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The 126th edition Fiesta San Antonio is just around the corner and it all begins on April 20th. The 11 day celebration takes over the city, with over 110 events ranging from music, food, parades, military and patriotic observances, sports, pets and much more. Fiesta is possible thanks to the help of more than 100 local nonprofit organizations that help celebrates the diverse heritages, culture and spirit of San Antonio residence. Here is a list of some of the great events you and your family can enjoy! “Viva Fiesta!”
For a complete list of all the events, you can also visit the official Fiesta website.
April 20, 2017
Fiesta at Hemisfair
The official opening of Fiesta 2017. Live entertainment, food, buy & trade medals, and much more!
Exciting rides and a wide assortment of foods in the heart of San Antonio.
April 20-30, 6pm-11pm
April 21, 2017
FIESTA OYSTER BAKE
2017 is Fiesta oyster Bake’s 101st Anniversary! The event features more than 100,000 oysters served baked, raw and fried plus 70+ food and beverage booths that dish up savory favorites and quench every thirst. Enjoy continuous Rock, Country, Tejano, R&B / Hip Hop, Pop and Children’s musical entertainment, as well as a full carnival and a special Fireworks Spectacular on Friday evening.
April 21-22, 5pm-11pm
St. Mary’s University Campus
JBSA-LACKLAND FIESTA® MILITARY PARADE
The Fiesta Military Parade is the annual salute to Fiesta and is open to all authorized DoD identification Cardholders or invited guests.
JBSA-Lackland Parade Field
FIESTA® DE LOS REYES AT MARKET SQUARE
Combine Rey Feo–a cherished Fiesta icon, with Market Square–a historic center in the heart of the city, and San Antonio gets 10 days of free, quality entertainment! This is one of the largest FREE Fiesta celebrations and has something in store for the entire family! Experience daily live entertainment from multiple stages featuring a variety of music, from the best in Tejano. Cumbia, and Conjunto to rocking cover bands! Enjoy Fiesta staples such as funnel cakes, agua fresca, turkey legs, fajitas and much, much more. https://www.fiestadelosreyes.com/
April 21-30, 10am-12am
The UTSA campus comes alive with food, music, games and entertainment. The UTSA student organizations run food and game booths as fundraisers. Enjoy live music and performances by the student organizations.
UTSA 1604 Campus
TASTE OF NEW ORLEANS
If you want to experience unique and exquisite New Orleans food in a festive atmosphere, don’t miss this three-day fest, alive and kickin’ with the tastes and sounds of ‘Nawlins. Nowhere else can you experience mouth-watering Creole and Cajun dishes like gumbo, crawfish, shrimp etouffee, red beans & rice, boudin and many other favorite cuisines of the region. http://www.saza.org/events-photos/a-taste-of-new-orleans/
April 21-23, 5pm-12am
Sunken Garden Theatre
ALAMO HEIGHTS NIGHT®
The 31st Annual Alamo Heights Night activities will highlight food from some of San Antonio’s leading restaurants and caterers. Offerings include Texas style BBQ, chocolate dipped strawberries, fajitas, funnel cakes, gumbo, bean burgers, gyros, corn, turkey legs, shaved ice, beverages, and more. A live FIREWORKS show will be conducted at 10 pm. The carnival midway will captivate kids of all ages with activities such as laser tag, rock climbing, hamster balls, slides, rides, face/hair painting and more! http://alamoheightsnight.org/
University of the Incarnate Word
April 22, 2017
EL REY FIDO CORONATION
The El Rey Fido (ERF) Coronation is the culmination of months of vigorous fundraising by local participants and their canine companions. https://sahumane.org/events/events/el-rey-fido
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
FIESTA® DE LOS NIÑOS
This is a party for the “pint-sized folks!” Children can enjoy games and rides in a safe, alcohol-free environment. There is also something for all the parents. Enjoy music and dance performed by some of San Antonio’s finest entertainers, plenty of food booths and don’t miss the Sombrero Loco parade at Noon-a kids’ parade that winds its way through Port San Antonio’s Town Center. http://www.fiestadelosninos.com/
Port San Antonio
VALERO TEXAS OPEN’S 19TH HOLE FIESTA PRESENTED BY KICKSTART BY MOUNTAIN DEW
After the last putt drops on the Valero Texas Open’s third round of competition at the spectacular TPC San Antonio and JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, golf fans and non-golf fans alike will be treated to a fun-filled evening under-the-stars featuring live music by popular ‘80s cover band, The Spazmatics, backyard games including Big Jenga, Corn Hole and Mini Putt, signature cocktails and plenty of good ‘ol Texas fare. http://valerotexasopen.com/
The Backyard, TCP San Antonio
April 23, 2017
JBSA-FORT SAM HOUSTON FIESTA AND FIREWORKS CELEBRATION
Arrive early and bring your lawn chair for continuous family fun at the 2017 Fiesta & Fireworks Celebration on JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. The event begins at 1 p.m. and features food and beverage vendors, continuous live entertainment, carnival rides, games and a military equipment display and much more!
Fort Sam Houston
Travel to a place where time and fun have no limits. Get in on the Fiesta fun at the San Antonio Parks Foundation’s Throwback Fiesta, presented by Bud Light, celebrating all your favorite throwbacks from the 60s-90s! This official Fiesta event features tribute bands, retro games, costume contests, dance contests, beer, tasty eats and more! http://saparksfoundation.org/events/throwback-fiesta-test/
A DAY IN OLD MEXICO & CHARREADA
Explore the distinctive culture which upholds deep-rooted customs, tradition and family as a way of life. This family event features food, drink, pony rides for the kids, Ballet Folklorico performances and live Mariachi music. The 2017 Rey Feo LXIX will be honored on April 23 and King Antonio XCV will be honored on April 30. http://www.sacharros.org/
April 23rd & 30th at 3pm
Rancho del Charro
April 24, 2017
THE TEXAS CAVALIERS RIVER PARADE
Each year hundreds of thousands of people line the banks of the San Antonio River to view the most unusual parade in America…the Texas Cavaliers River Parade! This year’s parade, entitled “Kaleidoscope” promises an evening of family fun with live music, celebrities and lights. More than 45 festively decorated floats sponsored by local community organizations and military installations drift down the river. http://www.texascavaliers.org/river-parade/
April 25, 2017
NIOSA® (A NIGHT IN OLD SAN ANTONIO®)
Each year the historic downtown village of La Villita takes center stage as 85,000 visitors gather for four nights to celebrate the city’s unique heritage at “A Night in Old San Antonio.” More than 250 elaborately decorated food and drink booths and more than a dozen nonstop entertainment stages represent the diverse cultures and customs of our city in 15 heritage-themed areas. http://www.niosa.org/
April 25-28, 5:30pm-10:30pm
April 26, 2017
TASTE OF THE NORTHSIDE
Taste of the Northside is a fabulous night of savory bites, scrumptious drinks and high-energy entertainment. Taste of the Northside now features over 50 favorite San Antonio restaurants serving up delicious samplings of their best dishes and tastings of a variety of beers and wines. http://brightonsa.org/taste-northside/
The Club at Sonterra
April 27, 2017
10TH STREET RIVER FESTIVAL
The 19th Century mansion is located on 10th Street and B Avenue, and is a place for great fun, food, cold drinks and entertainment that exemplifies the cultural diversity of San Antonio. With live music being the focus, musical groups will entertain Fiesta revelers with the sounds of Tejano, Oldies, Blues, and Country Western. VFW Post 76 is the oldest functioning VFW in Texas and proceeds from this event support maintenance of the century old building, renovation projects, veteran programs, and scholarships for local high school students.
April 27th-29th, 12pm-12:30am
VFW Post 76 on the Riverwalk
PACfest is one of the largest official Fiesta San Antonio events south of Highway 90. With attendance of over 10,000 community members, the family-friendly event features food, games, social media alley, musical entertainment, and is home to Fiesta Grilldown, a carne asada contest. http://www.pacfest.org/
Palo Alto College
ST. PHILIP'S CULTUREFEST
The St. Philip’s Culture Fest celebrates the rich heritage of San Antonio and cultural influences of St. Philip’s College as one of San Antonio’s most historically distinguished and ethnically diverse institutions in ethnically diverse institutions of higher learning. The campus comes alive with music, food, entertainment and games. https://www.alamo.edu/spc/CultureFest/
St. Philip’s College
April 28, 2017
BATTLE OF FLOWERS® PARADE
The Battle of Flowers® Parade honors the heroic spirit of the patriots of the Alamo, commemorates the victory of San Jacinto and celebrates the diversity and heritage of Texas and our nation. As the second largest day parade in the U.S., the Battle of Flowers® Parade supports the educational, artistic, social and philanthropic achievements of our community’s youth. www.battleofflowers.org
Parade Route – E Grayson & Broadway
April 29, 2017
FIESTA FLAMBEAU® PARADE
The Fiesta Flambeau Parade Association, Inc. is the largest illuminated night parade in the nation. The parade is viewed by approximately 700,000 people in the streets of downtown San Antonio and another 1.5 million on television. The theme for this year is “City Lights and Celebrations.” It will be led by the University of Texas Longhorn Band followed by local and out of town bands, marching units, equestrian units and spectacular floats and other attractions to delight and create a night of spectacular illumination! www.fiestaflambeauparade.org
6:30pm – 10pm
Parade Route – E Grayson & Broadway
KING WILLIAM FAIR PARADE
The 50th King William Fair is a family fair with art and craft vendors, live music and dance on five stages, food and beverage booths, a Kids Kingdom play area and a small but quirky parade, all on the streets of the historic district with its stately homes and gracious gardens. http://kwfair.org/
King William Historic District, 122 Madison St.
FIESTA® POOCH PARADE
There’s nothing better than spending a Saturday morning with your favorite human on a 2.6 mile walk through the tree-lined streets of Alamo Heights. Therapy Animals of San Antonio proudly presents its 19th Annual Fiesta® Pooch Parade! Come early for exhibits and presentations that you and your human friend can enjoy! The ever-popular Canine Costume Contest starts at 8:15 a.m. and you must be registered to enter.
Alamo Heights Swimming Pool, 250 Viesca St.
FESTIVAL DE CASCARONES
Celebrate the final day of Fiesta® San Antonio with Texas A&M University–San Antonio’s FESTIVAL DE CASCARONES! This is a free event and we invite you to visit our beautiful campus for a day of fun and excitement with live music and family-friendly activities. It will truly be a spectacle as the University aims to break a world record during the festival. http://www.tamusa.edu/festival-de-cascarones/index.html
Texas A&M University-San Antonio, One University Way
SAN JOSE MISSIONFEST
Celebrating 16 years as an Official Fiesta Event! MissionFest has been a Southside tradition for generations and represents a variety of activities that attract numerous families and visitors year after year. An estimated 10,000 people will be in attendance. Festival begins with an outdoor Mariachi Mass at 9 am. Join us at this unique family event and enjoy your favorites – great food, entertainment, children’s corner, carnival, arts & crafts, bingo, Tiendita and plenty of FUN with live music throughout the day! http://www.sanjosemissionfest.com/
Mission San Jose Church