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Brewery Running Series

Texas Brewery Running Series will present its Brewery Running Series: Ranger Creek 5K Run. The event features a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at Ranger Creek and weaves throughout the surrounding neighborhood.

All participants will receive a craft brew at the finish line from Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling, a choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series, a chance to win door prizes, like Brewery Running Series merchandise or beer to take home, access to event festivities like live music, games, goodies and giveaways, and more.

Free Roam Brewing Company presents Run for Beer 5k

Free Roam Brewing Company will present Run for Beer 5K. The event features a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at the new taproom.

Participants will get a free craft brew from Free Roam Brewing, their choice of a seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series, a chance to win door prizes, like Brewery Running Series merchandise or a growler to take home, and access to event festivities like live music, games, goodies, and giveaways.

Culinaria Hallowine Run

The Hallowine Run will be filled with more treats than tricks, as the finish line reception features spooktacular bites from some of San Antonio’s best chefs, along with adult beverages.

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Win a pair of premium MotoGP tickets at Austin's Circuit of The Americas

Vroom Vroom

One of the most thrilling race experiences of the year is coming up fast, and you won't want to miss it. MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas is the only North American round of the world's premier motorcycle racing championship, and it's speeding into Circuit of The Americas on April 8-10, 2022.

On deck for the three-day event is a lineup of MotoGP, MotoAmerica, Moto2, and Moto3 racing, along with the North American Talent Cup, which will be there for the first time.

Two fan zones will be packed with the FMX Motorcycle Stunt Show, Red Bull athletes, motorcycle vendors, and amusement rides, while the newly expanded Lonestar Land will have mouthwatering Texas barbecue, music, and amazing photo opps.

Fans can even take a parade lap on the track with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts in front of thousands of cheering fans with a Geico Cycle Coral package.

The insurance company is also providing free motorcycle parking, or you can roll up in an RV and set up camp mere steps from all the action.

The coolest part? You could win a pair of premium grandstand seats located at Turn 15. Simply head to CultureMap’s Instagram and like this post, follow both @culturemapsa and @cota_official, and tag your race-day buddy for the chance to win. We'll select and notify the winner on Wednesday, March 30.

Of course, if you don't want to take any chances, you can purchase an array of ticket options, ranging from $42 general admission grandstand seats to the Ducati package, which includes a "taste of Italy" food sampling and the chance to take your Ducati for a lap around the world-famous COTA track.

Head to COTA April 8-10 for nonstop action.

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Head to COTA April 8-10 for nonstop action.

World’s largest outdoor escape game brings one-day treasure hunt to San Antonio

BOOTY CALL

Gather up ye scallywags and get ready to plunder some booty. The Pirates Treasure Hunt is blowing down to San Antonio.

Dubbed the world’s largest outdoor escape game, The Pirates Treasure Hunt descends on downtown San Antonio on Saturday, October 2 — and participants have the chance to win some actual treasure loot.

Produced by Florida-based firm City Scavenger, The Pirates Treasure Hunt is a touring adventure that’s part escape-room experience, part outdoor scavenger hunt, and all about the booty.

Locals grab a crew of two to six buccaneers then take to the streets of downtown San Antonio, where they’ll encounter virtual pirates and scurvy dogs, collect pieces of eight, and work to solve puzzles, ciphers, and other assorted tasks to earn points and clues. Once teams gather all the clues, they can solve the treasure map mystery.

The pirate excursion takes about two to three hours to complete, and will have marauders exploring area parks and landmarks to complete app-based tasks and challenges.

All you need to participate is a smartphone and a pirate’s sense of adventure.

The highest-scoring pirate crew will win a treasure of their own: a $300 prize. Plus, since you’ll be decked out in your best pirate puffy shirt and peg leg, you could also walk away with $60 in loot for winning the best-costumed team photo.

“The Pirates Treasure Hunt combines the entertaining and challenging experience of an escape room with an outdoor scavenger hunt. City Scavenger uses proprietary technology to lay out a virtual where-is-it board game across the city and engages swashbuckling teams … to explore various sites where virtual pirates test your knowledge, your powers of deduction, and your creativity before providing pieces of the treasure map,” says Steve Tishman, chief creative and event producer.

“Additionally, a local nonprofit will receive a portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold. This is our way of supporting the local communities that support us.”

The Pirates Treasure Hunt is timed, allowing teams two-and-a-half hours to complete all the tasks and identify the location of the missing treasure. The event is designed for teams of two to six Old Salts and Scallywags (adults and teens), Lads and Lassies (kids 12 and younger), and even four-legged dog friends who might like to play. Pirate crews can begin their adventure any time between 10 am and 1 pm on event day. The event closes at 4 pm.

Tickets run $50 per team, plus a $2.50 ticketing fee, and can be purchased online.

After The Pirates Treasure Hunt walks the plank down to San Antonio, the adventure will sail to Austin and Dallas on October 16, then to Houston on October 23.

Though the entire treasure hunt adventure is outdoors, organizers have instituted some COVID-19 safety measures, including providing staggered group start times and two different starting locations to better space teams. Organizers are also encouraging pirate participants to mask up.

Photo courtesy of COTA

The greatest spectacle on two wheels returns to COTA in Austin

Need for Speed

Ready for three days of bar-banging motorcycle racing action with the greatest riders in the world? Get back in the saddle when the fastest show on two wheels, the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, revs up Austin April 3-5 at Circuit of The Americas.

Austin's long-standing motorcycle heritage, coupled with COTA's cutting-edge racing facility, ensures that audiences can expect a jam-packed weekend of world-class two-wheeled excitement on-track alongside an incredible schedule of off-track entertainment.

Witness the fastest bikes in the world race around COTA's 3.42-mile track, jam out with Austin's top musical artists, and indulge in local Texas cuisine just steps away from the racing action. In addition to the Moto2 and Moto3 classes, MotoAmerica will bring its signature brand of star-spangled motorcycle racing to the track, filling out a stacked lineup of the world's greatest motorcycle riders.

Ready to buy tickets? Here are your options:

3-day General Admission
Soak up all the action just steps away from the track with this flexible ticket. Bring a chair or set out a blanket on any of the comfortable grassy hillsides, or move around and explore the Circuit to create your own personal viewing experience. Watch as drivers climb the 133-foot ascent of Turn 1, maneuver through the Esses, or attempt an overtake at Turn 15. Choose your own adventure — the viewing experiences are endless.

Premium Grandstands
Get the best seats with the best views in the best locations with these tickets. Cheer with thousands of other screaming fans in the Main Grandstand, peer across the Circuit at its highest point at the legendary Turn 1, or soak up the most exciting moments of the Grand Prix at Turn 15. The Grandstands offer comfortable permanent chairs — each with seat backs and cupholders — as well as spectacular views not found anywhere else in the world and easy access to concessions, merchandise, and parking.

Main Grandstand
Located on the Main Straight right on top of the start and finish lines, Main Grandstand seating is the ultimate way to enjoy a MotoGP weekend. Hold your breath as drivers line up on the starting grid, cheer emphatically with thousands of screaming fans as a last-lap battle unfolds, and dart onto the track during Track Invasion to experience the shower of Champagne and confetti erupting near the podium. In addition to great views of the starting grid, pit lane, and team garages, the Main Grandstand sits right in the shadow of the iconic Turn 1, the vertigo-inducing left-hander that's challenged the greatest riders in the world since COTA was founded.

Turn 1 Grandstand
There's a reason Turn 1 has already become legendary: This menacing, 133-foot hill challenges riders like nothing else in motorsports and offers unbelievable views of most of Circuit of The Americas. From the highest point on the track, you'll see the start of the race and you'll watch as riders brake from almost 200 mph to maneuver this tricky corner lap after lap.

Turn 15 Grandstand
The stadium section awaits. Surround yourself with the most avid fans in MotoGP while you take in views of five of COTA's most challenging corners. The Turn 15 Grandstand gets you a stunning view of the back straight, where bikes reach speeds of over 210 mph before diving into Turn 12. Many races across many different series have been won and lost in this crucial sector of the Circuit.

Turn 12
There's no experience quite like sitting in Turn 12. From the end of the back straight, you'll watch as riders brake from over 200 mph as they dive into this sharp left-handed turn. It's a drag race won only by the bravest competitors, and it's yours to witness during the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. Turn 12 are bleacher seats (no seat backs or cupholders), but you are allowed you to bring your own seat cushion and seat backs to elevate your viewing experience.

VIP Hospitality
Elevate your viewing experience with MotoGP hospitality packages. Sample some of the best local cuisine from award-winning chefs, cool down with a wide-array of drinks and premium bar service, and watch the white-knuckle racing action from some of the best vantage points around the Circuit.

Main Grandstand Suites
Experience the Main Straight in your own climate-controlled suite with trackside balcony seating. Enjoy all the action with excellent views of the pit lane, garages, starting grid, winner's podium, Turn 1, and the start/finish line. You'll also enjoy a flatscreen TV, WiFi access, savory meals from the chef's table buffet and refreshing drinks from an open premium bar, first-class assistance from a dedicated guest service team, and a reserved parking pass in Lot A (one for every four tickets purchased). Private suites also available in 16, 24, and 32-person units.

Main Grandstand Loge Box
Enjoy the Main Straight in eight-person semi-private boxes located on the wings of the Main Grandstand. Guests will have prime views of the start/finish line as well as the ascent to Turn 1. In-seat beverage service is available so you can sit back and relax during the race, while a set of Paddock Passes and two Lot A parking passes are included with full loge box purchase.

COTA Paddock Club
The ultimate premium hospitality experience at MotoGP. Watch the riders battle it out along the Main Straight from your seating that's suspended directly over the pit lane. See all the action from your balcony overlooking the paddock with fantastic views of the start/finish line, Turn 1, and Turn 20. A Paddock Pass is included, with a private staircase down to the ground level where team garages and transporters are stationed. Enjoy the full bar with unlimited cocktails, beer, wine, and soda; catered meals with continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack; special experiences, celebrity talks, and programmed spaces; and a reserved parking pass (one for every four tickets purchased).

Turn 12 Trackside Suites
Stand Texas-tall in an elevated, two-story suite at Turn 12 with views of the stadium section (Turns 12 through 16). Enjoy a first-floor, climate-controlled suite with wood floors and catch all the racing action on the second story with a 360-degree covered observation deck. Each suite has a maximum occupancy of 55 people.

3-day Flex Pass
Three days, three incredible views, one great price. Create your own one-of-a-kind weekend and experience everything COTA has to offer with a MotoGP Flex Pass, your ticket to all three of the premium grandstands. Upon purchase, you will select which grandstand you would like for each individual day. Mix and match to find your own perfect combination.

Tickets for this unforgettable weekend start at only $39 and can be purchased here or by contacting a sales representative at 512-301-6600. Children 12 and under receive free General Admission access with a paid adult.

Head to COTA April 3-5 for nonstop action.

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Head to COTA April 3-5 for nonstop action.
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San Antonio suburb among the richest places in Texas for 2023, plus more top stories

Hot Headlines

Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. San Antonio suburb cashes in among the richest places in Texas for 2023. Alamo Heights has been renamed the third richest place in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

2. San Antonio home sales slowed in December 2022, report finds. San Antonio sold 36,477 homes all year, a 10 percent decrease from 2021.

3. Here are the top 5 things to do in San Antonio this weekend. Nina Simone, Pink Floyd, the Beatles and more music-centered events made our roundup of the best things to do in Alamo City this weekend.

4. San Antonio Home & Garden Show returns with HGTV star. Ati Williams will headline the San Antonio Spring Home & Garden Show, which takes place February 24-26.

5. H-E-B opens first location in growing San Antonio suburb. The state-of-the-art facility offers 110,000 square feet of floor space, providing everything from cat food to charcuterie.


Popular Pearl brunch spot remixes with new weekend DJ nights

OONCE OONCE OONCE

Though Full Goods Diner has barely been open for half a year, it has already become a San Antonio staple for working weekday lunches and lingering Sunday Fundays. Now the Pearl eatery is looking to be a hot spot after dark.

Via release, the popular local haunt just announced a new limited-time music series, Full Goods at Night. Starting on February 2, Full Goods Diner will open select evenings throughout the month.

The Full Goods at Night series will feature popular local San Antonio DJs, including El West Side Sound, Hector Gallego, DJ Plata, Steven Lee Moya, and Cami Gee. Guests can enjoy live sets while indulging in a specially curated food and drink offerings.

The menu will include some of Full Goods Diner's best—selling items, such as French toast sticks, barbacoa waffle fries, and jumbo cheesy tots. Libations like the Attaboy Negroni, Royal Bermuda Daiquiri, Pink G&T, and more will fuel the festivities.

In addition to enjoying moonlight brunch, guests can relish some prime people-watching. And, of course, the restaurant is just a hop from other nightlife destinations like Pink Hill, 3 Star Bar, and Summer Camp Bar, making it the perfect party starter.

The series runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from February 2-25, 6-10 pm. The complete DJ schedule is listed below.

February 2 — El West Side Sound·
February 3 — Hector Gallego
February 4— DJ Plata
February 9 — El West Side Sound
February 10 — Steven Lee Moya
February 11 — Cami Gee
February 16 — El West Side Sound
February 17 — Steven Lee Moya
February 18 — Hector Gallego
February 23 — El West Side Sound
February 24— Steven Lee Moya
February 25 — DJ Plata

4 San Antonio culinary pioneers win $21K from the Texas Food & Wine Alliance

CULINARY INNOVATION

Texas’ skyrocketing culinary scene is about to get a huge boost. The Texas Food & Wine Alliance’s grant program has awarded $107,500 to 19 culinary innovators around the state. This marks the Alliance’s 11th year providing funding to support culinary projects contributing to local communities.

The award winners were announced in a ceremony at Austin's Holdsworth Center on January 21. A private panel of distinguished culinary experts chose the winners out of 40 grant applications this year. Nine winners hail from Austin, three from Dallas-Fort Worth, three from Houston, and four from San Antonio. The awards range from $1,500 to $10,000, with a special $25,000 grant investment from Austin favorite Tito’s Handmade Vodka in honor of the company’s 25th anniversary. Grant funding will support chefs, farms, and culinary education groups, among others.

Out of the four San Antonio area winners, Talking Tree Farm received the most from the grant program, $6,250 to purchase shipping containers for storage and to buy a solar-powered cold room for their harvests. John Marshall High School’s culinary arts program will use their $5,000 grant to establish a morning café. Agricultural project Habitable Spaces and pasture-raised chicken farm Cielito Lindo Farm also won $5,000 each to purchase equipment or build infrastructure to further their endeavors in the culinary space.

Austin-area winners received the most funding from the grant program, totalling $53,750, while San Antonio winners received $21,250 in total. Dallas/Fort Worth winners were awarded $19,750, and the three Houston recipients won $12,750. All of the 2022 winners reflect just how diverse the state's trailblazing culinary scene continues to expand.

“All of this year’s funded projects will further enrich the state through innovation and giveback,” said Erika White, executive director of the Alliance. “We’re extremely grateful to each of the Texas communities, our sponsors and their support in allowing us to reward these mold-breaking projects.”

In Austin, organic farm Trosi Farms was awarded the most funding ($10,000), which will help construct a germination shed for more stable plant start production. Locavore pioneer Boggy Creek Farm won $7,500 in grants to provide ADA-compliant accessibility to their new climate-controlled Tomato House, while Texas’ first organic feed mill, Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill & Farm, received $6,250 to help purchase a building to be used as a store for the local community.

The six other Austin area grant recipients, each winning $5,000, include Vista Farms at Vista Brewing, Jamaican family business Tierra Todun ATX, coffee roasters Rising Tide Roast Collaborative, culinary educator Chef Pascal Simon from Bake Austin, East Austin food truck Community Vegan, and Latinx pastry project Comadre Panaderia (who also just earned a James Beard nomination). All winners will be able to use their grants to improve efficiency and expand their businesses, or in Chef Pascal's case, further research and development for her upcoming cookbook for Gen-Z young adults.

After starting the program in Austin, grant co-chair and TFWA past president Cathy Cochran-Lewis says it was the Alliance’s dream to expand the grant statewide.

“We’re so humbled and thrilled to now not only support worthwhile projects across Texas but also to give more than a half million dollars in funding over the last decade to help dreams come true,” she says. “This is a tribute to the culinary talent and the community mindset we are lucky to have in our state.”

The winners in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas include:

For this year's Honorable Mention, the Alliance chose San Antonio eatery Tacos Cucuy, who will soon open a brick-and-mortar space with an expanded menu. Tacos Cucuy are currently looking for support to develop a Tex-Mex charcuterie program called La Cura Carnes Especiales.

More information about the 2022 grants and its recipients can be found on texasfoodandwinealliance.org.