April 14-24 marks the 125th anniversary of Fiesta San Antonio! What started as a one-parade event to honor the fallen heroes of the Alamo has become an 11-day Texas-sized festival that celebrates San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures. This “party with a purpose” also helps raise funds that provide services to the San Antonio community throughout the year.
Fiesta 2016 will be another year of colorful events including parades, royalty pageants, music, athletics, arts and fashion, dance performances, carnivals, cook-offs and much more.
Here are a few noteworthy events:
Fiesta Arts Fair at the Southwest School of Art—April 16, 17 at 300 Augusta. This family-friendly event showcases the contemporary art of 120 artists from across the nation. Ceramics, paintings, jewelry, glass work, photography and wearable art will be available for purchase, and art-goers will enjoy live music and some of San Antonio’s best Mexican food. Children will also be able to work with professional artists in the Children’s Art Garden. $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. www.swschool.org/fiestaartsfair.
Fiesta Mission 5K and 10K Run/Walk—8 a.m. on April 17 at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 200 Noblewood Dr. Run or walk in the official race of Fiesta and enjoy music, food and drink. www.athleteguild.com.
Throwback Fiesta at Maverick Park—3-9 p.m. on April 17 at Maverick Park, 1000 Broadway. Take your Fiesta experience back to the 60s-90s. Wear a costume from your favorite decade and enter the costume contest. There will also be an 80s T-shirt workshop, pop-up breakdance performances and a dance contest. $12 general admission. $55 VIP ticket gets you access to the VIP area. www.saparksfoundation.org/events/throwback-fiesta.
For a list of all 2016 Fiesta events, and everything you could ever want to know about Fiesta San Antonio, visit www.fiesta-sa.org.