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⛺ It's Good Friday morning. Has your family staked out a camping spot at Brackenridge Park for Easter Sunday yet?

Today's weather: Windy with a high near 80.

❤️‍🔥 Sounds like: "Total Eclipse of the Heart," by Bonnie Tyler.

ğŸŽ‚ Happy early birthday to our Axios San Antonio members Lexa Rijos and Alison Boone!

Today's newsletter is 926 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: ğŸ˜Ž Where to watch the solar eclipse

Giant eclipse glasses on display in Dripping Springs near the Texas Hill Country. Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images

The total solar eclipse is April 8, and you don't have to go far outside San Antonio — or leave the city at all — to enjoy a watch party.

Why it matters: San Antonio is the largest U.S. city in the path of totality. But every part of the city won't get the same view — the Northwest Side and the Hill Country will see more of the eclipse than downtown.

Zoom in: The partial eclipse will begin at 12:14pm and peak at 1:34pm in totality. The view of the partial eclipse will end by 2:55pm.

These San Antonio and Hill Country spots are offering watch parties that range from free and family-friendly to the more luxurious.

🔭 La Cantera Resort & Spa's viewing party will include students and staff from UTSA's Department of Physics and Astronomy who can answer your burning celestial questions.

  • Tickets are $130 for adults and $65 for children, with proceeds benefiting UTSA.

ğŸŽ† Six Flags Fiesta Texas will open from 11am to 4pm for eclipse viewing, with a drone and fireworks show at 1:30pm.

  • A basic viewing package starts at $10. A ticket for the drone and fireworks show costs $30.

🍻 Flying Saucer Draught Emporium will party from 11am to 2pm on the patio, with an eclipse-themed beer flight and space-themed treats for $24.

🍽️ Natural Bridge Caverns is offering various viewing packages.

  • A $200 totality bundle for up to four people includes a picnic table and two lounge chairs, a lunch buffet, souvenir glasses and water bottles, parking and more.

ğŸŽ¸ Bandera's Mansfield Park will host Ground Zero Music Fest with 26 bands over five days for those looking to make a long weekend out of the eclipse.

  • Camping options available, or single-day tickets cost $65 for the day of the eclipse.

More watch parties

2. 🪗 Sculptures nod to Tejano, Conjunto music

A mosaic accordion sculpture at the River Walk Public Art Garden pays homage to Tejano and Conjunto music. Photo: Courtesy of the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture

New public art honors San Antonio's Tejano and Conjunto music culture.

Why it matters: As the city grows, artwork can remind everyone of San Antonio's rich cultural history — and present — with Tejano and Conjunto.

Zoom in: The city's Department of Arts & Culture this week unveiled "Orgullo Tejano" by local artist Luis Lopez. It sits along Historic Old Highway 90 by SW 37th Street on the city's West Side.

  • The sculpture, about 14 feet tall, uses mosaic tiles and stainless steel to make up an accordion player, whose instrument becomes part of his body.
  • A Mesoamerican scroll sticks out of his mouth in a nod to speech and sound, per the city.
  • In the folds of the accordion are Indigenous figures attracted by the music.

Bonus: A smaller, companion piece to the main sculpture — in the form of a colorful, outstretched mosaic accordion — is installed at the River Walk Public Art Garden downtown.

A tall sculpture of a man holding an accordion in mosaic and stainless steel.
The main sculpture along Historic Old Highway 90. Photos: Courtesy of the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture

What they're saying: "I hope that this piece not only pays homage to our heritage but challenges the imagination and inspires future generations," Lopez said in a statement.

Between the lines: The main sculpture sits not far from Del Bravo Record Shop, a family-owned business established in 1966 that specializes in Tejano and Conjunto genres, among other offerings.

What's next: A city Fiesta medal featuring the new sculpture will be available during a giveaway on April 6, 10am-noon, at the Centro de Artes Gallery.

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3. Inside the Loop

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

🧑‍💻 A European cybersecurity conference is heading to San Antonio in June 2025. (Axios)

Gov. Greg Abbott told Texas colleges and universities to crack down on punishment for people spreading antisemitism on campuses, which he said has proliferated since the Israel-Hamas war began. (Express-News 🔒)

🧄 The Italian restaurant Purple Garlic will open a second location on Blanco Road. Construction began this week. (MySA)

4. Two, one, oh 🤩: Baklava cheesecake

A baklava and a cheesecake all in one. Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

👋 Megan here! I recently asked readers if I could find baklava cheesecake in San Antonio, after reading a review of the dessert from my colleague in Dallas.

  • Reader Shelia W. delivered, pointing it out on the menu at Mina & Dimi's Greek House on the West Side near Lackland Air Force Base.

The vibe: This lively restaurant is a destination in a strip mall off U.S. 90, neighboring a dollar store and a tattoo shop.

  • The surrounding area was practically empty on a Saturday night, but stepping into the Greek restaurant was like being transported to a dinner party with your best friends.

Best bites: We tried the Flaming Saganaki ($12), because you have to order cheese set on fire when at a Greek restaurant. Salty and delicious.

  • For dinner, we had two specials: a vegetarian noodle pie dish with spinach and feta and a lamb gyro meal. (Prices and specials vary.)

Pro tip: Upgrade your side to the feta fries ($3.75). They're the best you'll ever have.

A plate full of fries topped with feta and heavily spiced with green herbs. On the side is a pita with onion and tomato.
These well-spiced feta fries might be the best thing you ever eat. Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

Last but not least: The baklava cheesecake ($7) was everything I hoped for and more.

  • The cheesecake is topped with nuts, honey, baklava and orange to balance out the creamy filling.

The bottom line: Our readers have the best recommendations.

5. The Friday news quiz

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Our favorite time of the week is here. Let the Friday news quiz begin.

📬 Hit reply with the correct answers to get a shoutout in a future newsletter and some Axios San Antonio swag.

  1. What is the name of the new bar that will open in the former space of The Squeezebox on the St. Mary's Strip?
  2. What percentage of cloud cover does San Antonio historically average on April 8?
  3. True or false: A complete interior remodel of San Antonio's only Central Market will be completed by mid-2026.
  4. What was San Antonio's top-selling Easter candy last year, according to Instacart?

You got this!

Thanks to our editor Michael Graff and copy editors Steven Patrick and Yasmeen Altaji.

💕 Madalyn is excited to try her hand at crafting a bridal shower gift this weekend. Will report back if it turns out well!

🙈 Megan knows she can't be the only one who is still trying to figure out her solar eclipse watch party plans.