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Fertility, Blessings and Protection: Cultures of Baby Carriers

October 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - June 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Different tribes and people groups have developed their own systems and styles of baby carriers based on their unique cultures, ways of living, weather, customs and aesthetic experiences. Baby-carrying styles offer insight to child-rearing methods, religion, social structure and craftwork of cultures. Body-carrying offers the baby a sense of safety and enhances the closeness between the parent & child. Underlying them all is the universal foundation of love, affection and devotion of parenthood. The Asian “Baby Carriers” International Touring Exhibition…

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Sebastián 50+ Years 100+

October 17, 2019 - May 1, 2020

The Department of Arts & Culture hosts the latest city-wide exhibit “Sebastián in San Antonio: 50+ Years / 20+ Sites / 100+ Works”. The exhibit includes more than 100 sculptures and works of the famed Mexican artist, on display through May 2020 in more than 20 locations accessible to residents and visitors alike. The featured works span the artist’s more than 50-year career. Sebastián also created the nearly two-decades-old “Torch of Friendship” which stands at the intersection of Alamo Street…

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Selena Forever/Siempre Selena

January 15 - June 5

The McNay pays tribute to 90s icon, singer, designer, and Texas legend—Selena Quintanilla-Pérez—with five photographs by award-winning San Antonio photographer John Dyer. Selena was the subject of Dyer’s photo assignments for the cover of Más Magazine in 1992 and again for Texas Monthly in 1995, just months before she was tragically killed at age 23. Selena Forever/Siempre Selena is organized by the McNay Art Museum, curated by Kate Carey, Head of Education. Included with General Admission. Please note that the McNay Art Museum will be temporarily closed starting March 16,…

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XicanX: New Visions

February 13 - June 28

This national exhibit, displayed at Centro de Artes gallery, challenges previous and existing surveys of Chicano and Latino identity-based exhibitions. This group of 34 artists expands upon how Latinx artwork can be established across ideological borders; freely expressing a new wave of images and voices in a post-internet era. Centro de Artes gallery is located in Market Square. It is free and open daily. Please note that Centro de Artes will be temporarily closed beginning March 14, 2020.

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Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity

February 13 @ 8:00 am - June 28 @ 5:00 pm

This exhibition focuses on three of the founders of San Antonio’s Chicano arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s: Jesse Almazan, Jose Esquivel, and Rudy Treviño and will highlight their unique contributions and histories as individual artists. Curated by San Antonio arts organization Centro Cultural Aztlan. Please note that Centro de Artes will be temporarily closed beginning March 14, 2020.

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Stories Seldom Told: Generation YOU

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - May 1 @ 9:00 pm

With the annual Stories Seldom Told exhibition, student-artists collaboratively create multidisciplinary art installations exploring a social issue they feel isn't being addressed in their everyday lives. Students vote on their topic and use art as an avenue to present data, historical information as well as their own personal reflections and solutions. In the past, youth-artists have tackled topics including mental health, educational inequities, and violence in the media. This year, SAY Sí artists are exploring the expectations of youth across…

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A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Explore the distinctive culture that upholds the customs and family traditions of Mexican Horsemanship as a way of life. This family event features food vendors, concessions, ballet folklorico performances, and live mariachi music during the season-opening of our charreada — Mexico’s official sport predating, and inspiring, the American Rodeo. The oldest Charro association in the United States, established in 1947, aims to preserve the skill of charreria, a centuries-old tradition, and educate future generations and the general public.

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Ford Mariachi Festival

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - April 23 @ 9:30 pm

This official Fiesta event features Mariachi bands and Folklorico dancers from local schools and colleges. This is the perfect time to sit outside, sip a margarita (as if you needed an excuse), and enjoy the music as it floats past you. Boats also randomly stop and play music for guests sitting outdoors. Each group wears traditional mariachi and Folklorico costumes. Free to enjoy.

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A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada

April 22 @ 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Explore the distinctive culture that upholds the customs and family traditions of Mexican Horsemanship as a way of life. This family event features food vendors, concessions, ballet folklorico performances, and live mariachi music during the season-opening of our charreada — Mexico’s official sport predating, and inspiring, the American Rodeo. The oldest Charro association in the United States, established in 1947, aims to preserve the skill of charreria, a centuries-old tradition, and educate future generations and the general public.

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Postponed: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Having just celebrated their 60th anniversary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater bring with them a flood of new and exciting works alongside modern classics in three mixed programs that demonstrate the unparalleled artistry that has defined them. Please note that this event is being rescheduled, new date TBD.

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Celtic Woman

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

World famous all-female musical ensemble Celtic Woman gives a concert in our city! If you like Celtic folk, and classical crossover, this show is for you. Most recent girls' album "The Magic of Christmas" was released in October 2019. Celtic Woman consists of Máiréad Carlin, Megan Walsh, Chloë Agnew, and Tara McNeill.

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An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir Eat Pray Love has been called “a generation’s instruction manual” (The Toronto Sun). Exploding onto the scene in 2006, the bestseller famously chronicled the year Gilbert spent traveling the world after a shattering divorce. Translated into more than 30 languages, Eat Pray Love has sold over thirteen million copies worldwide. The book, “fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit, and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible” (The New York Times Book Review), catapulted its author from…

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Music in the Park

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ballroom Marfa and Ruby City are partnering this spring with an evening of live music at Ruby City’s Sculpture Garden for Music in the Park. The evening will feature the all-female Taureg guitar group, Les Filles de Illighadad, and Book of Sound (SHAPESHIFT ONE), a new project from Rob Mazurek in collaboration with Damon Locks and Lisa E. Harris. Music in the Park is an annual program hosted by Ruby City and KRTU Trinity University 91.7FM in San Antonio. Les…

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Canceled: Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - May 3 @ 7:30 pm

2020 Disney On Ice: Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy—and you—embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival…

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Christian Sands

May 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ingeniously using older styles of jazz and combining them with his own style of music, Christian Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz. After his one-two album punch in 2017, Sands returns with an indestructible band and an unwavering allegiance to the groove. Sands’ modern take on jazz has impressed and entertained all those who have listened to new-era sound.

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Listen to Your Mother San Antonio

May 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrating its fourth year in San Antonio, Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) is announcing its largest lineup to date of fourteen local storytellers, showcasing a diverse cast of men and women who will share stories about motherhood in honor of Mother’s Day. LTYM is honored to announce a new charitable partner: David’s Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating all forms of bullying among teens and children through education, legislation and legal action. A percentage of ticket sales will…

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Postponed: Selena XXV Veinticinco Años Tribute Concert

May 9 @ 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Join Selena fans from around the world for a truly epic event celebrating 25 years of her life and legacy on May 9, 2020, at the Alamodome. This concert will be the largest Selena fan experience in history and will include an all-star lineup including, Pitbull, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, A.B. Quintanilla III y Los Kumbia Allstarz, Becky G, Elida y Avante, Ally Brooke and more.  Get your tickets and book your hotel stay now! Please note that this event is…

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Canceled: Steeven Sandoval Serenata Para Las Madres (A Mother’s Day Serenade)

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Jalisco native STEEVEN SANDOVAL is one of the most highly acclaimed mariachi vocalists in the world. Raised in the tradition of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Steeven has established himself as LA VOZ DEL MARIACHI among thousands of fans since launching his solo career in 2016. For the fourth consecutive year, Steeven returns to San Antonio for the Serenata para las Madres Mother’s Day serenade, this time with new material from his latest album, A Mi Tierra. STEEVEN is considered by…

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Eleven Reflections on September

May 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Eleven Reflections on September is an introspective look on the lives of Muslim Americans living in the aftermath of 9-11. This all-woman, Middle Eastern music ensemble performs spoken word; the poems you will hear progress from lyrical to abstract and broken, as they span the fall of the Twin Towers, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, the rise of the Arab Spring, the refugee crisis, and more. The evening promises to be a concert, a performance art piece and…

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The Soul Rebels

May 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Soul Rebels will be performing a fun-filled night as the Carver closes the 2019-2020 season. This eight-piece music ensemble from New Orleans has explosive stage presence and has led to live collaborations with the likes of Nas, G-Eazy, The Man, and more. The Soul Rebels have built a career around an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in a deep pocket funk party-like atmosphere.

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An Evening with Samin Nosrat

June 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A night of conversation with chef, food writer and star of the Netflix documentary series, “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat,” Samin Nosrat comes to San Antonio for one night only. As an undergraduate studying English at UC Berkeley, Samin Nosrat took a detour into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant that happily determined the course of her life and career. Since 2000, she has pursued her twin passions of food and words with equal vigor, aiming to create work that inspires,…

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Fiesta Noche del Rio (64th Season)

June 12 @ 8:30 pm - August 8 @ 10:00 pm

Enjoy Mariachis, Flamenco guitar, singing, dancing, and a cool drink or snack as you help support children’s charities through your attendance at the 64th season of Fiesta Noche del Rio, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 pm from June 12-August 8 at the Arneson River Theatre in La Villita (418 Villita St.). It’s fun for the whole family. Tickets online (fiestanochesa.com) or HEB (Customer Service).

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Summer Artisan Show, presented by Hiltons of San Antonio

July 31 @ 11:00 am - August 2 @ 11:00 pm

Experience the beauty of the San Antonio River Walk at the Summer Artisan Show by shopping at over 40 handmade artisan booths including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. Stay closer to the action with Hilton by booking any of their 50+ branded hotels in the San Antonio area at travel.hilton.com/ArtShow.

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Rescheduled: An Evening with C.S. Lewis

September 17 - September 20

An Evening with C.S. Lewis – the year is 1963 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. They are about to experience a captivating evening with a man whose engaging conversation and spontaneous humor made him one of the great raconteurs of his day. Seated in his living room and in front of a warm fire he recalls the people and events that inspired his thought and shaped…

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San Antonio Tango Festival

September 25 - September 27

About San Antonio Tango Festival (SATF) The San Antonio Tango Festival offers a cultural, fun, friendly, high-quality opportunity to learn and practice your skills -- and to get acquainted with a generous local community of Tangueros and Tangueras who share the love of the dance. Students of all ages, performance levels and cultural backgrounds are welcome. Guest instructors who have made a name as performers and teachers in the U.S. and abroad will lead individual and group classes. Dancers will…

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Fall Artisan Show, presented by Hiltons of San Antonio

October 9 @ 11:00 am - October 11 @ 11:00 pm

Experience the beauty of the San Antonio River Walk at the Fall Artisan Show by shopping at over 40 handmade artisan booths including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. Stay closer to the action with Hilton by booking any of their 50+ branded hotels in the San Antonio area at travel.hilton.com/ArtShow.

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Fiesta San Antonio

November 5 - November 15

Fiesta® San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. That historic commemoration still takes place, but for more than a century, Fiesta® has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures and today is one of this nation’s premier festivals, featuring over 100 events with an economic impact of more than $340 million. Funds raised by official Fiesta® events provide…

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