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Cocktail: The Event

Fri., July 19, 8-11 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$55-$90


Cocktail: The Event celebrates San Antonio’s thriving cocktail culture, spotlighting fifteen of the city’s top bars. Each participating drinkery is tasked with serving samples of an inventive cocktail, inspired by this year's Tiki theme! Guests will experience bites by a dozen of San Antonio’s best restaurants, live music and DJs, a costume contest and much more, all while exploring the stunning San Antonio Botanical Garden grounds. (210) 536-1400

26th Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival

Fri., July 19, 7:30-10 p.m., Fri., July 26, 7:30-10 p.m. and Fri., Aug. 2, 7:30-10 p.m.
Wonderland of the Americas Amphitheatre 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio San Antonio

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For fans of smooth jazz in San Antonio and beyond, the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival is an institution at this point. The free festival, now in its 26th year, consistently offers up some of the best regional talent in the ear-candy subgenre. This year, the event organizers expect, based on previous numbers, to welcome more than 4,000 festival-goers over the course of the four Fridays of the fest. The latest installment of the quirky festival has the unique distinction of featuring an all-woman lineup — a rarity for any genre of music, really — for the very first time. Festival organizer Lorenzo Nastasi said in a press release that the idea to go all-woman this year was inspired by, and in part to be understood as a celebration of, the many women in leadership positions in Balcones Heights. It’s ultimately an admirable and exciting move by the organizers. Slated performers are Wednesday Ball and Ragan Whiteside (July 12), MiChelle Garibay-Carey and Jessy J (July 19), Elizabeth Mis and Jeanette Harris (July 26) and Kayla Waters and Lindsey Webster (August 2). Each performer will, as per tradition, get more than an hour of stage time.

"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

2019 SUP (Standup Paddleboard) Festival

Fri., July 19, 12-11 p.m. and Sat., July 20, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Horseshoe Bay Golf Resort 200 H. Circle North, Horseshoe Bay San Antonio

Buy Tickets$279


A Signature Event, the SUP Festival encourages you to bring your friends lakeside for a weekend at the Horseshoe Bay Resort. The weekend features fun-filled activities including paddleboard yoga, a musically-charged open float with a live DJ and festive glow paddles to light up Lake LBJ. 8305982511

Gemini Ink Presents (Un)Definition: Challenging The Ideas We've Inherited

Fri., July 19, 6-10 p.m.
Brick at Blue Star 108 Blue Star, San Antonio Southtown


Gemini Ink presents (Un)Definition: Challenging The Ideas We've Inherited, a Friday night reading and conversation at the Brick at Blue Star Complex. Authors, Ira Sukrungruang, Pablo Miguel Martínez, and keynote speaker Andrea VOCAB Sanderson will attempt to break apart cultural assignations of place and the differences between internal and external landscapes in an attempt to get deeper, more authentic meanings of place in writing. Dr. Norma E. Cantú will be the moderator for this discussion.

LonDukDon is Back at The Aquaduck!

Fri., July 19, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Aquaduck Beer Garden 9214 Espada Road, San Antonio South Side

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Come hang out with this group of fun-loving musicians that are dedicated to keeping the AWESOME spirit of the 80's Pop and New Wave sounds as alive and vibrant as ever! (210) 600-3280

Mensa

Third Friday of every month, 7:30-9 p.m.
H-E-B Central Market 4821 Broadway St, San Antonio San Antonio

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Central Market hosts a monthly Mensa gathering in the second floor meeting room. For more information contact Bob Bevard at (210) 695-2700 or bobbevard@aol.com. (210) 695-2700

Harlequin OutStander Awards Call for Nominees & Feel Good Day

Through July 31, 12 a.m.-11:45 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Omni La Mansion Del Rio Hotel 112 College St, San Antonio San Antonio

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Harlequin OutStander Awards nominees are sought for the following categories: Person of Positivity (those showing resilience, faith, optimism, overcoming challenges), Harlequin Hometown Hero (women serving and protecting with bravery, inspiring courage and commitment to the collective good), Community Catalyst (advocates, volunteers, contributors who affect positive change for populations at risk or in need), Cultural Champion (those committed to making arts/literacy programs accessible for all), and Millennial Groundbreaker (making waves through philanthropic or entrepreneurial efforts or their active citizenship). Nominate someone at: www.celebratefeelgood.com. San Antonio winners will be honored on Feel Good Day, October 5. Nominations are free and tickets for the event are $199. (416) 840-2732

Summer Doesn't End at Main Event Entertainment!

Through Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Main Event Entertainment 8514 State Hwy 151, San Antonio San Antonio


Looking for things to do this summer? Looking for something FUN? It’s time to level up with the Main Event Summer Season Pass, where you can enjoy the full extent of summer FUN! The Endless Summer Season Pass lets guests enjoy all-you-can-play activities – bowling, billiards, laser tag and gravity ropes – and exclusive discounts, all day, every day from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day for only $60 per guest. It pays for itself in as few as three visits! (*offer available at both San Antonio and Memphis centers). (210) 521-8000

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

Youth Basketball Summer Camp and Workout

Through Aug. 2, 12-3 p.m.
Northeast Lakeview College 1201 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City San Antonio


NLC hosts basketball camp for middle school, high school, and college students. The goal of this camp is to teach, develop, organize, manage, and offer youth players the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of basketball while instilling life lessons. Campers will learn and engage in the following: ball handling, passing drills, shooting basics, review of fundamentals, defense basics, one-on-one competitions, hot shot contest, foot work and shooting and free throw shots. Due to capacity regulations of the venue, camps have a daily limited enrollment operate on a first-come, first-served basis. (210) 590-5401

“Wine Down Yoga” at Windflower Spa

Fridays, 6-7 p.m. Continues through Aug. 30
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa 9800 Hyatt Restort Dr, San Antonio San Antonio


“Wine Down Yoga” will take place at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort’s Windflower Spa. Following a 60-minute yoga class, attendees will receive a complimentary glass of wine to enjoy on the spa’s outdoor relaxation patio. For further relaxation, participants will receive access to Windflower Spa’s world-class facilities including its outdoor pool, on-site sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and whirlpools. (210) 647-1234

Fiesta Noche del Rio (63rd Season)

Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30-10 p.m. Continues through Aug. 10
Arneson River Theatre 418 Villita St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$8-$20

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Alamo Kiwanis Club presents Fiesta Noche del Rio Friday and Saturday nights at the Arneson River Theatre. Enjoy the Mariachis, Flamenco guitar, singing, dancing, and a cool drink or snack as you help support children’s charities in San Antonio. (210) 226-4651

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.

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

PokéFest SA

Sat., July 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Norris Conference Center 618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio Central

Buy Tickets$15-$47


Once again, it’s time to grab your ‘mons and get your poké on for San Antonio’s homegrown event celebrating one of the most beloved game series and anime this side of Japan. PokéFest SA returns this year with special guest Tara Sands, who voiced Bulbasaur, Phanpy, Oddish and more in almost 200 episodes of the English version of the Pokémon anime. In addition to both Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering card game tournaments, the con includes a pop-up PokéCafé run by the Sweetness Maid Café, in which maids and butlers will serve up sweet treats while you enjoy Pokémon-themed games and a photobooth. If the idea of an American version of the infamous Japanese maid cafés makes you a bit uncomfortable, though, there are plenty of vendors, cosplay and more for you to check out at the day-long event.

Lightning and Lasers Live: An electrifying musical experience with ArcAttack and Laser Spectacles

Sat., July 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Charline McCombs Empire Theatre 226 N. St. Mary's, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$29-$49

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Sure, Pink Floyd is the standard for this kind of shindig. But Starbucks has taught us that all things must come in a million flavors, laser shows being no exception. Live music from Arc Attack, a group that performs on high-tech homemade instruments, will accompany a spectacle that pulls from the visions of Nikola Tesla among others. (210) 226-2891

Gardens & Yoga

Third Saturday of every month, 10-11 a.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$15


AC Power Yoga pops up at the Botanical Garden for an outdoor class suitable for all ages and skill levels. Attendees are asked to bring a durable yoga mat, sunscreen, water, bug spray and an open mind. (210) 536-1400

Gemini Ink Writers Conference

Sat., July 20, 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and Sun., July 21, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 110 Lexington Ave, San Antonio San Antonio


The Fourth Annual Gemini Ink Writers Conference will take place at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel from July 19-21. This year’s featured authors include Andrea VOCAB Sanderson, Pablo Miguel Martínez, Analicia Sotelo, Camille Acker, Andre Dubus III, and Ira Sukrungruang. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in 37 different panels and 5 different workshops. Register at geminiink.org/conference-registration or by phone at (210) 734-9673. (210) 223-9267

ACTS Missions Christmas in July Craft Fair

Sat., July 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Whitley Conference Center 285 Oblate Dr., San Antonio Downtown


The 2nd annual Christmas in July Fair at the Whitley Theological Center will offer the opportunity to purchase from a variety of local artists and crafters selling handcrafted items, including jewelry, wreaths, clothing, purses, paintings, chocolate, makeup, decorations, accessories and gifts. The event is indoors. Parking is free. There will be an acceptance of $5 love donations at the door. A food truck will be available serving lunch courtesy of Hondo's BBQ. Proceeds benefit ACTS Missions. (210) 342-1077 x129

Free Fitness Class on the Plaza with Mobile OM

Sat., July 20, 9-10 a.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio River Walk

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Breathe and de-stress with a healing dose of yoga on the beautiful Riverwalk Plaza. This 60 minute class hatha flow class is designed to accommodate all levels of practice and will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated for the rest of your day. (210) 223-8624

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration

Sat., July 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Scobee Education Center 1819 N. Main Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

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July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Join the Scobee Education Center in celebrating this historic event. There will be fun hands on activities for all ages, robotics, drones, guest speakers, STEM resources, vendors and more. (210) 486-0100

Sounds Of Wax Summer Record Show

Sat., July 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wonderland of the Americas 4522 Fredericksburg, San Antonio San Antonio


Sounds of Wax Record Show presents: Summer 2019 Record Show. The event will have vinyl records, both album and 45s, as well as, 8tracks, cassettes, toys, CD’s and DVDs. There will be refreshments available provided by vendors and free parking for everyone in attendance. The event’s location will be at the Wonderland of the America’s Mall in San Antonio, Texas. The mall has been a local staple and often holds community events like the Sounds on Wax Record Show. 2107853500

Passport to the Past!

Sat., July 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Travel back in time for Latino Conservation Week! On Saturday, July 20, explore Mission San José and learn about the creation of a Latino community through the sights, skills, and smells of the 18th century mission. Pick up your Passport to the Past in the Visitor Center. Make clay pots, seed balls, and scented sachets at booths inside the mission. Learn about the continuous survival of the people and the land at this free, family friendly event. (210) 534-8875

Bayou Witches Market and VouDouBall

Sat., July 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & 7-11:59 p.m. and Sun., July 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Victoria's Black Swan Inn 1006 Holbrook Road, San Antonio Northeast

Buy Tickets20 advance purchase


Join Victoria's Black Swan Inn for a free art market featuring local vendors, crafts and shops. Savory food trucks and squirt guns make this a perfect shopping experience for the whole family. On Saturday night join in the spirit of the Ball featuring CaVa Bien cajun band, Burlesque & Aerial shows, Fire performances Dats It Dats All Cajun Food, Flat Rock artisan cusine and Mr. T's amazing Bar B Q Food Trucks. This is a ticketed event. The ticket prices are $20 in advance or $30 at the gate. 2103238424

Dirty Bingo Brunch

Sat., July 20, 12-1 p.m.
Love Shack Boutique 1580 Babcock Rd, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$20


This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Bingo! Grab your friends, and get ready for a naughty good time. The classic game of bingo with an erotic twist offers the opportunity to win risqué prizes from Love Shack Boutique! The game starts promptly at 12pm. They will be giving away over $400 worth of prizes and have a mimosa bar, light brunch bites, discounts on all purchases made at the event, door prizes and everyone will receive a toy gift bag! (210) 767-9411

Joffrey Texas 41st Annual Dance Performance

Sat., July 20, 2-3 p.m.

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@ Brennan High School, 2400 Cottonwood Way, San Antonio, TX 78253
The public is invited to a dance performance celebrating the 41st year of the Joffrey Texas Summer Intensive Ballet Program. Dancers selected from across and outside the United States will present original contemporary works by current Co-Director Kenny Borchard as well as excerpts from the ballets of founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino.

Gemini Ink Presents Wide Open Spaces

Sat., July 20, 6-9 p.m.


Gemini Ink Presents Wide Open Spaces. At Studio at Ruby City, Analicia Sotelo, Camille Acker, and Andre Dubus III will explore how the writer comes to represent their place among the multitude of voices belonging to the global tribe of writers. Dr. Patricia Portales will be leading the literary discussion following the reading portion of the event.

Reclaiming Rumi

Sat., July 20, 8-10 p.m.

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Learn about Rumi Untold. To the West he is the world renowned poet of love and mysticism, but, to the Muslim world, Rumi has always been the Islamic scholar Shaykh Jallaluddin Rumi, whose poetry helped understand the essence and love of Allah. Visit the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center for a presentation by Saalah Baseer on reclaiming Rumi to his rightful place in the world as an Orthodox Islamic scholar. (210) 723-6274

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