As Coachella wraps in a few days, there is another festival on the horizon for us who are Team Nochella and Couchella….VIVA FIESTA!
Fiesta San Antonio is an 11-day city wide celebration where you can get a taste of cultures from German to Latino, to Cajun to pick your-favorite. It is a chance to truly see the richness of San Antonio’s culture and when you come once, you will see why the city celebrates every year. Check out some events I have highlighted as “must gos” to experience.
Thursday, April 18th Fiesta Fiesta, (Free)
3-9 p.m. @ Hemisfair
Fiesta Fiesta is the official kickoff to Fiesta San Antonio at Hemisphere Park. As Fiesta grows, the music and cuisine has become more diverse. Experience live music, barter for Fiesta medals from your fave Fiesta events, lounge with your family in a kid-friendly atmosphere, and of course shop! This is also an opportunity to greet official Fiesta Royalty and special guests!
Thursday-Sunday, April 18-28th Fiesta Carnival ($)
@ Alamodome, Parking Lot C, 100 Montana St.
Thrills and chills fill the air at one of the best carnivals in the land. Glittering lights, exciting rides and a wide assortment of foods in the heart of San Antonio make the Carnival a perennial favorite of Fiesta®-goers. Revenue from this event helps support the activities of Fiesta® San Antonio.
Friday, April 19th WEBB Party ($$)
@Aztec Theater 7:30 pm-12:00 am
The iconic WEBB Party is high-energy dance music, cutting-edge live entertainment, full-service bars, exotic cuisine tastings and an eclectic, fun-loving crowd make it a perennial Fiesta favorite. This year’s theme, “Stayin’ Alive,” celebrates both the Disco Era of the 1970s and the breakthroughs in HIV medical care that have led to longer, healthier lives for those affected. Headliner will be “American Idol” finalist Ada Vox.
Tickets are $75 presale, $90 at the door. VIP packages, military/student discounts and corporate sponsorships are also available.
Friday, April 19th Fiesta Masquerade Party-Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Psi Alpha Chapter ($)
@Hilton Garden Inn 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
The Fiesta Masquerade Party, hosted by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, is a a great way to dress in your fine attire in the spirit of Fiesta. Trade in your flower crown and flip flops for after 5 dress and mask. Attendees at the event are highly encouraged to dress in the festive outfit of their choice. There’s a $100 cash prize for the best costume. The Fiesta Masquerade Party is expressly designed to get people into the overall fever of the San Antonio Fiesta season. Price includes food, door prizes and musical entertainment including Zydeco, Jazz, R&B, Ol’ School, Pop, Reggae, Latino/Salsa, etc. Proceeds from this event go to the Psi Alpha Scholarship Fund.
Admission is $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Saturday, April 20 Piñatas in the Barrio (Free)
12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Guadalupe Theatre
Pinatas in the Barrio features live entertainment, delicious food and fun for the whole family! 2019 will prove to be a spectacular year with the unveiling of the “Barrio’s Largest Pinata,” San Antonio’s record size Pinata! Rey Feo will crown the Senior Citizen King and Queen of the Barrio at this Official Fiesta event. The Barrio’s King and Queen will participate in the Battle of Flowers Parade and the Fiesta Flambeau Parade.
Admission is Free, Parking is Free
Monday, April 22 River Parade
@ River Walk, 7-9 pm
Each year hundreds of thousands of people line the banks of the San Antonio River to view the most unusual parade in America…the Texas Cavaliers River Parade! Where floats actually float! This year’s parade, entitled “It’s Showtime in San Antonio” promises an evening of family fun with live music, celebrities and lights. More than 50 festively decorated floats (that actually float!) with live music and costumed participants. Monies generated through the parade are donated to local children’s charities through the organization’s Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation.
Tuesday, April 23rd Fiesta Tech Trek (Free)
@San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
What do you get when you mix the excitement of Fiesta and thousands of college students, tech professionals, investors, business owners, and entrepreneurs who are interested in our city’s growing tech industry? Find out at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual Tech Trek! Over the course of the evening, trekkers will visit participating tech companies, enjoy food and beverages, and get an inside look into San Antonio’s downtown Tech District and the emerging tech scene. Tech Trek is a celebration of entrepreneurship, technology, and most of all, Fiesta!
RSVP : https://satechtrek.splashthat.com/
Starts Tuesday, April 23rd NIOSA (Night In Old San Antonio) ($)La Villita
@La Villita |Bag restrictions apply – see event website for details.
“A Night in Old San Antonio®” is a four-night festival in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio that celebrates the city’s diverse culture through the magic of 200-plus food and drink booths; 14 continuous live musical acts and bright and festive decorations in 15 themed areas: Mission Trail, Arneson Theatre, China Town, Clown Alley, French Quarter, Froggy Bottom, Frontier Town, Haymarket, International Walkway, Irish Flats, Main Street USA, Mexican Market, Sauerkraut Bend, South of the Border, and Villa Espana.
Admission for adults is $12 advance and $15 at the gate; children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.
210-226-5188 | firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.niosa.org
Tickets available for purchase: NIOSA website, The Fiesta Store®, HEB stores and military bases. E-tickets available at http://www.niosa.org
Wednesday, April 24th Taste of the Northside ($$$)
6:30-11:30 pm The Club at Sonterra
Party with a Purpose at San Antonio’s most exclusive Fiesta event, TASTE of the Northside! Savor delicious cuisine from 60+ local restaurants and sample endless varieties of wine and spirits.
Presale all-inclusive is $85. $100 at the door.
Tickets Available for Purchase at The Fiesta Store® and at www.tasteofthenorthside.org
Thursday, April 25th St. Philip’s Culturefest
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. St. Philip’s College
St. Philip’s College CultureFest and Rib Cook-Off is an official Fiesta event on the Eastside. SPC was established in 1898 and is the second fastest growing historically black college in the nation and the only one designated as both an HBCU and HSI. St. Philip’s College, one of the Alamo Colleges, is among the city’s oldest higher-education institutions.
Enjoy a midday Fiesta celebration in a relaxed and family-friendly environment. Arrive early for our opening ceremony featuring Fiesta royalty and don’t miss the car show. CultureFest features live music, food, dance, games and the hottest, celebrity-judged rib competition this side of San Antonio.
Admission and parking are free. Funnel cakes are plentiful. All proceeds support scholarships.
210-486-2135 | email@example.com | http://www.alamo.edu/spc/culturefest
Sunday, April 28th Texas A&M San Antonio-Festival de Cascarones
@ Texas A&M-San Antonio (Free)
Festival De Cascarones presented by H-E-B is proud to have Vertical Horizon, Olivia Lane and Bidi Bidi Banda to perform on April 28.
Saturday, April 27th King William Fair ($)
@King William District, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bag Restrictions Apply – see event website for more details.
The King William Fair is a family fair with art and craft vendors, live music and dance on five stages, food and beverage booths, a Kids Kingdom play area and a small but quirky parade, all on the streets of the historic district with its stately homes and gracious gardens.
Admission is $15; children 12 and under are free.
210-271-3247 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.kwfair.org
Monday, April 29th, UIW The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show
6 p.m. The McNay Art Museum
University of the Incarnate Word student designers will present collections they have designed in a year-long fashion capstone course representing different garment categories and varying model sizes. Up-and-coming student designers will also present their top designs from advanced courses.
Proceeds benefit Fashion Management scholarships for current students. UIW’s Design Program was ranked #8 in the Southwest (Top 25 percent of schools considered).
For ticket info! 210-829-3219 | http://cuttingedge-sa.com
Fiesta Parking Tips
I highly suggest taking the VIA Park & Ride options since traffic will be a cluster! You can also take a Lyft to a VIA Park & Ride location and get a $10 discount!
PARK & RIDE LOCATIONS:
Airport Park & Ride
1350 Northern Blvd.
Crossroads Park & Ride
151 Crossroads Blvd.
Madla Transit Center
Randolph Park & Ride
9500 Ih-35 North
VIA’s Special Event Park & Ride Service eliminates parking hassles, parking fees and traffic headaches, so you can celebrate the biggest 11-day party – Fiesta San Antonio – with family and friends.
General | $2.50 each way
Student | $1.25 each way (must have current student ID)
VIAtrans customers and children under the age of 5 ride fare-free.
Fore more info on routes: https://www.viainfo.net/fiesta/