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Everything You Must Do in San Antonio This Summer

Published On 06/01/2016 Published On 06/01/2016

Summer in San Antonio brings outdoor concerts, beer festivals, and melted, painfully hot steering wheels. Hey, the realities of our most complicated season are inescapable. But that shouldn't stop you from making the most of the local events that should be added to your calendar immediately. Besides, beer and live music can do a lot to keep you cool, calm, and collected.

Ranger Creek

June

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Jun 3-6

Listen to SA's best jazz musicians at Summer Art and Jazz Festival There's ample free parking around Crockett Park, and admission to the festival is free... so there's literally zero reason you shouldn't attend. While you're listening to the music, check out some quality local food vendors.

Crockett Park

Listen to SA's best jazz musicians at Summer Art and Jazz Festival Crockett Park There's ample free parking around Crockett Park, and admission to the festival is free... so there's literally zero reason you shouldn't attend. While you're listening to the music, check out some quality local food vendors.

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Jun 4 Sat

Drink alcohol in the morning without feeling guilty at United We Brunch If brunch is the ultimate hangover cure, then this festival is like 50 over-the-counter herbal supplements. SA brunch giants like Liberty Bar, Bite, and Smoke will be slinging Bloody Marys, mimosas, and brunch tastings all morning. If brunch isn't your thing, visiting the Jack Guenther Pavilion is worth the price of admission. It's easily one of the most beautiful venues in our city.

Jack Guenther Pavilion

Drink alcohol in the morning without feeling guilty at United We Brunch Jack Guenther Pavilion If brunch is the ultimate hangover cure, then this festival is like 50 over-the-counter herbal supplements. SA brunch giants like Liberty Bar, Bite, and Smoke will be slinging Bloody Marys, mimosas, and brunch tastings all morning. If brunch isn't your thing, visiting the Jack Guenther Pavilion is worth the price of admission. It's easily one of the most beautiful venues in our city.

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Jun 4 Sat

Bring a lawn chair and drink specialty beers at Ranger Creek's Summer Open House Check out the city's only brewstillery and its whiskey samplings, specialty beer offerings, and creative cocktails. $10 gets you a souvenir glass and three beers. Dress for summer -- there aren't a lot of shaded areas outside.

Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

Bring a lawn chair and drink specialty beers at Ranger Creek's Summer Open House Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling Check out the city's only brewstillery and its whiskey samplings, specialty beer offerings, and creative cocktails. $10 gets you a souvenir glass and three beers. Dress for summer -- there aren't a lot of shaded areas outside.

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Jun 16 Thu

Get starstruck as Dave Chappelle goes through his standup routine at the Aztec Be careful not to rupture a hernia while you watch one of this decade's best stand-up comedians. Heed our advice -- do not bring your cellphone to the Aztec for this show, they will kick you out!

The Aztec Theatre

Get starstruck as Dave Chappelle goes through his standup routine at the Aztec The Aztec Theatre Be careful not to rupture a hernia while you watch one of this decade's best stand-up comedians. Heed our advice -- do not bring your cellphone to the Aztec for this show, they will kick you out!

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Jun 18 Sat

Sample specialty tequilas at Tequila, Taco, and Cerveza Fest Enjoy the middle of June inside the air-conditioned confines of the Freeman Coliseum. After guzzling some fancy tequila, make sure to check out the chihuahua race. $35 gets you 10 (!) tequila samples, a koozie, and a shot glass.

Expo Hall Freeman Coliseum

Sample specialty tequilas at Tequila, Taco, and Cerveza Fest Expo Hall Freeman Coliseum Enjoy the middle of June inside the air-conditioned confines of the Freeman Coliseum. After guzzling some fancy tequila, make sure to check out the chihuahua race. $35 gets you 10 (!) tequila samples, a koozie, and a shot glass.

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July

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Jul 2 Sat

Swoon over country troubadour Charlie Robison's good timing hits Celebrate Robison's divorce from Dixie Chick, Emily Erwin by singing along to his self proclaimed divorce record -- Beautiful Day. Bring a dance partner -- Floore's has the best two-stepping floor in SA.

Floore's Country Store

Swoon over country troubadour Charlie Robison's good timing hits Floore's Country Store Celebrate Robison's divorce from Dixie Chick, Emily Erwin by singing along to his self proclaimed divorce record -- Beautiful Day. Bring a dance partner -- Floore's has the best two-stepping floor in SA.

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Jul 4 Mon

Watch the sky explode at SA's Official Independence Day Celebration The best part of celebrating our country's independence is the prevalence of loud, twisting, exploding firebombs in the sky. Why not check out SA's biggest firework show from the best vantage point in the city?

Woodlawn Lake Park

Watch the sky explode at SA's Official Independence Day Celebration Woodlawn Lake Park The best part of celebrating our country's independence is the prevalence of loud, twisting, exploding firebombs in the sky. Why not check out SA's biggest firework show from the best vantage point in the city?

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Jul 15 Fri

See Texas music legend Alejandro Escovedo live at Sam's Burger Joint More popular 80 miles north, Escovedo deserves respect in SA. Known for heart-wrenchingly personal songs, his performances are widely thought of as some of the best in Central Texas. Eat a burger before the show begins -- Sam's Burger Joint is known for more than its music.

Sam's Burger Joint

See Texas music legend Alejandro Escovedo live at Sam's Burger Joint Sam's Burger Joint More popular 80 miles north, Escovedo deserves respect in SA. Known for heart-wrenchingly personal songs, his performances are widely thought of as some of the best in Central Texas. Eat a burger before the show begins -- Sam's Burger Joint is known for more than its music.

Blue Lotus Winery

August

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Aug 5 Fri

Witness one of the last of the honky tonk heros, Dale Watson, tear it up at Floore's Infamous for leaving shows on the back of his custom chopper motorcycle, Watson will entertain Floore's for hours with his anti-Nashville rhetoric. For $12, there's nothing better to do on a Friday night.

Floore's Country Store

Witness one of the last of the honky tonk heros, Dale Watson, tear it up at Floore's Floore's Country Store Infamous for leaving shows on the back of his custom chopper motorcycle, Watson will entertain Floore's for hours with his anti-Nashville rhetoric. For $12, there's nothing better to do on a Friday night.

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Aug 6 Sat

Take the week's frustrations out on some innocent grapes at the Grape Stomp Pretend those grapes are your enemies, and stomp them until they're delicious wine. One ticket gets your feet purple with crushed-up grapes, a spaghetti dinner, a T-shirt, and two glasses of wine. Just don't fall down...

Blue Lotus Winery

Take the week's frustrations out on some innocent grapes at the Grape Stomp Blue Lotus Winery Pretend those grapes are your enemies, and stomp them until they're delicious wine. One ticket gets your feet purple with crushed-up grapes, a spaghetti dinner, a T-shirt, and two glasses of wine. Just don't fall down...

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