Every year, the city of San Antonio comes alive for an 11-day extravaganza filled with bursts of color, music, and pageantry unlike anything else. From parades and parties to cultural exhibitions and culinary delights, Fiesta San Antonio has now solidified itself as city staple since its late 19th century origin. Think of it as the Mardi Gras of South Texas. Fiesta is San Antonio at its most radiant. Whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth, we’re sharing everything you need to have the best one yet.


Fiesta Fashion


Fiesta Medals, Flower Crowns, Sombreros, and more. These iconic accessories have become more than just pins and garments. The origin of some of these items goes as far back as 1946 and has developed into vibrant displays of tradition. Now, Fiesta-goers can be seen in sashes and vests adorned with dozens (or even hundreds) of medals from their favorite local businesses; medal trading is a thing, so stock up in advance if you can. While you’re at it, grab a flower crown or create your own Fiesta hat. And yes, bigger is better for building the perfect Fiesta fit.


Fiesta Foods

Person holding pastries in powdered sugar wearing Fiesta medalsThe turkey leg to a carnival, if you will. ‘Chicken on a Stick’ has cemented itself as a staple of the Fiesta food scene. This SATX delicacy consisted of a chicken breast, battered, fried, then speared with a wooden stick. Fiesta purists will argue that its successor, ‘Steak on a Stick,’ is the lesser option, but we’ll leave that up to you. The real question is: do you order it with or without the jalapeño on top? Another Fiesta favorite? Beignets! Thanks to an array of Fiesta San Antonio culinary events like A Taste of New Orleans, Fiesta Oyster Bake, and more - get ready to sample the entire gamut of culinary offerings at unique Fiesta San Antonio events! 


Fiesta Parades


Texas Cavaliers River Parade
When: April 22 | Where: Riverwalk (map) | What: Join 250,000 spectators throughout the San Antonio River. Pro tip: Spectators can walk around with alcoholic beverages in hand, but you can also bring your own beer.

The Battle of Flowers Parade
: April 26 | Where: Downtown (map) | What: The founding event of Fiesta, this tradition has now evolved to include dozens of local groups. Join the fun by shouting, “Show me your shoes!” A tradition beginning as Fiesta Royalty shows off their comfy shoes, parade participants now usually don ornate, customized footwear.

The Fiesta Flambeau Parade
When: April 27 | Where: Downtown (map) | What: The Flambeau Parade lights up the night sky with dazzling floats illuminated by thousands of lights, creating a magical spectacle that delights audiences of all ages.


Fiesta Staples

Fiesta Oyster Bake
When: April 19-20 | Where: St. Mary’s University | What: 100,000 oysters. 36,000 Chicken on a Sticks. 40 Bands. This two-day music festival is one of Fiesta’s kick-off events that has generated millions for university students and programming. Don’t miss the fireworks on Friday night!

When: April 23-26 | Where: La Villita | What: A “Celebration for Preservation,” this four-night festival brings visitors from all over to the heart of the downtown for food, fun, and entertainment in Old San Antonio.

Fiesta Cornyation
When: April 23-25 | Where: Charline McCombs Empire Theatre | What: 6 shows. 3 nights. 1 outrageous satire comprised of an all-volunteer cast poking fun at current events and public figures. Adults only!

King William Fair
When: April 27 | Where: King William Historic District | What: Head to San Antonio’s first historic neighborhood in Texas for family-friendly fun featuring a funky parade, food, and live entertainment. Kids under 11 are admitted for free.

Feeling the Fiesta craze? With dozens of events happening across the city, you will find something interesting. Join the party and embrace the magic of Fiesta San Antonio!