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Old 03-15-2008, 09:24 PM
 
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Default Anyone make it out to Luminaria?

It was amazing! Although a little too amazing in places ;-)

I loved that everywhere you turned there was some art event (music, poetry readings, dance, film, paint, sculpture, etc) and very interactive. The downside was there was too much in a small space, so esp. with the music, there were competing bands within a short distance which really wasn't fair to the musicians or the listeners.

Overall, though, very impressive. I was dead tired as I had forgotten about it and had just walked downtown with my daughter to wander around a bit. Walked home and DH said "Luminaria starts in 30 minutes. Let's go!" But it was worth it.
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Old 03-16-2008, 06:44 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Unfortunately missed it this year, but saw it on the news and it looked to be really neat...plan on making it next year for sure!!!

It is not open today is it??? I think with the weather today would be a nice day to get out and walk around.
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:28 AM
 
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I went too. Good crowd.
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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It was great!!!!! The best part was the free shuttle bus from all the parking lots with free parking. A lesson to be learned by the city for Fiesta.
It was a bit of overload to the senses. The lights and the sounds and visuals were wonderful. And there was art to appeal to everyone's taste.
There were events all over the city, the museums and art galleries had different events all day. All free. Who says this city is lacking in culture? It's well hidden, but yesterday it was out in the open for eveyone.
The best part was the fireworks ending. They were better than New Year's Eve. They were shot off the top of the Emily Morgan over the Alamo.
The lights on the Alamo were my favorite. I hope that it becomes an annual event.

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Old 03-16-2008, 12:54 PM
 
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If forgot about the fireworks! We'd have been able to see them from home for sure, but I got tired and fell asleep
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:51 PM
 
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SA could really host this kind of event on a monthly basis (well, without the cost-prohibitive fireworks).

The event photos looked amazing and I was sad I wasn't in town to take advantage of this Hardberger-driven event.


Maybe he's not such an old coot after all



BN
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:18 AM
 
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SA could really host this kind of event on a monthly basis (well, without the cost-prohibitive fireworks).

The event photos looked amazing and I was sad I wasn't in town to take advantage of this Hardberger-driven event.

Maybe he's not such an old coot after all

BN
One of the wonderful things about it is that everything was FREE. none of the events I saw required a fee, which is a huge change from Fiesta.

Another aspect was that though the streets were packed, the atmosphere was nothing like Fiesta. There was alcohol to be purchased and plenty of people sipping wine or beer wandering around, but it wasn't the big drunken fest that all Fiesta events seem to be.

This is the first time they've done it, and from what I heard is more common in big cities like Rio, Paris, etc. Certainly no Texas cities have ever done it. I'm not sure if they aim to make it a yearly event or not. It certainly is a wonderful opportunity for local artists of all types to showcase their work. I was impressed at just how many artists live/work in San Antonio.

All that said, we have a much smaller version of this every month on First Friday, although I'd prefer if they closed off the streets like S. Alamo to traffic!
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:14 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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I went by accident, I was attending a show at the Majestic Theatre and checked it out before the show. I liked it, might go next year if they have it. Could of used more variety of food venders though.
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