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January 2020

Ford Parade of Lanterns

January 25 @ 6:00 pm - February 8 @ 9:00 pm
Free
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Ten 26-ft. long boats carrying enormous illuminated lanterns will float throughout the downtown section of the River Walk. Enjoy the spectacular lantern show for free each night- new lanterns added annually. Check out the parade route map on TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com/events

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February 2020

Mardi Gras Festival & River Parade

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St.
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Free
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A procession of decorated river floats transforms the San Antonio River Walk into a floating Mardi Gras celebration. Krewes of costumed revelers and live entertainment celebrate San Antonio style. Enjoy live music, entertainment, and food trucks. The public is encouraged to come dressed in masks, costumes, and beads. Free admission.

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March 2020

St. Patrick’s Day Artisan Show presented by Hiltons of San Antonio

March 13 @ 11:00 am - March 15 @ 11:00 pm
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As part of our St. Patrick's weekend, you'll get to experience the beauty of the San Antonio River Walk at the St. Patrick’s Day Artisan Show by shopping over at 40 handmade artisan booths including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. Stay closer to the action with Hilton by booking any of their 50+ branded hotels in the San Antonio area at travel.hilton.com/ArtShow.

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St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade

March 14 @ 12:00 pm - March 15 @ 8:00 pm
Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St.
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Free
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St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated on the River Walk since 1968 as a joint project of the San Antonio River Walk Association and the Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas. This tradition continues today. Green Bud Light will be sold at the Arneson River Theatre along with Irish and other ethnic foods. Festival entertainment includes a family-friendly interactive activity called Passport to Ireland. Other festival activities include face-painting, henna artistry, caricatures, photo booth, Irish novelty items for sale plus…

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Dyeing of the River Walk Green

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - March 15 @ 3:00 pm
Free
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Each year since 1968 the River Walk is magically transformed into the River Shannon with eco-friendly green dye. This year it is brought to you by Maddogs. This is a very exciting time to visit the River Walk and watch the amazing transformation. A bagpiper plays on the barge as the river is transformed. Free viewing available along the entire 2 1/2 mile downtown portion of the River Walk. The color is instantly apparent and intensifies with water movement by…

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April 2020

Ford Mariachi Festival

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - April 23 @ 9:30 pm
Free
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This official Fiesta event features Mariachi bands and Folklorico dancers from local schools and colleges. This is the perfect time to sit outside, sip a margarita (as if you needed an excuse), and enjoy the music as it floats past you. Boats also randomly stop and play music for guests sitting outdoors. Each group wears traditional mariachi and Folklorico costumes. Free to enjoy.

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Fiesta Artisan Show presented by Hiltons of San Antonio

April 24 @ 11:00 am - April 26 @ 11:00 pm
Free
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Experience the beauty of the San Antonio River Walk at the Fiesta Artisan Show by shopping at over 40 handmade artisan booths including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. Stay closer to the action with Hilton by booking any of their 50+ branded hotels in the San Antonio area at travel.hilton.com/ArtShow.

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May 2020

Yellow Ribbon Project

May 5 - May 26
Free
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Yellow Ribbon Project is a thoughtful way to honor those who serve! Yellow ribbons are hung on trees along the River Walk and displayed until May 26 as a highlight of the annual Armed Forces River Parade on May 16. Honorees names will instantly appear on the River Walk website through parade day. Proceeds from ribbon sales are used to underwrite the Armed Forces River Parade, which is free and open to the public. Ribbons purchased online at TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com/events for…

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Armed Forces River Parade

May 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free
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This free parade is dedicated to the men and women in all branches of the United States Armed Forces and features 26 patriotically-decorated and musical floats carrying all branches of military personnel and numerous businesses and nonprofits who honor and support active and retired soldiers. View the parade for free from throughout the downtown section of the River Walk. On-stage entertainment will serenade floats through the Arneson River Theatre. Break out your red-white-and-blue and let’s show ‘em we appreciate our…

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Memorial Day Artisan Show, presented by Hiltons of San Antonio

May 22 @ 11:00 am - May 25 @ 11:00 pm
Free
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Experience the beauty of the San Antonio River Walk at the Memorial Day Artisan Show by shopping at over 40 handmade artisan booths including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. Stay closer to the action with Hilton by booking any of their 50+ branded hotels in the San Antonio area at travel.hilton.com/ArtShow.

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June 2020

Bud Light Stars, Stripes & Lights

June 30 - July 7
Free
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The River Walk will be decked out with patriotic decor this long and amusing 4th of July weekend! It's fun as usual on the River Walk with downtown bridges and trees sporting a red, white & blue motif. The perfect backdrop for photos! Don't forget to post your images on social media using #SAriverwalk.

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July 2020

Summer Artisan Show, presented by Hiltons of San Antonio

July 31 @ 11:00 am - August 2 @ 11:00 pm
Free
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Experience the beauty of the San Antonio River Walk at the Summer Artisan Show by shopping at over 40 handmade artisan booths including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. Stay closer to the action with Hilton by booking any of their 50+ branded hotels in the San Antonio area at travel.hilton.com/ArtShow.

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August 2020

Wishing Lanterns

August 22 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Shops at Rivercenter, 849 E Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Free
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An ethereal experience of casting lanterns into the river in honor of loved ones, hopes, dreams, and wishes. Admission is free. Lanterns are $5 and can be purchased online in advance or at the event. Lanterns include one LED candle. Pens will be available at the event to personalize your lanterns. Entertainment includes festival dancing to thematic music. Lantern launch at 8:00 PM Viewing, until 10:30 PM

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September 2020

Labor Day Artisan Show, presented by Hiltons of San Antonio

September 4 @ 11:00 am - September 7 @ 11:00 pm
Free
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Experience the beauty of the San Antonio River Walk at the Labor Day Artisan Show by shopping at over 40 handmade artisan booths including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. Stay closer to the action with Hilton by booking any of their 50+ branded hotels in the San Antonio area at travel.hilton.com/ArtShow.

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Drift & Dine

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - September 24 @ 9:00 pm
$75
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Experience a night to remember as you slowly Drift & Dine along the River Walk. Discover new restaurants and revisit old favorites. Relax in good company with music to hear, a sunset to watch, food to savor, and a feeling of bliss. Go with the flow; savor the flavor! Beautifully decorated dinner boats carrying 16-20 passengers each will float along the river making six restaurant stops during their journey. The culinary voyage is offered on three individual nights Tickets are…

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October 2020

Fall Artisan Show, presented by Hiltons of San Antonio

October 9 @ 11:00 am - October 11 @ 11:00 pm
Free
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Experience the beauty of the San Antonio River Walk at the Fall Artisan Show by shopping at over 40 handmade artisan booths including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. Stay closer to the action with Hilton by booking any of their 50+ branded hotels in the San Antonio area at travel.hilton.com/ArtShow.

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Bud Light Haunted River

October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St.
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Free
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Adult event held at the Arneson River Theatre from 6-10:30. The party includes live music and a DJ, spooky performances, $1500 in costume prize money. Hilarious games and an entertaining host will make the evening the best Halloween party in the city. And of course, we’ll have plenty of cold Bud Light!

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November 2020

Ford Holiday River Parade

November 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15 – $43
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Join us for the 40th Anniversary of the Ford Holiday River Parade! Ticket prices range from $15-$43 and are sold on-line beginning July 7th, 2020, at www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com. Seven free seating areas are on the parade route (bring your chair) from North of Martin St. to Lexington St. Bridge and North St. Mary’s St. to Lexington St. The majority of restaurants on the River Walk offer dinner packages for your convenience. The Ford Holiday River Parade is a San Antonio tradition…

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December 2020

Ford Holiday Boat Caroling

December 3 @ 6:00 pm - December 22 @ 9:30 pm
Free
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Sing in the holidays by caroling with friends and family from a boat on the River Walk. Celebrate the timeless tradition of spreading joy with a San Antonio twist. Charter an affordable private caroling boat and bask in the glow of 100,000 Christmas lights. Boats float on the river each night, carrying a different group each hour performing live Christmas Carols. More than 185 groups participate; school, church, office, nonprofit, and civic groups. Joyous caroling fills the evening air along…

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Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias

December 4 - December 20
Free
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Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the river guided by more than 2,000 Luminarias. This century’s old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday & Sunday for three weekends in December. Luminarias are a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern to light the way for the holy family. View the Luminarias under the glow of 100,000 Christmas lights overhead and listen to Ford Holiday Boat Caroling from a River Walk restaurant or bar…

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Holiday Artisan Show, presented by Hiltons of San Antonio

December 11 @ 11:00 am - December 13 @ 11:00 pm
Free
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Experience the beauty of the San Antonio River Walk at the Holiday Artisan Show by shopping at over 40 handmade artisan booths including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. Stay closer to the action with Hilton by booking any of their 50+ branded hotels in the San Antonio area at travel.hilton.com/ArtShow.

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