As January winds down, San Antonio is gearing up for its annual Stock Show and Rodeo, the city’s signature event. As always, the event gets underway with the annual Cowboy Breakfast, which will be held at The Rim for the second straight year. Organizers are hoping this year’s event will be a record-setting one, quite literally. The hopes are to set the world’s record for most coffee served ever at an event, and are expecting 40,000 people to attend the breakfast. Breakfast and coffee is free, and the fare includes such Texas staples as breakfast tacos, biscuits and gravy, menudo, sausage links, tamales, barbacoa, and much more. The Cowboy Breakfast already holds the record for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cooked Breakfast.
The breakfast takes place on January 30th from 5 AM until 9 AM, at the Rim Shopping Center Parking Lot at La Cantera Parkway and I-H 10.
The following day sees the 60th edition of the Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive pass through the streets of downtown San Antonio. Cattle drives, of course, were what put Texas on the map, and more than anything represent the state’s history and culture. Before San Antonio was made up of roads and freeways, it was first denoted by the trails that the cowboys drove the cattle through. In commemoration of this part of the city’s history, the cattle drive will maneuver a herd of Texas’ best longhorns from Christus Santa Rosa Hospital at Houston Street to the Alamo. There’s no better way to get ready for the rodeo than with a steer drive, so bring the whole family--and don’t forget the cameras! The drive is January 31st at 11 AM and admission is free.
If the cattle drive puts you in the mood for some good ole Texas BBQ, then you’re in luck! Six Flags is hosting the 13th Annual Bar-B-Que Cook-Off in the parking lot. The $12 entrance fee gets you in for all the meat you can eat, as well as live music, judging of the food, vendor booths, kids activities, and more. Musical acts include the Scott Wiggins Band at noon, Jason Allen at 1:00, the Bad Boys Olympics at 2:30, and Zach Walther and the Cronkites at 4:30. The evening’s entertainment kicks off with Aaron Watson at 8 PM, and Mark Chestnutt headlining at 10 PM. Judging takes place all day from 11 AM until 5:30. Proceeds from the event go to help the SALE Scholarship Fund, so come on down for some good eats, and support an even better cause!