Miss Rodeo Texas waves to parade-goers.
Miss Rodeo Texas, Samantha Cayton, waves to attendees during the annual Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive in downtown San Antonio. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs face off Sunday in the 54th Super Bowl. But before that, the Institute of Texan Cultures observes the Lunar New Year with its annual Asian Festival, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo kicks off with its annual parade and cattle drive, and an ABBA tribute musical production lands at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre.

Santiago Jiménez Jr., Emily Nenni, Teddy and the Rough Riders

Santiago Jiménez Jr., also known as “El Chief,” performs Friday night at the Lonesome Rose. Nashville artists Emily Nenni and Teddy and the Rough Riders also bring their country sound to the bar. Admission costs $5 at the door.
Friday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Lonesome Rose, 2114 N St Mary’s St.

Beginner Bird Walk at Brooks

Every first Saturday, the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center hosts a bird walk for beginner birders. A guide will teach you how to identify birds and how to use binoculars before exploring the Greenline at Brooks for bird species. Binoculars will be provided for those who don’t own a pair. The bird walk starts at the butterfly kite statue in the parks’ main area. Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, closed-toe shoes, and water. The event is free, but please RSVP by emailing MLAC@audubon.org.
Saturday, 8 a.m.
The Greenline SA, 2532 Sidney Brooks

Storytime: The Adventures of Mattie

Michael Middlebrooks reads his new book, The Adventures of Mattie, at the Salado Outdoor Classroom at Phil Hardberger Park. The book follows Mattie, a Madagascar hissing cockroach in the face of danger. Other naturalists will read their favorite stories, and kids can meet a hissing cockroach. The event is free, but you can register here.
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
Phil Hardberger Park’s Salado Outdoor Classroom, 13203 Blanco Rd.

Fourth Annual Bexar County Rodéo Breakfast

Get free breakfast tacos at Commissioner Chico Rodriguez’s (Pct. 1) satellite office on Pleasanton Road Saturday morning. Tacos are first come, first served, and vendors will have 13,000 of them to distribute. There will also be live music, children’s activities, and information booths.
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
Precinct 1 Satellite Office, 3505 Pleasanton Rd.

Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive

It’s rodeo time! The annual parade and cattle drive kicks off the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and begins under Interstate 35 on West Houston Street at 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade will go east toward Alamo Street, turn south and then end at La Villita. For early risers, there is a Rodeo Wrangler Breakfast at La Villita at 9 a.m. with games, family activities, and biscuits and gravy.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Downtown San Antonio

Alamo Round Up

The Alamo is also observing the kick-off of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo with a special cowboy-themed day. Enjoy demonstrations ranging from branding to campfire cooking, and discussions about life on the cattle trail. Don’t forget your cowboy boots at home.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza

Symposium: Alamo Plaza’s Role in Bexar County’s Civil Rights Legacy

On Saturday, five presenters will speak about the civil rights history of Bexar County. Landscape architect and local historian Everett Fly, Tara Dudley of the University of Texas at Austin, Bexar County’s Bruce Winders, Todd Moye of the University of North Texas, and Kathryn O’Rourke of Trinity University will focus their discussion on Alamo Plaza. The symposium will take place in the Bexar County Courthouse’s double-height courtroom. The event has limited seating, so RSVP at conserve@saconservation.org.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bexar County Courthouse, 100 Dolorosa St.

Asian Festival

The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Culture hosts its Asian Festival each year to celebrate the Lunar New Year (which occurred Saturday, Jan. 25) and the numerous cultures of Asia. Festival attendees can experience foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, and entertainment. Tickets for adults cost $12 before the event and $15 at the gate. Children ages 6 to 12 pay $5, while children 5 years old and younger may enter for free. Find more information and tickets here.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.

The DoSeum’s Author Series with Jon Lasser

Jon Lasser, author of Grow Happy, will read his book aloud and share the story of gardener Kiko who cultivates her garden as well as her happiness. There will be one reading at 11:30 a.m. and one at 1:30 p.m. Lasser will also mingle with families and sign books. The event is included with museum admission; tickets can be purchased here.
Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway St.
Included with admission, $14

Miss Black San Antonio Scholarship Pageant

Four women will vie for the title of Miss Black San Antonio. This year, the pageant celebrates the theme of “The Enlightening Beauty of Wisdom.” Tickets can be purchased at the door, and general admission tickets cost $30, while veterans pay $25. You can also find tickets online here.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Jo Long Theatre at the Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry St.

ABBAFAB: Tribute to the Music of ABBA

Mamma Mia, ABBA’s here again! The loving musical tribute production of ABBAFAB brings all of the Swedish pop group’s hits back to the stage, live. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St.

$39.50 and $59.50


K-pop fans unite for a night of Korean pop songs with YouTuber John Norman DJing. There will also be dance stages, raffles, and locally-made K-pop merchandise. Tickets cost $10 and can be found here.
Saturday, 8 p.m.-midnight
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, 108 Blue Star

Blippi Live!

Children’s entertainer Blippi will be in San Antonio live on Sunday. Tickets start at $24.75 and can be found here. A VIP Meet-and-Greet option can also be added to any ticket for $50 and includes a photo opp and souvenir bag.
Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir.

All You Can Eat Crawfish Boil

Feast on all-you-can-eat potatoes, corn, sausage, mushrooms, and crawfish before the Super Bowl game on Sunday. Fill up for the price of $25. Crawfish will be served starting at 3 p.m.
Sunday, 3-5 p.m.
Bentley’s Bar, 8123 Broadway St.

Super Bowl at the Friendly Spot

The Friendly Spot is just one of the many bars and restaurants showing the matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Slab Cinema brings its outdoor screen to the Friendly Spot for the 54th Super Bowl game. The indoor TV screen and all bar and patio TV screens will also have the game playing.
Sunday, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
The Friendly Spot, 943 S. Alamo St.

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Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang covered local government for the San Antonio Report.