In honor of our Tricentennial (1718-2018), Pearl hosts Olé, San Antonio. This monumental initiative is built around three key pillars: Gastronomy, Music & Dance, and Art & Architecture. Based on an intercambio (exchange) model, we will host Spanish chefs, performers, artists, and cultural leaders throughout the summer to celebrate, collaborate, and explore San Antonio’s 300-year connection to Spain. Pearl will debut new programming and integrate an Olé sensibility into our signature offerings.
The culinary traditions, practices, and products of Spain come to Pearl. From Tapas Tuesdays and Dia Mudial de la Tapa to our Monographs and Intercambio Dinners there is something for every taste during our Summer of Spain. We invite you to share tapas with friends, fall in love with Spanish products (olive oil, jamón, conservas), and embrace our official summer cocktail: the Spanish Gin Tonic.
Music & Dance
The performing arts are at the center of Spanish life and culture. This summer we invite musicians, dancers, and singers from Spain to perform at Pearl and partner with local cultural institutions in a series of intercambios to promote cultural exchange and continuity. Experience a tablao—a mainstay of Madrid nightlife that pairs great food and dynamic performance—in Pearl Stable, take in flamenco under the stars, and hear the sounds Spain in Pearl Park all summer long.
Art & Architecture
San Antonio’s connection to Spain is evident in the architecture and visual arts of our city. From our Tricentennial commemorative art print—conceived by famed Spanish graphic artist Ana Juan—to our cabezudos parades and photography exhibitions at Galería Olé, Pearl creates opportunities for artists to engage with our city and its residents. A highlight of this pillar will be our August 18th Symposium in Pearl Stable dedicated to urbanism and architecture.
Olé, San Antonio is a monumental event—with lots of happenings—and we’ve created an app to help you navigate the experience. Download to your mobile device and access our Olé calendar, map your route, and earn badges for a chance to win exclusive Olé merchandise and a weekend at Hotel Emma. Download coming soon!