This Weekend Is Not Just for the Super Bowl: Western Parade and More on Tap

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Texas A&M Aggie Wranglers dance in front of The Buckhorn Saloon on Houston Street. Photo by Scott Ball.

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Texas A&M Aggie Wranglers dance in front of The Buckhorn Saloon on Houston Street during the 2016 Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive.

It’s Super Bowl weekend, which means there are lots of watch parties to attend and wings to be consumed. But if you’re not into football, halftime entertainment Maroon 5, or funny commercials, we’ve found some alternative pastimes for you.

Vaquero Cook-Off

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is hosting its first-ever Vaquero Cook-Off at La Villita Historic Arts Village. On Friday, competitors will cook up their best Spanish rice, and on Saturday, the stakes get higher with charro beans, carne guisada, and menudo. There will be live music both days, and attendees can sample food entries and browse La Villita shops.
Friday – Saturday
418 Villita St.
Free

Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive

The parade and cattle drive of Texas Longhorns kicks off this year’s Stock Show & Rodeo. The parade featuring cowboys, covered wagons, and escaramuzas starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday under Interstate 35 at West Houston Street (you can see the parade route here), but get there at 9 a.m. to enjoy kid’s games, family activities, and biscuits and gravy. There’s also a 5K run/walk and 1K walk for two-legged participants. On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at La Villita, and costs $55. Children under 12 years of age and 1K registrants pay $45.
9 a.m. 
418 Villita St.

Bad Romance: Valentine’s True Crime and Ghost Tour

Get a jump-start on Valentine’s month by taking your boo on a spooky date. Starting at the historic Alamo, this walking tour through downtown is filled with true crime and ghost stories, murder mysteries, and more. Book your ticket here, or call 210-802-9187. And if you miss Saturday’s tour, don’t worry – there are more walks on Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 14-15.
8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
300 Alamo Plaza
$15

African-American Quilt Exhibit

The African American Quilt Circle of San Antonio is celebrating Black History Month with an art exhibit at the Carver Branch Library on Saturday. There will be narrative quilts, contemporary quilts, art quilts, and more on display. Learn about fiber art expression and see non-traditional styles of quilting at this free exhibit.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
3350 E. Commerce St.
Free

Chocoholic Frolic

Sunday morning is your chance to max out your endorphin levels with jogging and chocolate at Morgan’s Wonderland. The Chocoholic Frolic features chip-timed 5K and 10K races for adults, and a KidsK for the youngsters. Each race has chocolate stops along the way, so if you’re really just there to snack, you can take your sweet time before crossing the finish line. Registering before race day runs $35 for the 5K and 10K, and $10 for the KidsK. Packet pickup is available Friday at Fleet Feet, 7322 Jones Maltsberger Rd., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday registration costs $40 for the 5K and 10K, while the KidsK costs $15. Registration and packet pickup starts at 7:30 a.m., the KidsK starts at 8:45 a.m., and the 5K and 10K start at 9 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
5223 David Edwards Dr.
$15-$40

Family Day See + Do: Journey to Japan

Make a Sunday trip to the San Antonio Museum of Art to learn more about Japanese culture. Take a family-friendly tour, or get in touch with your artistic side with samurai helmets, origami, and more. Activities are included with admission, and kids aged 12 and under are free.
Noon-3 p.m.
200 West Jones Ave.
Included with museum admission

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