More than 50 FREE, family-friendly events at Fiesta San Antonio in 2015

 

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS LAST YEAR’S LIST OF FREE FIESTA EVENTS (2015). TO SEE THIS YEAR’S FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY FIESTA EVENTS (FOR 2016), VISIT THIS PAGE.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

Fiesta Fiesta at the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The official kick off to Fiesta in Alamo Plaza, complete with entertainment, Fiesta pins, cascarones, special guests, and more. Viva Fiesta!

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Sunday, April 26), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

Women’s and Co-ed Soccer Tournament (runs through Sunday, April 19 and is free for spectators), STAR Soccer Complex, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Texas Corvette Association Car Show (free for spectators), Main Plaza in Boerne, Texas

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 26), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Latin Jazz, and Country and Western) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Sunday, April 26), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Fiesta UTSA, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Food, games, music, entertainment on the campus of UTSA

Crown the King! Public crowning of Rey Feo, Main Plaza in front of San Fernando Cathedral, 5:30-6:30 pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Women’s and Co-ed Soccer Tournament (runs through Sunday, April 19 and is free for spectators), STAR Soccer Complex, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Texas Corvette Association Car Show (free for spectators), Main Plaza in Boerne, Texas

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 26), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Latin Jazz, and Country and Western) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Sunday, April 26), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

UTSA Football Fiesta Spring Game, Alamodome, 1:00 p.m.
In addition to attending this free game with free parking, fans can enjoy the Free Kids Zone in the North Plaza, as well as take pictures with Rowdy throughout the day. An autograph session with the team will be on the field immediately after the game.

Fiesta Lacrosse Invitational, St. Mary’s Hall, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The oldest team athletic event in Fiesta, Lacrosse is showcased as JV and middle school teams from San Antonio and Austin compete to hone their skills. Free for spectators to attend.

Southwest Olympic Fiesta, SWISD Spring Sports Complex, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Designed to enhance the lives of special needs individuals, and hosted by Southwest Independent School District, this free, family-friendly event provides games, food, and entertainment as well as track and field events for special needs kids.

Earth Day, Woodlawn Lake Park, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
San Antonio’s Earth Day celebration takes place during Fiesta, with entertainment, education sessions, and vegetarian food.

Zeta Fiesta Track Meet, Sam Houston High School, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This annual track meet for kids ages 5 – 12 helps kids develop sportsmanship skills while competing in an athletic event. Free for spectators, $2 for participannts. All kids receive certificates of participation. Winners receive ribbons.

Celebrations of Traditions of Pow Wow, Woodlawn Gymnasium, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
View and participate in the American Indian culture and traditions of dance and music at an official Native American Pow Wow.

El Rey Fido Coronation, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
This year’s four-legged king of Fiesta is crowned! Dogs and their humans compete prior to Fiesta to raise funds for the San Antonio Humane Society. The pair who raises the most money reigns as ambassadors for the Humane Society for the next year.

Fiesta de los Niños, Port San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This Fiesta event is all about the kids! Rides, games, music, dancing, food, a parade, and more, are all presented at this alcohol-free Fiesta event. Free admission.

Fiesta® Festival, San Antonio State Supported Living Ctr., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presented by the San Antonio State Supported Living Center, Fiesta Festival is a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration with free admission. Take in the parade at noon, enjoy food, entertainment, arts and crafts, and more.

San Jacinto Victory CelebrationThe Alamo, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Commemorate the Battle of San Jacinto during a ceremony to honor the Texas victory. Historians will be on hand to describe and discuss the battle and, afterward, enjoy food and music. Perfect for young history buffs and anyone wanting to learn more about this important time in our history.

Fiesta de los Veteranos, Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
A celebration of our nation’s veterans, this event includes Family Island, a place for families, children, and the young at heart with moon bounces, games, face painting and other fun activities.

Piñatas in the BarrioPlaza Guadalupe, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
A family-friendly, all-day festival that includes the unveiling of San Antonio’s record-size piñata and the crowning of the Senior Citizen King and Queen of the Barrio by El Rey Feo.

This Hallowed GroundThe Alamo, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tour the original perimeter walls of the Alamo with members of the San Antonio Living History Association.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

Women’s and Co-ed Soccer Tournament (runs through Sunday, April 19 and is free for spectators), STAR Soccer Complex, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 26), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Latin Jazz, and Country and Western) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Sunday, April 26), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Fiesta NuevaSt. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church across from La Villita, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mariachi Worship Service at 10:30am followed by a family-friendly festival with Fiesta food, games, rides, and music until 4pm.

Fiesta de la Familia, St. Gregory Catholic Church, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Entertainment, food, games, rides, and auctions, all geared toward families.

Deco District Arts & Music Festival, 1800 Fredericksburg Road, 12:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Performances by local and national musicians of all ages.

Ft. Sam Houston Fiesta Ceremony and Fireworks Extravaganza, 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Carnival rides, food and drink vendors, live music, games, children’s activities, and fireworks. Enjoy live music by Mario Flores and the Soda Creek Band and the 323rd Army Band. Plenty of fun activities for kids, a rock mountain and interactive inflatable obstacle course, and a military equipment display are available for your enjoyment before the event ends with a fireworks display sponsored by Gunn Automotive Group.

Healthy Choices Seminar, St. Philip’s College, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This free health conference, created by the members of the San Antonio Metropolitan Chapter of Top Teens of America, brings health professionals before teens to discuss topics including diabetes, sickle cell anemia, birth defects, eating habits and nutrition, drug and alcohol awareness, dental hygiene, and more.

MONDAY, APRIL 20

Air Force at the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Musical performances and military working dog demonstrations

Pilgrimage to the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This memorial tribute to Alamo heroes  begins with a wreath bearing procession from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center at 3:30 p.m. to the Alamo where a brief memorial service takes place. The ceremony ends with Taps.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 26), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Latin Jazz, and Country and Western) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Sunday, April 26), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

TUESDAY, APRIL 21

Army at the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Concert performed by the 323rd Army Band.

Fiesta Flower Show, (runs through April 22) Women’s Club of San Antonio
Take in the beauty of Fiesta flower arrangements at this 100-year+ tradition at the Women’s Club of San Antonio.

Fiesta in Blue, Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
A musical salute to the community performed by the United States Air Force Band of the West.

Ford Mariachi Festival, (runs through April 24) San Antonio River Walk, 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Middle and high school mariachi bands perform throughout the night on river barges along the San Antonio River.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 26), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Latin Jazz, and Country and Western) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Sunday, April 26), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 26), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Latin Jazz, and Country and Western) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Sunday, April 26), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Fiesta Flower Show, (runs through April 22) Women’s Club of San Antonio
Take in the beauty of Fiesta flower arrangements at this 100-year+ tradition at the Women’s Club of San Antonio.

Ford Mariachi Festival, (runs through April 24) San Antonio River Walk, 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Middle and high school mariachi bands perform throughout the night on river barges along the San Antonio River.

Children’s Texas History Forum, Alamo Hall, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This event, geared to 4th and 7th grade students, is free to attend but does require reservations (make yours: 210-824-0277 or [email protected]). Members of the Alamo Couriers Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas present heroes and heroines of the Alamo Siege.

Marines at the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concert by the Marine Corps field band.

Fiesta San Fernando, San Fernando Cathedral in Main Plaza, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (runs through Saturday, April 25)
Music festival featuring alternative, classic rock, country, jazz/blues, Norteño, Conjunto and Tejano bands as well as food and arts and crafts booths.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

San Antonio Cactus & Xerophyte Show & Sale, (runs through Saturday, April 25) San Antonio Garden Center, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For cactus-loving kids and families! Includes educational displays, rare and hard-to-find cactus and succulents, and other plant-related materials for sale.

Senior Fiesta, Wonderland of the Americas Mall, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Free admission for seniors and their families at this event, the only one designed specifically for people 55 and older. Live entertainment, door prizes, guest appearances, dancing, and vendors with free promotional items celebrate seniors in San Antonio.

CultureFest and Rib Cookoff, St. Phillip’s College, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This Fiesta event kicks off with Fiesta Royalty and dancers. Live music (Gospel, R&B, Tejano, Country and Western), arts and crafts, and some of the best ribs in the city celebrate the diversity of our community.

FIESTA ESPECIÁL Celebration Day, Alamodome, Parking Lot C, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This alcohol- and tobacco-free event, which offers special accommodations for individuals with disabilities provides rides, games, food, crafts, and more. IMPORTANT NOTE: Free admission but requires advance reservations (no general admission at the gate). Contact to register for free admission: 210.656.6674 | [email protected]

Navy Day at the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Meet members of the Navy who’ll demonstrate some of the work they perform on the ocean while serving aboard ships.

10th Street River Festival, (runs through Saturday, April 25) Post 76, VFW Headquarters, on the stretch of the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River, 12:00 p.m.
Live music is the focus of this event with Tejano, oldies, blues and C&W bands performing. Lawn chairs welcome but no outside food or drink.

Army & Air Guard Fiesta, Texas National Guard Armory, 4:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Entertainment, food, military vehicles on display.

Family Fiesta, Colonial Hills United Methodist Church, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This alcohol- and tobacco-free family-friendly celebration has food, game booths, and kid-friendly entertainment.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 26), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Latin Jazz, and Country and Western) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Sunday, April 26), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Ford Mariachi Festival, (runs through April 24) San Antonio River Walk, 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Middle and high school mariachi bands perform throughout the night on river barges along the San Antonio River.

Fiesta San Fernando, San Fernando Cathedral in Main Plaza, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (runs through Saturday, April 25)
Music festival featuring alternative, classic rock, country, jazz/blues, Norteño, Conjunto and Tejano bands as well as food and arts and crafts booths.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24

Fiesta World Class Jazz Concert, St. Mary’s University, 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy outstanding jazz performances by musicians from across the U.S.

Fiesta Square and Round Dance, Tripoint YMCA, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
“Square Dancing is Friendship Set to Music.” Join Fiesta Royalty as they enjoy the fun of square dancing at this lively event.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 26), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Latin Jazz, and Country and Western) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Sunday, April 26), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Ford Mariachi Festival, (runs through April 24) San Antonio River Walk, 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Middle and high school mariachi bands perform throughout the night on river barges along the San Antonio River.

Fiesta San Fernando, San Fernando Cathedral in Main Plaza, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (runs through Saturday, April 25)
Music festival featuring alternative, classic rock, country, jazz/blues, Norteño, Conjunto and Tejano bands as well as food and arts and crafts booths.

San Antonio Cactus & Xerophyte Show & Sale, (runs through Saturday, April 25) San Antonio Garden Center, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For cactus-loving kids and families! Includes educational displays, rare and hard-to-find cactus and succulents, and other plant-related materials for sale.

10th Street River Festival, (runs through Saturday, April 25) Post 76, VFW Headquarters, on the stretch of the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River, 12:00 p.m.
Live music is the focus of this event with Tejano, oldies, blues and C&W bands performing. Lawn chairs welcome but no outside food or drink.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

Fiesta Jazz Band Festival, St. Mary’s University Campus, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
More than 500 middle school, high school, and college jazz students perform for this free, family-friendly event.

Alamo City Fiesta Rugby Tournament, Brooks Field Park, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rugby teams from across Texas compete.

United Way Kids Festival, Lockwood Park, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This free event for kids and families brings together more than 65 booths featuring nonprofits, school districts, and city services with information, activities, and entertainment for kids.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 26), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Latin Jazz, and Country and Western) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Sunday, April 26), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Fiesta San Fernando, San Fernando Cathedral in Main Plaza, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (runs through Saturday, April 25)
Music festival featuring alternative, classic rock, country, jazz/blues, Norteño, Conjunto and Tejano bands as well as food and arts and crafts booths.

San Antonio Cactus & Xerophyte Show & Sale, (runs through Saturday, April 25) San Antonio Garden Center, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For cactus-loving kids and families! Includes educational displays, rare and hard-to-find cactus and succulents, and other plant-related materials for sale.

10th Street River Festival, (runs through Saturday, April 25) Post 76, VFW Headquarters, on the stretch of the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River, 12:00 p.m.
Live music is the focus of this event with Tejano, oldies, blues and C&W bands performing. Lawn chairs welcome but no outside food or drink.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26

San Jose Mission Fest, Mission San Jose Church, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Free for everyone before 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m., admission for adults (18 and over) is $5. Food, live music, and a Children’s Corner with activities and arts and crafts.

All Veteran’s Memorial Service, Veteran’s Square at Auditorium Circle, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Pay your respects to all veterans at this ceremony salute to the dedication and sacrifices of the brave men and women who have served and those who are serving in the U.S. military to protect American freedom.

Fiesta de Cascarones, Texas A&M San Antonio, 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This event, which benefits TAMU-SA Alumni Relations, offers food trucks, music, dancing and family-friendly activities at the Texas A&M-San Antonio Main Campus.

Family Funday Sunday, Tom C. Clark High School, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fiesta’s shortest parade in addition to food, fun, and music for the whole family.

7th Annual Fiesta Symphonic Band Concert, Concordia Lutheran Church, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Performance by the San Antonio Symphonic Band, designated by the San Antonio City Council as the official band of the Alamo City in 1986.

Praise Dance Celebration, Carver Community Cultural Center, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This 13th annual Praise Dance Celebration showcases groups ranging across age and gender from local schools and organizations.

Music from St. Mark’s, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This free concert features Bach’s Magnificat and Brandenburg Concerto No 2 with orchestra and St. Mark’s Choir.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 26), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Latin Jazz, and Country and Western) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Sunday, April 26), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

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