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Good Vibes for a Great Cause

All year round, San Antonio offers a variety of entertaining events and activities for our guests to enjoy, and September is no exception. This month, we are suggesting one of our favorite events, the Good Vibrations Music & Arts Fest at the Sunken Garden Theater on September 14-15. This all-day-long event was inspired by the goal of inclusion and equality for all and is an internationally-recognized festival dedicated to our deaf and hard-of-hearing friends.

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Find Fitness, Food, Fun, and More at Mission Marquee Plaza

Most native San Antonians have fond memories of the old Mission Drive-In Theatre, and most of them probably had some good times here. However, the years brought some changes and improvements to the property, including a library and a YMCA. Today the big screen is still up and running, but in a new capacity at what is now known as Mission Marquee Plaza. Located near Mission San Jose, MMP offers a playground, exercise equipment, and fitness classes at the Y, along with health and wellness programs, and access to the Mission Trails.

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In Honor of a Historic Icon

Every year, the fourth Saturday in July is set aside to honor one of America’s most beloved historical figures on the National Day of the Cowboy. One of the country’s most iconic stereotypes, the cowboy image and persona has been used for everything from cigarettes to boots, ten-gallon hats, and the Hollywood Western. In fact, it was Western movies that solidified the image of the cowboy in the minds of the public, particularly their love and respect for the land and their country.

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Two Kinds of Summer Fun in SA

San Antonio is chock full of interesting and entertaining events and activities all year round, but this month brings two unique and interesting ways to have fun. First, combine your love for art with your appreciation for brewskies and head over to Art Party: Art On Tap on June 14. Beer aficionados will be delighted to discover that the San Antonio Museum of Art is located in a brewery. You can enjoy a pint of your favorite brew, learn more about the history of the SAMA, groove to live music and enjoy their themed tours.

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Three Marvelous May Events

May is a terrific time to be in San Antonio—the city always offers so much to see and do. Trying to decide between them all? Here are three suggestions. First, head over to the San Antonio Museum of Art on May 11 for the San Antonio Clay & Arts Festival. Browse the handmade creations of over 35 local artists working in media of glass, ceramic, fiber, and paper. This day-long event will also feature children’s activities, a raffle, and loads of food, music, and fun. Next, join us on May 18 to honor the men and women of our military in the Armed Forces River Parade.

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Come Fiesta with Us

Celebrate the history and diverse cultures that make up the Alamo City this month at Fiesta San Antonio. Since 1891, Fiesta has been celebrated to honor the heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and the Alamo. Over 100 years later, on April 18-28, the city will be transformed into one epic party – a 10-day fiesta featuring more than 100 related events and attractions. Dozens of local organizations and more than 75,000 volunteers will join thousands of locals and tourists to celebrate one of the most anticipated annual events in the area.

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A Bit of Broadway in the Alamo City

San Antonio is a city that takes pride in their impressive historical heritage but is also proud of providing a supportive home to a thriving arts and culture scene. No matter the season, theater-goers are often pleasantly surprised to find an abundant selection of professional performances and live stage shows from which to choose. Four of the City’s favorite venues are included here, but we encourage you to seek out more on your own. First, the Public Theatre of San Antonio (formerly The Playhouse) on West Ashby Place will more than satisfy your B’way cravings, with such favorites as “Daddy Longlegs” and “Rent.”

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Get the Best Hotel Rates for Your Small Business

Did you know that it’s estimated that small businesses spend almost 20% more on travel? Hotels are eager to extend exclusive discounts to frequent travelers, however when most people think about negotiating hotel rates, they are often intimidated, and small business owners can be unaware of the best approach to get the best rates for themselves and their employees. With that in mind, we suggest the following five pointers for such negotiations.

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San Antonio: We’ve Got it All

Are you searching for that just-right place for business meetings or corporate retreats? Is there an upcoming class reunion or a group friend or family event in your near future? If you want the ideal destination to please everyone, we suggest San Antonio. Along with its old-world charm, cultural diversity, and darn-near-perfect weather, the Alamo City offers many reasons for being the perfect place for event hosting.

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Two Holiday Traditions

This December, make some magical holiday memories your family will never forget with a visit to the Magik Children’s Theatre, for their live stage performance of “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” The Poppers are an unconventional bunch in the midst of hard times, with house-painter Mr. Popper out of work until spring, and Mrs. Popper trying to make ends meet. Enter Captain Cook, a lively and spunky penguin who forms a partnership with the Poppers that will change all their lives. Showing through December 23, this entertaining musical adaptation of the 1938 classic by Florence and Richard Atwater will charm and delight the entire family.

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Illuminating Seasonal Events

November brings a myriad of events for the holiday season, and we find it’s often difficult for our guests to select from them all. To that end, we are listing a few suggestions for your consideration. First, don’t miss the innovative and edgy spectacle that is Luminaria 2018 on November 9-11 at Hemisfair. This dazzling evening contemporary arts festival is San Antonio’s annual display of performances and works in a variety of media by some of the country’s most gifted and avant-garde artists. Next, join us at the River Walk on November 23 for the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony.

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Oktoberfest, Giselle, and Dia de los Muertos

This month, the city of San Antonio is chock-full of fun and fabulous events. We understand how difficult it is for our guests to select from all that’s out there, so we’ve listed a few suggestions here. First, deck yourself out in your best lederhosen and get ready for a hearty, German-style celebration at Oktoberfest on October 6-7 and October 13-14. This annual event is hosted by Beethovel Maennerchor at 422 Pereida Street, and will include food, music, dancing, and enough beer to satiate the thirstiest crowds!

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Golden Lassos, Grottos, and Toilet Seats

So, Labor Day is over, signaling the end of the summer season and the arrival of fall. But here in San Antonio, the fun season lasts all year long, and the City is jam-packed with entertaining events, activities, and interesting places. This month, we’ve listed three fun, different, and uber-cool things to do. Check it out here: First, celebrate the end of summer with a wild ride on the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta. You’ll swoop, dive, and fly through the air on this first-of-its-kind single-rail coaster.

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Chillin’ at the Caverns

Summertime and the living is…hot with lots of humidity. Why not keep cool by visiting some of the caves and caverns nearby? One of the best is Natural Bridge Caverns, which also owns the distinction of being the largest commercial cave in the state. Located about halfway between San Antonio and New Braunfels, is, quite literally, one cool place to hang. With a year-round temperature of 70 degrees and 99 percent relative humidity, it’s a natural respite from the lingering heat of summer, as well as a fun and educational exploration.

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The Glittering Jewel of the City

Aptly described by journalist Ernie Pyle as “The American Venice,” the San Antonio River Walk attracts millions of visitors every year and plays host to a myriad of cultural events, historic attractions, as well as some of the city’s best food, drink, art, and entertainment. The lush scenery and calm waters meander tranquilly through the center of this seventh-largest city in the U.S., and, much as the Alamo epitomizes the heart of the city, the river and the River Walk area represents the soul of San Antonio.

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An Unforgettable San Antonio Tradition

Also known as “Day of the Dead,” Día de los Muertos is the Mexican tradition of honoring departed loved ones and sharing good memories of them. This time-honored annual celebration has been a popular San Antonio event for over thirty years, taking place in the historic arts village of La Villita with a variety of activities, such as traditional dress and altar building, calavera processions (in which participants dress up as skeletons), and more.

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