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53º | Partly cloudy | 20% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:29 a.m. | Sunset 5:48 p.m.

 
😎 The three-day weekend is here
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Spend Labor Day Weekend on the San Antonio River Walk. | Photo by Shelly Collins on Unsplash
Who’s ready for a three-day weekend? It’s the first holiday of the school year, and we’re sure parents and students alike are already needing it.

Every year, Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September and celebrates the social + economic achievements of workers in the US. So sit back and relax because we rounded up local events + markets to get you through the long weekend.

🛍️ Markets and food

Labor Day Brunch | Box Street Social, 632 Hemisfair Blvd. | Monday, Sep. 4 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Come for brunch and stay to shop local vendors with Texas Markets.

Labor Day Artisan Show | San Antonio River Walk | Friday, Sep. 1- Monday, Sep. 4 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Shop from over 40 local artists featuring pottery, textiles, jewelry, paintings, and more.

World Class Tournaments Arrival: After Party | Cherrity Bar, 302 Montana St. | Saturday, Sep. 2 | 6-11 p.m. | This local bar is hosting a free anime market featuring anime vendors, boba tea, video game tournaments, and more.

Labor Day Backyard BBQ | Camp 1604, 5535 N. Loop 1604 W. | Sunday, Sep. 3 | 6 p.m. | Come enjoy this 21+ party complete with a beer pong tournament (starts at 9 p.m.), $3 beer + hotdog combos, $5 frozen cocktails, and a live DJ.

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Join this Northside bar for its Labor Day event featuring food + drink specials and games.

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Photo by SATXtoday team

🎉 Events

Labor Day Celebration | Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St. | Saturday, Sep. 2- Sunday Sep. 3 | Times vary | Hang out at this family-friendly event featuring live music, kid-friendly games, food, and more.

Labor Day Weekend Music Fest | Paper Tiger, 2410 N. Saint Mary’s St. | Saturday, Sep. 2 | 6 p.m. | Venture down to this local bar + music venue and check out Mary Maria, Dunwich Heroes, Darkness Emerged, and more.

SARR Labor Day Whine Run | Tuscany Venue, 16102 Old Fredericksburg Rd. | Monday, Sep. 4 | 7:30 a.m. | Celebrate the end of summer with 5K and 5-miler race with friends, Whining, and of course wine.

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Celebrate Labor Day downtown at Market Square.

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Photo by City of San Antonio

 
 
Events
 
Thursday, Aug. 31
  • Elsewhere Market | Thursday, Aug. 31 | 5-10:30 p.m. | Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen, 103 E. Jones Ave., San Antonio | Free | Grab a bite to eat and something to drink, then shop at this vendor market.
  • Live Trivia | Thursday, Aug. 31 | 7-9 p.m. | Tipsy Cowgirl, 602 NW Loop 410 Ste. 144, San Antonio | Free | Join Challenge Entertainment and test your knowledge on everything from history and science to pop culture and sports.
  • 10th Annual Bey Day | Thursday, Aug. 31 | 9 p.m. | Brass Monkey, 2702 N. Saint Mary’s St., San Antonio | Free | Celebrate Beyonce’s birthday with a dance party and free shirts for the first 100 people.
Friday, Sept. 1
  • Party on the Plaza | Friday, Sept. 1 | 7-11 p.m. | Tower of the Americas, 739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio | Free | Catch a performance by variety band Bittersweet.
  • Black Swan Artisan Market & Spooky Movie Fest | Friday, Sept. 1-Sunday, Sept. 3 | Times vary | Victoria’s Black Swan Inn, 1006 Holbrook Rd., San Antonio | Free | Come shop at this local family-friendly market and enjoy spooky movies on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • First Friday Pub Run | Friday, Sept. 1 | 8-11 p.m. | The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, 318 E. Houston St., San Antonio | Free | Come dressed up in your favorite anime or video game cosplay and explore seven San Antonio bars.
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News Notes
 
Civic
  • The Budget Town Hall meeting for District 2 has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 5, at the Copernicus Community Center (5003 Lord Rd.). Residents can register to attend the Town Hall and learn about the city’s proposed 2024 fiscal year budget. Get more info with our budget breakdown.
Drink
  • Gravves Coffee is hosting a soft opening for its new brick and mortar location at 2106 McCullough Ave. on Saturday, Sep. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come check out this local coffee truck-turned-shop owned by Mauricio Cruz and Daniel Contreras. Try this: The Elixir is the shop’s signature ube latte.
Closed
  • This is a pickle. Chicken n Pickle on UTSA Blvd. will temporarily close from Monday, Sep. 4 through Friday, Sep. 8. Throughout the week, the restaurant and pickleball facility will undergo renovations. Don’t worry, they plan to reopen Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. in time for the weekend.
Festival
  • Calling all cosplayers. San Japan, the largest anime and gaming convention in South Texas, returns to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center beginning tomorrow through Sunday, Sep. 3. Passes for the event range from $35.88 to $85.20 and can be purchased online or at the convention center.
Coming Soon
  • Naco Mexican Eatery is opening its third location near the Pearl. Naco Grayson plans to offer tacos, tortas, and chilaquiles in a patio setting with a pickup window. The new location will join Sari-Sari, Bexar Goods, and Sippy’s Beer + Wine at the SA Yacht Club. (SA Current)
Community
  • Fiesta San Antonio will host its 5 to 1 Poster Selection Event at the San Antonio Garden Center on Tuesday, Sep. 19 from 6-8 p.m. The poster that receives the most votes will be selected as the Official 2024 Fiesta Poster. Voters must be a registered member of the organization.
Health
  • The anticipated University Health’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital has delayed its opening due to a water line break. According to officials, a fire sprinkler standpipe ruptured last week causing flooding throughout the 12-story building. Cleanup has begun but no official opening date has been announced. (SA Report)
Travel
  • Blue Lacy, Austin’s newest all-day eatery located inside Origin Hotel, has launched a brand-new breakfast menu that will make the trip to Austin worth your while. Pro tip: The hotel offers a 15% locals discount for all Texas residents — just show your ID at check in.*
 
Question
 
Mount Rushmore — San Antonio’s version
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Who would you place on San Antonio’s Mount Rushmore? | Graphic by 6AM City
Help us out with this monumental question — who would you put on a Mount Rushmore for San Antonio?

Last week, we asked you to submit your recommendations — we chiseled down the results and gathered the top 10 names submitted.

Here are your finalists:
  • Selena Quintanilla
  • Coach Greg Popovich
  • Tim Duncan
  • Manu Ginobili
  • Hispanic Elvis
  • David Robinson
  • Lila Cockrell
  • Tony Parker
  • George Strait
  • The Coyote
Vote for your top four by filling out our finalist survey by Monday, Sept. 11. The winners from this ballot will then be featured in a special newsletter celebrating their achievements, with — of course — visuals of what we think their mountain would look like. It’s a face-off, San Antonio.
 
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The Wrap
 
Adriana Christian.png Today’s edition by:
Adriana
From the editor
This Labor Day weekend, I’m hoping to hang out by the pool with some margaritas and enjoy the summer weather. In most parts of the US, this is the unofficial end of the summer and the beginning of fall. However, here in South Texas, we’ll be seeing the 100 degree weather for awhile but that won’t stop me from pulling out my fall decor.
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