It’s time for Fiesta San Antonio (April 19-29)! This Thursday kicks off the celebration of San Antonio’s rich history and culture with 11 days of parades, carnivals, balls, art fairs, concerts and amazing food. For the past 120 years, Fiesta San Antonio has honored the memory of heroes from the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. In recent years, Fiesta has grown to celebrate San Antonio’s diverse cultures. Now with more than 100 official events, Fiesta is the ideal time to experience the warmth, beauty and unique story of San Antonio.
Take a look at this Texas-sized sampling of Fiesta events:
The River Walk is always a San Antonio favorite, but come Fiesta, it’s also the best place to sit back and enjoy the Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade (April 23), when illuminated floats light up the night. And don’t miss the Battle of Flowers Parade(April 27), which kicked off the first Fiesta in 1891. This family favorite draws in crowds of more than 350,000 with beautifully decorated floats and musical performances. This is only the beginning of Fiesta’s parades, which also includes the Fiesta Flambeau and Fiesta Pooch Parade.
From April 24-27, San Antonio’s cultural roots take center stage at A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA). La Villita, San Antonio’s original settlement established by Spanish soldiers stationed at the Alamo, is the site of this four-night festival celebrating the city’s heritage with 15 cultural zones, comprising over 240 food and drink booths and more than a dozen entertainment stages.
The enchanting Mariachi Festival fills the evenings of April 24-27 with high school, college and professional mariachi groups as they serenade River Walk guests from colorful floats cruising along the Paseo del Rio.
From ethnically influenced pieces to modern creations, local masterpieces will be on display throughout the city at a variety of exhibits and events, including the King William Fair & Parade (April 28) held in San Antonio’s first historic neighborhood. Take in the work of some of Texas’ best artisans, enjoy live music and dance performances, and let your kids explore the rides and games of the Kids’ Kingdom.
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