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Symphony Pops, Mariachi And Siclovia: The Weekend's Here!

Classical music, mariachi and good, old-fashioned exercise -- the Weekend is here.  Here are a few things to consider doing: First let's go downtown to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, where on Friday and Saturday nights the music will ring out.

"We have the opening weekend of the San Antonio Symphony Pops series."

Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto will be directing.

"We're going to be performing songs from the '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, to the present. Music that was made famous by Stevie Wonder, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick... I could go on and on but basically, these are the greatest hits."

The Symphony will feature two guest singers to help re-create the hits. Then on Saturday, there's a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Mission Marquee Plaza.

"And it kicks off at 3p.m. with live performance and music," says Colleen Swain, who is with the city, and that live performance is from Mariachi Las Altenas.

"We'll have food, and other vendors will be at Mission Marquee. And then at 6p.m. we will have a zumba class. And at 7:15 a Selena look-alike contest. Then at 8 o'clock we will show the movie Selena."

The late pop star Selena's biopic was filmed largely in San Antonio.

"And then the finale will be a performance by Volcan. It's all free and open to the public."

Then on Sunday, it's ba-ack...

"Siclovia actually didn't originate in San Antonio. It originated in Bogota, Colombia."  

Stephanie Jerger is with the YMCA, which handles Siclovia. If you don't know Siclovia, here's what it is.

"We open up about 3 miles of streets, free of cars, for you to play in the street."

Those streets are blocked from vehicular traffic, freeing it up for people. Jogging, walking, biking, roller-boarding--it's all encouraged. And they have healthy activities and vendors at stops the whole way.

"This time the route is down Broadway Street; it starts at Mahncke Park.  Come out and be a kid!"

Find more on the San Antonio Symphony concerts here

Find more about the event at Mission Marquee Plaza here.

Find more about Sunday's Siclovia event here.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii