February

EDINBURG: Feb. 21-24 Fiesta Edinburg The annual event is the Edinburg Chamber’s largest celebration. Besides being a fun event for the region, the event also symbolizes an important moment in Edinburg’s history: Fiesta Edinburg is known as a big party that was created to commemorate Edinburg’s county seat. Major attractions such as the Heart of America Carnival, regional food, arts and crafts, plus top-notch entertainment are a large draw to the community festival. Edinburg Municipal Park, 714 S. Raul Longoria Road. 956- 383-4974; edinburg.com

GOLIAD: Feb. 23-24 Under the Green Flag Living historians recreate history with an encampment depicting the 1812 Spanish siege of Presidio La Bahia. Everyone has heard of the Texas Revolution fought in 1835 and ’36, but how many know of the push to make Texas independent in 1812- 13? Explore the “first Texas revolution” led by Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara and Augustus William Magee. Visit with living historians dressed and equipped as men under the command of Gutierrez and Magee and those of the Spanish Army. Presidio La Bahia, 217 Loop 71. 361-645-3752

LAREDO: Feb. 6-9 Laredo Birding Festival The seventh annual festival offers birders an opportunity to observe hundreds of bird species and experience the beauty of South Texas ranch land. The groups are kept small which allows for one-on-one interaction with professional field guides. The event kicks off with an evening mixer that coincides with a local art contest featuring native birds. Packages include daylong birding tours, breakfast, box lunch, and evening presentations. Various locations. 956-718-1063; laredobirdingfestival.org

SAN ANTONIO: Feb. 9 Confucius Wishing Lanterns Enjoy the ethereal experience of casting lanterns into the river in honor of loved ones, hopes, dreams, and wishes. Each eco-friendly lantern contains a floating LED candle. Decorating areas will be provided to allow guests to personalize their lanterns before casting them into the river just after sunset. San Antonio River Walk, 600 E. Market St. 210-227-4262; thesanantonioriverwalk.com

SAN ANTONIO: Feb. 22-24 Texas Trail Roundup Join an annual international walk festival featuring non-competitive walks by the World Heritage Site missions and on the famous River Walk. Walks range in length from 5K (3.1 miles) to 42K (26 miles) and are sanctioned by AVA: America’s Walking Club, all to promote fun, fitness, and friendship. Various locations. 210-325- 3523; texastrailroundup.org

SAN ANTONIO: February Feb. 23 – UTSA Diploma Dash 5k Race – Diploma Dash to raise money for UTSA student scholarships. Diploma Dash is open to all individuals, friends, families and teams with 14 age categories. 8 a.m. utsaalumnievents.com/diplomadash/ 210-458-8166

SAN ANTONIO: Feb. 2 Stampede 5K Run/ Walk The route ends at the historic La Villita where participants and visitors can enjoy live music and food before the Western Heritage Parade. Various locations. 210-225-5851; sarodeo.com

SAN ANTONIO: Feb. 2 Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive Step back in time, celebrate Texas, and kick-off the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. The parade route runs through the streets of downtown San Antonio and features participants who represent the heritage of the Lone Star State and the Old West. Down- town. 210-225-5851; sarodeo.com

SAN ANTONIO: Feb. 7-24 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Support this iconic annual event, which in recent years has become one of the city’s largest annual events with a purse just shy of $1.5 million. AT&T Center Grounds, 3201 E. Houston St. 210-225-5851; sarodeo.com

 

January

EAGLE PASS: Jan. 29 Maverick County Junior Livestock Show This event is a junior livestock show and sale. Maverick County Show Barn, Maverick County Lake Area. 830-513-0398

GOLIAD: Jan. 1 Goliad Market Days This open air market combines an arts and crafts fair, farmers market, and community festival. Downtown Goliad, 127 N. Courthouse Square. 361-645- 3563; goliadcc.org

GOLIAD: Jan. 26-27 El Soldado de Mexico  Join Primer Battallon as they make camp at Presidio La Bahia and instruct their members in drill just as Santa Anna’s officers would have done. Visit with the officers and men of the unit as they go about their daily routines and immerse yourself in what life was like on campaign in the sometimes brutal conditions experienced in the winter and spring of 1835-36. Presidio La Bahia, 217 Loop 71. 361-645-3752; presidiolabahia.org

SAN ANTONIO: Through Jan. 6 “Color of Confusion” The piece features three video works by renowned Paris-based artist, Sylvie Blocher, that address issues of cultural identity and representation through community collaboration. Invited by curator David S. Rubin to create community-oriented, socially-engaged work, exploring themes relevant to the people of San Antonio, Blocher completed “Alamo,” “Skintone,” and “Color” following research in 2013 and video production in 2014. “Color of Confusion” is the U.S. premiere of all three videos. Blue Star Contemporary, 116 Blue Star. 210- 227-6960; bluestarcontemporary.org

SAN ANTONIO: Through Jan. 6 “Gesamtkunstwerk” This installation featuring Jesse Amado reflects the artist’s varied experiences while in residency at Künsterhaus Bethanian as a Blue Star Con- temporary Berlin Resident artist. The word gesamtkunstwerk is a German term describing a total work of art that synthesizes many different modes, things, ideas, images, and styles, very much like Berlin itself—from the cobble- stones on the sidewalks, the clothes worn by the populace, the multiple walls adorned with graffiti, to the top floor at the Ka De Ve department store laden with foodstuffs. With the style of Dutch Renaissance paintings in mind; Amado proceeded to collect a tableau of objects and images to symbolize his Berlin experiences. Blue Star Contempo- rary, 116 Blue Star. 210-227-6960; bluestarcontemporary.org

SAN ANTONIO: Through Jan. 6 “Unearthed: Desenterrado” Adriana Corral’s “Unearthed: Desenterrado” illustrates the complex history between the United States and Mexico. The billboard image erected on Blue Star Contemporary’s roof depicts a white flag embroidered with an illustration of a Mexican golden eagle and an American bald eagle with claws engaged, each emblematic of their respective nation’s patriotism. The 60-foot by 40-foot flag was originally part of an outdoor, site-specific artwork, located on the historic grounds of the Rio Vista Farm in Socorro, Texas. Blue Star Contemporary, 116 Blue Star. 210-227- 6960; bluestarcontemporary.org

SAN ANTONIO: Through Jan. 6 Monarchs: Brown and Native Artists in the Path of the Butterfly This exhibition takes the migration path of the Monarch butterfly as a geographic range and a metaphor. Apart from the name of the butterfly, the word “monarchs” has another meaning: Monarch signals an acknowledged ruler that is the head of a state or nation, and with that rule, the in- dependence and freedom to rule; sovereignty. Artists in the exhibition take up this idea to present the perspectives of people native to the Americas. Blue Star Contemporary, 116 Blue Star. 210-227- 6960; bluestarcontemporary.org

SAN ANTONIO: Jan. 20 Piano Recital by Viktor Valkov “Lion of the Keyboard,” the compelling pianist Viktor Valkov returns to the Camerata San Antonio stage in a solo recital including music by Debussy, Schoenberg, Nenov, Bartok, and Prokofiev. University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway. 210-492-9519; cameratasa.org

SAN ANTONIO: Jan. 29 Ruby City: A Living Legacy Lecture This event is a program with Sir David Adjaye, in honor of the completion of the new contemporary art center, designed by the award-winning architect. Adjaye discusses the creative process behind Ruby City, his first architectural project in Texas, as well as his collaboration with the late artist and philanthropist Linda Pace, whose drawings inspired his designs and material palette. Trinity University, 1 Trinity Place. 210-383- 9180; rubycity.org

SAN ANTONIO: Jan. 19 Let’s Rodeo Ball This upscale party features top entertainment, great food, dancing, and fun for not just fans of rodeo but for all of San Antonio. This ball is a major fundraising event for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Fund. Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St. 210-225-5851; sarodeo.com

SAN ANTONIO: Jan. 25-26 Barbecue Cookoff and Festival The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Barbecue Cookoff is a championship event sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association and features some of the world’s best competitive barbecue teams, live music, family activities, a barbecue trade show, a kids’ cookoff, shopping, and much more. Proceeds from this event benefit the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Fund. The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo on the Salado, 1723 Creekview Drive. 210-225-5851; sarodeo.com

 

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