With June Comes the Summer Solstice, Garden Tea Parties, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Yogis reach their arms into the air during a session of bunny yoga at Mobile Om Base Studio.

Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard Report

The international day of yoga lands on Friday with many of opportunities to get a session in over the weekend.

Summer is officially here! The summer solstice – the longest day of the year for those of us living above the equator – brings us more than 12 hours of daylight on Friday. Use this weekend to revel in the summertime, but make sure to stay cool as temperatures rise. There are plenty of activities, indoors and outdoors, to enjoy the waning days of June.

International Day of Yoga

There are numerous yoga and meditation-related events going on around San Antonio to commemorate the fifth annual International Day of Yoga this weekend. Try chair yoga for seniors at the District 5 Senior Center at 10 a.m. Friday, or beginner yoga at Confluence Park at 10 a.m. Sunday. And on Friday, the Rivercenter Mall has a yoga event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with free yoga mats, yoga classes, and a festival of colors. Look for events near you with a searchable map here.
Friday-Sunday
Free

Lunch Break on Houston Street

Celebrate the Majestic Theatre’s 90th birthday on Friday! There will be cake, music, and sidewalk games for attendees. Pho-U Vietnamese Cuisine and Mi Taquito Arandas Jalisco food trucks also will be there selling eatables for lunch.
Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
Free

Date Night in the Garden: Chillin’ and Grillin’

Need some summer date-night inspiration? San Antonio Botanical Garden is bringing hot cast-iron grilled skewers to the dinner table. Enjoy cocktails and hands-on dessert activities on Friday night with your boo. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Non-member tickets cost $60, and members pay $54. Buy tickets here.
Friday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.
$54-$60

Don’t Count the Tortillas: A Plática with Chef Adán Medrano

Chef and food writer Adán Medrano puts on a free food demo Friday at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. Medrano will read from his book, Don’t Count the Tortillas: The Art of Mexican Cooking, and then demonstrate some of the recipes from the book. Audience questions are encouraged, as the event is interactive. After a formal Q&A session, food from Medrano’s book will be served. Books will be available for purchase. The demo is free, but donations are encouraged.
Friday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave.
Free

Show Us Your Pride!

Head to Brick at Blue Star for a free Pride kickoff event featuring the Showgirls of Rey Lopez and complimentary bites and drinks. There will also be HIV testing, local art and food vendors, and resources from UNIFY San Antonio and Kind Clinic.
Friday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star
Free

Cabañuelas Book Reading with Norma Cantú

Norma Cantú reads from her new novel, Cabañuelas, at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center on Saturday. In the book, protagonist Nena moves from Laredo to Madrid, Spain, to research the roots of Laredo’s traditional fiestas. Her research teaches her more about herself and where she comes from, but she must make the decision to stay in Madrid with her new love or return to Texas, where her family and job wait.
Saturday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave.
Free

PUP Walk

Bring your (well-behaved and leashed) dogs along for a Saturday morning cleanup at McAllister Park. Buckets and gloves will be provided, as well as water and a cool-down area for dogs. Meet at Al Becken Pavilion at 9 a.m. for directions.
Saturday, 9-10:30 a.m.
McAllister Park
Free

June Open House

The San Antonio African American Community Archive & Museum is opening its doors to the public to display works from this year’s Black History in San Antonio Conference. The conference showcased research from students at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Students chose topics related to black history in Bexar County.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
San Antonio African American Community Archive & Museum, 430 N. Cherry St.
Free

Free Screening: Anina

Uruguyan-Colombian film Anina follows a 10-year-old girl who gets teased for her name, which is a palindrome. She tries to take one of her classmates on during recess, but the girls are punished and receive a closed black envelope for a week. Anina opens the envelope too soon, and finds herself mixed up in all sorts of adventures. Anina was nominated for best foreign-language film at the 86th Academy Awards. The movie is recommended for children 8 years and older, and will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles. No tickets required to attend. Seating is limited to 100 people.
Saturday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway St.
Free

ADL 85th Birthday Petstravaganza

The Animal Defense League of Texas was chartered on June 19, 1934, and is celebrating its 85th birthday on Saturday. Bring your pup along with proof of up-to-date rabies vaccinations and on a non-retractable leash. You and your furry friend can enjoy birthday cake, live music, family-friendly games, and more. Donations will be accepted in lieu of presents – you can buy something off of the ADL’s Amazon wishlist here or donate to the ADL directly here.
Saturday, 1 p.m-4 p.m.
Animal Defense League of Texas, 11300 Nacogdoches Rd.
Free

The Rocky Horror Picture Show with O’Brien’s Orchestra

Enjoy campy cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Aztec Theatre on Saturday, augmented by the shadowcast from O’Brien’s Orchestra. Singing along is encouraged. Must be 18 years or older to attend. Tickets are required, and can be purchased here. If you want a movie prop bag – toilet paper, party hats, and noise makers included – those can be snagged here for $5 per bag.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s
$10-$16

Jungle Boogie Nights

The San Antonio Zoo is kicking off its after-hours Saturday parties with singer-songwriter Cooper Greenberg. Doors open at 6 p.m. and partygoers can enjoy food and happy hour specials on drinks. Tickets cost $9 at the gate, and annual passholders enter for free.
Saturday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St.
$9

Drag Me to Church

It’s Pride Month, and it’s also Sunday. Head to Living Church at Woodlawn Pointe for Sunday services starting at 11 a.m., with free brunch and a drag show with some of the city’s best entertainers after the service.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Living Church at Woodlawn Pointe, 702 Donaldson Ave.
Free

The Witte’s Whimsical Garden Tea

Summer calls for garden parties, and the Witte Museum has one on Sunday for those itching to get out their best summer hats. There will be high tea classic snacks, and mimosas and wine for those 21 years and older. Tea party attendees can also explore The Art of Texas: 250 Years exhibition and enjoy family-friendly activities like face painting and balloon making, All proceeds from the event will go to the Witte’s Free Tuesday initiative. Children can partake in tea time for $25, adults for $100, and a family package for two adults and two children goes for $225. Sponsorship tables cost $1,500. Find tickets here.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St.
$25-$1,500

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