Fun things to do in San Antonio

By John Savoie
Pulse Staff Reporter

Photo of Day of the Dead Sugar Skull. Photo by John Savoie.
Day of the Dead Sugar Skull. Photo by John Savoie.

Some people feel the need to go out of their way to have a good time, whether to Sea World or Fiesta Texas, or clubs, such as Graham Central Station or Industry.

However, places to have fun are close by. So forget about the long commute. The following places should give you an idea of what San Antonio has going on, and it’s all nearby.

China Garden, located at 801 South Presa Street, has recently added an outdoor patio, which has 10 tables and an outdoor bar. In their bar, they feature Chinese wine as well as other adult beverages.

“We host a lot of events at China Garden,” said Crystal Malaam, assistant manager. “We host get-together parties for small groups as well as for bridal showers. On the weekends, we have DJs spinning music, and we have a lot of fun activities in our parking lots, as well.”

First Friday is a big deal here in San Antonio, especially for the Blue Star Arts Complex that celebrates this event in a big way. Blue Star is one of San Antonio’s longest running art spaces, and it also features places to quench your thirst and feed your hunger.

“Every venue participates in First Friday,” said a spokesperson for the Blue Star Arts Complex. “We get a lot of people from all over San Antonio, and they walk the complex, and we have vendors showcasing their art. There is art for sale, and you can just take a nice walk through downtown and see all the great art that is available, have some great food and just have a real nice time.”

If you are into Halloween, then you have a lot of choices. Traders Village will have a Day of the Dead event on Saturday, Oct 25. This day will include a parade, artists, dancing and more. Starting Oct. 18, the Texas Transportation Museum will host a Halloween Spooktacular where you can ride on The Transylvania Express and walk through the Ghost Train and take a haunted train ride.

For all you fitness fans out there or for anyone who wants to get in shape, then CrossFit is for you. The King William District CrossFit combines a serious work out and puts together weightlifting, gymnastics and racing, all in one.

“It can be intimidating,” said Dan Kachtik, owner of King William CrossFit. “No two workouts are the same. We cater to all people of all walks of life. The youngest person we have is 14 years old, and the oldest is 64 years old. We have coaches on hand, and they will help you in your workouts.”

As you can see, there are many things to do in San Antonio, and they are not too far from us here at Palo Alto College.