Celebrate the summer with food, wine, art, salsa and more at any – or all – of these fun events going on in and around
San Antonio in July and August.
July 1 – 31
King William Carriage Tour
The King William Carriage Tour offers a magical view of San Antonio from an elegant, white Victorian carriage as you explore the King William Historic District. Listen to the clip-clop of the graceful horse pulling your carriage as you enjoy an outstanding tour. Situated upon lots of land that were once irrigated farmland belonging to the mission, you’ll find large, enchanting homes lining the street. All of the impressive houses have been restored to their original beauty, and it is once again a lavish and very desirable residential area. Tours start at 204 Alamo Plaza. For more information, call 1-800-987-9852.
July 1 – Aug. 15
Call for Entries: Pinnacle of Design
The ASID Texas San Antonio design community hosts its first interior design competition, Pinnacle of Design, which is open for entry from July 1 through Aug. 15. The awards ceremony will take place on Sept. 24 in San Antonio, location TBD. For questions about this great event, please contact Donna Reed, Allied ASID, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.asidsanantoniopinnacle.com
Come and Taste It at The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District
Meet Texas’ best winemakers and craft brewers at The Grapevine the third Thursday of each month except January. Throughout the year, 11 wineries and their winemakers are showcased on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room in the Gruene Historic District. There will be complimentary tastings of the craft beer, as well as three of the winery’s newest releases and bestselling and hardest-to-find wines. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m., and entry is free. For more information, visit www.grapevineingruene.com or call 830-606-0093.
July 19 & 20
Second Annual Salsa in the Park
The annual Salsa in the Plaza salsa-making contest takes place on Saturday with great live music, delicious food and arts and crafts vendors. And on Sunday, enjoy the rhythms of salsa music and the taste of great food. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. at Market Square on both days, and entry is free. For more information, call 210-207-8600 or look for the event at http://events.mysanantonio.com
July 19 & 20
Old Gruene Market Days
Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items, collectibles and packaged Texas foods at Old Gruene Market Days. Market hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Gruene Historic District, and entry is free. For more information, visit www.gruenemarketdays.com or call 830-832-1721.
Chef Chuck Hernandez will host Mercado O’liva at the Spanish Governor’s Palace. Come and enjoy free food demos and folklorico dance performances; farm to table food and olive oil samples; interactive activities and information from nonprofit organization Spare Parts; and more. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it is free and open to the public. For more information, call 210-207-5951.
Aug. 8 – 17
Show your kid how much fun dinosaurs, waterslides, monkeys, music and much more can be, all in one event-filled week! It’s called Kidcation Week, and it happens all across San Antonio from Aug. 8 to 17. You’ll find special offers on hotels, restaurants and attractions, as well as special summertime events designed just for kids and their families! And it’s just in time for back-to-school shopping. Make one last big splash this summer at Kidcation Week in San Antonio. For more information, go to http://visitsanantonio.com/kidcation
Pearl Brewery Farmers’ Market
The Pearl Brewery Farmers’ Market is a great family fun event and a chance to meet local food producers! With a strong commitment to food excellence, the Pearl is host to a producers-only farmers’ market. All Pearl farmers’ market vendors are located within a 150-mile radius of San Antonio, providing fresh, local and seasonal products that they themselves planted, raised and harvested. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pearl Brewery. For more information, visit http://atpearl.com/farmers_market
Rambling Rosé attendees are given the opportunity to sample some wonderful rosé wines, including one from Becker Vineyards. Experience the wines through a blind tasting with a panel of experts who will help guide you through a palate of flavors. There will be two sessions at Becker Vineyards: one at 1 p.m. and one at 3 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. For more information, call 210-822-9555 or visit www.culinariasa.org
Art Crawl: Gallery Tours for Caregivers and Babies
Moms, dads and caregivers of all sorts, put your babies in their slings and take a walk with us through the galleries at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Talks are geared toward adults, while the art selections are chosen to engage both you and your infant. Each tour begins at the front desk and ends with playtime and refreshments. Front-carrying baby carriers are encouraged, and strollers are welcome. The tour runs from 10 to 10:45 a.m. For more information, call 210-978-8100 or visit www.samuseum.org
Free Arts Morning at The Carver
Children of all ages are invited to visit the historic Carver Community Cultural Center for a morning of free visual and performing arts experiences. Free make-and-take art activities (drop in between 10 a.m. and noon), a hip-hop dance class (10 a.m.), a capoeira class (11 a.m.) and an African drumming class (noon) will be offered. Entry is free. Space is limited, so please contact the Carver’s education coordinator, Philip Castillo, at 210-207-2719 or email@example.com to register. For more general information, call 210-207-7211 or visit www.thecarver.org
Aug. 16 – 23
Restaurant Week celebrates food at all of our local restaurants! It is a cross section of the San Antonio culinary scene that encompasses a diverse range of cuisines and includes some of our most time-honored restaurants and buzz-worthy newcomers. The experience gives visitors and residents the opportunity to experience the quality, variety and hospitality that embody the San Antonio dining experience. Bon appétit, San Antonio! (Reservations aren’t required, but they are a good idea! Contact restaurants directly to book reservations.) For more information, visit www.culinariasa.org or call 210-822-9555.
Join us for our forth annual back-to-school concert at Traders Village. This year, after a great performance last year, our entertainment will again be five-time Grammy Award winner Little Joe y La Familia, one of the most popular Tex-Mex bands in the music industry. The concert is free and runs from 11:30 to 4, and parking is just $3 per carload. Come early and enjoy the great shopping. For more information, visit http://tradersvillage.com/san-antonio/events/back-to-school-concert