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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.

Cactus Pear Music Festival: French Roast

Sat., July 20, 3-4 p.m.
Summer Moon Coffee Bar 3233 N St Mary's St #102, San Antonio Northeast

Buy TicketsFree


This year, several changes are in store for Cactus Pear Music Festival. As part of its search for a new Artistic Director to replace Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, whose last season with Cactus Pear will be in 2021, the two finalists — both former winners of the San Antonio International Piano Competition (now the Gurwitz Piano Competition) — will each serve as a guest festival artist as well as guest artistic director for week two of the festival in this and next year. This summer, 2016 SAIPC Gold Medalist Scott Cuellar takes the helm, and will perform for all four main festival concerts: “Into the Twilight” (July 12), “Baying at the Moon” (July 13), “Goethe Have Music” (July 19) and “Romancing the Notes” (July 20). Cactus Pear is also introducing two free Casual Classix concerts, opening the festival with “Bulgarian Bad Boyz, Brahms and Beer” (6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, Bar 414, 205 E. Houston) and a caffeinated matinee before the final festival concert that they’re calling “French Roast: Debussy, Ravel and Duparc” (3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Summer Moon Coffee Bar, 3233 N. St. Mary’s St.). In addition to Cuellar and current director Sant’Ambrogio, artists on deck include members of the San Antonio Symphony such as Jeff Garza, French horn, and Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet, as well as visiting artists Carol Cook, viola; Lachezar Kostov, cello; Viktor Valkov, piano; Timothy Jones, baritone; Ellen DePasquale, violin; and more.

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

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 1
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$12-$20


Evidenced by the global success of recent films such as Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel, among many others, the world is still captivated by the concept of superheroes. While less memorable examples might fall within that formulaic realm the New York Times summed up as “mental popcorn, meant to be rapidly consumed and forgotten,” the box office numbers prove we’re still collectively content to sit and watch statuesque freaks of nature fight off evil forces — even when the takeaway is minimal. Long before the schlock of what’s been dubbed “Hollywood’s Comic Book Age,” Superman and Wonder Woman captured imaginations as defenders of humanity fighting injustices amid the backdrops of the Great Depression and WWII. Introduced in 1938 and 1941, respectively, this iconic, spandex-clad pair inspire myriad incarnations in “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder,” an exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and landing at the San Antonio Museum of Art this summer. Although it might conjure visions of comic cons and nerdy fan art, the traveling show digs deep into the cultural significance of both figures — and it isn’t an entirely kid-friendly affair. Curated by Alejo Benedetti, the collection of 70-plus paintings, photographs, videos and installations goes beyond the expected depictions of costumed heroism to explore sexuality, immigration, race, idolatry, desire and the very building blocks that made these characters possible. Spanning from the 1930s to the present day, “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” builds an interpretive timeline in four thematic sections. Encompassing both the reverent and irreverent, the introductory section The Heroes We Know comprises photographer Siri Kaur’s amusing portraits of celebrity impersonators captured in mundane, contemporary contexts, Peter Saul’s playfully surreal painting Superman Versus the Toilet Duck and a provocative yet nostalgic installation by Jim Shaw, The Issue of My Loins, that showcases — and supersizes — Superman’s crotch. Placing the mythical stars in historical context, Origin Stories is reportedly the germinating seed for the entire exhibition. Here, real-life men of steel and women of wonder are presented in etchings of 1930s-era steel workers building the metropolis, photographs of women welding in the Willow Run bomber plant in the 1940s and Norman Rockwell’s 1943 painting of brawny machinist and feminist icon Rosie the Riveter eating a sandwich as the American flag billows in the background. Contrasting God-like power with traces of vulnerability, Glimpsing Humanity places our heroes in unexpected contexts: an alienated Superman reads the paper amid a barren landscape in Llyn Foulkes’ 1991 painting Where Did I Go Wrong and gets lit in Mike Kelley’s 1999 video Superman Recites Selections from “The Bell Jar” and Other Works by Sylvia Plath. Wonder Woman becomes a religious icon in Valetin Popov’s 2009 painting St. Wonder Woman and gets placed In Exile alongside the Virgin Mary, Aphrodite and others in Mary Beth Edelson’s mixed-media painting from 1989. Timely and provocative, the closing section Defender of the Innocent challenges stereotypes of gender and race while importantly reminding that both beloved characters are immigrants (he’s from Krypton, she’s from Themyscira, aka Paradise Island). Sarah Hill addresses the plight of a trans Wonder Woman in the 2014 video They Wonder; late San Antonio artist Mel Casas calls out the lack of diversity in the superhero realm in his painting Humanscape 70 (Comic Whitewash); Superman locks lips with Batman in Rich Simmons’ 2014 mixed-media work Between the Capes; Dulce Pinzón celebrates Mexican immigrants as working-class superheroes in staged photographs; and an installation attributed to the U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes (ICE DISH) comes complete with a hotline where concerned citizens can report suspicious activity. As host venue, SAMA rises to the heroic occasion with an abundance of complementary programs, including talks with featured artists, weekly gallery talks, workshops, a Superhero Pajama Party (July 26) and outdoor screenings of Black Panther (June 28), Superman: The Movie (July 12), Nacho Libre (July 19), The Incredibles 2 (August 2), Batman (August 6), Wonder Woman (August 9), Birdman (August 16), Lu Over the Wall (August 23) and Superman II (August 30). (210) 978-8100

Cactus Pear Music Festival

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-9:30 p.m. Continues through July 20
Trinity Baptist Church 319 E. Mulberry, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$5-$28


This year, several changes are in store for Cactus Pear Music Festival. As part of its search for a new Artistic Director to replace Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, whose last season with Cactus Pear will be in 2021, the two finalists — both former winners of the San Antonio International Piano Competition (now the Gurwitz Piano Competition) — will each serve as a guest festival artist as well as guest artistic director for week two of the festival in this and next year. This summer, 2016 SAIPC Gold Medalist Scott Cuellar takes the helm, and will perform for all four main festival concerts: “Into the Twilight” (July 12), “Baying at the Moon” (July 13), “Goethe Have Music” (July 19) and “Romancing the Notes” (July 20). Cactus Pear is also introducing two free Casual Classix concerts, opening the festival with “Bulgarian Bad Boyz, Brahms and Beer” (6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, Bar 414, 205 E. Houston) and a caffeinated matinee before the final festival concert that they’re calling “French Roast: Debussy, Ravel and Duparc” (3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Summer Moon Coffee Bar, 3233 N. St. Mary’s St.). In addition to Cuellar and current director Sant’Ambrogio, artists on deck include members of the San Antonio Symphony such as Jeff Garza, French horn, and Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet, as well as visiting artists Carol Cook, viola; Lachezar Kostov, cello; Viktor Valkov, piano; Timothy Jones, baritone; Ellen DePasquale, violin; and more. (210) 733-6201

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

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

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

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

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

Kids Garden Club: Miniature Glow Gardens

Sat., July 20, 10-11 a.m.
Rainbow Gardens-Thousand Oaks 2585 Thousand Oaks Dr., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$7


Everyone loved the Glow In The Dark Miniature Gardens last year so Rainbow Gardens decided to host it again. Kids will make a miniature garden with a plant, decorations and some glow in the dark miniatures. Be sure to sign up right away beacuse the seats go fast! Ages 4-10. (210) 680-5734

Teen Workshop: Superhero Collage (Ages 11 to 17)

Sat., July 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$65-$80


Boom! Pow! Blam! Come learn how to make your stories POP in this comic book collage workshop! After visiting the special exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, compose your own superhero narrative in one scene using comic-artist styles and techniques. Participants will also be invited to screen print their own souvenir tote bag or poster. Teen workshops are led by professional artist-educators and include a tour in the museum in addition to instruction in a variety of art techniques and media. Fee covers all materials. Caregivers must provide lunch and transportation for students. The ticket price for non-members is $80 and for members it is $65. (210) 978-8100

Teen Workshop: Comic Splash Page Collage (Ages 11-17)

Sat., July 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Boom! Pow! Blam! Come learn how to make your stories pop in this comic book collage workshop! After visiting our special exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, compose your own superhero narrative in one scene using comic-artist styles and techniques. Participants will also be invited to screen print their own souvenir tote bag or poster. Teen workshops are led by professional artist-educators and include a tour in the museum, instruction in a variety of art techniques and media. Fee covers all materials. Students will need to bring their own sack lunch and water bottle. This event is $80 and $65 for members. (210) 978-8100

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

Fresh Horizon’s Food Truck at Hyatt Regency San Antonio

Sat., July 20, 12-3 & 5-11 p.m.


@ Hyatt Regency San Antonio, 123 Losoya St., San Antonio, TX 78205
The Fresh Horizon’s food truck will be stationed on Hyatt Regency San Antonio’s front drive on Saturday, July 20 between Noon-3pm and 5pm-11pm. (210) 222-1234

2019 SUP (Standup Paddleboard) Festival

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

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

CHINGON FEST 2019

Sat., July 20, 1-11:59 p.m.
The Rock Box 1223 E. Houston St., San Antonio Downtown


JC & RT productions and Texas Bearded Cartel are having their first annual Chingon Fest! There will be 16 vendors of all kinds that will representing the south side of San Antonio such as Bomb Shelter Leather, Lady Grace, and Folklores coffee shop. The event also includes 14 musical artist such as Angel Cintron, Jarret Micheal, PRSNT, Samurai Sai, Jennifer B. and many more! It's an all day event so come out and support, enjoy and love the local scene! The event is $12 for adults and $15 for minors. (210) 677-9453

NALAC Keynote: Gonzalo Casals

Sat., July 20, 2-3 p.m.
UTSA Downtown Campus 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, San Antonio Central

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The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures presents a keynote lecture by Gonzalo Casals focusing on arts, culture, equity and inclusion. Casals leads the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City, the world's only museum dedicated to preserving and exhibiting LGBTQ artwork. He has previously worked with Friends of the High Line, El Museo del Barrio and as a consultant with the City of New York's cultural planning efforts and work on monuments. The talk is free and open to the public. (210) 432-3982

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.

The 2nd Annual Blues & Butterfly Festival

Sat., July 20, 3-9 p.m.
The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue 531 FM 3351 N, Boerne Boerne

Buy Tickets$10


Listen to blues bands and then end the day with a massive release of butterflies into the wild! How often do you get the chance to be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies and experience the magic of nature with the people you love! This is an all ages event and is kid & pet-friendly. Families can enjoy multiple food trucks, face painting, snow cones, roasted corn, live music, your favorite craft beer and more! (830) 428-3231

Z Fest 2019

Sat., July 20, 5-11:45 p.m.
Imagine Books and Records 8373 Culebra Rd, San Antonio San Antonio


Z Fest is a annual multi-genre, 2 night music festival put on and created by BlueJay Records. (210) 236-7668

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.

Pete Constante Performs at Hyatt Regency San Antonio’s Q Bar

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


@ Q Bar at Hyatt Regency San Antonio, 123 Losoya St., San Antonio, TX 78205
Pete Constante will perform at Hyatt Regency San Antonio’s Q bar on Saturday, July 20 6pm-9pm. Constante plays a variety of music genres with a balanced style of soulful Latin, rock and blues.

Christmas In July Show

Sat., July 20, 6-9:30 p.m.
800 Live 800 Lexington Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Your presence is requested. Help the Alamo Empire Court raise money to benefit The Reign 28 Charities. Doors Open at 6:00pm and the show begins at 7:00pm. Essence performs at 8:00pm. To make a donation, please visit: www.alamoempire.org.

Artist Lecture: Michael Ray Charles

Sat., July 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

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Contemporary American painter, Michael Ray Charles, will give a lecture on his work explores historic African American stereotypes from the Antebellum South. Charles’ work is featured in Men of Steel, Women of Wonder as well as the museum’s permanent collection. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited and first come, first served. (210) 978-8100

Tony Rodriguez Band at La Tuna

Sat., July 20, 7-11 p.m.
La Tuna & La Tuna Grill 100 Probandt, San Antonio Southtown


Come enjoy this three piece power trio with a blues/rock/funk/soul sound. They've been playing throughout south and central Texas for the past six years. (210) 224-8862

Outdoor Film Series: Black Panther

Sat., July 20, 7-10 p.m.
Mission Marquee Plaza 3100 Roosevelt, San Antonio San Antonio

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The City of San Antonio World Heritage Office will host the annual Outdoor Movie Series at Mission Marquee Plaza. Guests will be able to enjoy a screening of 'Black Panther' along with themed activities, food trucks, vendors, entertainment and more. With plenty of lawn space, visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy during the movie. (210) 554-1000

ARTS San Antonio: Lightning and Lasers Live

Sat., July 20, 7:30 p.m.
The Majestic Theatre 224 E Houston, San Antonio San Antonio


When the lights go down, a loud buzz generates, followed by streaks of lightning into the air. What follows is an overload of light and melodies. (210) 226-3333

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