One of the greatest benefits of living in San Antonio is the variety of “things” to see and do. In fact, there are so many San Antonio attractions and events on any given weekend that it can seem overwhelming to choose just one. In this series all pressure is off! Ten fun things to do in San Antonio will be chosen each week to make researching for the next Friday celebration, date night, or family outing a little more simple. This week continues San Antonio’s fiesta season and we’ve got all sorts of suggestions to help you find the perfect activity!
1. Get Your Fiesta On!
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Fiesta continues this weekend with the Battle of Flowers parade! A long-standing tradition, this year marks the 125th parade. The theme is “Texas Traditions” and viewers can expect to see a lot of Texas pride with this one. The parade credits the patriots of the Alamo and honors those who helped make the Lone Star State. This parade is special because it is the second largest “day” parade in the country and is produced solely by volunteer women and gives pack to non-profit organizations through the number of seats sold. The parade draws a crowd so be sure to get there early and stake out a spot for viewing!
When: April 22 @12:20PM-4:00PM
Where: Parade Route
The Valero Texas Open golf tournament is here until Sunday! 156 top professionals (including Phil Mickelson, who just committed last week) will be playing the gorgeous AT&T Oaks Course, located at TPC. This year has drawn record crowds already, and this weekend promises to be no exception. Get your tickets soon! Find out who will claim the champion title this weekend. The winner is announced on Sunday afternoon, following an exciting weekend of golf!
When: This weekend, schedule here
Where: 23808 Resort Pkwy.
3. Explore the Neighborhood
Looking for another way to celebrate Fiesta? The King William Fair allows you to experience the beauty of the historic neighborhood, all while enjoying art, vendors, food, and drinks on the street. In the afternoon, there will be a parade to celebrate the unique history of the King William neighborhood. There are plenty of activities for both children and adults, and all of the proceeds will supply scholarships and art programs for inner-city students. Overall, the weekend's events promise to benefit a great cause and supply tons of fun in the process!
When: April 23 @9AM-6PM
Where: King William Historic District
4. Sail Across the Seven Seas and Taste Test
This weekend, Sea World invites you to set sail with them on a culinary tour that spans the globe. From shore to shore, the food festival features different flavors and foods, including a spectrum of fine wine and beer. The festival will also feature live cooking demonstrations to help you learn the tricks of the global trade. Live music and entertainment will make the atmosphere irresistible as you experience cuisine from every part of the world!
When: April 9-May 15 (Saturday & Sunday) 11AM-close
Where: Sea World (10500 Sea World Dr.)
5. Celebrate Your Pup
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Would you consider yourself a dog lover? Take time in the midst of Fiesta to celebrate your canine friends! Alamo Heights is having their 18th annual Fiesta Pooch Parade. Come and watch (or participate) as dogs march the streets of San Antonio. If you're really feeling the puppy love, you can't miss the canine costume contest (beginning promptly at 8:15 AM). And if you'd like to participate, there's still time for you to register your furry friend! It isn’t every day that you have the chance to adorn your pup in a sombrero and a fiesta outfit.
When: April 23 @8AM-11AM
Where: Alamo Heights Swimming Pool (250 Viesca St.)
6. Settle in for Selena
Friday night is movie night! Come settle in and watch the classic film Selena with Jennifer Lopez. The movie will be playing at The Playhouse San Antonio, but be sure to pop by early for a drink at the bar, a delicious bite to eat at a food truck, and Selena impersonator Audrey Ortega. She will be performing before the show begins to get the crowd up and moving to timeless Selena songs. You and your friends won’t want to miss the chance to relax and unwind this weekend with a movie night!
When: April 22 @7PM (Doors open at 6PM)
Where: The Playhouse SA (800 Ashby Pl.)
7. Grab a San Antonio Burger
There are thousands of options for a great hamburger here in San Antonio. One of the most well known, San-Antonio-born burger establishments is Longhorn Café. Truly a rags-to-burger-riches story, Longhorn Cafe began as a small taco stand in the 1950s and has since transformed into a local hotspot for delicious burgers. The “Big Juicy” is a local favorite. The family-friendly, casual atmosphere makes it the perfect weekend spot to fill your carnivorous cravings. Longhorn even has a play area for kids to enjoy outside while adults can relax and enjoy a beer and listen to live music on the weekends.
When: Sun-Thurs. @11AM-9PM; Fri-Sat. @11AM-10PM
Where: Locations listed here
Most of us are so busy with Fiesta that we rarely take the time to remember that this weekend celebrates another holiday as well: Earth Day! Head down to the DoSeum museum with your kids for an afternoon of crafts, interactive games, learning, and fun! With so many different fun (and incidentally educational) activities going on, you’re sure to find something for every child. Create a sea-worthy vessel from natural materials and launch it into a stream; climb a tree house and read a book; learn about plants and animals of the earth with one of the museum’s expert educators! Whether you choose to spend an hour or the day at the DoSeum, it’s sure to be a fun-filled learning experience.
When: April 22 @9AM-5PM
Where: The DoSeum Museum (2800 Broadway St.)
9. Stop by the Fiesta Carnival
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Downtown San Antonio hosts the incredible Fiesta Carnival this weekend! Get ready for plenty of rides and attractions in that old-school carnival style we all know and love. In addition to thrilling rides (slides, swings, coasters, etc.), the carnival also offers a huge variety of food and drink. Who can resist a funnel cake? And we left the best for last: the carnival offers free admission for everyone! Be sure to stop by on your way to one of the many parades, and experience the full spectrum of fun the entire weekend!
When: All weekend
Where: Alamodome Parking Lot C (100 Montana St.)
10. Catch a Glimpse of Football Season
While it's currently April and football season seems months away, UTSA is letting you have a sneak peek at their upcoming season with a spring game! Roadrunner fans should unite for this exciting tradition as the team practices their defense and offense skills. Throw on your football t-shirts that are hiding in the back of your closet. It may not be football season, but you can soak up the atmosphere with this game! UTSA continues to grow and is an emerging Tier One school. Come support the college and help to boost its athletic programs! Go Roadrunners!