Happy March! Mardi Gras starts this week, which means this weekend will have plenty of early festivities to celebrate Fat Tuesday. And if you’re planning on visiting the jazz musicians on the River Walk later this week, there are plenty of non-Mardi Gras themed events this weekend to occupy your time.

Mardi Gras on the River Walk

Even though Friday’s gala is sold out, there’s still plenty of Mardi Gras fun for everyone at the River Walk. In addition to the Mardi Gras artisan show running from Friday to Sunday, the Bud Light Mardi Gras River Parade & Festival starts at 4 p.m. Saturday. Decorated river barges will do two laps around the downtown area of the San Antonio River Walk. Get downtown early to enjoy live music at the Arneson River Theatre, as well as jazz musicians and Mardi Gras-style second line parades on Villita Street. Find the full lineup of events here. (And if you’re too busy this weekend but still want to celebrate Mardi Gras on the river, don’t worry – there will be jazz musicians floating down the river every night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Saturday to Tuesday.)
1-6 p.m.
River Walk downtown

San Antonio International Women’s Day March & Rally

The 29th annual International Women’s Day march bears the theme “La Lucha Sigue! Nevertheless, We Persist!” The rally starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the march starts at 11 a.m. Speakers pledge to lift up the voices of all women and girls, share stories, and advocate for change. Find more information here.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
500 W. Commerce St.

Fiesta Medal Trading Event

Fiesta will be upon us soon, so get your shiny accessories in order with a Saturday buy/sell/trade event at Heroes and Fantasies San Antonio. The comics and collectibles store has its own exclusive Harley Quinn Fiesta 2019 medal, available for $10 each. So bring your medals and get ready to buy, sell, and trade for the best collection possible.
1-5 p.m.
4923 NW Loop 410

Ballet in the Park 2019

Travis Park will offer free ballet lessons and performances on Saturday, hosted by Ballet San Antonio. This family-friendly event offers a ballet class for kids ages 8 to 10 with at least one year of ballet experience, starting at 6 p.m. The artists of Ballet San Antonio then will put on a performance starting at 7 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets, and anything else you need to get comfortable and ready to enjoy the art form.
6-9 p.m.
115 Auditorium Circle

19th Annual Empty Bowls

For $25, you could take home a handcrafted bowl filled with delicious soup on Sunday, all for the benefit of SAMMinistries. Since its start in 2000, the Empty Bowls event has raised nearly $600,000 for the homeless or families facing housing disaster. If you want early access to the selection of bowls, a VIP pass costs $100 and gets you into the Southwest School of Art 30 minutes early. The VIP pass includes two bowls, and additional bowls can be purchased for $25 each. If you have enough bowls at home, you can also simply donate to the cause. Additional free parking can be found at the Baptist Medical Center garage, 118 Dallas St.
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
300 Augusta St.

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Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang is the local government reporter at the San Antonio Report.