A bridge at Confluence Park crosses the so-called embayment, where underground rainwater harvesting structures are buried.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is giving away 250 native trees Saturday at Confluence Park. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful, sunny weekend – the perfect weather to bounce around San Antonio’s many events. If you haven’t already made plans to check out the San Antonio Black International Film Festival on Saturday, there are plenty of other events to occupy your time – a book festival, free trees, and more!

LibraryPalooza, That Author Thing!

This Saturday, popular authors of teen books will grace Brandeis High School during the annual LibraryPalooza book festival. Authors attending the event include Tomi Adeyemi, whose novel Children of Blood and Bone was first pick of The Tonight Show’s Summer Reads book club, and Cinda Williams Chima, a New York Times best-selling author who writes young adult fantasy novels. Doors open at 9 a.m., and the opening author panel begins at 10 a.m. in the school auditorium. Books will be available for purchase, but you can bring your own copy if you want the author to sign it. Food trucks accepting cash-only payments will be on hand. More information and a full schedule can be found here.
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
13011 Kyle Seale Parkway
Free

Rummage Around

Thrift shopping is so much more fun when you know it’s going toward a good cause. For 10 years, Goodwill and the Junior League of San Antonio have provided more than $270,000 in Goodwill gift cards to local nonprofits from the money raised by the Rummage Around Shopping Event. This year, Goodwill customers’ shopping sprees will benefit 11 organizations, including SAMMinistries, DisabilitySA, and the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas. So head over to a Goodwill on Saturday and shop decor, clothing, furniture, and more for a purpose!
9 a.m.-9 p.m.
406 W. Commerce St.
Free

Native Tree Giveaway

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is giving away 250 native trees on Saturday at Confluence Park. Some bonuses to adopting and caring for these 1-gallon trees: adding shade and helping to reduce stormwater runoff. Each household may adopt one tree.
9-11 a.m.
310 W. Mitchell St.
Free

Mardi Paws 2019

Bring your furry friend in costume and celebrate Mardi Gras at Dorcol Distilling + Brewing Co. for Mardi Paws 2019 this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. A pet parade starts at 2 p.m., with prizes for the best-dressed pet. “Pupp-arazzi” photographers will be around to take a shot of your furbaby for paws-terity. There will also be pet vendors, food trucks, live music, and drinks.
Noon-4 p.m.
1902 S. Flores St.
Free

The Alamo City Guitar Bazaar

If you love guitars, mosey on over to the Alamo City Guitar Bazaar. There will be dealers from all over the world buying and selling vintage, new, and used guitars. Bring yours if you’re interested in the sell/trade aspect of the bazaar, or just bring money if you’re in the market for a new instrument.
Saturday-Sunday
110 Lexington Ave.
Free

Black Restaurant Week San Antonio Launch Party

To kick off the first-ever Black Restaurant Week San Antonio, organizers are starting with a party at Burnhouse in North San Antonio. The weeklong celebration of black-owned restaurants has six participants so far, including Carmens De La Calle, Mark’s Outing, and Tank’s Pizza. Organizers ask attendees of Saturday’s launch party to come dressed in black and enjoy food and one drink for the price of $30 per person. Find tickets here.
4553 N. Loop 1604 West, Suite #1229
6-9 p.m.
$30

Jackie Wang

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