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IN THIS ISSUE BE ENTERTAINED Eat, Drink, Party! By Susan Yerkes

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12 SIP & SAVOR Dining With Sizzle By Kimberly A, Suta

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FAMILY FUN San Antonio Fun Approved Since 1925 By Carole Miller

GREAT FINDS Remember the Souvenirs By Dawn Robinette

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GUIDES 40 Food & Drink 42 Arts & Entertainment 44 Shopping

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ON THE COVER Join in the five days of Mardi Gras festivities on the River Walk, March 1-5. This year’s events include The Mardi Gras Parade and Festival, a Royal Masquerade Gala, Jazz ON the River, and an artisan show. Visit TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com/events for details on each. Sign-up on the bottom of the home page to receive event notifications for all River Walk events.

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RIO Magazine is the official publication of the San Antonio River Walk Association. All expressions of opinions and statements of supposed facts are published on the authority of the writer and cannot be regarded as expressing the views of the San Antonio River Walk Association or its Publisher. Advertisements do not imply sponsorship or endorsement by the San Antonio River Walk Association or its Publisher.


2019 San Antonio River Walk Association

The San Antonio River Walk Association’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve the River Walk. This is done through special events, public education, social media, and RIO Magazine. The association also serves as an advocate for member businesses. For more information, call 210-227-4262. PRESIDENT Laurence Seiterle Zurich Properties PRESIDENT-ELECT Maria Martinez Marriott Plaza San Antonio TREASURER Kevin Latone Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk SECRETARY Mae Escobar aMAEzing Marketing Group MEMBER AT LARGE John Carbajal Jazz, TX CHAIR, OPERATORS COMMITTEE Andreas Esparza Boudro’s EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Maggie Thompson San Antonio River Walk Association EX-OFFICIOS Veronica Garcia Center City Development and Operations Department Gloria Rodriguez San Antonio River Authority Eddie Romero Centro San Antonio Will Grinnan San Antonio Restaurant Association

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bob Buchanan The Original Mexican Restaurant

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Ric Morales Silver Eagle Distributors

Michael Dudek The Westin Riverwalk

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EDITOR’S LETTER

The Official Magazine of the River Walk

REMEMBER THAT SPRING... Some of life’s most entertaining stories begin with “Remember that Spring…” and in this issue of RIO Magazine, local writers capture the colorful sites, flavorful eats, and not to miss events that are sure to put you in the running for this year’s best springtime story.

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Louis Doucette louis@travelingblender.com EDITOR

Paula Schechter paula@riverwalksa.org GUEST EDITOR

San Antonio is a Spring lover’s dream bursting with color, warmth, and vibrancy. The sweet scent of blooming Mountain Laurel fills the air. A country drive away is the Gristmill restaurant in Gruene, the perfect meal to make your colleagues envious as you swap stories around the coffee maker.

Leroy Adams

What’s Spring without a wee bit o’ St. Patrick’s shenanigans? Never short on fun, the River Walk is dyed green, and hosts bagpipers, a grand river parade, pints of ale, music, and dance. And as luck would have it, Mardi Gras is celebrated this year in March too. Experience five days filled with masks, beads, music, and a river parade. Even richer storytelling fodder.

Gerry Lair gerry@travelingblender.com

San Antonio can provide you with those “Remember That Spring” stories. If it gets bigger with every telling, well, that’s on you.

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Rio Magazine is published by Traveling Blender, LLC. (Publisher) on behalf of the San Antonio River Walk Association. Reproduction in any manner in whole or in part is prohibited without the express written consent of the San Antonio River Walk Association. Material contained herein does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the San Antonio River Walk Association or its staff. Rio Magazine, the Publisher and the San Antonio River Walk Association reserve the right to edit all material for clarity and space and assumes no responsibility for accuracy, errors or omissions. Rio Magazine does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertisements or editorial nor does the Publisher or the San Antonio River Walk Association assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial appear. Articles and photos are welcome and may be submitted to our office to be used subject to the discretion and review of the Publisher and San Antonio River Walk Association. All submissions become the property of the San Antonio River Walk Association. All Real Estate advertising is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make such a preference limitation or discrimination.”

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xans! The first cattle drives from If anyone knows about beef, it’s Texans! Texas go as far back as 1866 along the historic Chisholm Trail when intrepid cowboys headed north from DeWitt County. During the 19th century American West, approximately 27 million cattle were driven from Texas to Arkansas railheads

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DINING WITH SIZZLE along the River Walk in the Grand Hyatt, this steakhouse comes with a long history. the best of, not only Texas beef, but beef and even The original restaurant was founded in New Orleans when seafood from the United States and beyond. Ruth Fertel, a chemist and single mother at the time, RANGE bought Chris’s Steakhouse Conveniently located downtown, along Houston Street in 1965. She was forced to rename it after the original and our famed River Walk, Range is owned and operated building burned down and she opened the new location by one of San Antonio’s celebrity chefs, Jason Dady. Chef just a block away. Dady has been dubbed the Best Chef in San Antonio numerous times and, most notably competed, on Food A spacious restaurant with stunning décor, private dining Network’s “Iron Chef Gauntlet.” rooms for events and an expansive patio and bar, Ruth’s Chris is a classic American This new modern American Steakhouse that serves Ruth’s Chris chophouse offers, quite the top 2% certified prime literally, a range of beef. This means they have exquisitely–prepared Black the first choice of the most Angus steaks that are premium cuts of USDA aged and hand-cut, from a prime beef on the market. New York Strip and Sirloin Coulette to a Tenderloin Filet Simply seasoned with salt and Tomahawk Ribeye. and pepper, the steaks are cooked in an 1800-degree Range offers impeccable broiler to seal in the natural service from knowledgeable juices and then served on a staff and makes an effort 500-degree plate of butter to source both proteins and parsley, to ensure your and produce locally from meal stays warm and gives the highest-quality farms, it that signature sizzle. including 44 Farms in Camaron, Texas and Creekstone Farms in Arkansas With unique cuts such as their 16-ounce Bone-In Filet, City, Kansas. They also offer a fantastic selection of most incredibly served with an Oscar-Style topper of crab appetizers, salads, and sides, such as their Chopped cake, asparagus and bearnaise sauce, your mouth will Salad and Wild Mushroom Bisque, an excellent choice be watering before the steak hits the table. Make sure to for a leisurely lunch while shopping or sightseeing. Fresh venture out for their all-day happy hour on Sunday and house-made pasta brought in from Tre Trattoria, another enjoy their locally-sourced libations. Dady owned restaurant, is an additional accouterment worth exploring. SILO PRIME Situated in the Fairmont Hotel along South Alamo Street, RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE SILO Prime is just one delectable Silo iteration in town. A San Antonio staple for over two decades and the largest The brainchild of local restaurateur, Patrick Richardson luxury steakhouse brand with over 100 locations across and with Chef Gary Boatman at the helm, this SILO America, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse may be a tongue restaurant is a distinctly modern steakhouse offering yet twister, but it’s one your palette will relish. Located another outstanding fine dining experience.

Still today, our San Antonio steakhouses represent

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Cut into a juicy Texas-raised Akaushi Center Cut Filet, Center Cut Ribeye or Australian Lamb Rack with mint pesto for something a little different. They rely on an open-flamed Argentinian-style grill to impart a sophisticated flavor of oak to their steaks before giving them a final sear. They also serve fun starters such as Lobster and Crab Fondue, Grilled Texas Quail and Chicken Fried Oysters. With live piano music in the dining room, a focus on bourbons and scotches to compliment the steakhouse experience and access to the rooftop terrace to enjoy said spirits, SILO is one of San Antonio’s most exclusive restaurants.

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The Fairmont is worth a visit, to dine or not. The hotel is a nationally registered landmark and, interestingly, in the Guinness Book of World’s Records as the largest building moved on wheels. MORTON’S STEAKHOUSE Steak-lovers are most likely familiar with Morton’s brand. Born in Chicago in 1978, Morton’s now has 77 locations across the United States. In San Antonio, they opened in the Shops at Rivercenter behind the Alamo in 1991. Known for their consistency and USDA Prime midwest grain-fed steaks that are wet aged for approximately one month before being broiled at 800 to 1000 degrees, it’s no surprise Morton’s is a local favorite. Lovingly marinated for 48 to 60 hours, their Cajun ribeye is a popular dish. Mouthwatering seasonal selections include a highly marbled

prime filet to ensure a melt-in-your-mouth delight. If you manage to save enough room for dessert, be sure to order their legendary hot chocolate cake with a warm, gooey chocolate center and vanilla ice cream. FOGO DE CHÃO If you’re looking for a steakhouse that’s a little off the beaten path, step into the stunning Fogo de Chão, a leading Brazilian steakhouse, and brace yourself for a blissful protein experience. Located a few steps above the River Walk and adjacent to the Marriott Rivercenter, this type of restaurant is known as a churrascaria and specializes in a centuries-old Southern Brazilian style of cooking. Their premium cuts of meat are roasted over an open flame and then hand carved at your table. In the Brazilian steakhouse tradition, you start your meal off with a seasonal market table and feijoada bar of seasonal salads, soups, veggies, and charcuterie. When you’re ready for the parade of meat, flip the provided card to signal the protein parade. Famous gaucho chefs prepare the fire-roasted meat selections including lamb, chicken, pork, and beef.

WRITER’S BIO Kimberly A. Suta of Sutapants Productions is a local and national food writer and filmmaker. She’s also the Co-Creator of Homegrown Chef (homegrowncheftv.com), a culinary series featuring our city’s best chefs and delicious eats.

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Did you know the oldest children’s amusement park in the country is located right here in San Antonio? Located just three miles north of downtown, Kiddie Park opened in 1925 and still maintains all the original rides so that generations can enjoy the nostalgic experience of an old-fashioned Ferris wheel, hand-carved carousel, and other classic rides.

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Through those 94-years Kiddie Park has been updated but so has the amusement park landscape in the city. Today, San Antonio is home to three more world-class amusement parks each with thrills for visitors of all interests, ages, and abilities. HANDS IN THE AIR Put your hands in the air during a 75-mph trip on the world’s tallest swinging pendulum ride. The Joker Wild Card, the newest attraction at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, is among the world’s tallest at more than 17-stories high. It’s also the fastest in the history of Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Ready, set, go on Super Grover’s great box car race! SeaWorld San Antonio’s newest family-friendly coaster is full of fun hills, big turns and mini-dives, it’s the perfect first steel roller coaster for kids and adults. A different notch on the thrill-o-meter is what separates Kiddie Park from the pack where an old-fashioned Ferris wheel, or the hand-carved Herschell Spillman carousel, along with other thesanantonioriverwalk.com

classic children’s rides have made Kiddie Park a multi-generational classic destination. GECKO AND SANDCASTLES Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is a thrilling experience at SeaWorld San Antonio’s Aquatica Water Park. Riders stand on breakaway boxes as the floor drops away and sends them into a free fall before sliding down enclosed tubes. The tallest drop slide in Texas is named after Ihu, Aquatica’s colorful gecko. Or play in the sand during Sand Week from March 8-15 at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Watch Ted Seibert, Master Sand Sculptor, build a sculpture on-site and inspire your family to create a work of art. Sand pails and shovels will be available for guests. ONE-HIT WONDERS & ELMO At Six Flags Fiesta Texas, “VIBE!” is packed with top pop mega-hits performances. “From Memphis to Motown” features a fast-paced selection of soulful rock songs. And “Vinyl Countdown Vol. 2,” features one-hit wonders from the 80s, 90s and today. For

the younger set, the Looney Tunes characters appear on the Kidzopolis stage for meet-and-greet opportunities. In honor of Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary, SeaWorld kicks-off a year of Sesame Street celebrations beginning with Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends. Guests can join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all their friends for a fun-filled weekend March 2-3 and enjoy hands-on activities, photo opportunities with characters, a live DJ and much more. Park admission includes all shows. HAPPY PEOPLE Lettuce, turnip the beets at the San Antonio Botanical Garden Plant Sale March 9-11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Why? Because plants make people happy. Discover a wide variety of native plants, succulents, grasses, and butterfly-friendly plants during the Spring Break Plant Sale. Many friendly and knowledgeable volunteers will be on-site to help you find the perfect plants for your garden.

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Located a few minutes north of downtown, the San Antonio Botanical Garden does not require admission to shop the plant sale but is for the garden. NEW PLANETS & TECHNOLOGY Do you have what it takes to survive on another planet? Strap on your space boots, leave earth behind and travel into the unknown for an extraordinary, extraterrestrial experience where you will explore, adapt and survive on a brand-new planet. Visit Planet Pioneers at the Witte Museum for an out-of-this-world adventure that puts budding astronauts and space explorers to the test as they source food, air, and shelter. Drive a 4-D Surface Exploration Vehicle, land a rocket, experience G-Forces in a spinning capsule and master 14 other interactive activities. During spring break, March 9-17, the Witte Museum offers demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family. Operate a real NASA deep space telescope and scan a distant object to help NASA scientists collect data. Learn how astronauts and scientists study space and space travel with a 3D printer demo, Rocket Science demo, Glovebox Challenge, and Radiation Detector Table Activity. The Witte is located five minutes north of downtown. There’s always an exciting adventure waiting for the family at the DoSeum located near the Witte

Museum. The new exhibit, “How People Make Things,” celebrates the people, manufacturing processes and, the technology used to make everyday objects in our world. Inspired by the Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours, kids can explore, cut, mold, deform and assemble. ALL INCLUSIVE ACCESS Non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland, which is entirely wheelchair-accessible, and the world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment. Now in its ninth season, the park has welcomed 1.3 million guests from all 50 states and 73 other countries. It features more than 25 wheelchairaccessible elements including rides, playscapes, and attractions such as Sensory Village. One of the new attractions is the Microsoft Experience at Sensory Village, featuring areas with interactive play elements designed to stimulate the senses with Microsoft technology. It includes a new, interactive gaming area more accessible for gamers with limited mobility. Microsoft Surface devices also connect to the park’s interactive map, showing guests the favorite attractions of the Wonder Squad, Morgan’s Wonderland superheroes. Located 20 minutes from downtown, Morgan’s Wonderland will open daily for spring break, March 8-17.

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WRITER’S BIO Local feature writer Carole Miller raised her family in the greatest city in the world—San Antonio. She enjoys spending her spare time having family fun with her three “grown” children, Sydney, Nick and Faith. These, and many other activities have been approved by all and have received the Miller stamp of approval. 18 RIO Magazine

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There’s always a party in San Antonio, a city filled with diverse cultures, and all are ready to celebrate at the drop of a hat—or a feathered boa, jeweled crown, or even a glittering green derby.

Eat, Drink & Party By Susan Yerkes

This month, enjoy Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day with green rivers, floating parades, masks and beads, and a whole lotta San Antonio flair. Get March started with Mardi Gras. “Fat Tuesday,” got its name for the day on many church calendars that falls before the abstinent days of Lent which put an end to Epiphany’s excess. While New Orleans’ celebrations are the most renowned and excessive, folks here give the festival a special twist that not even the Big Easy can match. When the bon temps roulez (the good times roll) in this town, they’re rollin’ right on the river. The party starts the night of March 1, with the San Antonio River Walk Association’s Royal Masquerade Gala at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio, an over-the-top formal bash where the spectacle of sumptuous Cajun food, casino tables, cocktails, live music, and dance are surpassed only by the crowning of the 2019 River Walk Royal Court. On Saturday, Mar. 2, fun-lovers flock to the river banks for the Bud Light Mardi Gras River Parade and Festival – a free allday family-friendly celebration. Costumes are encouraged, and fun is the order of the day. Get your bead-catching hands ready ‘cuz they’ll be coming at you from everywhere. The river parade starts at 4. Stake out a seat in La Villita’s historic outdoor showplace, the Arneson River Theater, or find a sweet spot on along the stonework or sit at an outdoor table at one of the many great River Walk bistros. They’re all prime parade-watching perches, well-placed for catching beads and the decorated floats carrying King Rex, the royal party and costumed krewes. Catch a leisurely drink or a meal each night before soaking in

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the floating jazz showcase, Jazz on the River, March 2-5. A slow stream of riverboats fills the night with their joyful noise bearing every imaginable jazz ensemble, from brass bands to hot trios and even skilled soloists. Jazz on the River continues through Fat Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. each night. Stroll along the river March 1-3 and find the perfect handcrafted gift, or bling for yourself, at the Mardi Gras Artisan Show, which features everything from handmade pottery to jewelry and paintings. The benevolent San Antonio Zulu Association hosts some of the city’s longest-running music and food festivals. Their 9th Annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras bash on Tuesday night, March 2 features jazz, soul and classic R&B from OMG Sounds. The setting is a story in itself­ — VFW Post 76, an old riverside mansion where Spanish-American War vets held the first VFW meetings in Texas. Today, the post is still active, but with its ideal location on the River Walk, it serves as a perfect spot for gathering and partying. Proceeds from ZULU events give back to the community through college scholarships and outreach. GO GREEN! You may not think of San Antonio as an Irish town, but you’ll change your mind when you’re here for St. Patrick’s Day. Irish settlers established prominent businesses here under

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Spanish rule. One of the first governors of Spanishruled Texas was an Irish immigrant named Hugo O’Conor. When Texas went to war for independence, many Irish and Scots-Irish Americans joined the Texian forces. At least 10 Irishmen died defending the Alamo, some wearing silver St. Patrick medallions from the Old Country around their necks. Their sacrifice is honored today by the flying of the Irish flag at the Alamo, alongside the flags of other U.S. states and Mexico from which defenders came. A section of downtown still bears the nickname Irish Flats. The city’s Harp & Shamrock Society, Irish Cultural Society, and Scottish Society have continued the old folk traditions. The Harp and Shamrock Society annually team-up with the River Walk Association for a two-day St. Paddy’s Day celebration. March 16 and 17, the Bud

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Light St. Patrick’s Day Festival brings out the Irish, Irish wannabes and plain old party animals to the non-stop celebration. Grab a green t-shirt, sequined leprechaun hat, or a pair of shamrock deely-bobbers on a headband and join the fun. Dance an impromptu Irish jig, or get in the spirits with a frosty yard. New this year is an Irish Gardening with Karaoke, storytelling, and music.

tater tot eating contest (Thank the Irish for potatoes) and other activities between musical sets.

Both days, the Dyeing of the River Green begins at 1 p.m. from a decorated boat bearing a trio of bagpipers. The stream of verdant green appropriately starts at the dye sponsor MadDogs British Pub. It floats along the entire 2 ½ mile downtown stretch of the River Walk, releasing a stream of eco-friendly green dye that turns the river a deep emerald hue The ceremony is also streamed live on the River Walk’s Association’s Facebook channel, and last year, more than 50,000 people tuned in from around the world.

Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. the main event, the St. Patrick’s River Parade, takes to the river, starring 14 fabulous floats full of lads, ladies, and leprechauns.

The fun continues both days with all kinds of entertainment on the Arneson River Theater’s stage, Inish-free Irish dancers, Irish singers, children’s entertainers, and the 2nd annual

Take a break in the festivities at noon on Sunday for the Harp and Shamrock Society’s wreath-laying ceremony at the Alamo, honoring the Irish defenders of the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

On March 17 at 7 pm amble over to the Aztec Theatre and enjoy two Irish bands performing cover music from two of Ireland’s most celebrated bands, U2 and Thin Lizzy.

WRITER’S BIO Susan Yerkes is an award-winning San Antonio based journalist and travel writer. Some of her foremothers were Scots-Irish, but she celebrates all kinds of cultural traditions and finds constant reasons to celebrate here.

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NO MATTER WHERE YOU’RE FROM, SOUVENIRS ARE A WAY TO REMEMBER WHERE YOU’VE BEEN. EVEN IF THAT MEANS YOU’RE MAKING MEMORIES AND SNAGGING MEMENTOS FROM YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS IN YOUR HOMETOWN.

REMEMBER THE SOUVENIRS By Dawn Robinette

Whether it’s a magnet for your fridge or a coffee mug that elicits happy memories in your mornings, finding just the right souvenir can be a fun adventure. In San Antonio, all you have to do is wind your way down the River Walk to claim the perfect remembrance of a river, and a city, that you won’t ever forget. A stop by the Wyndham Riverwalk gift shop is a must. You’ll find a wide selection of the San Antonio River Walk’s officially licensed River Walk gear. Hats, shirts and travel mugs are featured, and all purchases maintain one of San Antonio’s most beautiful treasures and favorite spots for year-round fun. You can shop online to view a bigger selection. Online shopping means you can easily send a piece of San Antonio as a gift for others to enjoy. Of course, that also means you can order your souvenirs any time, so click and buy before your visit or don’t worry about making room in your suitcase: have everything shipped to your home. If you want to mix your shopping with music and great food, be sure to visit Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio. You can gaze at an array of rock memorabilia and choose from a selection of souvenirs that includes everything from iconic Hard Rock tees to drumsticks, guitar picks, and even guitar-shaped spatulas. You’ll also find magnets that double as bottle openers, jewelry, clothing, and accessories. Each unique piece will remind you of the fun you had rockin’ out at Hard Rock Cafe, gazing at rock history. Many people have Hard Rock souvenir collections, growing their collection piece by piece every time they visit somewhere new. Hard Rock’s highly collectible (and tradeable!) pins, cordial glasses and coffee mugs. 24

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Just a few doors over from Hard Rock Cafe on street level is another excellent spot for iconic biker souvenirs at the Cowboys Alamo City HarleyDavidson. While you’ll only find one motorcycle in the shop, you can get your fill of jackets, tees, belts and more, all emblazoned with the unmistakable Harley-Davidson logo. Many of the pieces also sport images of San Antonio, making them great souvenirs even if you’re not a “HOG,” the acronym for those who belong to the Harley Owners Group. But if you have a future HOG in your life, be sure to stop in: the boutique carries a cute line of kids clothing, including onesies. If you like your souvenirs with a side of attitude, be sure your River Walk souvenir stroll includes a stop at Dick’s Last Resort. No cover, no dress code, and no class may be what Dick’s is known for, but they have great souvenirs. Not only will you find an array of shirts, hats and of course, underwear, but the “Joint Yer Mama Warned You About” offers souvenirs with a side of sass, insults and overall gruffness. But don’t complain to the management: the staff is doing exactly what Dick’s expects them to do, give you a hard time. So ask the staff to show you their coolest take-homes and don’t be surprised if you get a load of insults to add to your memories. Shop, Forrest, Shop at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company souvenir store. After enjoying a delicious meal be sure to visit the souvenir shop, where

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you’ll find memorabilia from everyone’s favorite movie classic. Grab your Forrest Gump Cap just like the one Forrest wore in the movie! Or a t-shirt printed with your favorite quotes from the film like “Life is like…” or “My mama says I’m special.” You can also grab a license plate printed with the infamous words of Jenny- “Run, Forrest, Run.” Any River Walk hunt for souvenir treasure must include a stop at the Shops at Rivercenter. The mall offers a wide variety of shops, booths, and restaurants, giving shoppers ample options for souvenirs. But one always must stop for great San Antonio gifts and merchandise is Life in Alamo City. The store carries clothing, accessories, and décor, alongside traditional souvenirs like magnets, mugs, and tees. The selection changes seasonally, but you can always expect to find items featuring perennially favorite images like wildflowers, the Texas flag, sugar skulls and of course, the Alamo. No one knows San Antonio better than the San Antonio Official Visitors Information Center, so it’s no surprise that they also feature fantastic souvenirs to mark your visit. Located just across Alamo Plaza from the Alamo itself, the center is a valuable resource for visitors and locals alike. When you’re stopping in to learn what cool things you can’t miss as you enjoy San Antonio, you’ll be distracted by the center’s selection of books

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about the city, including colorful children’s books to help kids remember the Alamo and more. The center also features a collection of cookbooks by San Antonio authors or about the flavors that the city is known for, a perfect addition to any cookbook lover’s collection. You’ll also be dazzled by the jewelry and décor available, as well as the shirts, hats, aprons, pillows and more that sport iconic images of the city. So soak in San Antonio history and “Remember the Alamo!”—and take home the perfect souvenir.

WRITER’S BIO An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who enjoys unearthing 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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Responding to Commander William B. Travis’ many pleas for reinforcements, fired by his stirring pledge of “Victory or Death,” 32 men from the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers rode through the night to San Antonio, quietly slipping past hundreds of encamped Mexican troops to join the doomed defenders of the Alamo on March 1, 1836. The arrival of “The Immortal 32” proved the last bit of good news for Travis, along with the legendary James Bowie and Davy Crockett, and the 200 or so men -- estimates vary from 180 to 257 – awaiting their fate at the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, when General Santa Anna’s approximately 1,800-strong Mexican army wiped out the woefully undermanned and under-fortified garrison. You can witness the dramatic arrival of the Gonzales volunteers during a living history event 10 a.m. March 1 as part of the 2019 Alamo Siege & Battle Commemoration, which features interactive, living history programs during each day marking the 183rd anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Texas. At 4 p.m. each day through March 6, a member of the Alamo garrison will read historical texts, “Voices from the Past,” detailing what happened on that day during the long-ago battle.

Battle of the Alamo

Of course, it’s hard to forget the Alamo when it has become such an icon of American Commemoration 2019 popular culture. “The Alamo,” the 1960 movie By Dan R. Goddard starring John Wayne, will be shown 7 p.m. March 1 outdoors in the Alamo Gardens. Texas film historian Frank Thompson notes “The Alamo” is “unmarked by a single authentic moment, word, detail, costume or action,” but no one can deny the movie’s role in Alamo mythmaking. The 1988 film is generally considered to be the most historically accurate depiction of the battle, “Alamo: The Price of Freedom,” is shown daily year-round at the Alamo IMAX nearby in The Shops at Rivercenter.

“A small affair”

Texas Independence Day is when the provisional government convened at Washington-on-the-Brazos and declared the birth of the Republic of Texas. Celebrate this iconic moment from 12:30 to

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2 p.m. on March 2 in a program presented with the Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The Alamo’s all-day Fifth Annual Crockett Fiddle Festival featuring live performances by some of the country’s best fiddlers runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 3. Beginning at dawn March 6, the San Antonio Living History Association, joined by re-enactors from across the United States representing both armies, will re-create the Battle of the Alamo with a historical narrative, eyewitness accounts, black powder cannon, and flintlock musket salute volleys. Commemorative wreaths are placed at the shrine, and two youth choirs will perform. The Commemoration Ceremony presented with the Sons of the Republic of Texas begins at 10 a.m. March 6 featuring guest speaker George Nelson, author of “The Illustrated History of the Alamo.” The Daughters Republic of Texas will honor the 189 recognized heroes of the Alamo from 2 to 3 p.m. with a roll call and performance by Fort Sam’s Own 323rd Army Band. “Remember the Defenders” from 6 to 7 p.m. wraps up the 2019 commemoration. Battle for Texas: The Experience is a 22,000-square-foot, hightech, interactive, historic adventure in the basement of The Shops at Rivercenter that begins as a journey through early 19th-century San Antonio and eventually immerses visitors in a heart-pounding re-enactment of the sights and sounds of the final moments of the 1836 battle. A mobile app in both English and Spanish provides audio and video clips recreating the battle from the perspective of seven different characters. “Night at the Museum” at 6 and 7 p.m. on Saturday nights offers a lantern-lit tour with re-enactors sharing stories from Texas’ early years. On display are 250 artifacts, including Santa Anna’s uniform, Sam Houston’s riding boots, Davy Crockett’s long knife and the cannonball shot in response to Santa Anna’s red “No Quarter” flag flown from the tower of San Fernando Cathedral. Experience the history of San Antonio splashed across the façade of San Fernando Cathedral in “San Antonio: The SAGA,” a free, 24-minute sound and light projection created by French artist Xavier De Richemont is shown at 9:00, 9:30 and 10 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in Main Plaza. During the siege of the Alamo, Mexican soldiers occupied the Spanish Governor’s Palace

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CULTURE & COMMUNITY in Military Plaza. Dating from 1722, this National Historic Landmark represents the last visual remnants of the Presidio San Antonio de Béjar, which was established at the founding of the city May 5, 1718, to protect the newly established Mission San Antonio de Valero, today best known as the Alamo. For the best glimpse of life during the Spanish colonial era, visit the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mission San Jose was almost fully restored to its original design in the 1930s by the Works Projects Administration (WPA). A major battle of the Texas Revolution was fought on Oct. 28, 1835, at Mission Concepción, when 400 Mexican troops equipped with cannon were routed by about 90 Texas rebels commanded by James Bowie.

Battle for Texas: the Experience

Despite some 600 of his soldiers being killed and wounded, Santa Anna described the Battle of the Alamo as a “small affair” and you can see a miniature re-creation, which spotlights what each of the key figures was doing during the fight, at the Briscoe Western Art Museum on the River Walk.

WRITER’S BIO Dan R. Goddard is a longtime San Antonio arts writer who remembers watching Disney’s “Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier” at an impressionable age and getting a coonskin cap for Christmas.

San Antonio Living History Association

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BRISCOE WESTERN ART MUSEUM Briscoemuseum.org

ALAMO IMAX Amctheatres.com/movies/ alamo-the price-of-freedom

MAIN PLAZA Mainplaza.org

BATTLE FOR TEXAS: THE EXPERIENCE Battlefortexas.com

SAN ANTONIO LIVING HISTORY ASSOCIATION Salha.org

SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK Nps.gov/saan/index.htm SAN ANTONIO: THE SAGA Mainplaza.org SPANISH GOVERNOR’S PALACE Spanishgovernorspalace.org

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RECREATION

HOPPIN’ Around Town by Drew Henry

Get ready to hop on and see the sights from new heights! We are going on a Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour of The Alamo City. You don’t want to miss this bus. The Hop-On, Hop-Off bus is a double-decker bus, bringing some London charm to Texas. This will get you the best view of 18 major attractions across the Alamo City and the sights in between.

With your ticket, you get unlimited rides for either 24 or 48 hours. There are multiple stops downtown, stretching from famous Market Square, to trendy Southtown, the hip Pearl, and of course the River Walk. Tickets start at just $37.89 per person and offer unlimited hops on and off. The best part is you get to decide where you tour. That’s right, see only the things you want to see and stay as long as you like. There is always another bus coming to take you to the next stop.

BUS STOPS 1. The Alamo 2. The Historic Pearl 3. San Antonio Museum of Art 4. AVE B and 10th 5. Broadway and 9th 6. Lock and Dam 7. Tobin Center 8. AVE E and 4th 9. Alamo Plaza and E Houston 10. Buckhorn Saloon & Museum 11. N. St. Mary’s and College 12. Spanish Governor’s Palace 13. Market Square 14. Blue Star Art’s Complex 15. S. Alamo and S. St. Mary’s 16. Hemisfair Park 17. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center 18. Shops at Rivercenter

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While having the freedom to tour any place you want in the city is great, we know it can be daunting when San Antonio offers so many attractions. So, here is our itinerary of the must-see stops:

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THE ALAMO Remember The Alamo! No trip to San Antonio would be complete without a stop at The Alamo. In fact, this is the first Hop-On, Hop-Off stop on the route. Tour the mission and learn about the Battle of the Alamo and how San Antonio was founded. You may even run into Bella, the Alamo Cat, the proud present-day defender of The Alamo. If you see her, give her a pet. She loves meeting new people. Now don’t forget your Davy Crockett hat, we’re off to the next stop!

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THE HISTORIC PEARL We are taking a short ride north to The Historic Pearl, once a brewery in the late 1800s, but now the epicenter of cuisine, art, and culture in the city. Stroll The Park at The Pearl as you listen to musical performers and even have a refreshing Pearl beer on the lawn. Then, stay for lunch at The Bottling Department, where you can choose dishes from up and coming chefs including ramen, southern cuisine, and burgers. You could even stroll along the river and stay for dinner. Remember, you get to make your own schedule on this tour. Dinner options include the Peruvian cuisine of Botika, elevated meals at Supper, and more.

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SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART As we head south to downtown, make sure to stop at the San Antonio Museum of Art. This museum is located along the river and housed in the former Lone Star Brewery. The collections cover works from all over the world and over a span of five-thousand years. You could spend an entire day alone soaking up all there is to see here. And if you get hungry, the museum is also home to Tre Trattoria, a trendy Italian restaurant serving handmade creations from one of San Antonio’s top chefs, Jason Dady. Tour Renaissance works from Italy and then enjoy the cuisine, all in the heart of Texas!

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THE RIVER WALK As we hop back on and continue our journey, we have six stops to choose from to hop off and tour San Antonio’s famous River Walk. The Museum Reach is a stretch of the river with both indoor and outdoor art. Quieter than downtown, it is home to many works of public art, mosaics, and beautiful foliage. You can walk the river back to downtown, or, you guessed it, hop back on the bus. The tour also stops at some of the most popular spots along the River Walk. Hop off to stroll past historic architecture, dine at some of the city’s most famous restaurants, grab a margarita or two, or continue your tour by boat on a Go Rio Cruise.

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HEMISFAIR Since the day and the tour are coming to a close, let’s hop off at one of the last stops on the route, Hemisfair. In between downtown and Southtown, Hemisfair is home to one of San Antonio’s biggest attractions - literally. Your trip would not be complete without seeing the Tower of the Americas. This 750-foot tall landmark is one of the most iconic structures in the San Antonio skyline and offers city views like no other. Make your way up to the observation deck, or even drop in for an aerial happy hour cocktail or dinner at the Chart House restaurant and soak it all in. And, don’t stop there. Once you make your way back down, there is plenty to see on the ground. Stroll the Yanaguana Garden and soak in the public art, mosaics, and murals. These will make for some of the coolest vacation photos ever! Your kiddos will also have a blast on the playground. There are even fun paletta and candy shops to make for a sweet end to the day. The best part about the 48-hour pass is you can catch the stops that you missed on your first tour!

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 weekends he is getting active! Instagram: @design_dudes, Facebook: @designdudeslife, Twitter: @designdudeslife, Web: designdudeslife.com

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LUCKY PENNY - Begin your day with a bit of good luck. Hyatt Regency San Antonio has an iconic fountain leading guests between the River Walk level and the city streets above. Embark on your day of good fortune with a pocket full of change, and toss a coin or two into the fountain. Then follow the waterway upstream to street-level where you’ll be a stone’s throw from The Alamo. PRESS YOUR LUCK - Even if you don’t have time for a tour, look for the penny press inside the Alamo gift shop, and pick your favorite Alamo memory to stamp on a coin. Extra luck if your penny is from 2009 — William B. Travis’s 200th birthday.

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ROVERS & CLOVERS - If the day is especially springy, go on a quest for a lucky clover at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Enjoy a late brunch or early lunch at Rosella at the Garden, and be sure to check on their specialty cocktail menu. While you might not find an actual clover in the gardens if you’re there on March 16 or 17, you’ll find an event called Rovers

Rovers & Clovers at San Antonio Botaical Garden

and Clovers. This pupperthemed party is a rare chance to take non-service dogs on a walk through the gardens. If you forgot your fluffer at home, or you’re in the market, the Humane Society hosts dog adoptions that weekend, as well as education about pets and plants.

If you’re more of a cat person, then check out the sandbox. This month, the Botanical Garden will host an incredible sand sculptor who will create an original masterpiece on site. They’ll also host their plant sale March 9 through 11, and the Santikos Art in the Garden display. Treat yourself to an organic vegan bath bomb in the gift shop from Organically Bath + Beauty. LUCK O’ THE IRISH - for dinner enjoy a rousing Irish singa-long and corned beef and cabbage from Durty Nelly’s. Or mosey up the river to MadDogs British Pub for their mouth-watering fish and chips, scotch eggs, or corned beef sandwich.

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DAY 2 - GO GREEN

BEAUTIFUL BREAKFAST - The river is dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day, but the Texas Hill Country is naturally splashed with color this time of year. Treat yourself to a one-hour Hill Country drive towards Comfort. Stop for breakfast at the Flagstop Cafe. This iconic landmark between Leon Springs and Boerne serves up Texas-sized pancakes, migas, breakfast tacos on homemade tortillas, all in Texas-sized portions. HUES & VIEWS – Continue your scenic drive through the Hill Country to view the ribbons of colorful wildflowers on display March through April each year. Stop along the way and snap pics in fields of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and primroses. SUSTAINABLE SHOPPING – You have arrived in Comfort just in time to namedrop you’re a RIO Magazine reader, and receive a free glass of wine thesanantonioriverwalk.com

(offer valid only in March) at The Elephant Story with locally grown grapes. This unique ethically driven shop offers sustainably sourced crafts, textiles, clothing, and collectibles from Asian elephant countries to raise money and awareness for the plight of Asian elephants and the villagers who support them. For another sustainable way to shop, pop into Downright Comfort, a quirky shop with antiques, gifts and collectibles personally picked by San Antonio’s favorite red-headed meteorologist, Siobhain Anders. Grab a slice of pie inside the shop to hold you over while you browse and discover the rest of Comfort. GREEN EATING - With your trunk full of treasures, head back towards Boerne for a southern-style dinner at Peggy’s on the Green. This restored 19th-century dining room serves up all the comforts of home with recipes from Chef Mark Bohanan’s mother, Peggy, herself. Sip a cocktail on the wrap around porch, and enjoy dishes prepared with local ingredients. RIO Magazine

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Today we’ll head 35-miles east and make a day in Gruene. Locals pronounce it like the color. The German pronounce it groo-nuh. But everyone eventually makes a trip out whether they can pronounce it or not.

Gruene Hall. Photo by Dirck Halstead

Gruene is a walkable town; you’d be remiss if you didn’t stop in every single shop. But if you don’t have time to hit them all, at least take the time to browse the Gruene Antique Company. Smack dab in the middle of town is a treasure box full of vintage finds.

live music and happy hour on Fridays. Winery on the Gruene offers wine tastings, DIY wine-making, and this month they’ll host Wednesday at the Winery with wine tasting and pairings, mini manicures, and wine glass painting.

After digging around in the past, walk across the street for a tasty present. The Gristmill is the iconic Gruene eatery situated on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River. The building secured a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The entire menu is tantalizing, but the beef tenderloin sandwich is the bomb. Deny your sweet tooth at the Gristmill and indulge it at the old-fashioned soda fountain inside the Gruene General Store, ranked one of the top 40 places to visit in Texas.

Wrap up a Gruene day at the oldest dance hall in Texas. Gruene Hall has been in operation since 1878, and it has helped launch the careers of big names like George Strait and Lyle Lovett. Check the schedule to see who’s boot-scootin’ into town tonight, and dance where the stars once shined.

If you’re spending the day sans-children, try a wine tasting at The Grapevine or Winery on the Gruene. The Grapevine offers complimentary tastings,

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crystal Henry is a loyal Texan, and an award-winning author, writer and columnist. She is fluent in both sarcasm and English, and evidence of those bilingual writing talents can be found at crystalhenrywrites.com. Or follow her on FB + IG @crystalhenrywrites and on 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 HOWL AT THE MOON 111 West Crockett St. #201 howlatthemoon.com

IHOP 849 E. Commerce 210-444-1201 JAZZ, TX 312 Pearl Parkway #6001 JazzTX.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 therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com THE RIVER’S EDGE CAFÉ AND PATIO BAR 200 S. Alamo St. riversedgecafesa.com

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TEX’S RIVER WALK AND SPORTS BAR 200 S. Alamo texssportsbar.com p44, 27 BBQ COUNTY LINE BARBEQUE SPORTS BAR 111 W. Crockett St. countyline.com BBQ - p44, 7 BRAZILIAN FOGO DE CHAO 849 E. Commerce St. fogodechao.com TEXAS DE BRAZIL 313 E. Houston St. texasdebrazil.com BRITISH MAD DOGS 123 Losoya St. maddogs.net p44, 11 DELI SCHILO’S 424 E. Commerce St. schilos.com p50, 26 GERMAN BIER GARTEN 124-150 Losoya St. alamobiergarten.com p44, 36 ICE CREAM JUSTIN’S ICE CREAM 245 E Commerce St. mercadoritas.com KILWINS 109 Alamo Plaza Kilwins.com STEEL CITY POPS 812 S. Alamo, Suite 101 steelcitypops.com IRISH DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB 200 S. Alamo St. durtynellyspub.com p44, 80 ITALIAN FIG TREE 515 Villita dine.figtreerestaurant.com

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GUILLERMO’S 618 McCullough St. guillermosdowntown.com LITTLE RHEIN STEAKHOUSE 231 S. Alamo St. dine.littlerheinsteakhouse.com

PAESANOS 111 W. Crockett #100 www.paesanosriverwalk.com p44, 54 PIZZARITAS 245 E. Commerce pizzaritas.com ZOCCA 420 W. Market zoccariverwalk.com MEXICAN ACENAR 146 E. Houston acenar.com p44, 2 SEAFOOD CHART HOUSE Tower of the Americas, 739 East Cesar E. Chavez toweroftheamericas.com JOE’S CRAB SHACK 212 College Street Ste 10 joescrabshack.com LANDRY’S SEAFOOD HOUSE 517 N. Presa landrysseafood.com ON THE BEND 123 Losoya St. onthebendsa.com p44, 96 SALTGRASS STEAK HOUSE 502 River Walk saltgrass.com p44,53 53 TEX-MEX CAFÉ OLE 430 E. Commerce St. cafeole.us CASA RIO 430 E. Commerce St. casa-rio.com p44, 61 IRON CACTUS 200 River Walk ironcactus.com p44, 4 THE ORIGINAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT 528 River Walk originalmexican.com p44, 14 RIO RIO CANTINA 421 E. Commerce St. rioriocantina.com p44, 13 RITA’S ON THE RIVER 245 E. Commerce, Suite 100 ritasontheriver.com

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

3/16 -17 @ noon Dyeing of the River Walk Green River Walk, downtown Visit the River Walk and watch the amazing transformation. As a bagpiper plays traditional Irish tunes from his barge, the color is instantly apparent and intensifies with water movement by the boats. Every year since 1968 the River Walk magically becomes the River Shannon with the help of some eco-friendly green dye. This year it is brought to you by MadDogs, one of the premium viewing spots. It’s a great time to sit outdoors on a patio and enjoy a pint, or two...

3/1 -3 Mardi Gras Artisan Show River Walk, downtown Artisans display and sell their beautiful handmade merchandise including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings and beadwork. 3/2 @ 1 p.m. Bud Light Mardi Gras River Parade & Festival Arneson River Theatre Enjoy live jazz music on stage and a procession of decorated floats transforming the River Walk into a floating Mardi Gras celebration full of krewes of costumed revelers, live music, entertainment and food trucks. 3/2 -5 @ 7-9:00 p.m. Jazz on the River River Walk, downtown 3/5 @ 4 p.m. Zulu Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party VFW Post 76 3/6 @ 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Annie Leibovitz Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 3/15 -19 @ 11 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day Artisan Show River Walk, downtown 3/16 -17 @ noon Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day Festival Villita Way & Arneson River Theatre 3/17 @ 4 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day River Parade River Walk, downtown

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3/31 @ 4 p.m. A Rare Look: North Korea and Cuba with David Guttenfelder AT&T Center

COMEDY

3/2 @ 8 p.m. The Big Gig Nonprofit Saturday Night Live Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater 3/28 @ 7 p.m. Sebastian Maniscalco Stay Hungry Tour Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

FAMILY FUN

Through 4/7 Planet Pioneers Witte Museum

3/16 @ 7 p.m. T-Pain Aztec Theatre

MUSIC

3/19 @ 8 p.m. The Beach Boys Majestic Theatre

3/1 -2 @ 8 p.m. British Classics with the San Antonio Symphony Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 3/6 @ 7 p.m. Buckethead Aztec Theatre 3/9 @ 7 p.m. Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y Aztec Theatre

3/7 PJ Masks Save the Day Live! Majestic Theatre

3/11 @ 8 p.m. Thriller Live! with YOSA Philharmonic Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

3/8 -10 Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

3/13 @ 8 p.m. Earth, Wind & Fire Majestic Theatre

3/9 -16 Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat presented by The Magik Theatre Empire Theatre

3/15 -16 Michael Cavanaugh in Concert with the San Antonio Symphony Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

3/24 @ 1 p.m. Paella Challenge The Paella Challenge brings together chefs from across the U.S., Spain and Latin America to compete in an Iron Chef-style Paella competition. Chefs will create a signature Paella from an extensive pantry loaded with fresh produce, rabbit, seafood, poultry, chorizo, herbs, saffron, and an array of rice varieties. The afternoon will be filled with live entertainment, wines of Spain, sangria and a fabulous line of craft and imported beers. Mission County Park

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3/21 @ 7:30 p.m. One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen & The Works Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

3/27 @ 8 p.m. An Evening with Michael Bublé AT&T Center 3/29 -30 Tuscan Tour of Taste with the San Antonio Symphony Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

3/19 @ 7:30 p.m. Carol Burnett During “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” San Antonio-native Carol Burnett takes questions from the audience and plays video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of The Carol Burnett Show where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers.  Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

3/22 @ 7 p.m. Queensryche Aztec Theatre 3/22 @ 8 p.m. Black Violin Classical Boom Tour Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 3/23 @ 8 p.m. The Boston Pops Orchestra Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Every Monday night @ 7:30 p.m. Hayride Hop Come out for a swingin’ night of rockabilly every Monday night featuring The Gin Racers, Texas T and the Shine Runners, Lindsay Beaver and Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp. Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall

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3/21 @ 7:30 p.m. Pink Beautiful Trauma World Tour Described as “brilliantly staged, with bright colors, interpretive dancing and plenty of high-flying spectacle,” P!nk gives an acrobatic performance in her spectacular tour featuring hits like “What About Us” and “Secrets. AT&T Center

SPORTS & FITNESS

PERFORMING ARTS 3/8 -10 The Sound of Music Majestic Theatre 3/10 @ 2 p.m. Grease Sing-a-Long Aztec Theatre 3/12 @ 7:30 p.m. The Wizard of Oz Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 3/15 @ 8 p.m. The Price is Right Live Majestic Theatre 3/19 @ 8 p.m. Puddles Pity Party Empire Theatre 3/24 @ 4 p.m. A Conversation with Lou Diamond Phillips John mega-star Lou Diamond Phillips for a full screening of “La Bamba” and live performance by the San Antonio Symphony. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

3/1 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Milwaukee Admirals Military Night AT&T Center 3/2 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder AT&T Center 3/3 @ 3 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Milwaukee Admirals Sunday Funday AT&T Center 3/4 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets AT&T Center 3/5 @ 10:30 a.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Chicago Wolves AT&T Center

3/9 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Texas Stars AT&T Center 3/10 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Milwaukee Bucks AT&T Center 3/15 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks AT&T Center 3/16 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trailblazers AT&T Center 3/18 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors AT&T Center 3/19 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Grand Rapids Griffins AT&T Center

3/20 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat AT&T Center 3/23 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Chicago Wolves AT&T Center 3/24 @ 3 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Grand Rapids Griffins Sunday Funday AT&T Center 3/26 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Chicago Wolves AT&T Center 3/28 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers AT&T Center 3/29 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Manitoba Moose $1 Drink Night AT&T Center

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Through 3/31 My Heart Is Not Blind Witte Museum Through 3/31 Viva San Antonio: Celebrating Our City UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Through 4/28 Word on the Street Artpace Through 5/5 Contemporary Art Month Perennial Blue Star Contemporary Art Through 5/5 Effort Economy Blue Star Contemporary Art Through 5/5 Estampas Chicanas McNay Art Museum

3/30 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Manitoba Moose AT&T Center 3/31 @ 6 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings AT&T Center

Judy Baca Absolutely Chicana 2008 Screenprint Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett & Ricardo Romo © Judith F. Baca

3/25 @ 7 p.m. Haters Roast The Shady Tour Aztec Theatre 3/26 -31 Fiddler on the Roof Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter.  This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.” Majestic Theatre

VISUAL ARTS

Through 5/5 Van Gogh to Munch: Seduction and Anxiety McNay Art Museum Through 5/19 American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings McNay Art Museum

3/22 @ 7:30 p.m.

ARTS San Antonio presents “The World of Musicals”

“All of the hits in one show” is the motto of this emotional journey through the great world of musicals leaving audiences spellbound. With Beautiful and emotional ballads from “Evita”, “Les Miserables” and “Phantom of the Opera” along with great favorites from “Dirty Dancing,” “We Will Rock You“ and “Mamma Mia,“ there is something in this show for everyone. Majestic Theatre RIO Magazine

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SHOPS AT RIVER CENTER 849 E. Commerce shoprivercenter.com

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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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Justin’s Ice Cream on the River Walk — Since 1981— Spend your day on the River Walk with a sweet treat from Justin’s Ice Cream! The local ice cream shop was founded in 1981 by Justin Arecchi who had a passion for Italian ices, gelato, ice cream, and creative flavors. Over 30 years later, Justin’s Ice Cream continues to make their delicious ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and sherbet fresh every day with original favorites and new flavors. Although they can create over one hundred flavors, you can find as many as 39 in their shop every day. With so many choices, there’s something for everyone! All of the ice creams are gluten-free without toppings, the sorbets are all dairy free, the frozen yogurts have no added sugar, and the Vegan Wild Berries sorbet is out of this world delicious. Sample each flavor and enjoy a single or double scoop in a cup or your choice of cone: sugar, waffle or cake. Get creative with your ice cream and turn it into a banana split, sundae or shake. Drizzle chocolate, strawberry or caramel sauce and top it off with pecans, peanuts, sprinkles, Oreo cookies, chocolate chips, whipped cream and of course, a cherry!

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RESTAURANTS 1 Ristorante Pico de Gallo 2 Rio de Gelato 3 Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia

4 La Margarita Mexican

Restaurant & Oyster Bar

32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not/

Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works

33 The Alamo 35 Tobin Center

5 Denny’s

38 Angelita’s

18 Francesco’s Gelato

39 Plaza Taxco

20 Pat O’Brien’s

40 VFW Post 76

26 Schilo’s

41 Market Square

27 Texas De Brazil

42 Spanish Governor’s Palace

28 Houston Street Bistro

48 Alta Vista Skate Shop

36 Augies Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse

52 Tresor

44 Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen River Walk Downtown

45 Schakolad 46 Thai Lao Orchid 51 Biga on the Banks 53 Guillermo’s 54 Jazz Texas 55 IHOP ATTRACTIONS & SHOPPING 6 Paris Hatters 7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum 8 The Pearl 9 Shops at RiverCenter

31 Guiness World Records Museum

10 Tower of the Americas/

Chart House Restaurant

HOTELS 12 Wyndham Garden River Walk 15 Crockett Hotel 16 Sheraton Gunter Hotel 17 Menger Hotel 24 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 43 Marriott Plaza San Antonio MISCELLANEOUS 34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour 37 Tom’s Wheelchair & Scooter Rentals 38 USO 68 Scooter Power Tours 69 San Antonio Public Library

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11 Art Pace 13 San Antonio Museum of Art 14 Institute of Texan Culture 18 Yasmin’s Boutique

Las Canarias, Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel

19 Out West 21 Tienda La Garza 22 The Amazing Mirror Maze 23 San Antonio General Store 25 Majestic Theatre 29 Aztec Theatre

30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/ Tomb Rider 3D

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LA VILLITA LA VILLITA 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops - p44 38

EQUINOX GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery p44 38

ANGELITA La Villita - Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry p44 38

LITTLE STUDIO GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38

BES ARTE La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, Texas 78205 Bes Arte-La Villita/Facebook.com 210-232-0661 p44 38 CASA MANOS ALEGRES La Villita - Bldg. 6 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-313-7293 www.lavillita.com Mexican Cultural Gift p44 38 COPPER GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 11 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.271.3856 www.thecoppergallery.com Art Collectibles - p44 38

RIVER ART GROUP La Villita - Bldg. 14 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.rivergroup.com Art Gallery - p44, p50 38 SCENTCHIPS USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles - p44 38

MUSTANG GREY’S La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.222.1894 www.lavillita.com - p44 38

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

PLAZA TAXCO La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com - p44 38

VILLAGE GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery.net Art Gallery - p44 38

POPULUX COMMISSARY/ HOUSE PAINT La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205

populuxcommissary/facebook.com 210-883-4259 - p44 38

VILLITA STAINED GLASS La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery - p44 38

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15 Paesanos - Lincoln Heights

1 The Rim

16 Paesanos - 1604

2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas

26 Augies Barbed Wire

3 The Shops at La Cantera

Smokehouse

28 Joe’s Crab Shack -

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4 SeaWorld of San Antonio 5 North Star Mall

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6 The Forum Shops

17 K1 Speed

7 Vineyard Shopping Center

18 McNay Art Museum

21 The Alamo

8 Alamo Quarry Market

19 Morgan’s Wonderland

22 Mission Conception

9 Splashtown

20 The DoSeum

23 Mission San José

10 Alamo Helicopter Tours

27 Flipz Trampoline Park

24 Mission San Juan

11 San Antonio Zoo

28 Extreme Escape

25 Mission Espada

12 San Antonio Botanical Garden

29 San Antonio Aquarium

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

$2 OFF

126 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX, 78205

15% OFF

(210) 212-7299

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FREE

General Adult Admission SAVE UP TO $8

our regular dinner pricing for up to 8 guests.

KRAUTWURST BALLS

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Not valid on Saturdays or restaurant holidays. Cannot be combined with any additional promotions or discounts. Valid until March 31, 2019.

One coupon per table. For dine in guests only. Expires 03/31/2019

FREE BASKET OF HAND BATTERED FRIED PICKLES With the purchase of TWO dinner menu entrees.

237 Loyosa, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-9374 www.riverrestaurants.com Limit one coupon per table. Expires 03/31/2019

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

this La Villita location

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One coupon per table per visit. Offer at Riverwalk location only. Must present coupon. Expires 03/31/2019.

10% OFF this La Villita location (Excluding Sales Items)

Chef’s Surprise Appetizer With purchase of 2 entrées

146 E. Houston St. @ River Walk 210.222.2362 | acenar.com

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301 Alamo Plaza •210-224-9299

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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 03/31/19

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

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FREE OYSTER SAMPLER w/ purchase of 2 premium beverages 123 Losoya #7, San Antonio, Texas 78205 Phone: (210) 354-3002

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 03/31/19

$5 OFF

Harley Davidson Dealer T-Shirt Expires 03/31/19

03/31/19

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 03/31/2019

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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701 Bowie, San Antonio, TX 78205

210.223.3101

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FREE CHILE CON QUESO!

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The Republic of Texas Restaurant “I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that, it is a mystique.” ~ John Steinbeck, 1962 Steinbeck ’s words embody the spirit of The Republic of Texas Restaurant on the River Walk. This independent family-owned business has graced the banks of the river since 1975 when it was one of only three businesses to populate the sparsely visited waterway. Robert H.H. Hugman, the architect and Father of the River Walk, used the restaurant’s kitchen as an office to spite his opposition. Hugman’s vision of a lush oasis waterway, similar to those in Europe, teaming with cafés, restaurants, shops, and greenery, was still an aspiration in 1975. Originally named Royal Street Crossing for the main road leading from La Villita to the Alamo Chapel. Royal Street Crossing served Crepes and opened the first discotheque on the River Walk, a bold move at the time, with many taking a more conventional or safe approach to make a stake on the river.

In 1990 the tides changed as happens along any stretch of water and the name was changed to The Republic of Texas Restaurant to capture the essence of the Texas Spirit. The new establishment became a tapestry of cultural diversity, evidenced by the New Orleans style outdoor canopies and the southwestern Texas and Mexican cuisine. The devotion to promoting Texas is evident with an extensive range of Texas Craft Beer and Texas Craft Spirits. Everyone knows “everything is bigger in Texas” and The Republic of Texas Restaurant personifies that spirit with larger than life portions guaranteed to satisfy any palate. Texas BBQ is made with small-batch homemade BBQ sauce. Half-pound burgers, and big-as-yourface chicken fried steak are customer favorites. Mexican dishes are a culmination of recipes inspired by the chef’s great grandmother’s recipes. You can’t get more Texan than that!

Friday and Saturday Nights the disco ball still glitters over the wooden dance floor, and DJ Disco Pete mixes tunes from every genre. Pete is an icon himself on the river, and those who have spent an evening of frivolity and dance under his spell will attest. The Republic of Texas Restaurant is proud of its history and Texas heritage. The Republic of Texas was once a sovereign nation with its own currency, an embassy in London, a president and a secretary of the navy. Guests may carry the mantle of Honorary Citizen of The Republic of Texas Restaurant by simply requesting citizenship. Texans are a proud bunch, and The Republic of Texas Restaurant, represents over 44 years of hard work, striving for excellence and giving each guest a taste of Texas.

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DINING. Villita is home to more than 20 artisan shops, galleries and savory restaurants. Modern artisans, romantic tree-lined walkways and architecture dating back 300 years offer a unique ambiance of a rich past and a vibrant present. Our historic grounds also offer the perfect location for special private and corporate events. Please call (210) 207- 8614 for information on venue rentals. Join us for a day of shopping, a bite to eat, or a celebration at our year-around cultural events.

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS DINING/RESTAURANTS

La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140

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

Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299

Barriba Cantina www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876

The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951

Battle for Texas: The Experience www.battlefortexas.com 210-592-8080

ATTRACTIONS

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

BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299

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

Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080

Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484

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

City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687

Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362

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 Guadalajara Grill www.guadalajaragrill.us 210-222-1992 IHOP 849 E. Commerce 210-444-1201 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 MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220 Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262 62 RIO Magazine

Pizzaritas www.pizzaritas.com 210-293-7842 Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300 Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060

NIGHTLIFE

Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY

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

Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.PalacioDelRio.Hilton.com 210-224-3368

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

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

Mirror Maze 210-224-2288

Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462

Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101

Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA

Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828

Texas de Brazil www.texasdebrazil.com 210-299-1600

DISTILLERIES Tito’s Handmade Vodka www.TitosVodka.com

HOTELS

Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com

SHOPPING Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362 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 Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733 Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-000

MUSEUM

Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000 The DoSeum www.thedoseum.org 210-212-4453

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