Fiesta San Antono Notable Events

Written by Randy Watson

The Fiesta® San Antonio is a ten-day celebration with no shortage of events to choose from.  Whether you attend the party the entire 10-days or you only enjoy a portion of the festivities, you are sure to have a spectacular time.

The Official Opening Ceremony starts at 9am on the morning of Friday, April 20.  The free event is hosted by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Alamo Heroes Committee.  You can enjoy singing and dancing as the Fiesta officially begins.

After the opening ceremony, you can head downtown to an all-day free event, the Fiestas Fantasias at Market Square.  Enjoy an eclectic mix of live entertainment on five different stages.  Entertainment acts include folklore dancers and music of several different genres including Latin Jazz, country-western, and Tejano music.  The Fiestas Fantasias starts right after the opening ceremony, at 10am, and lasts until midnight.

Any other time of year, oysters might be the last thing on your mind at 11am on a Saturday morning.  But April 21, the Fiesta Oyster Bake is the place you’ll want to be.  This year the bake will be celebrating its 91st anniversary.  More than 100,000 oysters will be served raw, baked, or fried.  The bake officially kicks off on Friday and re-opens Saturday morning at 11am.

Family Funday Sunday boasts the Fiesta’s shortest parade.  This family-oriented celebration is perfect for all ages.  With booths, games and prizes, Family Funday Sunday is reminiscent of a down-home carnival.

History and culture are what the Fiesta is all about.  The Pilgrimage to the Alamo tribute is a must-see event.  On Monday, April 23, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold their annual tribute honoring the Alamo heroes and Texas heritage.  The memorial is a free event lasting from 4 to 5pm.

A Night In Old San Antonio, NIOSA, is another famous part of the Fiesta.  The four-day celebration begins April 24 and lasts through April 27.  The event celebrates the heritage and culture of San Antonio with 15-themed areas.  Participants enjoy food, drink, and entertainment.

The Coronation of the Queen of the Order of Alamo is one of the oldest parts of the celebration.  The Order of Alamo was first created in 1909 to celebrate the struggle for independence from Texas.  From that year on, the Order crowned a queen and a court.  The coronation is a fantastic event of splendor and beauty.

The event that started it all, the Battle of Flowers, is the oldest and largest parade held during Fiesta® San Antonio.  The parade is planned and directed entirely by women.  The theme this year will be “Miles and Miles of Texas.”

You can close the Fiesta with a visit to the Fiesta Carnival.  Held on the final Sunday of the Fiesta from 1pm until midnight, the Fiesta Carnival has lights, rides, and food galore.  Admission to the carnival is free.

Fiesta® San Antonio has over 100 different events that participants can enjoy.  Celebrate the diverse history and culture of San Antonio at the 116th anniversary of Fiesta® San Antonio.