The beginning of Black History Month activities are among notable local events that mark the start of February in San Antonio.
Feb. 4 through April 3
The Black Art Library, created and curated by Detroit native and art educator Asmaa Walton, includes exhibition catalogues, children’s books, artist memoirs, artist biographies, art history texts, and other art-related materials that focus on Black artists and Black art history. Black Art Library will be on display at Blue Star Contemporary Feb. 4 through April 3. Admission is free. 116 Blue Star, San Antonio. 210-227-6960. http://bluestarcontemporary.org/exhibitions/black-art-library
Feb. 5 through Feb. 20
The 21st annual San Antonio Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio, will take place Feb. 5 through Feb. 20, offering mostly virtual screenings with a few in-person screening opportunities. Times of in-person events vary. 12500 N.W. Military Hwy., San Antonio. 210-302-6820. https://www.jccsanantonio.org/film-festival.
Feb. 5 through May 1
The DoSeum will host “Building Buddies,” a traveling exhibit that invites young children to play, explore, collaborate, create and learn while improving the “neighborhood” by working on their “homes.” The exhibit is on display through May 1. Face coverings are required, and sanitization and safe distancing will be practiced. Free (children under age 1), $14 (guests). 2800 Broadway, San Antonio. 210-212-4453. https://www.thedoseum.org
The Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive helps to kick off the annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. People line the streets of West Houston Street from I-35 to the Alamo to watch a variety of parade participants who represent the heritage of Texas and the old West. Admission is free. Attendees may enjoy a free Western-style breakfast, as well as bites from vendors, while supplies last on Santa Rosa Street between West Houston and West Commerce streets. Afterwards, attendees may enjoy a traditional vaquero cook-off at Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St. Activities begin at 9 a.m. https://www.sarodeo.com/p/about/fundraising-events/western-heritage-parade--weekend
San Antonio Charter Moms presents another School Discovery Day, where families can meet with representatives of several local charter schools in one family-friendly site and learn more about educational programs and opportunities provided by those campuses. Some of the schools scheduled to take part include Celebrate Dyslexia Schools, Compass Rose Public Schools, Essence Preparatory Public School, George Gervin Academy, Harmony Public Schools, IDEA Public Schools, Jubilee Academies, KIPP Texas Public Schools, and School of Science and Technology. There will also be face painting, a DJ, the Mark’s Outing food truck, raffle prizes and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Comanche Park (Ploch Pavilion), 2600 Rigsby Ave., San Antonio. http://sachartermoms.com/school-discovery-day/
Asian New Year Festival, celebrating 2022 as the Year of the Tiger, will have traditional music, dance, arts and crafts, and cuisine. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Feb. 5), noon-6 p.m. (Feb. 6). Rolling Oaks Mall, 6909 N. Loop 1604 E., San Antonio. https://www.facebook.com/events/462051961954306/
Feb. 6 through Feb. 12
The Texas nonprofit First3Years presents the fourth annual Baby Day, the only statewide celebration of babies and toddlers. It is a digital event involving one week of educational activities planned for children, parents, professional caregivers and family members including music, art, yoga, reading, dance, educational sessions, and more, all designed to support the healthy development of children. This year, Baby Day will focus on early childhood professionals with new offerings of free caregiver continuing education opportunities. Free admission. Visit https://babyday.us/ and https://first3yearstx.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/first3yearstx/eventRegistration.jsp?event=2970& for more.