Special Events Events starting Apr. 27 in San Antonio

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"Transcendental Tricentennial: Love Letters to San Anto, the (he)Art of David Zamora Casas"

Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through July 28
Institute of Texan Cultures 801 E César Chávez Blvd, San Antonio San Antonio

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Over the last four decades, self-described “artivist” David Zamora Casas has delighted, shocked and intrigued San Antonio audiences with paintings, installations, altars and performance works that essentially present the artist himself as a canvas. Fusing elements of folk and outsider art with nods to the aesthetics of Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí, the DIY spirit of rasquachismo, religious iconography and Latinx and LGBTQ* activism, Casas has established something many artists strive for fruitlessly: an instantly recognizable aesthetic that’s distinctly their own. Nicknamed Nuclear Meltdown and dubbed a “clown shaman” by esteemed author and MacArthur Genius Sandra Cisneros, Casas often makes cameos in his own paintings, his fire-engine red lips, devilish goatee and Dalí-esque mustache emerging from surreal tableaus populated by skulls, deities, monkeys and mermaids swimming amid swirling patterns, Mesoamerican symbols and hand-painted text reminiscent of retablos. In the words of Chicano art specialist Tomas Ybarra-Frausto, Casas’ canvases “mix word and image to visualize autobiographical and universal stories  of homoerotic love, loss and persistent social concerns including immigration, environmental plunder, gender disparity and the multiple issues facing marginalized individuals and communities.” Billed as an artistic explosion of “folk-baroque manifestations” exploring themes ranging from indigenous history to gender fluidity, Casas’ new solo show “Transcendental Tricentennial” comprises “miles of ribbon, yards of fabric, embellished prints, various on-site assemblages, oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, barbed-wire and bone sculptures, and a Día de los Muertos ofrenda which spills into our collective consciousness.” Made possible by a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), the “mega-installation” also involves creative collaborations with the likes of accordion queen Eva Ybarra and video/film producers Laura Varela and Fadela Gacis Castro. As for its slightly unexpected landing at the Institute of Texan Cultures, Casas reminds that the exhibition evokes the ITC’s mission to be “a lesson in diversity [that] shows the uniqueness and beauty of the many cultures that came to Texas.” (210) 458-2300

Puzzling Adventures - San Antonio

Ongoing, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Riverbend Garage 210 N Presa st., San Antonio Central

Buy Tickets$29.99


Explore the San Antonio Riverwalk, historic Alamo, and busy downtown shops and restaurants. Learn interesting facts, see the sights, and exercise your mind at the same time. (888) 433-8966

Pub Crawl Scavenger Hunt

Ongoing, 12-11:30 p.m.
River Walk 200 S Alamo St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$45

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The Brews & Clues San Antonio tour is a 3 mile walking experience that takes about 4 hours to complete. Guests will be able to explore the beautiful city of San Antonio while getting a taste of its rich, revolutionary history and having a good time with your friends or family.

Downtown Delicacy

Saturdays, Sundays, 1-4 p.m.
Ocho at the Havana Hotel 1015 Navarro Street, San Antonio San Antonio

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Ocho at the Havana Hotel is hosting a downtown delicacy tour for food lovers. Whether it is traditional Tex-Mex or dishes unique to San Antonio, the tour will excite your taste buds and show you a side of The Alamo City never seen before. (210) 951-2416

Pizza a la Valeria

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 4
Valeria Ristorante Italiano 109 Waterview Parkway #105, Boerne Boerne

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Dine at Valeria every Wednesday through Saturday to indulge in a delicious variety of classic wood-fired pizzas. All pizzas are hand stretched to approximately 12 inches, making them a perfect meal for one or delicious appetizer for the whole family. (830) 331-1393

Haunted Pub Crawl

Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30-11 p.m.
Multiple locations See event description for details, San Antonio Downtown

Buy Tickets$25


Come out and spend a night with Nightly Spirits for a ghost tour to the most haunted pubs in the city. It's a 2.5 walking tour and guests must be 21 and older to attend. 1-844-678-8687

Arts & Crafts Events

Fourth Saturday of every month, 12-6 p.m. and Fourth Saturday, Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 8
The Roadhouse Saloon 6159 FM 78, San Antonio San Antonio

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The Roadhouse Saloon is hosting a market with live entertainment, music, bellydancers, vendors , Drink specials, and more. (210) 815-8958

Saturday Night Rodeo at Tejas Rodeo Company

Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Continues through Nov. 30
Tejas Rodeo Company 401 Obst Rd, San Antonio Bulverde

Buy Tickets$7-$15

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The family-friendly rodeo and live music series starts the first weekend in March and continues each Saturday through the last weekend in November. Doors open at 5:00pm and Rodeo starts at 7:30pm. Following the rodeo, enjoy live music and dancing until 1am. Enjoy beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks throughout the rodeo grounds and delicious Texas BBQ, tacos, steak, burgers, and more! Tickets available at TejasRodeo.com or at the gate. (830) 980-2226

SAMSAT Family Fun Saturdays

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Port San Antonio (200 Goodrich Dr.) 200 Goodrich Dr., San Antonio Central

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The San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology will be open to the public for family friendly fun. Guests will see an array of exhibits depicting the world's earliest innovations in computing, telecommunications, and electrical power. (210) 273-4085

Bandera Pointe Artisan Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bandera Pointe Artisan Market 11637 Bandera Rd., San Antonio Northwest


A growing outdoor market with an assortment of unique vendors -- from handmade jewelry to gourmet jams. Come by for a quick meal, fresh vegetables, hand crafted soy candles, honey and more. (210) 712-7230

Taste of San Antonio Food Tour

Saturdays, 5-8 p.m.

Buy Tickets$55


@ San Antonio Detours, 225 W. Craig Pl., San Antonio, TX 78212
Guests can experience San Antonio's culinary offerings on this food tour. (210) 632-7839

Ladies Board Game Night

Saturdays, 7-11 p.m.
Multiverse Games 739 W. Hildebrand Ave., San Antonio Monticello

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Have some fun with the gals on a Saturday Night at the Multiverse Crew with board games. Bring your own wine in full effect for the night and special deals on board games. (210) 455-4524

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