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Cascarón Confusion? Your Guide to All Things Fiesta 

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Essential Events:
A Day in Old Mexico Charreada
Presented by the Asociación de Charros de San Antonio, this Fiesta favorite champions charrería (often described as Mexican rodeo) via 10 official suertes — competitive roping and riding events performed in period costumes. $5-$15, 3pm Sun, April 23 & Sun, April 30, Charro Ranch, 6126 Padre Drive, (210) 396-9752,

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A Night In Old San Antonio
Bring comfortable shoes, plenty of cash and make sure you’ve got a meeting spot in mind when heading into La Villita for NIOSA. The 69th presentation of this beloved bacchanal features 15 cultural areas filled with foods from across the globe, plenty of cerveza and the newly added craft beer booths with kegs full of Ranger Creek and Busted Sandal’s Finding Friday cans. Proceeds of the volunteer-led four-day festival go toward the San Antonio Conservation Society. Don’t miss new food items such as chamoyadas, or the classic Bongo-k-bobs, Maria’s Tortillas or sausage sampler. Stack your beer cups to keep track of your liquids. $12 advance, $15 at the door, free for children 12 and under, 5:30-10pm, April 25-28, La Villita, 418 Villita St., (210) 226-5188,

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  • "Piglygamists" backstage at Cornyation
Launched in 1951 as a spoof of the Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo, Cornyation has evolved into a bawdy, all-encompassing satire that’s raised upward of $2 million for AIDS charities. Stepping into the royal role of King Anchovy LII, Jeffrey James is set to rule over Cornyation’s Court of Insane Privilege during three nights of outrageous lampoonery. $15-$40, 7pm & 10pm April 25-27, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 226-3333,

Fiesta Arts Fair
Hosted by the Southwest School of Art, the family-friendly Fiesta Arts Fair attracts all walks with a winning mixture of local, regional and national artists and artisans, eclectic live music, festival fare, beer, margaritas and an array of creative activities to keep the kiddos entertained. $5-$15, 10am-6pm Sat, Apr. 22, 11am-5pm April 23, Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta St., (210) 734-9673,

Fiesta Gartenfest
Beethoven Maennerchor turns a spry 150 with its mission of preserving the German language and culture with another bash. Pack the dirndl and lederhosen, grab your favorite stein and join the festivities that spans three nights. With polka, German choirs, pitchers of Spaten, bratwurst, potato pancakes and more. $3 in advance, $5 at the door, free for children 12 and under, 5 p.m. April 26-28, Beethoven Maennerchor, 422 Pereida St., (210) 222-1521,

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Fiesta Oyster Bake
The campus of St. Mary’s University turns into fairgrounds for student-run food booths (chicken on a stick is a must), a carnival and live music that spans all genres. The party starts at 5 p.m. on Friday April 21 with performances by the Ying Yang Twins. Or make it a day-long affair on Saturday when doors open at 11 a.m. Did we mention oysters? Freshly shucked, on the half-shell or flash fried, you’ll want to partake in the namesake snack. $25-$35, 5-11pm Friday, 11am-11pm Saturday, St. Mary’s University, One Camino Santa Maria, (210) 436-3324,
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King William Fair
From humble beginnings as a one-block art exhibit back in 1968, the King William Association’s signature Fiesta event has grown into a can’t-miss festival spread throughout the historic neighborhood. After kicking off with a wonderfully wacky parade, King William Fair fills the tree-lined streets with a wide assortment of artsy vendors, diverse live music on multiple stages, dozens of food booths (gyros, gorditas, pizza, cupcakes, you name it), craft beer and margaritas, plus an ever-popular Kid’s Kingdom equipped with rides, games and crafty activities. $10, free for kids 12 and under, 9am-6pm Sat, April 29, King William Historic District, (210) 271-3247,

A Taste of New Orleans
The 32nd annual Taste of New Orleans takes over the Sunken Gardens Theater with jambalaya, gator on a stick, red beans and rice, soft shell crab and more N’awlins fare. Put on by the San Antonio Zulu Association, the event brings in the sounds of the bayou with blues, R&B, Zydeco and brass bands. This family-friendly affair features kid games, rides, face painting and more. Pack the sunscreen. $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door, 5-11pm Friday, noon-11pm Saturday, noon-10pm Sunday, Sunken Garden Theater 3875 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 637-8328,

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