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Shop & Ship San Antonio
The best way to shop is with a cocktail in hand. Head out to Brick at Blue Star for an awesome marketplace featuring local artisans, handmade goods, snacks from hot restaurants and cocktails. Buy some gifts for the holiday season or just buy yourself stuff. We won’t judge you. #treatyoself. Free, December 5, sacurrent.com.
San Antonio Cocktail Conference
Do you ever wish you knew how to make badass cocktails? Or maybe you just want to sip on them. Either way, the San Antonio Cocktail Conference is right up your alley. With classes, tastings, seminars and, of course, parties, the annual Conference has it all. The 2016 schedule is still being mapped out, but plan to learn and sip your way through everything cocktail. It all starts on January 14 with 100 percent of the profits benefiting Houston Street Charities. Prices vary, January 14-17, sanantoniococktailconference.com.
Culinaria’s Spring Restaurant Week
This is your opportunity to dine at some of the top restaurants in the city, from newly opened restaurants to San Antonio staples. With tier one restaurant entrées ranging from $15-$35 and tier two ranging from $10-$25, you can taste some of the best dishes in San Antonio while your bank account recuperates from your holiday expenses. Reservations are not required, but expect tables to go fast. Multiple locations, January 18-23, culinariasa.org.
It’s the Year of the Monkey and the Institute of Texan Cultures’ Asian Festival invites guests to come out and experience Asian culture. Enjoy music, traditional Asian dances, fashion, crafts and Asian-American food from 15 different vendors. From Japanese cuisine to Laotian cuisine, pad Thai to chicken masala, we are sure your taste buds will thank you. $5-$10, 10am-5pm, February 13, texancultures.com.
Flavor: The Event
Visit the San Antonio Museum of Art to celebrate the city’s growing culinary community. Enjoy delicious food from some of the top restaurants and chefs in San Antonio as well as live music, craft beer, wine and cocktails. This event will have you basking in culinary heaven. $45-$60, 7pm, March 31, sacurrent.com.
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If there is only one run you are going to participate in, this is the one. When the destination features wine, beer and food, you will want to make it to the finish line. Taking place at the beautiful Shops at La Cantera, this event will have all of the sights and tastes for a great day, albeit maybe a little sweaty. $25-$45, 8am, March 19, culinariasa.org.
San Antonio Beer Festival: Spring Edition
If you missed the San Antonio Beer Festival in October, shame on you. Don’t worry; we will give you another chance to reach beer nirvana. Enjoy brews from all over the country, local food trucks and live music. Whether you only drink Lone Star or pride yourself on knowing some of the best craft beers in town, this event reminds us that we all have something in common: We love beer. Date tentatively set for April, visit sacurrent.com for details.
Fiesta San Antonio
Nothing brings people together like a big-ass party. Now in its 125th year, Fiesta celebrates San Antonio arts and culture. There is an event for everyone, whether you want to grab a few (maybe more than a few) beers at Night in Old San Antonio, watch the Battle of Flowers Parade with the family or enjoy some live music and oysters at St. Mary’s Oyster Bake. Get ready San Antonio, festivities begin April 14. Prices vary, multiple locations, check fiesta-sa.org for a full schedule of events.
Raindrop Turkish House hosts this annual festival, which celebrates Turkish culture with food, folk dances, music and art. Sip on Turkish coffee while munching on baklava and doner kebabs. Tentatively set for April.
Culinaria Festival Week
This four-day foodie experience features multiple events around the city that you won’t want to miss. From burgers and fries to haute cuisine, Festival Week offers it all. It’s the perfect opportunity to gather up all your friends and enjoy some seriously good food. Prices vary, multiple locations, culinariasa.org.
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Al pastor tacos as far as the eye can see. No, it’s not a dream. The Twisted Taco Truck Throwdown makes it a reality. With SA’s best taco trucks out to prove that they make the best al pastor taco, guests can’t really go wrong. Grab a cold beer and use that taco emoji to your heart’s desire. Tentatively set for May.
Cocktail: The Event
The San Antonio Current’s last cocktail event was a ‘50s rebel-inspired party. Next years’ theme is still in the works, but we promise that you will have an awesome time dressing up and an even better time getting boozy. Try different cocktails and light bites from local bars and restaurants while listening to some live music in a beautiful setting Tentatively set for July, visit sacurrent.com for details.
The Food Truck Throwdown
Boardwalk on Bulverde (the original food truck park of SA) is now only open during events, so you will want to head out to the annual Food Truck Throwdown for this family- and pet-friendly event, featuring some of SA’s most delicious food trucks. Tentatively set for July.