April 19, 2018

25 Fiesta Events Every San Antonian Should Experience At Least Once

Spend a little time perusing the Fiesta San Antonio events calendar and you’ll realize just how extensive the citywide “party with a purpose” really is. Packed with a wealth of offerings ranging from concerts and festivals to parades and culinary-driven affairs, Fiesta requires more than a little prioritizing. Far from an exhaustive list, the following represent just a few of Fiesta’s many fan favorites.
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Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square
Hit up Market Square during the 10 days of free Fiesta fun. Enjoy classic conjunto, cumbia and tejano tunes and food from more than 30 food booths. Free, Fri, Apr. 20-Sun, Apr. 29, Market Square, 514 W Commerce St, fiesta-sa.org.
Fiesta San Antonio
Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square
Hit up Market Square during the 10 days of free Fiesta fun. Enjoy classic conjunto, cumbia and tejano tunes and food from more than 30 food booths. Free, Fri, Apr. 20-Sun, Apr. 29, Market Square, 514 W Commerce St, fiesta-sa.org.
Fiesta Carnival
If you don't feel like going to any specific events but want to enjoy the fun of the fair, hit up the Carnival. Hit up all the rides and snack on all the funnel cakes and turkey legs you want. Free, Thur, Apr. 19-Sun, Apr. 29, Alamodome Parking Lot C, 401 - 449 S Cherry St, fiesta-sa.org.
Fiesta San Antonio
Fiesta Carnival
If you don't feel like going to any specific events but want to enjoy the fun of the fair, hit up the Carnival. Hit up all the rides and snack on all the funnel cakes and turkey legs you want. Free, Thur, Apr. 19-Sun, Apr. 29, Alamodome Parking Lot C, 401 - 449 S Cherry St, fiesta-sa.org.
WEBB Party: The Roaring 25
After defecting from Fiesta for a brief stint as a Halloween event, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation’s WEBB Party returns to the confetti-filled celebration with The Roaring 25, a costumed bash featuring a 1920s theme. Benefiting the nonprofit’s programs and services, the silver anniversary celebration combines cocktails, cuisine samples, DJs and performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race season five winner Jinkx Monsoon. $65-$90, 7-11pm Fri, Apr. 20, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-4715, sanantonioaids.org.
Jinkx Monsoon
WEBB Party: The Roaring 25
After defecting from Fiesta for a brief stint as a Halloween event, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation’s WEBB Party returns to the confetti-filled celebration with The Roaring 25, a costumed bash featuring a 1920s theme. Benefiting the nonprofit’s programs and services, the silver anniversary celebration combines cocktails, cuisine samples, DJs and performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race season five winner Jinkx Monsoon. $65-$90, 7-11pm Fri, Apr. 20, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-4715, sanantonioaids.org.
Taste of New Orleans
Organized by the San Antonio Zulu Association, this three-day festival brings a Big Easy vibe to Sunken Garden complete with gumbo, etouffee and live music ranging from jazz to zydeco. $12-$15, 5pm-midnight Fri, Apr. 20, noon-midnight Sat, Apr. 21, noon-10pm Sun, Apr. 22, Sunken Garden Theatre, 3875 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 637-8328, saza.org.
Fiesta San Antonio
Taste of New Orleans
Organized by the San Antonio Zulu Association, this three-day festival brings a Big Easy vibe to Sunken Garden complete with gumbo, etouffee and live music ranging from jazz to zydeco. $12-$15, 5pm-midnight Fri, Apr. 20, noon-midnight Sat, Apr. 21, noon-10pm Sun, Apr. 22, Sunken Garden Theatre, 3875 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 637-8328, saza.org.
Fiesta Oyster Bake
Billed as “the heartbeat of Fiesta,” this yearly classic raises funds for St. Mary’s University scholarships while treating the masses to roughly 100,000 oysters, cold brews, a fireworks show (10:30pm Friday) and live rock, hip-top, country and tejano on five outdoor stages. The 2018 headliners include Bret Michaels, Sean Paul, Drowning Pool and Everclear. $29.50-$157, 5-11pm Fri, Apr. 20, noon-11pm Sat, Apr. 21, St. Mary’s University, One Camino Santa Maria, (210) 436-3324, oysterbake.com.
Fiesta San Antonio
Fiesta Oyster Bake
Billed as “the heartbeat of Fiesta,” this yearly classic raises funds for St. Mary’s University scholarships while treating the masses to roughly 100,000 oysters, cold brews, a fireworks show (10:30pm Friday) and live rock, hip-top, country and tejano on five outdoor stages. The 2018 headliners include Bret Michaels, Sean Paul, Drowning Pool and Everclear. $29.50-$157, 5-11pm Fri, Apr. 20, noon-11pm Sat, Apr. 21, St. Mary’s University, One Camino Santa Maria, (210) 436-3324, oysterbake.com.
Rey Feo Crown Celebration
If you've ever attended the Rey Feo crowning ceremony, treat yourself to the after-party some year. Tickets sell out pretty quickly to this food and booze filled event, but consider this a bucket list item, especially if you're an SA native. $125, 7pm-midnight, Fri, Apr. 20, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 900 E Market St, (210) 775-2343, fiesta-sa.org.
Fiesta San Antonio
Rey Feo Crown Celebration
If you've ever attended the Rey Feo crowning ceremony, treat yourself to the after-party some year. Tickets sell out pretty quickly to this food and booze filled event, but consider this a bucket list item, especially if you're an SA native. $125, 7pm-midnight, Fri, Apr. 20, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 900 E Market St, (210) 775-2343, fiesta-sa.org.
Piñatas in the Barrio
Fair food, live entertainment and a big ass piñata?! Y'all already know we're there. Rey Feo crowns the barrio's king and queen, who will take place in next weekend's big parades. Proceeds benefit projects and scholarships on the city's West Side. Free, noon-10pm, Sat Apr. 21, Guadalupe Theatre, 723 S Brazos St, (210) 772-6595, fiesta-sa.org.
Fiesta San Antonio
Piñatas in the Barrio
Fair food, live entertainment and a big ass piñata?! Y'all already know we're there. Rey Feo crowns the barrio's king and queen, who will take place in next weekend's big parades. Proceeds benefit projects and scholarships on the city's West Side. Free, noon-10pm, Sat Apr. 21, Guadalupe Theatre, 723 S Brazos St, (210) 772-6595, fiesta-sa.org.
Celebrations of Traditions Pow Wow
All are welcome to celebrate the American Indian culture with song and dance that pay tribute to the community. Free, 10am-4pm, Sat, Apr. 21, Woodlawn Gymnasium, 1103 Cincinnati Ave, (210) 775-2343, unitedsanantoniopowwow.org.
Fiesta San Antonio
Celebrations of Traditions Pow Wow
All are welcome to celebrate the American Indian culture with song and dance that pay tribute to the community. Free, 10am-4pm, Sat, Apr. 21, Woodlawn Gymnasium, 1103 Cincinnati Ave, (210) 775-2343, unitedsanantoniopowwow.org.
Mission Reach Flotilla Festival
Mission Reach is super cool anytime of the year, but especially during Fiesta. This fest offers a costume contest and parade as well as the Flotilla paddle. Free, 11am-5pm, Sat Apr. 21, Mission Park Pavillions, 6030 Padre, (210) 224-2694, fiesta-sa.org.
Fiesta San Antonio
Mission Reach Flotilla Festival
Mission Reach is super cool anytime of the year, but especially during Fiesta. This fest offers a costume contest and parade as well as the Flotilla paddle. Free, 11am-5pm, Sat Apr. 21, Mission Park Pavillions, 6030 Padre, (210) 224-2694, fiesta-sa.org.
Fiesta Arts Fair
A cherished Fiesta tradition for more than 40 years now, Fiesta Arts Fair routinely draws crowds of 12,000-plus to the historic grounds of the Southwest School of Art. While it spotlights artists showing and selling works in all media (from jewelry and ceramics to textiles and photography), the two-day event is equally known for its eclectic music lineup, which this year includes Los Djangoleros, Los Fabulocos and Grupo Folklórico de Bendiciones. $5-$15, 10am-6pm Sat, Apr. 21, 11am-5pm Sun, Apr. 22, Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta St., (210) 200-8200, swschool.org.
Southwest School of Art
Fiesta Arts Fair
A cherished Fiesta tradition for more than 40 years now, Fiesta Arts Fair routinely draws crowds of 12,000-plus to the historic grounds of the Southwest School of Art. While it spotlights artists showing and selling works in all media (from jewelry and ceramics to textiles and photography), the two-day event is equally known for its eclectic music lineup, which this year includes Los Djangoleros, Los Fabulocos and Grupo Folklórico de Bendiciones. $5-$15, 10am-6pm Sat, Apr. 21, 11am-5pm Sun, Apr. 22, Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta St., (210) 200-8200, swschool.org.