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  • 15th Annual A Taste of the Northside

     A Taste of the Northside is an official Fiesta® event in San Antonio, TX presented by Lynd and H-E-B benefiting Brighton Center. There will be a wide selection of food and drink options along with live entertainment by The Decibel Band, Grooveline and THE MAX!

  • Poetricity on KRTU 91.7 FM

    POETRICITY hosted by Val "Black Butterfly Thibodeaux and Catherine A. "Jazz Cat" Lee."

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  • Fiesta Flower Show
    Fiesta Flower Show 4/23 10:00AM
     

    The 101th Annual Flower Show of the Women's Club of San Antonio features a wide array of beautiful and imaginative fresh and dried floral arrangements, horticulture displays, table settings and youth exhibits. Judging by certified National Flower Show judges takes place on the opening day, along with a ribbon cutting attended by local and Fiesta dignitaries.

    Category: Special events
  • Taste of the Northside
    Taste of the Northside 4/23 5:30PM
     

    Since 2002, A Taste of the Northside has been bringing the Fabulous side of Fiesta to San Antonio's northside residents. With more than 60 local restaurants providing food samplings; abundant choices of select beer, fine wine and top-shelf margaritas and multiple stages with great live music. A Taste of the Northside benefits Brighton Center, a local nonprofit serving children with disabilities or delays and their families. Tickets available at local H-E-B grocery stores, online or at The Fiesta Store through April 21.

    Category: Special events
  • Order of the Alamo: Coronation of the Queen

    An evening of beauty and fantasy awaits those who attend the Coronation of the Queen of The Order of the Alamo, one of the central features of Fiesta® San Antonio. With a spectacularly set stage, the symphony orchestra conducted by Roger Melone performs the accompaniment as visiting and in-town Duchesses make their full-court bows at “The Court of Sovereign Legends” followed by the presentation of Her Royal Highness the Princess and the Coronation of Her Gracious Majesty, the Queen. All wear elaborate dresses and trains spangled with glittering beads, crystals and jewels. Thought by many to be one of the most magnificent and unusual events of its kind in the country, the Coronation of the Queen is an event for the whole family. All seats reserved.

    Category: Special events
  • Governor Briscoe Birthday Celebration

    Celebrate Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr.’s birthday at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Museum docent, Uvalde resident, and long-time family friend and neighbor, Jan Elliott, shares personal insight into Governor Briscoe and his love for Western Art. Then stop by the Gloria Gaines Clingman Education Gallery for a quick make and take art activity inspired by the political buttons of Governor Briscoe’s campaigns. The Museum Store will feature the Governor’s biography, Dolph Briscoe: My Life in Texas Ranching and Politics by Dolph Briscoe and Don Carleton, and other related merchandise. Finally, enjoy some birthday cake to top off the celebration!

    Category: Special events
  • PACfest
    PACfest 4/24 9:00AM
     

    PACfest is an official Fiesta San Antonio event. This family-friendly event is alcohol-free and features music, food booths, entertainment and activities for children. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

  •  Merry Monet Paint and Wine Tasting

    Fiesta is coming to San Antonio's finest winery. Paint a festive composition of cascarones, confetti and wine while sipping on a few glasses of exotic wines. Artist Livia Istrate will guide you step-by-step to complete this masterpiece in two hours. Ticket includes all art supplies. Register today because tickets sell fast.

  • Senior Fiesta
    Senior Fiesta 4/24 9:00AM
     

    Viva Fiesta at the only official Fiesta event for people 55 years and older. This event will have live entertainment, special guest appearances, door prizes, dancing and dozens of vendors providing free promotional items and information on topics such as retirement planning and living, home improvement, health and wellness, leisure and senior services and much more. This year we'll be holding the first annual Fiesta hat contest at the event. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners. For more than a decade, RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) has been bringing high-quality entertainment and vendors to this senior-focused Fiesta event.

  •  Culturefest and Rib Cook-off

    The fun-filled CultureFest and Rib Cook-off features live music ranging from Gospel, rhythm and blues to Tejano and country-western. The arts and crafts offer something for everyone, demonstrating the diverse community. Judge who has the best ribs in the city  The opening ceremony will feature Fiesta royalty and dancers.

  • Palo Alto College PACFest
    Palo Alto College PACFest 4/24 11:00AM
     

     PACfest, an annual event, takes place the Thursday before the Battle of Flowers parade. Festivities include lively musical entertainment, children's games and activities, food and novelty booths.

  • Battle of Flowers Band Festival

    The 76th anniversary Battle of Flowers® Band Festival, “The Magic of Make Believe,” features students from more than 30 high school bands from San Antonio and surrounding areas joining forces to present an entertaining musical evening that is undoubtedly one of Fiesta®’s most popular events. Highlights include Herald Trumpets saluting Fiesta® Royalty, parades of high stepping bands with colorful flags and twirlers and specially chosen feature bands performing their award-winning UIL shows for the crowd. At the end of the evening, all 3,000 musicians perform together in a spectacular crowd-pleasing finale.

  • Mitchell Lake Audubon Center Birdathon 2014

    Just what is a birdathon? It is a fun way to get outdoors (much like a walkathon) where you, the nature lover, counts bird species and collects pledges from friends, family, and co-workers.

  • Casas Ink at the River Walk Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show

    Celebrate Fiesta on the River Walk. Casas Ink will be releasing our new Spring/Summer graphic shirts, tank tops, and snapbacks at this event. Be the first to pick up a new shirt or tank. Our booth will be located near the Rivercenter Mall, along the Commerce St. side.

  • Battle of Flowers Parade
    Battle of Flowers Parade 4/25 11:30AM
     

    The theme for this year's Parade is The Magic of Make Believe! A sense of wonderment will take a child's dreams and turn them into magic for them, their families and the inner child in all of us. This 123-year- old parade is sure to inspire the dreams of both young and old. The Aggie Band will once again lead the parade with their sound and precision marching. The Parade also features nine public schools who are invited on a rotating schedule to ride on a float provided by the Battle of Flowers®. Parade participants are asked to bring a floral tribute to be placed by the San Antonio Academy Cadets on the lawn in front of the Alamo.

    Place: Parade Route
  •  UTSA Football Fiesta Spring Game
  • American Lung Association: Fight For Air 5K

    Celebrating the 21st year of this event at SeaWorld. This family fun 5K event goes through the park. Parking is free to all participants before 8.00 AM.

    Place: Sea World
  • 2014 Fight for Air Run/Walk

    Join us for a 5K route around beautiful SeaWorld San Antonio. You can register as an individual or start a team of friends, family and co-workers and then enjoy our finish line celebration with family and friends. Every dollar raised in the Fight for Air Run/Walk helps the millions of people who are affected by lung disease. Six out of ten people live in areas where air pollution reaches unhealthy levels and threatens the health of millions of people. Air pollution can even kill. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and asthma is the leading cause of missed school days.  COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Big Tobacco continues to target their deadly products to our teenagers, greatly increasing their risk for lung cancer or COPD later in life. Help us spread awareness.

    Place: Sea World
  • Everything For Children's Sale

    Over 130 vendors participate in this annual event. Only the highest quality is accepted. There will be clothing, toys and furniture for newborns to preteens.

  • Family Fun Day at the Co-op

    Celebrate the last day of Fiesta with face painting, balloon making, free food(while supplies last), bounce house, drawings and much more. Plus a special parade and concert by the Texas Longhorn Marching Band.

    Category: Special events
  • UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeria Watch Party.

    Premium seating available in our Sports TV Lounge & Showroom with full sound. Seating is first come first serve. Book private areas with our special events department: Roy Garcia 210-515-1515 ext. or 11807 Heather Campos 210-515-1515 ext. 11806.

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  • FIESTA® Pooch Parade
    FIESTA® Pooch Parade 4/26 8:00AM
     

    Calling all pooches. Come to a howling good time...walking, sniffing and otherwise cavorting with fellow pooches. Therapy Animals of San Antonio proudly presents its 16th annual Fiesta Pooch Parade. Wind your way through the tree-lined streets of Alamo Heights in this 5K (3-mile) sure-to-be-pleasing, tail-wagging route. Come early for special exhibits and educational presentations that you and your furry friend can enjoy. All money raised from the Fiesta Pooch Parade remains in the local area to directly support these programs. Pre-registration must be postmarked by April 19. Gates for registration the day of the event open at 8 a.m.

  • Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

    The 66th anniversary of the Fiesta® Flambeau® Night Parade celebrates the 2014 theme, “A Time to Remember.” The Flambeau® Parade is one of the largest illuminated parades in the US and the University of Texas Longhorn Band is the premier band that traditionally leads the parade each year. The parade also features marching units, out-of-town bands, equestrian units, musical groups and many other attractions to create a night of incredible illuminated entertainment in San Antonio.

    Place: Parade Route
  • Walkathon San Antonio 2014

    Walkathon San Antonio 2014 is organized by BAPS Charities to raise funds for beneficiary San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and other local charities.

  • Fiesta Family Day
    Fiesta Family Day 4/26 10:00AM
     

    Fiesta Family Day is a component of  the "Hats Off to Fiesta" exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures, and includes fun activities, free crafts, and an opportunity to learn about San Antonio's Fiesta tradition. There will also be a scavenger hunt and prizes. 

  • King William Fair
    King William Fair 4/26 9:00AM
     

    We try our best to be sparing with the word “best” this time of year, but it’s worth pointing out that 46 years into the game, King William Fair still wraps up the best of Fiesta in one wacky package that raises funds for both arts education and community improvements in Texas’ first residential historic district. Simultaneously spoofing and celebrating Fiesta and its traditions, KWF’s 1.5-mile parade steps off at 9 a.m. and rounds up a wild bunch that this year includes tribal belly dancers, cheerleaders, actors, architects, politicians, the Tooth Fairy, “Napoleon and Josephine,” the Cornyation crew, “Fiesta zombies,” a troupe of “poorly costumed cross-dressers and other confused individuals,” a large dancing dog and 22 people masquerading as Taylor Swift. But even if you snooze through the colorful kickoff, KWF’s freak flag flies throughout the day, serving up a sprawling smorgasbord complete with festival fare, live music (courtesy of Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin and the Bad Breath, the Krayolas, Buttercup and many more), a Kids’ Kingdom and nearly 200 art and craft vendors. And did we mention the view? In addition to the dreamy backdrop of King William’s tree-lined streets and Victorian homes, KWF attracts upwards of 40,000 and even dogs get dolled up for the occasion (pet owners are encouraged to read the guidelines at kwfair.org/faqs).

  •  Fiesta Fandango Fun Run
    Fiesta Fandango Fun Run 4/26 6:15PM
     

    The San Antonio Roadrunners’ 32nd Annual Fiesta® Fandango run. This 2.6 mile fun run takes place just before the Fiesta® Flambeau® Night Parade, along the parade route. This is a chance to race in front of the thousands of people who line the streets of the entire course. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes or run in groups with a theme. Music and refreshments are available after the race for all participants.

    Place: Parade Route
  • Kinderdance National Dance Week Kick-Off

    Join us as Kinderdance of Alamo City kicks off National Dance Week by throwing a family fun, fiesta dance. This event is free and open to the public, so bring the whole family. Kids can enjoy activities such as a Twist Off Contest, a Crazy Hat Contest, the Conga Line Dance, and they can also meet and take pictures with Fiesta Royalty Miss Bexar County and The Beauties of America. There are fun prizes to be won and lots of family friendly fun. Kinderdance of Alamo City will be pre-registering for the summer session which will include the opportunity to sign up and receive a free gift. Summer class students will have the opportunity to perform in the Summer Spectacular Silver Stars Half-Time Show. Kinderdance is the orginal mobile dance program for Preschoolers and Young Children. Since 1979, we have been offering developmentally designed dance and movement programs for children ages 2-12 years old.

  • A Day in Old Mexico
    A Day in Old Mexico 4/27 1:00PM
     

    Devised during the hacienda system as a method to prepare horses and riders for war and formally institutionalized in the post-revolutionary period, charrería is the national sport of Mexico. For the last six decades, the Asociación de Charros de San Antonio has championed charrería (often described as Mexican rodeo), competing throughout the year and attracting a diverse crowd each April with its beloved Fiesta charreada A Day in Old Mexico. Of the 10 official suertes (competitive roping and riding events performed in period costumes), the all-female escaramuza easily stands out as a fan favorite. Created during the 1950s and officially added to the charreada mix in 1992, the choreographed skirmish showcases a team of young ladies demonstrating precision skills (some inspired by the soldaderas who fought alongside men in the Mexican Revolution) while riding sidesaddle in colorful dresses named after Pancho Villa’s legendary companion Adelita.

    Place: Charro Ranch
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  •  Fiesta Wildflower Bike Ride

    Participants and spectators alike anticipate a memorable weekend to close out Fiesta activities.The 2014 route distances will range from 23-100 miles. The Fiesta Wildflower Ride brings families together during this weekend of challenging and inspiring activities. Both young and the young at heart join in this fitness experience as they cycle through our scenic hill country. In conjunction with the ride, Morgan's Wonderland will host a Tyke Bike Ride for tricycles, strollers, training-wheel bikes, and wheelchairs around the lake at the park that morning followed by a day in the park.

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    In celebration of National Poetry Month, Central Library screens Rob Epstein’s 2010 film starring James Franco as gay Beat-era poet Allen Ginsberg.

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  •  Peter Gabriel: Back to Front

    Recorded live at London’s famed O2 Arena, BAFTA-winning director Hamish Hamilton’s concert film Back to Front offers fans a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Peter Gabriel in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his seminal album So.

    Category: Film, Concert
  • Cypress Hill
    Cypress Hill 4/23 6:00PM
     

    Twenty-three years after the release of its critically and commercially acclaimed debut, and with a new album rumored to be on the way this year, seminal West Coast gangsta rap tribe Cypress Hill is swinging by Saytown just in time for Fiesta. The show, a part of the eighth annual Siesta Fest, will no doubt have a set list that reads like a greatest hits compilation, with (hopefully) a taste of what’s to come as the Chicano rap pioneers prepare to unleash their first album since 2012’s disappointing dubstep mess Cypress X Rusko. Super fan-friendly prices and a rare chance to see one of golden-era hip-hop’s most successful and influential acts? If you call yourself a hip-hop head, you’d be insane (most likely in the membrane) to miss this one.

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  • Fiesta Cornyation
    Fiesta Cornyation 4/23 7:30PM
     

    Billed as the “raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta,” Cornyation spoofs current events, local politics and pop culture and this year welcomes guests into The Court of Festive Fêtes and Frivolous Faux Pas, to be ruled by King and Queen Anchovy Steve and Jody Newman. “Not just a bunch of queens,” Fiesta Cornyation is a permanently committed nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of San Antonians with HIV or affected by HIV. To date, the organization has donated more than $1.5 million to local charities, including SAAF (San Antonio AIDS Foundation), Beat AIDS (Black Effort Against the Threat of AIDS) and HAC (Help, Action, Care).

    Category: Comedy, Skits, Theater, Improv
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    Fiesta Cornyation 4/23 10:00PM
     

    Billed as the “raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta,” Cornyation spoofs current events, local politics and pop culture and this year welcomes guests into The Court of Festive Fêtes and Frivolous Faux Pas, to be ruled by King and Queen Anchovy Steve and Jody Newman. “Not just a bunch of queens,” Fiesta Cornyation is a permanently committed nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of San Antonians with HIV or affected by HIV. To date, the organization has donated more than $1.5 million to local charities, including SAAF (San Antonio AIDS Foundation), Beat AIDS (Black Effort Against the Threat of AIDS) and HAC (Help, Action, Care).

    Category: Comedy, Skits, Theater, Improv
  • Shatner's World
    Shatner's World 4/24 7:30PM
     

    “We Just Live in It” is the inevitable subtitle of William Shatner’s one-man show, which debuted on Broadway in 2012, and of all the solipsists to stake that claim, the one true Captain Kirk probably has the most shut-ins calling him god. If that’s you, dust off the doughnut pillow to watch and enjoy the filmed version, screened for a single night in theaters, regardless of how many times you saw it live on tour. Cheek-licking fans of Shatner’s “Rocket Man,” will hoot at the 83-year-old fitted with a flesh-tone wireless mic for the stereotypical black-box solo-show, but fans of both Shatner and good storytelling hoping for the sort of insight evident on Has Been (his pretty great collaboration with Ben Folds) might take encouragement from this: We haven’t seen Shatner’s World, but we did see Shatner last year, outside a Laurie Anderson show.

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