real West featured at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Through January 29, 2023, the exhibition “Thomas
Mangelsen: A Life In the Wild,” contains 40 of the renowned nature photographer’s most resonant photographs—images that take viewers on a journey across the West and around the globe. The classic photographs were personally selected by the photographer for this retrospective exhibition making its Texas debut in San Antonio and are presented in large format, some of which measure 10 feet across. The exhibition is truly a photographic zoo, with subjects ranging from an Artic fox to grizzlies roaming the West.
The Briscoe’s museum store features a curated selection of jewelry, home décor, books, ornaments, children’s toys and games, pottery and more, including original artwork and prints, all tucked away in the Briscoe’s beautifully restored 1930s building.
Just across the river from the Briscoe, visit La Villita Historic Arts Village for an array of art by local artisans at River Art Group—a fine art gallery operated by a cooperative of 200 active artists all located within a 75-mile radius of San Antonio. The bright yellow historic home with a welcoming
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Blue Star Contemporary Photo by Fransico Cortes
front porch beckons you to come inside, where you will find works in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pen and ink, pastel, photography, clay, glass, metal, wood and more. You can enjoy it all at RiverArtober, River Art Group’s annual art show and competition that kicks off in October. Art from the annual show is on sale at the gallery. With a wide selection of San Antonio-inspired pieces, an array of medium on display and a variety of price points suited for any budget, you can spend hours admiring the works and deciding which will make the perfect addition to your collection.
For cultural and historical exhibitions in addition to fine art, stroll the River Walk to the San Antonio Museum of Art, or SAMA as it abbreviates itself. From October 14 to January 8, 2023, do not miss “Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche,” examining the historical and cultural legacy of La Malinche, an enslaved Indigenous girl who served as a translator and cultural interpreter for the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, eventually becoming his mistress and the mother of Cortés’ first-born son. She played a key role in the transactions, negotiations and conflicts between the Spanish and the Indigenous populations of Mexico. And Dia de Muertos would not be complete without
an ofrenda (altar). SAMA has collaborated with the University of Texas at San Antonio Print Making Club to build an ofrenda in honor of the exhibition and it can be viewed from October 25 to November 6. The Shop at SAMA mirrors the museum’s collections, with globally inspired treasures. A wide selection of goods from unique books, cards and gifts to stunning (and affordable!) jewelry await. For holiday finds and gift shopping, stop by December 10 between 3:00 and 8:00pm for a special holiday market on the museum’s grounds.
STORIES OF TEXAS
For another museum with the river as a backdrop, the Witte Museum showcases Texas’ natural beauty from prehistoric to present. The current special exhibit, “National Geographic’s Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants,” on display October 8 through January 8, 2023, takes you beneath the surface to get an up-close look at the fascinating (and often mysterious) giant fish swimming in rivers all over the world. Then “Toys: The Way We Play,” opening November 19, explores toys that captivated generations of children. For an evening of fun, make plans to enjoy the museum’s 52nd Annual Witte Game Dinner on October 17 as museum lovers come together under the stars to share their love of the Witte.
The Bolner Family Museum Store at the Witte delights with jewelry and décor that reflect that beauty of Texas. Stop by any time for the cool (and educational) science kits, dinosaur books and an array of interactive toys that will guarantee smiles.
An award-winning communications expert who enjoys sharing
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, San Antonio Woman and Texas Lifestyle Magazine.
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How the River Walk Happened
By Susan Yerkes
The San Antonio River Walk’s story is as full of twists and turns as the San Antonio River itself. Nature has re-shaped it many times and humans have re-shaped it again. It is still evolving today. Here are some River Walk Highlights.
A catastrophic flood caused up to 50 deaths and considerable property loss, with nine feet of water downtown. City fathers propose paving over the river downtown for flood prevention.
The San Antonio Conservation Society successfully lobbies to save the river.
The City changes plans and adds a bypass channel and the plan to pave over the river is ditched. Olmos Dam is constructed on the river north of downtown.
A visionary young architect, Robert H. H. Hugman, presents a plan for an “American Venice” on the downtown river’s loopy “horseshoe bend,” with floodgates at both ends to stabilize river levels so businesses could open safely at river level. Hugman’s plan includes cobbled walks, romantic bridges, stone walls, shops and restaurants and gondolas. The Depression hits. The floodgates are built, but most of Hugman’s plans are shelved.
A group of businessmen staged “A Venetian Night” on the river—the first river parade.
Politicians rally around Hugman’s River Walk plans. The WPA provides crews and funds to build the River Walk.
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Casa Rio owner Bill Lyons: “When my grandfather Alfred Beyer went broke for the third time, he excavated the basement of his appliance store for a restaurant on the river. He reintroduced boats and then dinner barges, and started landscaping the river. He really had a struggle until Hemisfair perked things up.”
Walkways, stairways to street level, a footbridge, rock walls and the Arneson River Theatre are completed, and historic La Villita is restored.
Casa Rio, the first restaurant in the river bend, opens.
Businessman David Straus forms a Tourist Attraction Committee to promote economic development on the River Walk.
The City’s Department of Parks and Recreation landscapes two miles of river walkway with 17,000 assorted trees, vines and ground cover.
The San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects unveils a plan for the Paseo del Rio.
Voters pass a $500,000 bond for River Walk improvements, and the Paseo del Rio Association is formed.
Many improvements are made including long-term plans for development and River Walk beautification. More hotels open and historic properties are refurbished and repurposed.
Hemisfair ’68. The Convention Center complex, with a magnificent mosaic mural by Juan O’Gorman, is completed. Ditto the Tower of the Americas, Institute of Texan Cultures and other downtown attractions. The first River Walk hotels, Hilton Palacio del Rio and La Posada (now La Mansion) open. The Kangaroo Court and Little Rhein restaurants open.
Bob Buchanan, owner of the Original Mexican Restaurant, which opened in 1960, and partner in many other River Walk businesses: “When we opened the Kangaroo Court, 95 percent of our business was local. There was not much happening down here after Hemisfair. Then there was a diptheria epidemic…. But the Paseo del Rio Association
found out that festivals… luminarias at Christmas and dyeing the river green for St. Patrick’s… brought people down here…. And one of the blessings of Hemisfair was the Convention and Visitors Bureau was created.”
Rick Grinnan, owner of The Republic of Texas restaurant: “In 1975 I was running the Kangaroo Court, and I invested in the Republic of Texas. The drinking age was 18, and 75 percent of our revenue stream was disco. As time passed and the Marriott River Walk, then the Hyatt Regency, were built, it was more families. SeaWorld and Fiesta Texas were opening. When you are down here long enough you see a lot of changes.”
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1950’s Early River Parade
1968 For a detailed timeline, visit www.TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com/about/our-history
CASA RIO founder, Alfred Beyer
Shaping the River Walk stair construction
Juan O’Gorman Mural Photo by Ricardo Romo
Shops at Rivercenter
Hyatt Regency Hotel opens and a river extension links the River Walk and Alamo Plaza. The first Holiday River Parade is held.
Shops at Rivercenter mall opens on an extension of the river and The Original Mexican Restaurant opens on the River Walk.
The South Bank project is completed with new buildings designed to complement existing architecture, and tenants include County Line, Fat Tuesday, Hard Rock Café, Paesanos, Starbuck’s and Howl at the Moon.
Silver Ventures purchases old Pearl Brewery for a mixed-use development.
The Museum Reach of the River Walk, including a new lock and dam, opens to great acclaim.
The eight-milelong Mission Reach extension of River Walk is complete, with restored riparian habitat and hike and bike trails linking four UNESCO World Heritage Spanish missions.
$325 million dollar Convention Center expansion opens up River Walk connection to Hemisfair Park, which continues to develop.
“CONFLUENCE OF CIVILIZATIONS” IS SPARKLING AGAIN.
The large (130’ x 22’) and legendary mosaic mural on the face of the Convention Center’s Lila Cockrell Theatre recently got a facelift—its first thorough cleaning and restoration since it debuted in October of 1967, in time for San Antonio’s Hemisfair ’68. The highly symbolic piece, named for Hemisfair’s overall theme, symbolizes the meeting of MesoAmerican and European cultures, with San Antonio in the center.
After general maintenance work required scaf folding on the face of the building, the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture seized the opportunity to freshen up the 55-year-old mural created by renowned Mexican artist and architect Juan O’Gorman. “The O’Gorman mural speaks to the power of public art to create a legacy,” said Krystal Jones, who heads the Department of Arts & Culture. “Cleaning and repair was integral to preserving it for generations.”
It was a challenging task. The mural’s 540 joined panels, each weighing nearly 100 pounds, contain some 400,000 colored stones in 12 different colors. While only 100 or so stones were missing, finding perfect matches took time. When that was done, the mural was gently, but thoroughly cleaned. It is also more visible these days, since part of the Convention Center was reconfigured.
“For more than five decades, the mural has been part of the fabric of San Antonio,” said Patricia Muzquiz Cantor, the city’s Director of Convention & Sports Facilities. “To see it today, as vibrant and colorful as it was when it was first erected, is a testament to the city’s dedication to preserving its authentic history.”
Susan Yerkes is an award-winning journalist and travel writer, happily based in San Antonio.
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The Museum Reach, Photo by Al Rendon
Photo by RIcardo Romo
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SAN ANTONIO’S SPIRIT COMES TO LIFE THIS OCTOBER
By Janis Turk
Here we look forward to fun annual Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead holiday events along the River Walk, private family gatherings and ofrendas or special family altars to honor loved ones who have passed.
Best of all, it is time for a fabulous, lighted, nighttime river parade; music and dance concerts at La Villita Historic Village; face-painting and family fun at Hemisfair and the San Antonio Zoo, along with days and nights of food, music, arts markets, costume contests, concerts, face painting, food tasting, art exhibits and more— all enjoyed in fabulous mild fall weather.
Across the world, San Antonio has come to be known as the nation’s premier destination for Day of the Dead celebrations. New York has its Macy’s Parade at Thanksgiving, New Orleans is famous for Carnival and Mardi Gras parades and likewise, San Antonio is known for its spectacular SPIRITLANDIA night River Parade. In fact, this year will be broadcast across America by Peacock/ NBCUniversal.
Also in October, downtown will have its Muertos Fest, the San Antonio Zoo Boo! and more.
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For some, October brings to mind pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating and corn mazes. For others, it means candy corn, caramel apples and harvest moons. But here in San Antonio, October means oh so much more! In fact, few seasons are as special as this, so heavily imbued with a spirit of colorful, joyful remembrance.
OKTOBERFEST AT BIER GARTEN
October 3-November 7
Get ready for Oktoberfest with a Texas twist! Every Friday and Saturday, kick off the weekends with a keg tapping at Maddogs on the River Walk at 5:15, then continue to Bier Garten and tap another keg of Oktoberfest beer at 5:30. Everyone will get a chance to taste a great local, regional or German beer of the week. Or get started earlier with a party parade that leaves Bier Garten at 4:30 and returns in time for the ceremonial keg tapping at 5:30! Bier Garten will also be hosting a Stein Hoisting competition sponsored by the featured brewery of the week, and you cannot leave without sampling the International Frankfurter Box—a flight of five themed dogs that showcases San Antonio’s City of Gastronomy status!
SAN ANTONIO ZOO “ZOO BOO!”
FALL RIVER WALK ARTISAN SHOW
Enjoy shopping for unique items and handmade gifts? Get an early start on your Christmas shopping, too! Just head to the River Walk extension near the Shops at Rivercenter on Friday and Saturday from 11:00am to 11:00pm and on Sunday from 11:00am until 8:00pm for the Fall River Walk Artisan Show. 40 artisan booths await with handmade pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork and more from local artists.
SPIRITLANDIA FESTIVAL & DAY OF THE DEAD RIVER PARADE
SPIRITLANDIA is the biggest and best Day of the Dead event happening this month along the River Walk. A special four-day festival, SPIRITLANDIA offers nightly concerts, dance performances, culinary events, folk art and family fun at La Villita Historic Village and on the River Walk. Delighting guests with live music, culinary pleasures, artistic delights, elegantly adorned Catrina skeletons, elaborate costumes, candlelit altars and more, SPIRITLANDIA festivities are a heart-warming celebration of remembrance, offering enjoyment for all ages. Viewers will also be thrilled by the spectacular nighttime River Parade where 25 decorated barges float along the magnificent River Walk and live performances entertain at the Arneson River Theatre on Thursday, October 27 beginning at 6:30pm. Many River Walk restaurants offer dining and viewing packages for this special event.
It is frightfully fun, but not at all scary, to spend an October day at the San Antonio Zoo to enjoy “Zoo Boo,” presented by Valero Benefit for Children. This annual celebration is a fun daytime Halloween event geared toward the entire family. Each day begins with a Halloween-inspired singalong as the Zoo’s kiddie train transforms into the Scarecrow Sing-a-long Express. Explore new zoo realms such as the Bubbling Seas, an underwater-themed area with decor any pirate or mermaid would love. Or visit Zoo Boo’s Dia de Los Muertos Realm celebrating the holiday with vibrant décor and live entertainment, including mariachi music. Zoo Boo also offers Cowboy’s Dance Parties, a Cowboy’s Scavenger Hunt, a daily costume party for little ghouls and goblins, trick-or-treating and more.
The parade will be broadcast on television on the actual Day of the Dead, Tuesday, November 1. Tune in that evening as NBCUniversal’s Peacock broadcasts a one-hour, national SPIRITLANDIA television special emceed by Access Hollywood star Mario Lopez. The program, streaming on English and Spanish stations nationwide, will be the first nationally televised Day of the Dead event in the U.S., offering a star-studded evening featuring music, awards and tributes. Other surprise celebrity guests are expected to appear, so be sure to check the website and get tickets soon.
SPIRITLANDIA CALAVERA COLLECTION, ALEBRIJE SPIRIT ANIMALS & YOUNG ARTISTS’ TZOMPANTLI EXHIBIT
Another magnificent SPIRITLANDIA treat at La Villita will be the giant Day of the Dead skulls on display from the colorful new Calavera Collection, each hand-painted by gifted San Antonio artists, along with large, playful Alebrije (“Spirit Animals”) created by some of Mexico’s most talented artisans. These will be spread out through La Villita and its Assembly Hall. Be sure to also visit
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Photo by Joe Chidgey
Young Artists’ Tzompantli Exhibit, displaying 20 colorful calaveras at La Villita that were created during a pilot project of the San Antonio Street Art Initiative’s educational Youth Arts Program and mentored by local artist and public art educator Rubio. The display recalls the racks of skulls of ancient Aztec, Mayan, Toltec and Zapotec civilizations. The exhibit is free for public viewing daily until 5:00pm on an outer wall of Assembly Hall at La Villita and will remain on display for ticket holders attending special evening SPIRITLANDIA concerts and events beginning at 6:00pm.
Throughout La Villita, there will be fun family events, a Culinary Village, a large community altar where everyone can bring photos of loved ones to honor them there and more. Food stalls, tequila tastings, concerts, costume contests and other exciting events will take place during SPIRITLANDIA. Evening events require tickets, while daytime events are free to the public. Rey Feo Consejo is an official partner and beneficiary of the SPIRITLANDIA festival, as is festival originator and main sponsor Chef Johnny Hernandez and Grupo La Gloria restaurants.
MUERTOS FEST AT HEMISFAIR
Celebrating its 10th anniversary of Day of the Dead festivities in Hemisfair, this popular, family-friendly, two-day festival is free and open to the public. With a four-stage lineup of bands, an arts market and a dance-anddrum event, along with activities for children, Muertos Fest promises to be a happy Day of the Dead celebration. KSAT 12 television station will present a two-hour evening special on October 30 featuring all the fun of San Antonio’s Day of the Dead celebrations, including this one. Muertos Fest was ranked one of the Seven Best Fall Festivals in the U.S. by National Geographic Magazine and to mark its 10-year anniversary, the event will be bigger and better than ever.
Janis Turk is a longtime contributor to RIO magazine, and is an awardwinning travel writer and author of
to San Antonio, Austin, New Orleans and Texas. Visit her website at www. JanisTurk.com.
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FESTIVE PARADES, SPECTACULAR LIGHTS AND OTHER NOVEMBER TRADITIONS ALONG THE RIVER WALK
By Drew Henry
In November, the holidays officially arrive in San Antonio. Start the month by dancing to Bollywood show tunes during the Diwali SA Festival of Lights. Next, get ready to feel the holiday anticipation build with the Mission Holiday Market, the opening weekend of Zoo Lights and the city’s favorite Thanksgiving feast. Then, ring in the season at San Antonio’s biggest holiday event—The Ford Holiday River Parade and River Lighting Ceremony. We have made our list. Now, it is time for you to check it out twice!
DIWALI SA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Saturday, November 5
Diwali is the Indian celebration representing the triumph of good over evil, and Diwali SA is San Antonio’s largest free Indian culture showcase. Visit Arneson River Theatre and Hemisfair Park to partake in traditional Indian dance, food, music and a crafts bazaar including jewelry, clothing and henna from 4:30pm to midnight. Rangoli, traditional floor art, will be displayed, and during the ceremony you will have the chance to make a wish on a floating candle or Diya and send it off down the river from the Arneson River Theatre. A colorful river parade begins at 5:00pm and the night ends with an epic fireworks display over the Tower. Get ready because Bollywood nights are coming to San Antonio!
FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET AT MISSION MARQUEE PLAZA
Saturdays, November 5 & 19
Mission Marquee Plaza sits in the former Mission Drive-In Theatre located near Mission San Jose, one of San Antonio’s five UNESCO World Heritage Mission sites. Here, you can explore handmade crafts and products from local pop-up vendors every first and third Saturday at the free Farmers & Artisans Market. The Holiday Market takes place Saturday, November 19, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Browse handmade and locally grown goods from more than 40 holiday-themed vendors, adopt a tree with San Antonio Parks & Recreation, chow down at tasty food trucks and even enjoy a free community fitness class at 9:00am before the events get rolling.
Friday, November 18 - Sunday, January 1
The holidays are about to get wild! Every year, the San Antonio Zoo hosts its Zoo Lights celebration. When you purchase a standard admission ticket ($31.99 for adults and $27.99 for children), you get access to one of the best light shows in town. Explore 11 Holiday Realms of lights, including the Holiday Sing-a-Long Express train ride, Starry Safari, Camel Trek, the North Pole and the new Water Wonderland with light-up jellyfish and sea creatures. Take in all the sights, including a 32-foot LED tree, 15-foot illuminated giraffe, light tunnel and lakeside light show. You will also be able to roast s’mores and take pictures with Santa.
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FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE AND RIVER LIGHTING CEREMONY
6:00 to 9:00pm
The 41st Annual Ford Holiday River Parade is a San Antonio tradition and officially kicks off the holiday season! This year’s one-hour parade theme is Tastes & Traditions Around the World and the Grand Marshal is none other than the Grinch, who will move into his starring role in “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” at The Majestic Theatre, November 29 through December 4. Held the day after Thanksgiving, the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony is San Antonio’s way to ring in the holiday season. Gaze upon 28 illuminated floats and watch over 100,000 lights turn on before your eyes! It is truly a spectacular sight!
FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE SCHEDULE
Do not miss a single moment of the fun! Keep this schedule on hand to stay up to the minute on Santa’s arrival.
5:00pm River Walk gates open for ticket holder access at Arneson River Theatre and along the fourmile parade route.
6:00pm The parade begins at the Tobin Center.
6:00 pm The festive pre-parade show for ticket holders 7:00pm starts at the Arneson River Theatre.
7:00pm The Lighting of the River Walk ceremony commences, with the Grinch taking the lead.
7:00 pm The televised parade begins, and Santa arrives 8:00pm on the last float!
Ticket prices range from $15 to $40 per person and are sold on the River Walk website. Additionally, you can catch the parade in designated free viewing areas between Pecan Street and Richmond Avenue on a first-come-first-serve basis—remember to bring your own chair! ADA tickets are available in certain areas. Tickets are non-refundable, and strollers, ice chests and carriers are not permitted on the River Walk during this event.
If you want to take in dinner and a show, the majority of River Walk restaurants offer parade dining packages. You can purchase the packages through the individual restaurants.
Friday, November 25,
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THANKSGIVING DINNER ON THE RIVER WALK
Thursday, November 24
If cooking (or burning a turkey) for Thanksgiving dinner is not your thing, do not worry. The San Antonio River Walk is home to some of the city’s top restaurants, many of which are open on Thanksgiving Day. One of the most famous Thanksgiving dining options is Biga on the Banks. At Biga, James Beard Award Nominee Chef Bruce Auden serves a contemporary take on American and world cuisines and the restaurant is renowned for its three-course Thanksgiving dinner. Book your reservations early because this event does sell out quickly!
Other restaurants open for the Thanksgiving holiday include Four Brothers, Ostra, Boudro’s, Chart House, Range, Margaritaville, Zocca Cuisine D’Italia, Hard Rock Café and more.
HISTORIA VIEWING PARTY FOR THE FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE
Friday, November 25
There will be a party within the party when you reserve premium seats for the Ford Holiday River Parade at the GO RIO Historia Ticket Booth and upper-level landing. Four docked boats with 30 chairs each provide prime viewing right on the water. The space will be decked out with a decorated Christmas Tree and holiday décor surrounded by cocktail tables for socializing. Plus, photo ops with Santa, a sundae bar and drinks for purchase make this a perfect family-friendly event. Purchase tickets through the GO RIO website.
THE WORLD-FAMOUS HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER WALK
Friday, November 25 - Monday, January 9
The River Lighting Ceremony marks the beginning of one of the largest free, dazzling holiday light displays in America— the Holiday Lights on the San Antonio River Walk! Every night starting at 5:30pm, the River Walk illuminates with the holiday spirit and lights stay on until sunrise. Over 100,000 lights twinkle from the bustling downtown River Walk and stretch through the quiet Museum Reach to Pearl. Stroll the river, take in the sights and feel the holiday spirit light up inside you!
DOWNTOWN LIGHTS RIVER CRUISES
November 28-December 22
What better way to enjoy the spectacular holiday lights along the River Walk than by cruising under the colorful strands dangling from cypress trees while listening to festive holiday music?
These special GO RIO Cruises take a one-hour tour through the main loop of the downtown portion of the river, passing by Restaurant Row and the Shops at Rivercenter mall. Board at Ambler Kitchen + Cocktails, where they will be providing complementary hot chocolate and a pop-up bar for additional food and beverage purchases. Tickets are $32. The Downtown Lights River Cruises depart daily—see the GO RIO website for cruise times and ticket purchases.
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Ford Holiday River Parade
on the Banks
BIO Drew Henry is a writer, yogi and meme enthusiast. When he is not writing, he is out exploring all Texas has to offer. View his portfolio at DrewHenryWrites.com and follow his antics on Instagram at @drewhenrywrites.
SIGHTS, LIGHTS AND HOLIDAY NIGHTS ABOUND IN DECEMBER
By Crystal Henry
THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER WALK
HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER WALK
November 25 to January 9
The river is illuminated this month with the twinkling sparkles of the holiday season. It is a glorious flip-the-switch moment as the lights are turned on. From dusk 'til dawn you can stroll along the banks of the River Walk and take in the glow of more than 100,000 holiday lights dripping from the cypress trees. It is a gorgeous winter wonderland you can enjoy from plenty of outdoor dining spots, and the lights stretch all along the downtown portion of the River Walk and north to the Pearl District in the Museum Reach. Free to attend.
FORD HOLIDAY BOAT CAROLING
“Jingle Bells” and other songs of the season drift through the air and down the river with the annual River Walk Caroling Boats. The Ford Holiday Boat Caroling begins and ends at the International Center Building and each boat makes a lap around downtown. You can either book a boat for your whole family, friends or colleagues, or join in the singing from a table at one of the restaurants along the River Walk. When you charter a boat, you and 14 of your friends and family can cruise along in a decked-out barge with lights and holiday bling. Your driver will play popular holiday music, and there are song books provided for those who need help with the lyrics. Carolers get creative with mariachi groups, bell ringers and full bands, so sing and dance along—it will surely get you in the holiday spirit!
Monday-Thursday, 6:00 to 8:15pm
There are two to three time slots and multiple boats each night. Check The San Antonio River Walk website for prices and details.
FORD FIESTA DE LAS LUMINARIAS
December 2-18, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Hearts are not the only thing aglow this holiday season. More than 2,000 Mexican Christmas lanterns come to life beginning at dusk during three weekends in December along the River Walk. Traditional luminarias are made with candles set in sand inside small bags. These beautiful luminarias, combined with the colorful glow from more than 100,000 holiday lights overhead, create a picture-perfect display along the river. Free to attend.
DOWNTOWN LIGHTS RIVER CRUISES
November 28-December 22
What better way to enjoy the spectacular holiday lights along the River Walk than by cruising under the colorful strands dangling from cypress trees while listening to jolly holiday music? These special GO RIO Cruises take a one-hour tour through the main loop of the downtown portion of the river, passing by Restaurant Row and the Shops at Rivercenter mall. Board at Ambler Kitchen + Cocktails, where they will be providing complementary hot chocolate and a pop-up bar for additional food and beverage purchases. Tickets are $32. The Downtown Lights River Cruises depart daily—see the GO RIO website for cruise times and ticket purchases.
RIVER OF LIGHTS ON THE MUSEUM REACH
December 3, 6:00 to 9:00pm
The San Antonio River Authority invites the public to visit the Museum Reach segment of the River Walk to take part in the annual River of Lights, a free family-friendly event that takes place on Brooklyn Ave. between N. St. Mary’s and Ave. B. It will feature free “selfie” photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa for the kids, food trucks, live musical entertainment and the return of the 30-foot musical tree light show at the lock and dam. This year there will also be
Celebrate the holidays with sights, lights and beautiful nights along the River Walk this month. We will explore the many opportunities to view the bright and beautiful River Walk lights, shop the work of local artisans, sample tasty treats from riverside restaurants and enjoy plenty more festivities to get you in the spirit of the season.
THE HISTORIC PEARL HOLIDAY NIGHT MARKETS
Wednesdays, December 7, 14 & 21
Shop for something special this season while you get over the holiday hump days at the Holiday Night Markets at Pearl on the Museum Reach. This festive shopping experience features a wide variety of unique items from local makers, and it is an excellent way to find one-of-a-kind gifts ranging from pottery, fine art, artisanal foods and more. There will also be a great lineup of local musicians to entertain shoppers as they stroll through the booths.
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Ford Fiesta De Las Luminarias
The San Antonio River Authority
nighttime kayaking along the Museum Reach for people to get a closer look at the beautiful lights along the San Antonio River Walk. For more information, visit the River Authority’s website and @sanantonioriver on social media.
HOLIDAY RIVER WALK ARTISAN SHOW
Friday & Saturday, 11:00am to 11:00pm Sunday, 11:00am to 8:00pm
There are plenty of reasons to attend the Holiday River Walk Artisan Show—in fact there are more than 40. This collection of handmade artisan booths features unique gift giving opportunities with pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodworking, paintings and beading. It is a bright and brilliant display of craftsmanship that both locals and tourists look forward to each year. Enjoy the beauty of the River Walk while you shop for friends, family and yourself! More than 40 artisan booths are located at the River Walk Extension, near the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Building and the Shops at Rivercenter. Free to attend.
THE CHILDREN’S NUTCRACKER AT LILA COCKRELL THEATRE
December 9 at 7:00pm December 10 at 2:00 and 7:00pm
From Snow Queens and Sugarplum Fairies to dashing princes and dancing mice, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” has been a part of family holiday traditions for decades. This year, the award-winning Children’s Ballet of San Antonio is combining this timeless classic with immersive and interactive elements, wrapping several cherished holiday traditions into one entertaining and exciting event. From a pre-show holiday market to photos with Santa and the Nutcracker cast, magical makeovers, shopping and plenty of sweets and treats, it is an unforgettable experience straight out of a sugarplum dream. And with a condensed 1.5-hour performance, even the tiniest attendees will be captivated. Visit The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio website for ticketing information.
HOLIDAY DINING ALONG THE RIVER WALK
In addition to the spectacular lights and luminarias, holiday dining at riverside restaurants is a unique treat. Most restaurants offer special Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day brunch, lunch and dinner menus to celebrate the season and New Year’s Eve packages to ring in 2023. Hard Rock Café is offering elevated multi-course menu options straight through the New Year, and the new Four Brothers at La Mansion is extending its holiday special through New Year’s Day. Other restaurants include Ostra, Biga, Zocca D’Italia and many more. Just ask and you shall receive!
Crystal Henry is a loyal Texan and an award-winning author, writer and columnist. She is fluent in both sarcasm and English, and she showcases those bilingual skills on FB + IG @crystalhenrywrites and on Twitter @chenrywrites.
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RESTAURANTE PICO DE GALLO www.PicoDeGallo.com
RIO RIO CANTINA www.RioRioCantina.com
RITA’S ON THE RIVER www.RitasOnTheRiver.com
THE RIVER’S EDGE CAFÉ + PATIO BAR www.RiversEdgeCafeSA.com
BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. www.BubbaGump.com
CHART HOUSE www.TowerOfTheAmericas.com
JOE’S CRAB SHACK www.JoesCrabShack.com
LANDRY’S SEAFOOD HOUSE www.LandrysSeafood.com
ON THE BEND OYSTER BAR & CIGAR LOUNGE www.OnTheBendSA.com
SOUTHERLEIGH FINE FOOD & BREWERY www.Southerleigh.com
SOUTH AMERICAN DORREGO’S www.dorregos.com
TEXAS DE BRAZIL www.TexasDeBrazil.com
FOGO DE CHAO www.FogoDeChao.com
SPANISH ENRIQUE TOMAS www.EnriqueTomas.com
STEAKHOUSE BOHANAN’S www.Bohanans.com
BRENNER’S STEAKHOUSE www.LandrysInc.com
MORTON’S STEAKHOUSE www.Mortons.com
THE PALM www.ThePalm.com
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE www.RuthsChris.com
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SILO PRIME www.SiloSA.com
SWEETS BEN & JERRY’S www.BenJerry.com
JUSTIN’S ICE CREAM www.JustinsIceCream.com KILWINS www.Kilwins.com
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY www.RMCF.com
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THE ALAMO www.TheAlamo.org
ALAMO PLAZA SHIRTS 210.223.2347
ALAMO QUARRY MARKET www.QuarryMarket.com
ALAMEDA THEATER www.AlamedaTheaterConservancy.org
AMAZING MIRROR MAZE & THE VAULT LASER CHALLENGE www.AmazingMazes.com
ARNESON RIVER THEATRE www.LaVillitaSanAntonio.com
ART PACE www.ArtPace.org
AT&T CENTER www.ATT.CenterSanAntonio.org
AZTEC THEATRE www.Aztec.TheaterSanAntonio.org
THE BLUE STAR ARTS COMPLEX www.BlueStarArtsComplex.com
BONITA RITA’S/MERCADORITA’S www.Mercadoritas.com
BRISCOE WESTERN ART MUSEUM www.BriscoeMuseum.org
BRACKENRIDGE PARK www.BrackenridgePark.org
BUCKHORN SALOON & MUSEUM www.BuckhornMuseum.com
CARVER COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTER www.TheCarver.org
CASCADE CAVERNS www.CascadeCaverns.com
CENTRO DE ARTES www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com
CITY SIGHTSEEING SAN ANTONIO www.CitySightseeingSanAntonio.com
CONFLUENCE PARK www.SARiverFound.org
COWBOY’S ALAMO CITY HARLEYDAVIDSON BOUTIQUE www.CowboysAlamoCityHarley.com
DASA SPA ON THE RIVERWALK www.DasaSpa.com
THE DOSEUM www.TheDoSeum.org
EMPIRE THEATRE www.MajesticEmpire.com
FIESTA AT NORTH STAR www.AlamoFiesta.com
FIVE AND DIME GENERAL STORE www.FiveAndDimeGS.com
FREEMAN COLISEUM www.Freeman.Coliseum-SanAntonio.org
GARCIA ART GLASS www.GarciaArtGlass.com
GO RIO CRUISES www.GoRioCruises.com
GUENTHER HOUSE www.GuentherHouse.com
GUADALUPE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER www.GuadalupeCulturalArts.org
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS MUSEUM www.Ripleys.com
HENRY B. GONZALEZ CONVENTION CENTER www.SAHBGCC.com
HOTEL CONTESSA SPA www.HotelContessaSpa.com
HOT WELLS www.BexarCounty.org
KIDDIE PARK www.KiddiePark.com
LOUIS TUSSAUD’S WAXWORKS www.Ripleys.com
MAGIK THEATRE www.MagikTheatre.org
MAJESTIC THEATRE www.MajesticEmpire.com
MARKET SQUARE/EL MERCADO www.MarketSquareSA.com
MCNAY ART MUSEUM www.McNayArt.org
MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE www.Facebook.com/mexculturesa
MISSION ADVENTURE TOURS www.MAT-TX.com
MISSION HIKE & BIKE TRAILS www.NPS.gov/saan/planyourvisit/ hikebike
MISSION MARQUEE PLAZA www.MissionMarquee.com
MOKARA SPA www.OmniHotels.com
MORGAN’S WONDERLAND www.MorgansWonderland.com
MURAL RIDE www.SanAntonioMuralRide.com
NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS www.NaturalBridgeCaverns.com
NORTH STAR MALL www.NorthStarMall.com
PARIS HATTERS www.ParisHatters.com
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT www.Ripleys.com/sanantonio
RIVER WALK PUBLIC ART GARDEN www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com
RUBY CITY www.RubyCity.org
SAN ANTONIO AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY ARCHIVE AND MUSEUM www.SAAACAM.org
SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN www.SABOT.com
SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS NATIONAL HISTORIAL PARK www.NPS.gov/saan/index
SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART www.SAMuseum.org
SAN ANTONIO VISITORS CENTER www.VisitSanAntonio.com
SAN ANTONIO ZOO www.SAZoo.org
SAN FERNANDO CATHEDRAL/ THE SAGA www.SFCathedral.org / www.MainPlaza. org
SAN PEDRO CREEK CULTURE PARK www.SPCCulturePark.com
SEAWORLD SAN ANTONIO www.SeaWorld.com
THE SHOPS AT LA CANTERA www.TheShopsAtLaCantera.com
SIX FLAGS FIESTA TEXAS www.SixFlags.com
SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART www.SWSchool.org
SPANISH GOVERNOR’S PALACE www.SpanishGovernorsPalace.org
77T’S SOUVENIRS & T-SHIRTS www.77TShirts.com
TIENDA LA GARZA 210.222.2133
TOBIN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS www.TobinCenter.org
TOWER OF THE AMERICAS www.TowerOfTheAmericas.com
THE UNOFFICIAL BEST OF TEXAS 210.227.0242
UTSA INSTITUTE OF TEXAN CULTURES www.TexanCultures.UTSA.edu
VILLA FINALE www.VillaFinale.org
WITTE MUSEUM www.WitteMuseum.org
YANAGUANA GARDEN www.Hemisfair.org
LA VILLITA HISTORIC ARTS VILLAGE www.LaVillitaSanAntonio.com
• B. Link
• Bird & Pear
• Capistrano Soap Company
• Casa Manos Alegres
• Copper Gallery
• Sifuentes Metalsmith
• Little Studio Gallery
• Plaza Taxco
• River Art Gallery
• Scentchips USA
• Starving Artist Art Gallery
• Yolix Luna Fine Art
SHOPS AT RIVERCENTER www.ShopRivercenter.com Shops at Rivercenter have nearly 100 retailers.
IMAX & AMC RIVERCENTER 11 www.IMAX.com
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER www.LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com
SEA LIFE SAN ANTONIO www.VisitSeaLife.com
LIGGETTVILLE ADVENTURE CENTER www.LiggettVille.com
THE HISTORIC PEARL www.AtPearl.com
• Adelante Boutique
• Dos Carolinas
• Feliz Modern Pop
• Limatus Bespoke
• Niche at Pearl
• Rancho Diaz
• Ten Thousand Villages
• The Tiny Finch
• The Twig Book Shop
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42 RIO Magazine thesanantonioriverwalk.com DOWNTOWN MAP DOLOROSADOLOROSA NAVARRO ST. NAVARRO ST. COMMERCE ST. COMMERCE ST. COMMERCE ST. S. PRESA ST. S. PRESA ST E PECAN ST. W. TRAVIS ST. E. TRAVIS ST. W PECAN ST. E MARTIN ST. CONVENT ST. AUDITORIUM CIR W MARTIN ST. E MARTIN ST. E. TRAVIS ST. E. TRAVIS ST. W. HOUSTON ST. E. HOUSTON ST. E. HOUSTON ST. E. HOUSTON ST. S. FLORES S. FLORES N. FLORES N. FLORES N.FLORES CHAVEZE.CESARCHAVEZ S. ALAMO ST. S. ALAMO ST. N. ST MARY’S N. ST MARY’S N.STMARY’S N. ST. MARY’S COLLEGE ST. COLLEGE ST. NAVARRO ST. NAVARRO ST.. NAVARRO ST.. NAVARRO ST. N. PRESA ST. S. ST. MARY’S MAIN PLAZA S. MAIN AVE. S. MAIN AVE S MAIN AVE W MARKET ST E MARKET ST W. CROCKETT ST. W. CROCKETT ST. LOSOYA ST. N. ALAMO ST. BROADWAY BROADWAY AVENUEE AVENUEE E.NUEVAST. E.NUEVAST E. NUEVA STDWYER AVE VILLITAST. VILLITA ST SOLEDAD ST. SOLEDAD ST. N MAIN AVE. E. CROCKETT ST. 3RD ST. 3RDST. N.ALAMO JEFFERSON BONHAM BONHAM 4THST. 4THST. MCCULLOUGHAVE. 4THST. AVENUEA AVENUEB W.MARKETST. NAVARROST.. NAVARROST.. N MAIN AVE. N MAIN AVE. Hemisfair Travis Park The Alamo Shops at Rivercenter Torch of Friendship Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Tower of the Americas La Villita Main Plaza San Fernando Cathedral Spanish Governor’s Palace Market Square GO RIO Cruises Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 2 54 36 7 8 9 B B 11 B 12 13 15 16 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 31 30 33 32 38 40 39 B 4694 20 34 35 36 3769 41 42 43 45 97 50 51 89 90 91 B 55 52 54 53 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 66 67 68 65 70 71 72 74 7573 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 48 49B 83 86 85 88 87 92 84 29 96 97 98 99 93 94 B B B B 101 100 102 103 105 104 106107 110 95 108109 112 114 113 111 119 121 122 123 B 120 117 115 118 116 P P P P P P P P P P
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thesanantonioriverwalk.com RIO Magazine 43 DOWNTOWN LOCATIONS LISTING SHOP & PLAY 1 Southwest School of Art Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 9 Veteran’s Memorial Park Travis Park 19 Paris Hatters 30 Empire Theatre 31 Majestic Theatre 38 Buckhorn Saloon 44 Dasa Spa on the Riverwalk 47 San Antonio Visitor Information Center 48 City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour 49 Alamo Plaza The Alamo 57 Aztec Theatre 58 Mokara Hotel & Spa 65 Harley Davidson Torch of Friendship Shops at Rivercenter 86 AMC IMAX Market Square Spanish Governor’s Palace San Fernando Cathedral Main Plaza 102 Marriage Island 103 Briscoe Western Art Museum GO RIO Cruises 110 Arneson River Theatre La Villita Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Hemisfair 115 Mexican Cultural Institute 116 UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures 117 Yanaguana Garden Tower of the Americas 118 The Alamodome 120 Magik Theatre B San Antonio BCycle Docking Stations EAT & DRINK 4 Landrace 5 The Moon’s Daughters 8 Ocho 11 Pinkerton’s BBQ 13 Range 14 Zocalo 17 Rebelle 18 Texas De Brazil 23 Acenar 25 Dorrego’s 33 Four Brothers 34 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 35 Joe’s Crab Shack 36 Soirée 37 Landry’s Seafood House 40 Maddy McMurphy’s Irish Sports Bar 41 Mad Dogs British Pub 42 On The Bend Oyster Bar & Cigar Lounge 43 Frosty Dog 46 Bier Garten 51 Crockett Tavern 52 The Esquire 54 Domingo 55 Hugman’s Oasis 56 Iron Cactus 59 Ostra at Mokara 60 Rita’s 61 Justin’s Ice Cream Company 62 The County Line River Walk 63 Hard Rock Café 64 Paesanos Riverwalk 66 Fat Tuesday 67 Howl at the Moon 68 Merkaba 69 Acapulco Sam’s 70 Ben & Jerry’s 71 Saltgrass Steakhouse 72 The Original Mexican Restaurant 73 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 74 Rio Rio Cantina 75 Boudro’s 76 Republic of Texas 77 Rainforest Café 78 Dick’s Last Resort 79 Brenner’s Steakhouse 80 Lone Star Café 81 Michelino’s 82 Café Ole 83 Kilwins 85 Morton’s Steakhouse 87 Denny’s 89 Restaurante Pico de Gallo 90 Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia 91 La Margarita Mexican Restaurant & Oyster Bar 93 Schilo’s 94 Casa Rio 96 Biga on the Banks 99 Zocca Cuisine D’Italia 101 Ambler Texas Kitchen + Cocktails 105 Durty Nelly’s Pub 106 The River’s Edge 107 Fiume
109 Smoke BBQ River Bar 112 Guadalajara Grill 114 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 122 Nona Osteria 123 Silo Prime STAY 2 Hotel
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20 Emily Morgan 21 Hampton
Allora Arrosta Bakery Lorraine Best Quality Daughter Blue Box Bar Boiler House Botika Brasserie Mon Chou Chou Carriqui Cured Food Hall at Bottling Dept. Full Goods Diner High Street Wine Co. Jazz, TX Ladino La Gloria Lick Honest Ice Creams Local Coffee Founders Southerleigh Supper at Hotel Emma
44 RIO Magazine thesanantonioriverwalk.com 281 281 281 35 35 37 E. JOSEPHINE ST E MULBERRY AVE TULETA DR REDOAKRDNST.MARY’SST W GRAYSON ST E GRAYSON ST NEWELLAVE N ALAMO ST BROADWAY ST EEUCLIDAVE BROADWAYST BROADWAY STE.JONESAVE N. ST. MARY’S ST MUSEUM REACH LOCATIONS LISTING SHOP & PLAY 1 San Antonio Zoo 2 Japanese Tea Gardens 3
Garden Theater 4 Brackenridge Park Golf Course 5
Museum 6 The DoSeum 9
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EAT & DRINK 8 Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall 10 Tre Trattoria 11 Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen 12 Shiro Japanese Sushi Bistro STAY 7 Hotel Emma 13 Wundham Garden San Antonio Riverwalk Museum Reach B B 5 2 3 B 6 4 B B B B 9 13 7 12 11 10 8THE HISTORIC PEARL 1
thesanantonioriverwalk.com RIO Magazine 45 SOUTH TOWN LOCATIONS LISTING SHOP & PLAY 5 Garcia Art Glass 6 Villa Finale Museum & Gardens 18 The Guenther House 19 Blue Star Complex EAT & DRINK 1 Maverick Texas Brasserie 2 Rosario’s 3 Battalion 4 Azuca Nuevo Latino 5 Friendly Spot 7 La Frite Belgian Bistro 8 La Focaccia Italian Grill 9 Mixtli 10 The Friendly Spot Ice House 11 Bar Loretta 12 Little Em’s Oyter Bar 13 Hot Joy 14 UP Scale 15 Liberty Bar 16 The Good Kind 17 Bliss MISSION REACH LOCATIONS LISTING SHOP & PLAY 1 Confluence Park 2 Mission Concepcion 3 Riverside Golf Course 4 Mission San José 5 Mission County Park 6 Mission Marquee Plaza 7 Padre Park 8 Mission Reach Paddling Trail Access Point 9 Mission Hike & Bike Trails 10 San Antonio MIssions National Historical Park 11 Mission San Juan 12 Mission Espada 13 Espada Aqueduct 14 Stinson-Mission Municipal Airport 15 Brooks City Base 16 Hot Wells B San Antonio BCycle Docking Stations WGUENTHERST SFLORES ST S MAIN AVE SMAIN AVE KINGWILLIAMST SALAMOST SALAMOSTALAMOST CEVALLOSST PEREIDA ST S ST. MARY’S ST S ST. MARY’S ST S PRESA ST S PRESA ST S PRESA ST LABOR ST LABOR ST LEIGHST S PRESA ST S ALAMO ST E CESAR E. CHAVEZ BLVD MARKETST S SANTA ROSA AVE W NUEVA ST WNUEVAST S MAIN AVE E GUENTHER STPROBANT MARKETST 281 10 37 37 410 S PRESA ST S PRESA ST S PRESA ST S FLORES ST S FLORES ST MISSION RD MISSION RD PROBANDT ST ROOSEVELT AVE ROOSEVELT AVE S HACKBERRY ST ROOSEVELT AVE STEVESAVE STEVES AVE FAIR AVE PLEASANTON RD PLEASANTON RD MOURSUND BLVD ROOSEVELT AVE E ASHLEY RD SE MILITARY DR SE MILITARY DR E SOUTHCROSS E SOUTHCROSS SNEWBRAUNFELSAVE S NEW BRAUNFELS AVE CLARKE AVE Mission Reach South Town 1 2 3 8 7 9 4 B B10 13 11 14 12 B B 16 17 8 19 18 6 15 5 1 2 3 B B B B B B B B B B B B B 5 6 84 7 9 14 13 11 12 16 15 LIKE US! @TheSanAntonio RiverWalkOfficial @PaseoDelRio The San Antonio River Walk Hugman thesanantonioriverwalk TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com #SAriverwalk 10
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