What to do this weekend in San Antonioo

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It’s always festival season in San Antonio. This weekend sees the return of Taco Fest: Music y Mas, and the Tejano Conjunto Festival is fast approaching. Here’s a look at the weekend’s art and entertainment highlights.

The musicians of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra: Again performing independently of the orchestra, the remarkable musicians will perform works by Beethoven, Mozart and Skoryk. Former musical director Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts. In fact, it was his choice to conduct these concerts that prompted the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra to fire Lang-Lessing as Music Director Emeritus. 7:30 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church, 515 McCullough Ave. $20, mosas.org.

Bert Kreischer: A comedic storyteller known for his elaborate tangents and tendency to throw off his shirt mid-show, Kreischer is here to pick up where he left off amid the pandemic with the “Berty Boy Relapse Tour.” Kreischer’s specials include “Hey Big Boy” and “The Machine,” and he hosts the “Bertcast” and “2 Bears 1 Cave” podcasts. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Majestic Theater, 224 E. Houston St. $40-$365, majesticempire.com.

Sea Life Mermaids: The finned women of folklore take over Sea Life San Antonio with the downtown aquarium’s first-ever mermaid experience. Marvel as mermaids dive underwater with Sea Life’s rescued sharks, rays and sea turtles. Visitors can also take a selfie with the mermaids on land when meeting and welcoming the mermaids. Mermaid Shows 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:30-5:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday (reception 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.), Sea Life Aquarium, Shops at Rivercenter, 849 E. Commerce St. Included with Sea Life admission; tickets start at $25.99, visitsealife.com/san-antonio.

Damien Escobar: Violinist Escobar appeared on the third season of “America’s Got Talent” as part of brother act Nuttin’ But Stringz. Now working solo, he makes heartfelt instrumental albums such as ‘Boundless’. On songs like “Awaken”, Escobar demonstrates his ability to combine classical music with jazz and R&B sensibilities. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle. $85, tobincenter.org.

He came from Camp Crystal Lake: This night market will feature nearly 50 artists and vendors specializing in geek merchandise. Since it’s happening on Friday the 13th, the market will feature photo ops with a professional Jason Voorhees cosplayer and get-togethers with “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives” alumni Darcy DeMoss and Tom Fridley. 7-11 p.m. Friday, Pica Pica Plaza, 910 SE Military Drive. Free, Facebook @PicaPica Plaza.

King Hannah: This rock duo from Liverpool composed a series of songs reminiscent of the classic sounds of the southern United States on their debut album “I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me”. Anyone familiar with the deadpan tones of artists such as Kurt Vile will find their place in the band’s work. 7 p.m. Friday, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St. $15, papertigersatx.com.

The Old 97s return to town this weekend for a show at Floore’s Country Store.

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Saturday

Taco Fest: music and more: This annual downtown festival returns with a musical lineup made up of Mexican rock band Kinky and ace conjunto Santiago Jimenez Jr. More than two dozen restaurants, taquerías and food trucks, including Chela’s, Patty’s Taco House and Mr. Meximum, will participate, and all will offer at least a $2 taco. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Travis Park, 301 E. Travis St. $20 (VIP package available), tacocapitaloftheworld.

Old 97: For three decades, these Texas country rockers, led by Rhett Miller, have amassed a stellar catalog studded with classic songs like “Barrier Reef,” “Question,” and “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive.” The 2020 studio album “Twelfth” sees the band reminiscing about their career and the artists who inspired them, and reflecting on what the future might hold. 7 p.m. Saturday, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Road. $25. liveatfloores.com.

Chelsea Handler will laugh at the Majestic Theater on Saturday.

Chelsea Handler will laugh at the Majestic Theater on Saturday.

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Chelsea Manager: An outspoken stage presence, Handler is likely to discuss everything from encounters with strangers in public places to encounters with recreational drugs. His high-profile projects have included the E! late-night talk show “Chelsea Lately” and books like “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. Her latest special, “Chelsea Handler: Evolution,” airs on HBO Max. 8 p.m. Saturday, Majestic Theater, 224 E. Houston St. $50-$200, majesticempire.com.

Kevin Gates: An artist who is not afraid to dedicate himself entirely to the microphone, Gates has made inroads in his previous career with his many mixtapes like “Luca Brasi 2”. Gates recently teased the upcoming release of his upcoming studio album, “Khaza,” and released the single “Big Lyfe,” which charts his rise to fame. 8 p.m. Saturday, Technology Port Center + Arena, 3331 General Hudnell Drive. $55 to $80, techportcenter.com.

Yosh and Yimmy’s album release: This Texas folk duo is gearing up to release their debut album, “Three Rivers.” Judging by the single “The Day You Learned to Fly”, the album will show the vocal work and contemplative harmonies of Yosh and Yimmy. 8 p.m., Saturday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks. $5 to $10, 502bar.com.

Sunday

Frederic Sawyer: Fredericks, who won the eighth season of “The Voice,” is celebrating the release of his second album, “Flowers For You,” which sees the singer known for his blues-tinged folk style expand into the broader American genre. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St. $25-$70, samsburgerjoint.com.

Alamo City Street Choir: This choir, designed to give homeless people a creative outlet, will perform songs from Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell.” 2 p.m. Sunday, Travis Park Church, 230 E. Travis St. Free (donations will be accepted), sachamberchoir.org.

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