2013 Texas Folklife Festival

Following are pictures from Saturday night (June 8) at the 2013 Texas Folklife Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures in downtown San Antonio. There didn’t seem to be as many attendees or participants this year as in year’s past. Perhaps the heat or high school graduations kept people away. The lack of crowds made it easy to get a seat and enjoy music and dancing while sampling a variety of delicious food. I enjoyed food from the Vietnamese, Wendish, Pakistani and Japanese booths.

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San Antonio Fiesta 2013

Fiesta 2013 was memorable for the wonderfully cool weather and rain. I didn’t make it to as many events as I had planned but I was still worn out by Sunday. Following are pictures from some of the events. For pictures of Fiesta Hats please visit my post here. Thanks to Peter Ray for taking pictures.

San Antonio Symphony Fiesta Pops

San Antonio Symphony Fiesta Pops

Texas Cavaliers River Parade

Texas Cavaliers River Parade

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Cornyation

Cornyation

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

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Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

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Fiesta Hats 2013

Fiesta Hats seem to get bigger and more creative every year. Following are pictures of hats that I took on Thursday evening at Fiesta Fiesta, the official grand opening ceremony of Fiesta 2013, in front of the Alamo. Updated on April 29 to add pictures of Fiesta hats I saw at NIOSA. For more pictures of Fiesta hats please check out my blogs from previous years here and here.

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San Antonio Book Festival 2013

The Texas Book Festival/San Antonio Edition was held last Saturday, April 13, at the Central Library and at the Southwest School of Art. A variety of free book-related activities were offered including author discussions, readings and storytelling, children’s activities, food trucks, live music and vendors. The event was organized by the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and the Texas Book Festival . I enjoyed the event immensely and hope that more people will attend the event next year.

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Lowrider Festival 2013

Centro Cultural Aztlan organized San Antonio’s 31st annual Lowrider Festival on Sunday, April 7, 2013. The festival was held for the first time at the Deco District on Fredericksburg Road. The festival celebrated Lowrider cars, classic cars and custom bicycles. Live music, food vendors, and art booths added to the festive atmosphere.

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Siclovia: Spring 2013

Siclovia experienced a great turnout of families, dogs, adults and teens. The City closed Broadway to motorized vehicles from Alamo Plaza to Mulberry Street for five hours on Sunday, April 7. Participants at the free event were able to move freely in the street and participate in fun exercise activities in parks and parking lots along the route. Participants used many different types of wheeled transportation including a variety of bicycles, skateboards, unicycles, tricycles, scooters and a few contraptions that were new to me. Reclovia stops along Broadway included a yoga class, an aerobics dance class, bands, information booths and children’s activities. The next Siclovia is September 29, 2013.

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Luminaria 2013

Luminaria is one of my favorite San Antonio festivals and I looked forward to going each year.  Luminaria 2013 was an entertaining and inspiring celebration of lights, music, poetry, dance, bicycles, cars and food.  Next year I need to develop a better strategy for walking around so I can see more of the performers. Some of the artists I especially enjoyed were the Jazz Poets of San Antonio, the Austin Bike Zoo and the light show on the big stone head (not sure what the official name of that statue is). Thanks to Mark and Denise McGrath and Peter Ray for providing me with the following pictures (I forgot to take my camera).

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