Where to Celebrate Selena’s birthday in Austin

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / American-Statesman archive

While not all of us snagged a limited-edition reusable Selena tote bag at H-E-B last month (sniff), we can still celebrate pop culture icon Selena Quintanilla Pérez at April birthday celebrations in her honor across Austin.

The Tejano superstar — who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market before she died in 1995 — would have turned 47 on April 16. Selena’s legacy lives on as new generations learn about her life, career and achievements. In the past couple of years, Selena has received numerous posthumous awards such as a spot on the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Here are some Austin events where you can honor Selena’s memory:

April 14: Son de Rey Selena tribute concert from 9-11:30 p.m. at Sahara Lounge (1413 Webberville Road)

April 15: Selena Drag Brunch from noon to 3 p.m. at Micheladas Cafe y Cantina (333 E. Second St.)

April 15: Bidi Bidi Brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at El Chilito (2219 Manor Road) with dance contest, look-alike contest and singing competition. There will also be a taco-themed photo booth plus art for sale.

April 16: Alamo Drafthouse “Selena” movie party and screening at 7 p.m. at South Lamar and Village locations, 7:20 p.m. at Lakeline location. Arrive early for a pre-show featuring Selena music videos and rare interviews with the late star. Props and a lyric sheet to sing along with her music will be provided.

April 16: Selena-themed painting class from 7-9 p.m. at Painting with a Twist (6705 US-290 #501) with door prizes, games and Tejano music playing during the two-hour class. Reserve your spot online. Class costs $35 per person.

April 17: TuezGayz annual Selena tribute party at Barbarella (615 Red River St.). Doors open at 10 p.m. and small hourly dance tributes will happen at 11 p.m., midnight, 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.

April 18: Selena Trivia night hosted by Get it Gals from 8-10 p.m. at Hole in the Wall (2538 Guadalupe St.)

If you feel like a road trip, head to Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi for Fiesta de la Flor, the annual two-day music festival that celebrates the life and legacy of the Queen of Tejano. Headliners include The Mavericks and Los Palominos April 13 and Becky G and Elida Reyna April 14. A fireworks finale tribute to Selena wraps up the festival.

Where to celebrate Selena’s birthday in Austin

Queen of Tejano music and pop culture icon Selena Quintanilla Pérez would have turned 46 this weekend. In Austin, the celebrations in her honor began earlier this month with everything from an interactive screening of the “Selena” film at Fusebox Festival to the annual TuezGayz Selena tribute party at Barbarella.

But Austinites can still celebrate with more festivities from trivia night to dance contests leading up to her April 16 birthday. Last month marked the 22nd anniversary of Selena’s death and her legacy is still growing strong. Selena received numerous posthumous awards recently including a Madame Tussauds wax figure,  a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a spot on the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.

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Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

Last fall, MAC Cosmetics launched a limited-edition “Selena” makeup collection that drew scores of fans to MAC retail stores across the country. Here’s a look at some Austin events where you can keep her memory alive.

Selena Movie Parties at Alamo Drafthouse

April 13: Alamo Drafthouse Village Only a few tickets left for the 7:30 p.m. show, so hurry up and buy online if you want to watch the film here.

April 15: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz at 11:45 a.m.

April 16: Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline at 12:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m.; Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar at 1:15 p.m.; Slaughter Lane at 12:15 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.

April 20: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz at 10 p.m.

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Other Selena celebrations: 

April 15: Selena Tribute at Sahara Lounge with Son de Rey

April 16: SelenaFest! at The Highball (1120 S Lamar Blvd.) will celebrate the Queen of Tejano music with performances from Austin-based Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda and Su Madre plus cumbia dance lessons, and a Selena lookalike and dance contest.

April 17: Selena Trivia at Dog & Duck Pub (2400 Webberville Road) It’s free to play at this event hosted by Get it Gals, but teams shouldn’t exceed six people.


A mural dedicated to Selena, the late Tejano star and cultural icon, is located along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in South Austin. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It takes about 1,500 rhinestones for Stephanie Bergara, lead singer of Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda, to complete a Selena-style bustier.
  • In 2012, Selena’s husband, Chris Perez, released his book, “To Selena, With Love.”
  • The Selena museum in Corpus Christi was built in 1998 by the Quintanilla family.
  • Selena appeared in the Mexican soap opera “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.”

Austin honors Selena with April tribute events

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

It’s been 21 years since the world lost Selena Quintanilla Pérez, but the legacy of this Tejano superstar — who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market before she died on March 31, 1995— lives on. Selena fans across the country will honor her memory with tributes throughout her birthday month in April when the Queen of Tejano would have turned 45 years old.

Selena’s legacy helped shape everything from pop culture to fashion. Here’s a look at some Austin-area events where you can keep her memory alive.

April 12: The Glitoris’ fourth annual TuezGayz Selena tribute party at Barbarella (615 Red River St.) Doors open at 9 p.m. Small Selena tributes at 11 p.m., midnight, 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. $5 cover after 10 p.m.

April 16: Austin-based Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda presents a free Selena Birthday Celebration at The Highball from 7-9 p.m.

April 16: Alamo Drafthouse will offer a Selena Sing-Along movie screening at various theaters including its Lakeline, Slaughter Lane and South Lamar Boulevard locations.

And if you’re in the mood for a road trip, Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi will host the second annual Fiesta de la Flor festival honoring the late star. Ramon Ayala and La Mafia will headline the festival.

Know of more upcoming Selena tributes in Austin? Contact nflores@statesman.com.