San Antonio, TX (866) 898-4782
San Antonio, TX (866) 898-4782
San Antonio Summer Art and Jazz Festival, 1st full weekend of June in Crockett Park and Sunset Station. This festival is designed to promote jazz and Latin jazz music to a wide audience, while the funds raised will benefit Any Baby Can. Bring your own chair or blanket, but leave the coolers and dogs at home. You’ll find food and drink booths, plus local artists. Call (210)229.9204 for the schedule of events or check www.sanantoniosummerartjazzfestival.com.
Shakespeare in the Park, each June at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Shakespeare in the Park is put on by The Magik Theatre and brings free, full-scale productions of Shakespeare’s work to our community, reminiscent of New York’s summer productions by the same name. Shakespeare in the Park brings all ages together in the balmy summer twilight to experience the joys, sorrows, trials, and triumphs of Shakespeare’s characters. Since 2005, Shakespeare in the Park has played to over 45,000 people, with vibrant, exciting productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet. Bring your own blanket or chairs for this vivifying outdoor performance. No outside food or drink allowed; some refreshments available for sale. Call Eric at (210)207-3250 for dates and what’s playing, or check the calendar at www.sabot.org.
Concert Under the Stars, every 2 weeks in June or July, at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Live bands fill the Gardens with music. Adults $5 admission (free for SABOT members). Bring your own blanket or chair. No outside food but can pre-order Central Market box suppers (call 210.368.8600 to order). Gates open at 6pm with music at 7pm. For band info check www.sabot.org or (210)207-3250.
Charreada, held throughout the year, usually twice in June. A Mexican rodeo with traditional dress, music and events unfolds at San Antonio Charro Ranch, 6126 Padre Dr. Four hundred years of tradition in caring for large animals on ranches are behind the competition known as Charreada. Handed down from generation to generation, this precursor of the American rodeo, is performed in a lienzo (arena), which is shaped like a key hole. Each competitor is dressed in the traditional suit (traje) of the charro with a wide brim sombrero, which protects him or her from the sun and acts as a helmet. www.sacharro.com. Call (210) 846-8757 for dates in other months also.
Texas Folklife Festival, held mid-June at UTSA’s Institute of Texas Cultures, 801 S Bowie, www.texancultures.com. From the Alsatians to the Scandinavians to the Wendish, the Texas Folklife Festival provides an opportunity for more than 40 cultures from across the state to showcase their traditional foods, music, dance and crafts. The Texas Folklife Festival was modeled after the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival, which was held in Washington, D.C. in 1968. The concept of creating a festival that brought together different ethnic groups to celebrate and share their traditions was ingenious. Every year thousands flock from all over Texas to enjoy this great family festival. Call for ticket info (210)458-2224 or check their schedule online.
Juneteenth, various dates throughout June. With observances throughout the city at parks, churches, and community centers, but featuring a picnic, festival, Freedom Fair, and other cultural celebrations. This celebration commemorates June 19th 1865, the day that Texas slaves received word of the Emancipation Proclamation. Some events such as Miss Juneteenth Pageant held in advance June 7th at the St Phillips University. For schedule see www.juneteenthsanantonio.com.