Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to more than 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams?composed of at least two people?vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race?style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.
Overlooking downtown San Antonio, the Tower of the Americas stretches 750 feet into the sky and delights visitors with 360-degree views of the city. The Flags Over Texas observation deck educates with a series of murals detailing the history of the six flags that have flown over the state's buildings throughout its existence. Moving seats simulate the sensation of flight in the 4-D Skies Over Texas ride, where images enhanced by 3-D glasses leap out at viewers, showing Texas wildlife and festivals.
A direct descendant of the 1891 flower-chucking commemoration of the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto, Fiesta San Antonio illuminates the cultural depth and noble past of the city. Fiesta commission membership benefits include an exclusive membership pin or ladder bar for each year of membership, a copy of the Fiesta magazine, participation in the commission's annual membership meeting on May 24, a 15% discount on official merchandise at the Fiesta Store, and a limited-edition medal.
The San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival ushers in summer with its three-day explosion of outdoor music, art and food. Ears watch the sonorous stylings of bands hailing from all over Texas from the comfort of covered VIP seating while enjoying refreshments and, on Saturday and Sunday evenings, tucking into a full dinner. After flexing fingers around forks, attendees can browse art stalls showcasing the talents of local painters, craftsmen and highly trained paintbrushes. In addition to a mental scrapbook's worth of memories, patrons leave with swag including a souvenir badge, autographed posters, and a jazz pin.
The San Antonio Film Festival unearths cinematic treasures and provides a platform for artists to unveil their works to a diverse audience. College and high-school categories showcase the future of filmmaking, and documentaries drag real-world issues—such as the epidemic misuse of the word "literally"—into the light. Festival-goers literally never stop between viewings, keeping busy while meeting some of the filmmakers, soaking in words of wisdom from panelists, and participating in workshops.
At the Mediterranean Food Festival, up to 14,000 visitors gather at San Antonio's La Villita district to taste the cuisine and culture of eight different ethnic groups from around the Mediterranean Sea. Snacks and entrees from Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel keep crowds lively as they learn about the rich history, music, and artwork of the diverse peoples of the region.