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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!
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 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
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
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
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
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Rey Feo Celebration
7 p.m. to midnight April 21 at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
The crowning of Rey Feo may be an open invitation for all, but the *real* party begins at the private celebration. Exclusive primarily to Fiesta royalty and special guests, live music and great food & spirits makes this one of the most sought-after events. Kudos to you if you snagged tickets to this year’s event. If not, be sure to plan ahead for next year’s celebration.
Photo via Instagram, Fiesta San Antonio
Alamo Heights Night
5:30-11:30 p.m. April 21 at Incarnate Word University
Alamo Heights Night is more than just a party in the neighborhood - it’s a party for everyone! The event, in its 31st year, highlights San Antonio’s leading restaurants and caterers with delicacies like Texas style BBQ (as if any other style matters), gumbo and gyros. The family-friendly affair also includes activities like laser tag, rock climbing and rides, and live entertainment from Hotcakes, Suede, mariachis and more.
Photo via Instagram, victoriaetaylor
Fiesta Masquerade Party
8 p.m. to 1 a.m. April 21 at Hilton Garden Inn
A multicultural celebration in the spirit of Fiesta, this masquerade affair gives you the chance to wear a festive outfit and have the chance to win a prize for best costume. Admission includes food, door prizes and entertainment. Presale tickets are $30 and $35 at the door.
Photo viaFiesta San Antonio
Fiesta Pops
8 p.m. April 21-22 at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Spend an evening surrounded by Mexican and Latin American music, dance and culture by local talent. Campanas de America offer the Latin sounds while a group from the Guadalupe Dance Company provide the sights, a combination that feels just like Fiesta.
Photo via Instagram, moderntejana
Celebration of Traditions Pow Wow
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at Woodlawn Gymnasium
Emerge yourself into the American Indian culture at this official Native American Pow Wow. The event promotes the culture’s traditions through dance and music as well as the chance for Native individuals to celebrate their heritage.
Photo via Facebook, Fiesta San Antonio
Fiesta Arts Fair
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22-23 at the Southwest School of Arts
This two-day event gives art loves and collectors the chance to snag classy arts and crafts from more than 100 artist exhibitors. Tour the picturesque grounds of the campus while enjoying live regional music, Fiesta food & drinks and a hands-on children’s art area.
Photo via Instagram, fiestasa
San Jacinto Victory Celebration
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 22 at Alamo Plaza
When it comes down to it, Fiesta is all about the Texas Revolution — specifically the Battle of San Jacinto. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Alamo Heroes Chapters honors the soldiers in the battle more than 180 years ago that changed forever Texas’ fate as well as the fallen heroes of the Alamo. Held at the Alamo Cenotaph, the Daughters of the Republic chapter and the Children of the Republic of Texas toast to the Texas victory.
Photo via Fiesta San Antonio/San Jacinto Victory Celebration
El Rey Fido Celebration
10-11 a.m. April 22 at the Grand Hyatt
SA loves Fiesta royalty, but we might just love the El Rey Fido court the most. Based off of vigorous fundraising by local pet owners rather than the pageant circuit, the top fundraiser’s pup is crowned the doggy king or queen, accompanied on the court by four runner-ups. The coronation stays true to the Fiesta spirit with folklorico dances and royal canine attire. The fundraising and coronation helps raise awareness and funds for pets at the SA Humane Society.
Photo via Instagram, fiestasa
Viva Botanica
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 at the Botanical Gardens
Celebrate the beauty that is nature at one of the most gorgeous gardens in SA. The gardens are most beautiful at this time of year, so enjoy the sights while the kids can play Fiesta-themed games and activities. You can even purchase San Antonio-friendly plants for sale.
Photo via Facebook, Fiesta San Antonio
Piñata in the Barrio
Noon to 10 p.m. April 22 at the Guadalupe Theater
Piñatas are always fun, but when it’s the “Barrio’s Largest Piñata,” it’s a reason to throw a party. The barrio is going big with live entertainment, food (duh) and all types of fun for the entire familia. The Senior Citizen King and Queen of the Barrio will be crowned by Rey Feo and be part of the other Fiesta events.
Photo via Instagram, craiginprogress
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Investiture of King Antonio
6-7:30 p.m. April 22 at Alamo Plaza
Who is more royal than King Antonio himself? Taking place in front of the Alamo, the ceremony reigns the new king, honors the fallen heroes at the Alamo and recognizes the new members of the Texas Cavaliers. King Antonio, selected from the Cavaliers, presides over Fiesta and visits organizations, businesses, schools and other communities during his reign.
Official 2017 Fiesta Poster
Fiesta Wildflower Ride
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 at Rolling Oaks Mall
Calling all cyclists! As Fiesta’s only cycling event, the Wildflower Ride brings together more than 1,000 athletes, cyclists and fitness enthusiasts to take a ride through the beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Participants can choose from routes ranging from 14 to 100 miles.
Photo via Instagram, olsenphoto
Champagne and Diamonds Brunch
10:30 a.m.to 3 p.m. April 23 at the Witte Museum
Enjoy a buffet-style brunch and glasses of champagne while networking with Fiesta royalty. Just to you remind this is Fiesta and not debutante season, there’s a grito contest. Admission to this fancy affair costs $150 and is totally worth every penny. Your ticket also gives you the chance to win a two carat diamond, so you can’t go wrong here.
Photo via Fiesta San Antonio, Champagne and Diamonds Brunch
Fiesta de la Familia
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 23 at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church
Come on down to St. Gregory’s for a free family-oriented Fiesta event with no entry fee. They’ll have food booths, games and music to keep you entertained all day long, as well as both a live and silent auction.
Photo via Instagram, moxiedollpartyco
Deco District Arts and Music Festival
Noon to 8 p.m. April 23, Deco District
Fiesta may be a party for Texans, but that doesn’t stop tourists from joining in. This world-class celebration provides both locals and visitors to the historic Deco District with dozens of performances by musicians near and far, a wide variety of food and drink as well as local art vendors. There isn’t a better way to experience the cultural and social vitality of the Deco District.
Photo via Facebook, Deco Districts Arts & Music Festival
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Fiesta and Fireworks Celebration
1-9 p.m. April 23 at Fort Sam Houston
Bust out the lawn chairs for a family fun day and celebration at Fort Sam Houston. The food will be fresh and the music bumping all day long like most Fiesta events, but your family can also enjoy carnival rides, games, a military equipment display and more!
Official 2017 Fiesta Poster
Chili Queens Chili Cook Off
3-8 p.m. April 23 at the Bonham Exchange
Chili cookoffs are plentiful in Texas history, which makes sense since it’s the official dish of Texas. Leave it up to the Bonham to add a modern and eccentric twist to the tradition in the name of Fiesta. Queens (both male and female) compete with their chili recipe while doing the most in hopes of earning the Whoochie award by being the most tacky. Sip on refreshing cocktails and taste your share of chili at this one of a kind event. Get a babysitter for the kids, as this event is 18+.
Photo via Facebook, The Bonham Exchange
Throwback Fiesta
3-9 p.m. April 23 at Maverick Park
Tribute bands and retro games with dance and costume contests. Need we say more?
Photo by SA Current Promo Team
A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada
3 p.m. April 23 & 30 at Rancho del Charro
Get in touch with country side of Mexican culture with deep-rooted customs, tradition and family. The event includes pony rides for children, Ballet Folklorico performances and mariachi music.
Photo by Chris Garcia
Pilgrimage to the Alamo
4-5 p.m. April 24 at Alamo Plaza
When it comes down to it, Fiesta is about the history of the Alamo. A memorial tribute to the heroes of the Alamo and the heritage of Texas, the procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups walk from the Tobin Center to the Alamo in silence. The names of the Alamo defenders are read, a wreath is placed on the Alamo greensward and the sounding of Taps will have your Texas self in your feels.
Photo via Instagram, chelseaxperez
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The Texas Cavaliers River Parade
7-9 p.m. April 24 on the River Walk
Of the big three parades of Fiesta, this one is definitely the most unique. Hundreds of thousands of San Antonians, Texans and tourists from all over the world line the Riverwalk to watch the spectacle that is the Texas Cavaliers River Parade. King Antonio XCV plays MC for the night as more than 45 decorated river barges make their way down the winding parade route. The festive floats offer family-friendly fun with music, magnificent lights and celebrities.
Photo via Facebook, Texas Cavaliers River Parade
A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA)
5:30-10:30 p.m. April 25-28 in La Villita
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.
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Ford Mariachi Festival & Kickoff
6:30-10 p.m. April 25-27 on the River Walk
Fiesta isn’t complete without music, and what’s more appropriate than mariachi music? Mariachi groups from local middle and high schools perform on floating barges on the San Antonio River to kick off the three-day festival.
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Cornyation
7 and 10 p.m. April 25-27 at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
Never lost in the deep sea of Fiesta events, Cornyation is more than a seasonal favorite — it’s a hyper-local rite of passage that packs a lasting punch not unlike a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (experience it at least once or you’ll inevitably be left out of conversations for the rest of your days). Since its launch as a straight-up spoof of the exclusive Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo, Cornyation has seen wild ups and downs — morphing with changing times, broadening its focus (from high society to politics and beyond) and eventually establishing itself as a major fundraiser for HIV/AIDS charities. Inheriting a title inaugurated in 1951, James Lawnmower Sales and Service proprietor Jeffrey James steps in the royal role of King Anchovy LII to rule over the Court of Insane Privilege during three nights of outrageous lampoonery. Guests lucky enough to score tickets to the first of Cornyation’s three nights can expect the bonus of live soul and blues courtesy of Austin-based vocalist/pianist Nakia, known best as a season one finalist on The Voice.
Photo by Julian P. Ledezma
Fiesta San Fernando
11 a.m. to midnight April 26-29 at San Fernando Cathedral
Take your festivities to the heart of the city and get your party on at Fiesta San Fernando. This four-day festival has food and fun for the entire family, as well as entertainment and arts and crafts booths.
Photo via Wikipedia Commons/Cathedral of San Fernando
Fiesta Gartenfest
5:00 p.m. to midnight April 26-28 at Beethoven Halle and Garden
Make plans to join the Beethoven Maennerchor and celebrate Fiesta German-style. Come early and enjoy the lively Biergarten as it fills with sounds of German entertainment and Gemuetlichkeit. Enjoy German food and beverages as well as entertainment provided by the 50-piece concert band and other performers. The dance band plays until midnight.
Photo via Fiesta San Antonio/Fiesta Garnetfest
Taste of the Northside
5:30-10:30 p.m. April 26 at The Club at Sonterra
Are you looking for a night of delectable bites, savory drinks and vibrant entertainment? For one price you get admission to the event, food samples from more than 50 of SA’s top restaurants, five drink tickets and parking for a night of Fiesta fun on the Northside. Pre-sale tickets are $85 with an undisclosed increase in price at the door.
Photo via Facebook, Taste of the Northside
10th Street River Festival
Noon to 12:30 a.m. April 27-29 at VFW Post 75 on the River Walk
On the historic grounds of the the oldest functioning VFW in Texas, the 10th Street River Festival is an event full of food, cold drinks and entertainment that show the cultural diversity of the Alamo City. Enjoy a wide array of tunes - from Tejano and blues to oldies and country.
Photo via Fiesta San Antonio/10th Street River Festival
Family Fiesta
5-9 p.m. April 27-29 at Colonial Hills United Methodist Church
If you and your family are looking for an alcohol- and smoke-free environment to enjoy Fiesta, then look no further. The kids will have fun all day with train and pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, inflatable activities, puppets and games.
Official 2017 Fiesta Poster
Battle of Flowers Association Band Festival
6:30-9:30 p.m. April 27 at Alamo Stadium
High school bands from all over the city battle it out in the “Parade of Bands” with show tunes and dance moves to earn the title of best band, and bragging rights, of course. After the awards ceremony, all of the bands (that’s more than 5,000 students) take to the field to perform a medley of songs together underneath a fireworks finale.
Photo via Instagram, ooodangitsmary
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Fiesta Comedy Explosion
8-10 p.m. April 27 at Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Take a break from the festivals and carnivals and enjoy a night of laughter brought to you by comedian Donnell Rawlings. Better known as “Ashy Larry” on Comedy Central’s Chapelle’s Show, Rawlings’ observational humor will have you in stitches. This scholarship fundraiser, presented by the Priest Holmes Foundation, benefits Bexar County students.
Official 2017 Fiesta Poster
Battle of Flowers Parade
12:20-4:00 p.m. April 28 starting at E Grayson and Broadway to N. Santa Rosa Ave.
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. The Battle of Flowers Parade holds the distinction of being the first celebration to be held in Alamo Plaza and is considered the founding event of Fiesta San Antonio. The parade has entertained our city every year since 1891, except during World Wars I and II. This parade is the only parade in the nation produced entirely by volunteer women and affords non-profit organizations the opportunity to raise funds with over 45,000 parade seats sold by charities along the parade route each year.
Photo via Instagram, boomerjohn14
Fiesta Pooch Parade
7:45-11 a.m. April 29 at the Alamo Heights Swimming Pool
Your Saturday morning walk with your dog just got better! Stroll down the streets of Alamo Heights with your pups in this 2.6 mile parade. Register your furry friend in the Canine Costume contest, enjoy the exhibits along the parade and meet other dogs.
Photo via Facebook, King William Fair
Fiesta Jazz Band Festival
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29 at St. Mary’s University
Oyster Bake isn’t the only Fiesta event that St. Mary’s has to offer. This jazz fest brings middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout the Lone Star State and our neighboring states. The swingin’ groups are critiqued by jazz experts and awarded in various categories.
Photo via Facebook, Fiesta Jazz Fest at St. Mary's University
King William Fair Parade
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29 at King William Historic District
This year marks the 50th King William Fair, full of arts and crafts vendors, live music, dancing, food booths and play areas for kids. Don’t miss the small but quirky parade that makes its way through the historic district lined with stately homes and gorgeous gardens.
Photo via Instagram, chan22oc
Fiesta Flambeau Parade
6:30-10 p.m. April 29 starting at E Grayson and Broadway
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.
Photo via Instagram, nessamichelle64
San Jose Missionfest
10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. April 30 at Mission San Jose Church
Missionfest kicks off with an outdoor mariachi Mass in the morning and keeps the party going all day long. The unique event has a children’s corner, arts and crafts, bingo, Tiendita and a carnival. This year’s music acts include a tribute to the Navaira family legacy with original Grupo Rio members and Tejano Legends taking the stage. Other performances include Flaco Jimenez, Nick Villarreal and Mingo Saldivar.
Photo via Facebook, Cristina Marie Photography
9th Annual Fiesta Concert
3-4:30 p.m. April 30 at Concordia Lutheran Church
End of the 10-day drunken fest on a high note and enjoy the Fiesta-themed sounds of the San Antonio Symphonic Band.
Photo via Facebook, San Antonio Symphony
Festival de Cascarones
1-8 p.m. April 30 at Texas A&M University-San Antonio How can you do Fiesta without cascarones? You can’t! TAMU-SA’s free event offers a day of fun with live music and family-friendly activities and the chance to witness the University’s attempt to break a cascarones world record during the festival.
Photo via Instagram, amyalldaysa
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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
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