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The Best Food and Drink Festivals Happening In and Around San Antonio This Summer 

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If stuffing your face and/or getting boozy is your idea of a good time, then you'll want to make plans to attend these food and drink events and festivals happening in San Antonio (or a short drive away) this summer.
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San Antonio Michelada Madness
$20, Sun Sept 1, 4pm, Alamo Beer Company, 202 Lamar, facebook.com/SanAntonioMicheladaMadness
Anyone who loves micheladas will want to make plans for an entire event dedicated to the special drink. This competition features some of the hottest restaurants and bars across the Alamo City, each of which offer up their take on micheladas.
Photo via Instagram / micheladamadnesssa
San Antonio VegFest
$5-$50, Sat Aug 31-Sun Sept 1, 10am, Historic Sunset Station, 1174 E Commerce St, sanantoniovegfest.com
The inaugural festival dedicated to a vegetarianism will take over Sunset Station this summer! The two-day festival will allow vegans and non-vegans to try vegetarian-friendly bites from local restaurants. Founders Akeem and Tara Best are dedicated to showing residents just how yummy a plant-based lifestyle is.
Photo via Instagram / govegansa
Fredericksburg Jaycees Crawfish Festival
$10-$15, Fri May 24-Sun May 26, Markplatz, 100 W Main St, Fredericksburg, visitfredericksburgtx.com
Everyone loves crawfish, so you’ll be smart to take advantage of the holiday weekend to plan a day trip up to Fredericksburg to get your fill of this Cajun goodness. The annual festival includes lots of crawfish, naturally, plus plenty of other food booths. It will be a true family affair with a carnival set up for the kids as well as a rattlesnake exhibit.
Photo via Instagram / marcus10684
Whiskey Business
$50, Fri Aug 23, 7pm, Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, sawhiskeybusiness.com
Whiskey lovers must get their ass to this one-of-a-kind tasting event dedicated to the hard drink. On top of whiskey, you’ll be able to score samples of local and regional bourbons and select scotches – as well as single malts all the way from Scotland! Bites from local restaurants will be available too, so enjoy it all while live music and DJs keep the party going.
Photo by dru photography
Corpus Christi Food Truck Summerfest
Free, Fri July 5-Sun July 7, Water's Edge Park, 602 S Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, foodtruckfestivalcc.com
If you need another reason to head to the coast, let it be this food truck festival. The Corpus Christi offering spotlights delectable bites from around the city and makes it a family-friendly affair with a Kid’s Truck Zone. Plus, there will be an eating contest, live music and vendors.
Photo via Instagram / tacobarstreet
San Antonio Donut Fest
$15, Sat June 15, 10am, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir, sanantoniodonutfestival.com
Rain pushed back this highly-anticipated inaugural event, but it’s finally going down in the next few weeks. Sweet-tooths and dessert lovers will want to head to the Tobin for SA’s first-ever event dedicated to donuts. There will be other sweets up for grabs, so your antojo for lots of sugar will be satisfied.
Photo via Instagram / sadonutfest
48th Annual Texas Folklife Festival
$12-$15 for adults, Fri June 7-Sun June 9, UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E César E. Chávez Blvd, texancultures.com
Back for a 46th year, the Texas Folklife Festival highlights everything that makes the Lone Star State beautiful: the vast cultures across the state, many with centuries of history, living harmoniously. While the festival celebrates all facets of the dozens of cultural groups, food is a highlight of the three-day festival with food vendors offering bites from a variety of cuisines.
Photo by JPL PRO - Julián P. Ledezma
Cocktail: The Event
$50-$90, Fri July 19, 8pm, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl, sanantoniococktail.com
Celebrate SA’s cocktail culture by sipping on drinks whipped up by 15 of the city’s top bars. You’ll be able to snag samples from local restaurants too, so you won’t get too boozy. This year has a tiki theme, so start planning your outfit so you win the costume contest!
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Frozen Treats Fest
Free, Sat June 22, 1pm, Alamo Beer Company, 202 Lamar, eventbrite.com
Back for a third year, you can beat the heat with frozen treats! This refreshing festival has plenty up for grabs – paletas, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, snow cones, mangonadas and more.
Photo via Instagram / egcollaborations
The Texas Taco Tequila & Music Festival
$25-$85, Sat May 25, noon, Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium, 5757 U.S. 90, facebook.com/thetexastacofestival
If you can’t wait until next year’s Taco Fest to get your fix of tacos and puro jams, head to Wolff Stadium for lots of tacos and tequila, margaritas and music to complete your festival experience. There will even be lucha libre wrestling!
Photo via Instagram / thetexastacofestival
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Culinaria Restaurant Weeks
$15-$45, Sat Aug 10-Sat Aug 24, locations vary, culinariasa.org
The summer edition of Restaurants Weeks will take over SA’s food scene this August! Expect special menus at participating restaurants so you can get a taste of the Alamo City’s best and brightest places to dine. The menus are designed to give an idea of what to expect at said restaurants, so it’s the best time to explore and eat your way throughout town without breaking the bank.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
San Antonio Brunch Crawl
$18-$60, Sat June 15, noon, locations vary, barcrawlnation.com
San Antonio loves its pub crawls – and now it’s about to get a brunch crawl. The first of its kind in the Alamo City, this crawl lets you enjoy the brunch offerings at Mad Dogs, Bier Garten, On the Bend, Howl at the Moon, Leapin Lizard Pub, Pat O’Brien’s and On The Rocks Pub. With every stop on the River Walk, there will be prizes and exclusive brunch specials.
Photo via Instagram / the_cheeky_epicurean
Luling Watermelon Thump
Thu June 27-Sun June 30, 319 E Davis St, Luling, (830) 875-3214,
A tradition since 1954, this small town watermelon thump is celebrated by Luling locals and visitors alike. Of course live music and the usual carnival rides and attractions can be found here, but the real star is the food aspect. Expect lots of watermelon-inspired tributes and the fair food you know and love.
Photo via Instagram / brandonlangwatson
United We Brunch
$45, Sat June 8, 11am, La Cantera Resort & Spa, 16641 La Cantera Pkwy, unitedwebrunchsa.com
The ultimate brunch event, back for a fifth year, has everything you love about the best meal of the weekend. Complete with samples of brunch staples, breakfast cocktails, a DIY bloody mary bar and a mimosa station, this boozy, brunchy event is your wildest dream come true.
Photo by Andrew Lopez
Luckenbach Food Truck Festival
$10, Sat June 29, noon, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Lukenbach, luckenbachtexas.com
Featuring food trucks from the Alamo City as well as Austin and Fredericksburg, this small town festival has regional bites that are worth the drive. The fest will also spotlight Hill Country wineries and live Texas music.
Photo via Instagram / luckenbachtexas
Brews and Blooms
$40, Sat May 25, 6pm, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl, sabot.org
The 14th semiannual Brews and Blooms will take over the botanical garden for an evening of craft brew sampling and food trucks on the grounds of this absolutely gorgeous landmark.
Photo via Instagram / sabotgarden
San Antonio Beer Week
Prices and locations vary, Sat June 15-Sat June 22, sabeerweek.org
While October’s SA Beer Festival dedicates an entire day to beer-drinking and appreciating, SA Beer Week pays tribute to every Texan’s favorite booze across multiple events throughout the Alamo City. From the kickoff party at Roadmap Brewing Co. and a cigar pairing event to Bratfest at Künstler Brewing to a homebrewing seminar, there’s plenty of beer waiting to be guzzled!
Photo courtesy of San Antonio Beer Week
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San Antonio Michelada Madness
$20, Sun Sept 1, 4pm, Alamo Beer Company, 202 Lamar, facebook.com/SanAntonioMicheladaMadness
Anyone who loves micheladas will want to make plans for an entire event dedicated to the special drink. This competition features some of the hottest restaurants and bars across the Alamo City, each of which offer up their take on micheladas.
Photo via Instagram / micheladamadnesssa

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