July

EAGLE PASS: July 4 Fourth of July Celebration Includes live music, food, and children’s activities before a fire- works extravaganza after dark. Shelby Park, Main and Ryan streets. 830-773- 4343; eaglepasstexas.com

EDINBURG: July 6 Texas Cook’Em: High Steaks in Edinburg Competitors battle on the grill to cook the best chicken, ribs, brisket, and rib-eye for money and a year’s worth of bragging rights. The event is one of Texas’ biggest barbecue purses, awarding $30,000 to the winners. It’s also the first and only IBCA and SCA-sanctioned steak cookoff in South Texas. Enjoy fire- works, live music, family fun, barbecue, and more. H-E-B Park, 1616 S. Raul Longoria Road. 956-383-4974; edinburg.com

EDINBURG: July 12-13 FridaFest Celebrate the life and legacy of the iconic, feminist Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The focus of this year’s festival is, of course, Frida Kahlo, and the empowerment of women in all aspects. The festival show- cases women artists, musicians, dancers, and more. Guests are invited to enjoy Frida look-a-like contests, food, music, dance, refreshments, and Frida-themed handcrafted merchandise available throughout the evening’s festivities. Edinburg City Hall Courtyard, 415 W. University Drive. 956- 383-6246; cityofedinburg.com

GOLIAD: July 13 Goliad Market Days
This open-air, outdoor market has vendors placed around the beautiful courthouse square. The vendors and variety change each month, but typically there are 100 or more vendors in attendance. Local shops and restaurants are open with unique clothing, arts, and home decor. Downtown Goliad, 231 S. Market St. 361-645-3563; goliadcc.org

GOLIAD: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Wayback Wednesdays The history of Presidio La Bahia, Texas’s only fully restored Spanish presidio, is brought to life every Wednesday during the months of June and July. Visit with living historians as they bring the past to life and explore little known stories from the Presidio’s early days. Learn about the daily life of a presidial trooper stationed on the frontier of Spanish Texas. Explore the stone walls and battlements of the old presidio and duck inside for a look at the museum and col- lection of artifacts from the 1700 and 1800s. Presidio La Bahia, 217 Loop 71. 361-645-3752; goliadtx.net

GOLIAD: July 4 Hometown Freedom Fest Enjoy live music, food trucks, a car show, and water activities for the whole family. Downtown Goliad. 361-645-3454; goliadtx.net

LAREDO: July 12-14 International Sister Cities Festival Close to 200 vendors from more than 13 Mexican states showcase and sell their artisan products in this Mexican market. Browse and buy from Mexican exhibitors under one roof. Enjoy a weekend of shopping, live cultural performances, and authentic Mexican food. Sames Auto Arena, 6700 Arena Blvd. 956-795-2200; visitlaredo.com

SAN ANTONIO: July 12, 19, 26; Aug. 2 Balcones Heights Jazz Festival
 The 26th annual free summer concert series—held for four consecutive Friday evenings—features an all-female lineup for 2019. This year’s This year’s headliners and opening acts are widely recognized jazz musicians: Wednesday Ball, Ragan Whiteside, Michelle Carey, Jessy J, Elizabeth Mis, Jeanette Harris, Kayla Waters and Lindsey Webster. The festival’s laid back and family-friendly atmosphere welcomes an estimated 4,000 jazz fans from in and around Texas. Wonderland of the Americas Amphitheatre, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, Balcones Heights. 210-323- 6356; sanantoniocentral.org

 

June

GOLIAD: June 5, 12, 19, 26 Wayback Wednesdays The history of Presidio La Bahia, Texas’s only fully restored Spanish presidio, is brought to life every Wednesday during the months of June and July. Visit with living historians as they bring the past to life and explore little known stories from the Presidio’s early days. Learn about the daily life of a presidial trooper stationed on the frontier of Spanish Texas. Explore the stone walls and battlements of the old presidio and duck inside for a look at the museum and collection of artifacts from the 1700 and 1800s. Presidio La Bahia, 217 Loop 71. 361-645-3752; goliadtx.net

GOLIAD: June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 Goliad Market Days This open-air, outdoor market has vendors placed around the beautiful courthouse square. The vendors and variety change each month, but typically there are 100 or more vendors in attendance. Local shops and restaurants are open with unique clothing, arts, and home decor. Downtown Goliad, 231 S. Market St. 361-645-3563; goliadcc.org

GOLIAD: June 22 Downtown Summer- fest Enjoy live music, food trucks, and games and activities for the whole family. Downtown Goliad. 361-645-3454; goliadtx.net

SAN ANTONIO: June 3 Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson The American astrophysicist speaks
on the search for life in the universe. Beginning with Mars, he reviews the ongoing effort to search for habitable planets, liquid water, and life in the cosmos. The talk culminates in the search for intelligent life, and explores the topic of whether or not it already exists on Earth. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle. 210-223-8624; tobincenter.org

SAN ANTONIO: June 7-9 “Kinky Boots” g Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit features songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper. This joyous musical celebration is about friendships and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, “Kinky Boots” takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St. majesticempire.com

SAN ANTONIO: June 7-9 Texas Folklife Festival The 48th Folklife Festival to be held, this event gathers a myriad of Texan cultures in a celebration of their heritage, music, art, dance, food, and artisan skills. UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. 210-458-2300; texasfolklifefestival.org

SAN ANTONIO: June 14-16 Celebrity Fan Fest This is the premier San Antonio comic con. The interactive fan festival offers fans an intimate and immersive experience where they can get up close and personal with their favorite film and television celebrities, comic creators, and artists. There are celebrity meet-and-greet opportunities, a variety of vendors and artists, gaming seminars, special performances by the stars, and celebrity panels. This year’s festival features special guests Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Dolph Lundgren of “Aquaman”; Ray Fisher of “Justice League”; Alexandra Shipp and Ty Sheridan of “X- Men: Dark Phoenix”; Joe Flanigan of “Star- gate: Atlantis”; and Walter Koenig and Robert Picardo of “Star Trek.” Freeman Coliseum and Expo Halls, 3201 E. Houston St. 210-490-2554; celebrityfanfest.com

SAN ANTONIO: June 18 Art in the Dark The ninth annual event has more than 50 one-of-a-kind art pieces, 40-plus food and drink vendors, and jewelry made by the Lighthouse’s very own Blind Children’s Program. Enjoy food and drink while socializing with local San Antonio artists and businesses. Art pieces are part of a silent auction and all proceeds go toward improving the Blind Children’s Program at the Lighthouse. LaVillita Assembly Hall, 401 Villita St. 210-531-1532; salighthouse.org/ event/9th-annual-art-in-the-dark

SAN ANTONIO: June 22 The Legend of Big Bend Critically acclaimed indie- classical group Montopolis turns West Texas tales into song in this concert in- spired by Big Bend National Park. The performance weaves science, history, poetry and personal stories into music inspired by the land and the people that have walked upon it. Music and story are accompanied by breathtaking video that captures the epic grandeur of the vast high desert wilderness. Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, 1414 S. Alamo St. 210-262-8653; montopolismusic.com/bigbend

SAN ANTONIO: June 28 Nella in Concert Nella’s music is a meeting place for her country’s folklore roots, the influence of her contemporaries, and the music of the Andalusian region. Above all, she sings with her bare soul. This concert is presented by ARTS San Antonio. Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-226-2891; artssa.org/ individual-tickets

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