A dog and kite festival, a spring gardening show, the Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair and St. Patrick’s Day festivities are among the major events scheduled around San Antonio March 11-17.

March 10

The San Antonio Peace Center at Northwest Vista College will host a free virtual reality exhibit “The House” with hourly sessions available to community members. The installation, which is viewed using virtual reality headsets, has been prepared by the Commission for Victims and Survivors, a body in Northern Ireland tasked with supporting victims and survivors from the conflict in Northern Ireland. This 30-minute virtual reality exhibit addresses the legacy of the conflict and troubles within families and communities. It was devised to stimulate discussion and consideration of the intergenerational impact of politically motivated violence. Free visitor parking is available at the NVC campus' Desert Willow Parking Garage. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Live Oak Hall, Second Floor, 3535 N. Ellison Drive, San Antonio. www.alamo.edu/nvc

March 11

The San Antonio Parks Foundation presents the Fest of Tails, a family- and dog-friendly kite festival involving a dog parade and costume contest; vendors with arts, crafts and pet products; food trucks; bike safety courses; pet adoptions; and more. Attendees may bring their own kite or buy one on site. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). McAllister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road, San Antonio. www.saparks.org/event/fest-of-tails

March 11

Eckman’s Card, Comic and Toy Show will have several vendors offering a variety of sports and nonsports cards and memorabilia, comic books, graphic novels, toys and other collectibles. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (children age 9 and under with paying adult), $10 for all others. San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, 901 N. Loop 1604 W., San Antonio. www.eckmanstoyshow.com

March 11

Pasteur Medical Associates will have a “Walk with the Doc” event with Dr. Jessica Vazquez, who will share the benefits of walking and a chance to connect with health professionals in a relaxed setting. Walk at your own pace and distance. 8:30 a.m. Free. Walker Ranch Park pavilion, 12603 West Ave., San Antonio. 210-614-4000. www.walkwithadoc.org/join-a-walk/locations/san-antonio-texas-vazquez/

March 11

San Antonio Water System officials will host the Spring Bloom event at SAWS headquarters, inviting community members to learn how to design, plant and maintain a garden style that fits one’s personality and landscape conditions. There will be expert speakers, and gardening, landscaping and watering demonstrations. The first 1,000 adult guests will receive a free drought-tolerant plant. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 2800 N. US 281, San Antonio. www.gardenstylesanantonio.com/events/spring-bloom/

March 11

The Bexar County Animal Facility will offer a free pet rabies vaccine and microchip clinic at Crossroads Church. 10a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 8102 Midcrown Drive, Windcrest. www.bexar.org/3617/Bexar-County-Animal-Care

March 12

The University of the Incarnate Word will present the Caritas Concerts, a series of shows with semiprofessional and professional organists in a variety of programs. Concerts will also feature choral and vocal ensembles. The next Caritas Concert will feature organist Lynne Davis, who graduated with honors in organ performance from the University of Michigan before studying with leading European organists in France for eight years. 3 p.m. Free. Chapel of the Incarnate Word, 4503 Broadway St., San Antonio. www.ccvichapel.org/caritasconcerts

March 12

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic will perform Queen’s greatest hits at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio. 210-223-8624. www.tobincenter.org/box-office/2023-03/yosa-presents-queens-greatest-hits-live

March 12

The Witte Museum hosts “Sunday Jazz at the Witte,” part of a monthly series of Sunday afternoon concerts with area jazz musicians performing on the banks of the San Antonio River. This weekend offers the Regency Jazz Band. Food and drinks are available for purchase. 1-3 p.m. Free admission for museum and KRTU radio members; regular admission varies for nonmembers. 3801 Broadway St., San Antonio. www.wittemuseum.org/event/sunday-jazz-march2023

March 13

Dogtopia of San Antonio invites the community to attend “Dogs for A Cause: An Evening with Gretchen Evans,” a salute-to-the-military event at Boeing Tech Port at Port San Antonio. Retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gretchen Evans, 2022 winner of the Pat Tillman Award, will be the keynote speaker talking about the importance of military service dogs and the need for more service dogs for wounded veterans, especially those suffering from PTSD and/or life-altering physical injuries. There will be other guest speakers, musical performances and K9 exhibitions from nonprofits that help train and provide service dogs specifically for military veterans. Admission is free and open the public, but event passes are required and may be picked up with any optional donation at any San Antonio Dogtopia location while supplies last. Also, throughout March, Dogtopia San Antonio invites the public to support a crowdfunding campaign to back nonprofits training and providing service dogs to veterans. 6-9 p.m. 3331 General Hudnell Drive, San Antonio. www.DogtopiaSanAntonio.co

March 14

San Antonio Museum of Art will have a Spring Break Free Day with family-friendly activities such as a story time, gardening and planting activities with Gardopia; and pet alpacas from Black Barn Alpacas while youth DJs with the AM Project, an arts and digital music program for kids, keep the music flowing. Visitors may also take a guided tour of the exhibit, “Roman Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth from Rome and Pompeii.” Activities last 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; museum offers free admission 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio. www.samuseum.org

March 15

Single Professionals Network, a friendship group for singles age 55 and older, meets for conversation, libations, games and food. 4-6 p.m. Free (admission). Luce Restaurant, 11255 Huebner Road, San Antonio. www.spn-sa.org

March 16-19

The Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair will offer four days of live Tejano music on five stages across Market Square as part of the annual local TMA activities. There will also be food vendors and children’s activities. Noon-midnight (March 16-18), noon-11 p.m. (March 19). Free (admission). 514 W. Commerce St., San Antonio. www.tejanomusicawards.com/fan-fair

March 17 and 18

Visit San Antonio along with the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas present the city’s St. Patrick’s Festival along the River Walk, a two-day event featuring dyeing of the river, artisans, live entertainment and a March 18 river parade. 3-8 p.m. (March 17), noon-6 p.m. (March 18). Free (admission). Arneson River Theater, 401 Villita St., San Antonio. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/st-patricks-day-river-parade