Apr 18, 2024 - Things to Do

Your trusty guide to Fiesta San Antonio 2024

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The most sought-after food: chicken on a stick. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

The clanking of medals, papel picado strewn about, and co-workers requesting days off can only mean one thing — it's officially Fiesta time.

Why it matters: Fiesta is the biggest and longest-running tradition in the city, all to support local non-profit organizations.

Flashback: Fiesta started in 1891 to honor Texans who fought in the Texas Revolution, but it has grown to become a diverse celebration of local cultures.

  • Read our short history of Fiesta, including its complicated origins, here.

Driving the news: The 11-day party cracked open like a cascarón Thursday night at Fiesta Fiesta.

Yes, but: There's a lot more partying left to do and we have a quick guide to help everyone from Fiesta experts to newcomers get their bearings.

Events

It wouldn't be very Axios Smart Brevity of us to list every Fiesta event, considering there are more than 100.

  • But we can tell you that Night in Old San Antonio, Oyster Bake (happening today and tomorrow), the Battle of Flowers and Flambeau parades, and the King William Fair are popular.
  • Everyone has their beloved traditions and can't-miss parties. Keep this calendar of official Fiesta events handy.
  • Some events are free, but most require tickets, which can be purchased online. Tickets for Oyster Bake, NIOSA and Taste of New Orleans are available at select H-E-B stores.

Traffic

Keep in mind that, aside from the ongoing downtown construction and lane closures, events like NIOSA and parade routes will also block main arteries downtown.

  • Plan accordingly or it could suck the fun out of the party.

Getting there

The city is urging Fiesta-goers and anyone who needs to be downtown to consider using ride-share services to commute safely.

  • Uber is offering $10 credits for Fiesta-goers through code "VIVA2024."
  • VIA is offering special Fiesta park and ride fares to major events for $1.30 each way.

Weather

KSAT meteorologists are forecasting a cool first weekend of Fiesta, with highs ranging from 70 to 80.

Pro tips and notes

Even unofficial Fiesta events are part of the fun, like Bonham's Legendary Day Party on April 26. Keep an eye on social media for other offshoot events at bars, restaurants and more.

  • Be warned: King William Fair is switching back to paper tickets after the 2023 wristband fiasco.
  • Dress sensibly, but never forget your flower crown and a place to stash your medals and tickets.
  • We wouldn't recommend doing a lot of grocery shopping this week as festival fare will likely dominate your food pyramid.

The bottom line: Viva Fiesta!

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