April 14, 2017

Every Fiesta Event Happening in San Antonio that You Need to Know About

The moment we've been waiting for is finally here! It's time to eat all the Chicken on a Stick, break all the cascarónes and collect all the medals you can. Fiesta only comes around once a year — better live it up while it's here!
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Fiesta Mariachi Mass
12 p.m. April 19 at San Fernando Cathedral
In a city where Catholicism is so prevalent, it makes sense that church would be part of the celebrations. The Mariachi Mass blesses the Fiesta royalty, commissioners and participants in anticipation for all of their various commitments. Held at San Fernando Cathedral, the Mass is nationally televised.
Photo via Instagram, jewel34
Fiesta Mariachi Mass
12 p.m. April 19 at San Fernando Cathedral
In a city where Catholicism is so prevalent, it makes sense that church would be part of the celebrations. The Mariachi Mass blesses the Fiesta royalty, commissioners and participants in anticipation for all of their various commitments. Held at San Fernando Cathedral, the Mass is nationally televised.
Photo via Instagram, jewel34
Fiesta starts at the Hemisfair
5-9 p.m. April 20 at Hemisfair Park, 434 S. Alamo 
Get the party started down at Fiesta at Hemisfair, the official opening of this year’s festivities with the breaking of cascarones. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the night while you have the chance to meet Fiesta royalty and other special guests.. Within the party, you can also buy, sell or trade Fiesta pins and medals at Pin Pandemonium.
Photo via Instagram, jprivers
Fiesta starts at the Hemisfair
5-9 p.m. April 20 at Hemisfair Park, 434 S. Alamo
Get the party started down at Fiesta at Hemisfair, the official opening of this year’s festivities with the breaking of cascarones. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the night while you have the chance to meet Fiesta royalty and other special guests.. Within the party, you can also buy, sell or trade Fiesta pins and medals at Pin Pandemonium.
Photo via Instagram, jprivers
Fiesta Store Pop-up Shop
5-9 p.m. April 20 at Hemisfair Park, 434 S. Alamo 
With the first night of Fiesta comes the pop-up shop. Find the most fun and authentic Fiesta-wear to make your outfits for the city’s 10-day party. That includes official Fiesta t-shirts and medals, of course. Get this year’s Fiesta poster, too.
Official 2017 Fiesta Poster
Fiesta Store Pop-up Shop
5-9 p.m. April 20 at Hemisfair Park, 434 S. Alamo With the first night of Fiesta comes the pop-up shop. Find the most fun and authentic Fiesta-wear to make your outfits for the city’s 10-day party. That includes official Fiesta t-shirts and medals, of course. Get this year’s Fiesta poster, too.
Official 2017 Fiesta Poster
Fiesta Carnival
6-11p.m. April 20-30 at Alamodome Parking Lot
Have you really experienced Fiesta if you haven’t been to the carnival at the Alamodome? The lights are spectacular, the rides are thrillingly fun and the food booths are perfect for a night of shenanigans. This is a Fiesta favorite for good reason.
Photo via Instagram, fiestasa
Fiesta Carnival
6-11p.m. April 20-30 at Alamodome Parking Lot
Have you really experienced Fiesta if you haven’t been to the carnival at the Alamodome? The lights are spectacular, the rides are thrillingly fun and the food booths are perfect for a night of shenanigans. This is a Fiesta favorite for good reason.
Photo via Instagram, fiestasa
JBSA Lackland Fiesta Military Parade 
9-10 a.m. April 21 at Lackland
The Military City’s 10-day party includes the actual military, no question about it. The parade is the annual salute to Fiesta, open to all authorized DoD identification Cardholders or invited guests. Parade organizers are sure to include Fiesta royalty and officials, civic leaders and military commanders.
Photo via Facebook, Fiesta San Antonio
JBSA Lackland Fiesta Military Parade
9-10 a.m. April 21 at Lackland
The Military City’s 10-day party includes the actual military, no question about it. The parade is the annual salute to Fiesta, open to all authorized DoD identification Cardholders or invited guests. Parade organizers are sure to include Fiesta royalty and officials, civic leaders and military commanders.
Photo via Facebook, Fiesta San Antonio
Senior Fiesta
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 at Wonderland of Americas Mall
This is the only official Fiesta event for the city’s senior population (55+). Baby boomers can enjoy live entertainment, dancing and special guest appearances. Door prizes and free promotional items will be given out throughout the event.
Photo via Instagram, marianaveraza
Senior Fiesta
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 at Wonderland of Americas Mall
This is the only official Fiesta event for the city’s senior population (55+). Baby boomers can enjoy live entertainment, dancing and special guest appearances. Door prizes and free promotional items will be given out throughout the event.
Photo via Instagram, marianaveraza
Fiesta de los Reyes 
10 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., April 21-30 at Market Square, 514 W. Commerce
Rey Feo, pretty much the unofficial face of Fiesta, and Market Square, the heart of the city, come together to keep the party going through all 10 days of Fiesta. The best part? It’s free! Daily live entertainment features a variety of music styles from Tejano and Conjunto to rock and cover bands. And what is Fiesta without food booths? Enjoy festival staples like funnel cakes and turkey legs, or go for Mexican classics like fajitas and aguas frescas. Whether you’re going with the kids, your crew of friends or on a date, you’re bound to have a fun time.
Photo via Instagram, fiestadelosreyes
Fiesta de los Reyes
10 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., April 21-30 at Market Square, 514 W. Commerce
Rey Feo, pretty much the unofficial face of Fiesta, and Market Square, the heart of the city, come together to keep the party going through all 10 days of Fiesta. The best part? It’s free! Daily live entertainment features a variety of music styles from Tejano and Conjunto to rock and cover bands. And what is Fiesta without food booths? Enjoy festival staples like funnel cakes and turkey legs, or go for Mexican classics like fajitas and aguas frescas. Whether you’re going with the kids, your crew of friends or on a date, you’re bound to have a fun time.
Photo via Instagram, fiestadelosreyes
Oyster Bake 
5-11 p.m. April 21-22, at St. Mary’s University
St. Mary's University Campus 2017 is the destination 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. Tickets Available for Purchase at The Fiesta Store. 
Photo by Fiesta SATaste of New Orleans
Oyster Bake
5-11 p.m. April 21-22, at St. Mary’s University
St. Mary's University Campus 2017 is the destination 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. Tickets Available for Purchase at The Fiesta Store.
Photo by Fiesta SATaste of New Orleans
Taste of New Orleans
5 p.m. to midnight April 21-23 at Sunken Gardens
Who says you need to leave San Antonio to experience the best of New Orleans? This three-day fest brings the tastes and sounds of ‘Nawlins to us. Devour Creole and Cajun dishes like red beans and rice, boudin, crawfish and gumbo while swingin’ to smooth rhythm and blues. A brass band will lead a parade through the grounds, so feel free to join the party or watch.
Photo by Gabby Mata
Taste of New Orleans
5 p.m. to midnight April 21-23 at Sunken Gardens
Who says you need to leave San Antonio to experience the best of New Orleans? This three-day fest brings the tastes and sounds of ‘Nawlins to us. Devour Creole and Cajun dishes like red beans and rice, boudin, crawfish and gumbo while swingin’ to smooth rhythm and blues. A brass band will lead a parade through the grounds, so feel free to join the party or watch.
Photo by Gabby Mata
Public Crowning of El Rey Feo
5:30-6:30 p.m. April 21 at Main Plaza
How do you show your love for the People’s King? Attend the crowning ceremony! The 69th Rey Feo, Fred Reyes, will take the throne, followed by a celebration with mariachis and folkloricos. Rub elbows with Rey Feo’s royal court, former Reyes Feos and other Fiesta royalty.
Photo via Instagram, fiestasa
Public Crowning of El Rey Feo
5:30-6:30 p.m. April 21 at Main Plaza
How do you show your love for the People’s King? Attend the crowning ceremony! The 69th Rey Feo, Fred Reyes, will take the throne, followed by a celebration with mariachis and folkloricos. Rub elbows with Rey Feo’s royal court, former Reyes Feos and other Fiesta royalty.
Photo via Instagram, fiestasa