This weekend features a First Friday and a Second Saturday, so there’s lots of art to browse. Don’t forget to check out the first San Antonio African American Book Festival and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, which opened this week.
Family Flashlight Night
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is open for night-time visitors on Friday. Bring a flashlight to find night-blooming plants, navigate through a light maze, and sample tasty treats. There will also be a food truck on-site for participants to purchase food. Tickets follow general admission rules; members may attend for free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for members and 6:00 p.m. for non-members. Find tickets here.
Friday, 6-8:30 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.
First Friday: Zarabande
Enjoy First Friday with a performance by Latin jazz ensemble Zarabande, led by vibraphonist, Toro Flores, at 7 p.m. Check out Blue Star Arts Complex’s Facebook page for the art galleries participating in First Friday; Blue Star Contemporary will be opening five new exhibitions.
Friday, 7-11 p.m.
Blue Star Brewing Co., 1414 S. Alamo St.
First Friday Pub Run: Mardi Gras
It’s time for the next pub run, and this time we’re reveling in Fat Tuesday shenanigans. Come dressed in theme, bring cash or card, ID, and the bar route that can be found here. Must be 21 years or older to participate.
Friday, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Pat O’Brien’s, 121 Alamo Plaza
Yoga and Pints
Unwind after a long week with $5 yoga at Künstler Brewing. Beer not included. Bring a mat and water and get ready to flow.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Künstler Brewing, 302 E. LaChapelle
Dance Yourself Clean – An Indie Dance Party
Get all your feelings out to music by CHVRCHES, Glass Animals, Tove Lo, Phoenix, and other indie artists. Tickets cost $5 and can be found here.
Friday, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
Paper Tiger. 2410 N. St. Mary’s St.
Shop handmade creations, local homegrown products, and vintage finds at the SoFlo Market on Saturday, part of the Second Saturday Art Walk in Southtown. Pets welcome.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
SoFlo Market, 1344 S. Flores St.
San Antonio African American Book Festival
The first-ever San Antonio African American Book Festival, organized by the Friends of Carver Library, will feature discussions on how African American literature can shape our lives. Attendees can also buy books from local African American authors.
Saturday, noon-4 p.m.
Carver Library, 3350 E. Commerce St.
Free Yoga at Confluence Park
Free yoga under the concrete petals at Confluence Park, courtesy of Mobile Om and the San Antonio River Foundation. RSVP here.
Sunday, 10 a.m.
Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St.
Second Saturday at Essex
Enjoy live art by Tara Leigh Johnston, who will paint an outdoor mural set to background music provided by Cruz the DJ. Guests can watch Johnston in action, and beer and food will be available for purchase.
Saturday, 6-9 p.m.
Essex Modern City, 51 Essex St.
Learn how to make origami Valentine’s Day cards with artist Rebecca George on Sunday. Though the event is free, spaces are limited. RSVP by calling 210-437-0239.
Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
Niche at Pearl, 302 Pearl Pkway #112
Gordita Eating Contest
Doña Tota is hosting a gordita-eating contest on Sunday evening. Contestants have three minutes to eat as many gorditas as they can, and the winner will earn the champion title and free food, merch, and a small cash prize. Spectators can enjoy $1 gorditas from 5 p.m. to closing time. Doña Tota does not sell drinks, so BYOB. Call 210-929-0004 to sign up for the contest.
Sunday, 6-9 p.m.
Doña Tota, 923 N. Loop 1604 E Suite 115
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
There’s plenty to do at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Check out the charreada, high-speed pig races, Rodeo After Dark, and don’t miss mutton bustin’! Tickets for the arena start at $20 and children ages 2 and younger may attend for free. If you just want to explore the fairgrounds, tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. The rodeo will be at the AT&T Center until Feb. 23. Find more information here.
AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center Pkway