The Fiesta San Antonio Commission calls the annual fiesta the “grandmother” of such events. It includes the Miss Fiesta San Antonio competition, parades, music, athletic events, vendors of all kinds and much more. The Fiesta Store is also a big draw, and there’s truly something for everyone. If you’re planning a visit, you’ll definitely want to plan ahead because the festival takes place over at least 11 days and sometimes more.
History of Fiesta Week
Fiesta San Antonio, previously called Fiesta San Jacinto, is a ten-day festival. It evolved from the 1891 flower parade conceived by Ellen Maury Slayden, wife of Congressman James L. Slayden, as an April 21 salute to the heroes of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. With the arrival of fair weather, participants in carriages pelted one another with flowers as they rounded Alamo Plaza. A group of San Antonio women then formed the Battle of Flowers Association. By 1895 an elaborate weeklong celebration surrounded the Battle of Flowers Parade and the event, which we enjoy today, was born. More information on the colorful history of Fiesta Week can be found on the University of Texas website
. Also, learn more about today's civic and patriotic Battle of the Flowers Association on their colorful website
Today's Fiesta Week
Fiesta San Antonio
takes place in April of each year. Fiesta is a 10-day, city-wide, fun-filled, multi-cultural, family-oriented celebration. With over 100 different events, it's the biggest party and greatest community benefit in the state of Texas. Enjoy parades, festivals, art exhibitions, parties and more. The schedule provides you with the full range of Fiesta Week celebrations.
This year's schedule
Where to Buy Tickets
Ticket information for parade tickets and other events is located on the Fiesta San Antonio website
. You can "rent" a chair for $8 along the parade routes. Tickets for many Fiesta events will be on sale starting March 28 at the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, 2611 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78215-1022. Call (210) 227-5191 or toll-free (877) 723 4378 for information.
Future Dates for Fiesta Week
2010 April 15-25
2011 April 7-17
2012 April 19-29
2013 April 18-28
2014 April 17-27
2015 April 16-26
2016 April 14-24
Fiesta San Antonio usually starts the Friday on or before April 21, San Jacinto Day, and lasts for 11 days.