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Selena Forever/Siempre Selena

January 15, 2020 - January 10, 2021

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 will re-open on June 26, 2020. 

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Fiesta Couture: Behind the Seams

July 30 - November 15

Glimpse behind the “seams” at the design processes, skilled artisans and trade secrets that together result in the most glamorous night of Fiesta. The coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo is a spectacle like no other, filled with pageantry and tradition. Each coronation is organized around a theme which is selected up to two years in advance. The Mistress of the Robes, the Court Artist and the dressmakers are responsible for translating the theme into coronation…

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OrigamiintheGarden²

September 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am - May 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Making its Texas Debut, this outdoor sculpture exhibition created by American artists Jennifer and Kevin Box, captures the delicate nature of the origami paper art form in museum-quality metals. The exhibition opens to the public September 19, 2020 - May 9, 2021. Please note that visitors should make a reservation online for the San Antonio Botanical Garden. 

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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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Dinner Theater: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us at The Lion & Rose Sunday, September 27th as The Company Theater presents: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged!)” Dinner & Show Combo is only $50. Seating is very limited, and most shows will sell out quickly…buy your tickets NOW! Doors open at 6pm for drinks. CALL FOR TICKETS/DISCOUNTS: 210-646-4284

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Palo Alto College presents: Virtual Heritage Month | Author Talk/Plática with Ernesto Todd Mireles

September 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In his book, Insurgent Aztlán The Liberating Power of Cultural Resistance (2020 International Latino Book Award Winner - Best Political/Current Affairs), Ernesto Todd Mireles reconstructs the relationship between social-political insurgent theory and Xicano literature, film and myth. He makes a solid case for addressing the decades-long decline of Mexican American identity within itself and among sectors of American society by asserting the influential role of culture and history, in the preservation and political advancement of a people (This is a…

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Palo Alto College presents: Heritage Month | National Poetry Day/ Eleven Rivers Review Student Poetry Reading

October 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In honor of National Poetry Day, Palo Alto College will host a student poetry reading. While the event will feature Eleven Rivers Review (11RR) student contributors, all students are welcome to join and read their poetry. The Eleven Rivers Review is PAC’s award-winning student literary and arts journal. The 11RR is produced each spring entirely by PAC student writers, artists, and editors. The publication offers students an opportunity to share their creative talking skills for their portfolios (This is a…

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Viva Mi Cultura

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This event is a part of Fiestas Patrias San Antonio, a celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. Guadalupe Cultural Arts is proud to present Viva Mi Cultura, a vibrant and educational virtual experience featuring the Guadalupe Dance Company and Mariachi Azteca de América. The dynamic performance will give audiences a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of traditional Folklorico dance and music. As a community initiative to inspire local youth, the Guadalupe Dance Company has provided this presentation to area schools…

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Palo Alt College presents: Virtual Heritage Month | Panel Discussion/Plática: “Crisis within a Crisis: Domestic Violence

October 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

While San Antonio and Bexar County have recently experienced a domestic violence epidemic with 29 documented deaths by domestic partners in 2019, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated this crisis. Panelists will discuss the warning signs, available resources, and strategies to help end domestic violence (This is a virtual event via Zoom). Participating Panelists: Marta Peláez, President and CEO, Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. Patricia Castillo, Executive Director, PEACE Initiative Judith Menchaca, Domestic Violence Survivor Register at alamo.edu/pac/heritage-month

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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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Diez y Seis Mariachi Festival

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This event is a part of Fiestas Patrias San Antonio, a celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. For more than 15 years, the Diez y Seis Commission’s Mariachi Festival has showcased the talent of middle and high school mariachi groups. Join us in celebrating these talented students and the traditional music of Mexico as we take the festival online for the first time.

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Palo Alto College presents: Virtual Heritage Month | Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Día de la Raza

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

(This is a Virtual Event via Zoom) While Columbus Day traditionally honors the significance of Europeans “discovering” the Americas, Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the heritage and contributions of indigenous/Native Americans who inhabited these lands long before the arrival of Europeans. Part 1: Decolonial/Health-Conscious Cooking Demonstration Noon–12:30 p.m. This demonstration will feature a recipe from the cookbook Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing (2015 International Latino Book Award for Best Cookbook) by Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda…

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Palo Alto College presents: Heritage Month | National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

October 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The AIDS Lady, a one-person performance by Anna De Luna, will explore various characters while engaging audience members with stories of courageous youth and the HIV positive population she serves. The original piece uses theatre as a tool to raise awareness of the issue of HIV/AIDS – as Ms. De Luna will perform a rapid HIV test on herself to encourage others to get tested (Takes place virtually via Zoom).

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Avenida Guadalupe’s Fiesta Alegria

October 16 @ 10:00 pm - October 17 @ 12:00 am

This event is a part of Fiestas Patrias San Antonio, a celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. This year’s Fiestas Patrias San Antonio celebration will conclude with Fiesta Alegria, an energetic broadcast of world-house and electronic dance music live from El Progreso Hall. This event will remind the community about “Doing the Five” to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and the important message that observing social distancing is a method of preserving culture. This event is produced by the Avenida…

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YOSA Standing Ovation Week

October 19 - October 23

Join us online for an inspiring week of music and conversation during YOSA Standing Ovation Week, October 19-23, 2020. YOSA Standing Ovation Week is a series of virtual conversations and performances highlighting the heroes of music during COVID-19. An amazing guest lineup will feature performers and leaders from San Antonio and around the world. Master of Ceremonies Rick Cavender will host the week’s events. Tune in to watch at yosa.org/watchlive. Sponsorships and donations from this event support YOSA (Youth Orchestras…

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CANCELLED: 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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CANCELLED: Fiesta Fiesta at Hemisfair

November 5 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fiesta Fiesta officially kicks off 11-days of food, fashion, music, entertainment, and family-friendly fun – all benefitting local, nonprofit causes. The official kick-off gathers the Alamo City together for one evening for revelers to experience the diversity and culture Fiesta embodies. There is something for everyone, and Fiesta Fiesta is a must-do for seasoned and novice partygoers alike. In 2020, Chef Brian West returns with his closest chef friends to Fiesta Fiesta with Taste of the Republic, the VIP culinary…

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CANCELLED: Texas Cavaliers River Parade

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

There’s nothing quite like the Texas Cavaliers River Parade. Festive music fills the air and vibrant floats pass by as thousands watch from the banks of the San Antonio River. This one-of-a-kind parade started in 1941 after a group of Texas Cavaliers witnessed boats and barges decorated with flowers in the “floating gardens” of Mexico City. This coincided with the San Antonio River bend restoration, and the Texas Cavaliers decided to bring this unique experience to our city. The first…

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CANCELLED: A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

November 10 - November 13

“A Night In Old San Antonio®” (NIOSA®) is a four-night festival, Tuesday through Tuesday, November 10-13, 2020 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the heart of downtown San Antonio that celebrates the city’s diverse cultural legacy for more than 85,000 revelers annually during the city’s Fiesta San Antonio® celebration. Through the magic of 200-plus food, drink and atmosphere booths; 14 continuous live musical acts; children’s games; decorations; souvenirs; and 10,000+ volunteers, NIOSA brings the city’s heritage alive in 15 areas.…

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CANCELLED: Battle of Flowers Parade

November 13 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The Battle of Flowers® Parade is the founding event of Fiesta® San Antonio, attracting crowds of more than 550,000. It is the only parade in the United States produced entirely by women, all of whom are volunteers. The city of San Antonio owes its annual Fiesta to a small group of passionate, dedicated women who started it all with the first Battle of Flowers® Parade in 1891. What began as a patriotic celebration to honor the heroes of the Alamo, Goliad and the…

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CANCELLED: King William Fair

November 14 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Approximately 35,000 visitors attend our fun-filled, family festival on the final Saturday of Fiesta® San Antonio each year. The King William Fair is the primary fundraising event for the King William Association, a non-profit organization that works to preserve and protect the oldest residential historic district in Texas and promotes the unique cultural heritage of San Antonio. Beginning with a delightfully funky parade, the day-long event offers a variety of art and craft vendors, lively music, dance, Kids Kingdom play…

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CANCELLED: Fiesta Flambeau Parade

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - November 15 @ 12:00 am

Time to start planning for the 72nd Annual Fiesta Flambeau® Parade! This marks the second year in a row our parade has been named “best” in our budget category. Last year Best in the World by the International Festivals and Events Association and in August 2019, Best in Texas at the Texas Festivals and Events Association. Two great awards that make us proud to be Flambeau® members and Fiesta® family. The theme for the 2020 Flambeau® Parade is “Celebrating Classic…

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