14 Apr The Style Lush Guide to Fiesta San Antonio!
Festival season is upon us and Texas is no stranger to a good party! In San Antonio, Fiesta is everything! Fiesta® San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. While the city still celebrates the commemoration, Fiesta has evolved into a 2 week celebration (officially), some even staring up to a month prior, bringing in over $340 million in revenue for the city and millions of patrons between San Antonians and visitors from all around the world. We love Fiesta! So, we’ve created a guide to our favorite official and non-official Fiesta events. Check it out and enjoy! Viva Fiesta!
Fiesta officially runs from April 18th through the 28th this year, kicking off with Fiesta Fiesta at Hemisfair Park, in Downtown San Antonio on Thursday the 18th. This free event brings together a diverse music and culinary scene with a family and kid-friendly environment under the San Antonio skyline. On that same day, you can also enjoy a VIP culinary experience at The Taste of the Republic. Hosted by Chef Brian West, joined by 13 talented local chefs as they explore the culinary expressions of the six regional flavors of Texas. If thrills call your attention, you can also go to the Fiesta Carnival in the evening, which runs through the entire Fiesta event week!
The WEBB Party wasn’t always an official Fiesta event, but it’s iconic status made it inevitable in 2004. Now in it’s 26th year, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation fundraiser celebrates both the Disco Era of the 1970s and the breakthroughs in HIV medical care that have led to longer, healthier lives for those affected, with “Stayin’ Alive”, held at the Aztec Theatre. With American Idol finalist, Ada Vox as headliner, expect the unexpected and to have a Thursday Night Fever you will not soon forget!
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“A Night in Old San Antonio®” is a four-night festival in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio that celebrates the city’s diverse culture through the magic of 200-plus food and drink booths; 14 continuous live musical acts and bright and festive decorations in 15 themed areas. This one gets crowded but it’s super fun! Our own Kassandra Rodriguez has enjoyed NIOSA herself, saying it’s the only she attends. “I love it because of the delicious food and the amazing culture all around. It’s the best time to bring out my colorful Mexican tops and dresses”, says Rodriguez.
If you missed your chance to go to Mardi Gras, we have our own little taste of it at The Taste of New Orleans. The 3 day fest allows you to experience mouth-watering Creole and Cajun dishes like gumbo, crawfish, shrimp etouffee, red beans & rice, boudin and many other favorite cuisines of the region, while enjoying all the music straight from NOLA. Our Social Media Contributor, Kaia Dublin says, “I love The Taste of New Orleans at the Sunken Garden theater, with all the delicious creole food and musical traditions straight from New Orleans. My favorite foods to try are the alligator bites and gumbo while listening to Zydeco vibes!!”
Our Senior Digital Fashion Editor, Burgundy Woods loves the Fiesta San Fernando event. “I love old school Fiesta Fashion! They really go all out with all the traditions that our older generation upholds. All the original, seasoned Fiesta goers are full of pride and beaming with their smiles. It’s so colorful and inspiring”, say Woods. The San Fernando Cathedral hosts a 3 day fest for family, food and fun. Be sure to check it out!
Our Style Contributor, Crystal Martinez is a fan of the King William Fair. “My favorite event is the King William Fair because I love seeing everyone bring out their dogs and watching the neighborhood come together during the parade. It’s always super hot but it’s nice to spend the day out.”, say Martinez. The King William Fair is a family fair in the lovely King William District in Southtown, with art and craft vendors, live music and dance on five stages, food and beverage booths, a Kids Kingdom play area and a small but quirky parade, all on the streets of the historic district with its stately homes and gracious gardens.
As a transplant to San Antonio, myself, I find Fiesta fascinating. Almost a month of festive celebration that commemorates history while fundraising for different noble causes for its citizens. It shows that the city loves to have a great time and honors tradition. I love the colorful flair, the fun Fiesta Medal designs and the beautiful flower crowns. I’m looking forward to newer traditions added to Fiesta Season like Taste of the North Side, Earth Day and some non-official events that celebrate Fiesta with more plant-based food options, like the Texas Vegan Revolt on April 28th at Ranger Creek Brewery.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Style Lush Guide to Fiesta without the University of Incarnate Word’s Cutting Edge Fashion Show. IUW student designers will present collections they have designed in a year-long fashion capstone course representing different garment categories and varying model sizes. Product Development and Merchandising students will display projects representing supply-chain management and fast fashion companies. Up-and-coming student designers will also present their top designs from advanced courses. We look forward to checking out the up and coming talent at this show every year.
The best part of Fiesta is that there’s something for everybody and we can all enjoy this wonderful city in it’s full splendor no matter what you’re looking for. To get the full itinerary, be sure to check out the official Fiesta website at fiestasanantonio.org . Watch out for the Style Lush crew, you might be spotted so wear your best Fiesta Fashions! VIVA FIESTA!!