San Antonio has festivities taking place all through the year including concerts, festivals, fairs and sporting events.
The list below presents an overview of the major events in the San Antonio area.
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Celebrate San Antonio
From fireworks on the evening of Dec. 31onward through New Year’s Day, San Antonio celebrates with live music on multiple stages, food booths, and family activities. Call (210) 207-3000 for more information.
Asian New Year Festival
Mouthwatering Asian taste treats, martial arts, dance and other customs are highlighted at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Call (210) 458-2330 for more information.
River Walk Mud Festival
To celebrate the annual draining of San Antonio’s River Walk, a festival has surfaced with a parade and selection of the Mud King and Queen for the Mud Pie Ball. Call (210) 227-4262 for more information.
San Antonio Boat Show
Boating enthusiasts gather at the Alamodome to check out the latest in watercraft and accessories. Call (210) 207-3663 for more information.
San Antonio Wine Festival
To benefit KLRN public television, the AlamoDome hosts the largest wine and cuisine tasting festival in the region, catered by local restaurants and featuring the silver and bronze medal winners from the San Antonio Express-News Wine Competition. Call (210) 270-9000 for more information.
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
This two-week rodeo extravaganza includes plenty of thrills including a carnival with rides like Cliff Hanger, Fireball, Giant Wheel and Space Loop. Call (210) 225-5851 for more information.
Mardi Gras River Parade & Fair
The River Walk becomes a watery Bourbon Street with decorated barges, costumed revelers, and free-flowing fun including a crafts fair. Call (210) 227-4262 for more information.
Set a Course for Texas Wines
Early in March, the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and the Texas Department of Agriculture sponsor a celebration of Texas agricultural products, where visitors can sample the best wines produced in the state as well as fresh produce and Texas-raised meats, in and around the St. Anthony Hotel in downtown San Antonio. Call (512) 327-7555 for more information.
More than 70 screenings of premiere Mexican, Latino and Chicano films are scheduled at this annual extravaganza in the Guadalupe Theater. Call (210) 271-3151 for more information.
Fiesta Primavera at Market Square
Over a mid-March 3-day weekend, historic Market Square in downtown San Antonio lights up with 2 blocks full of carnival rides, food and craft vendors, live entertainment, dancing, and shopping specials. Call (210) 286-7432 for more information.
Texas State Championships Martial Arts Tournament
In mid-March, Alamo Stadium hosts a martial arts tournament, for Little Dragons aged 3 and up, and others, sponsored by Karate Plus Martial Arts Personal Development Center. Call (210) 675-0838 for more information.
Dawn at the Alamo
A commemorative weekend-long program, including re-enactments, recognizes sacrifices made on both sides of the Alamo battle. Call (210) 273-1730 for more information.
SeaWorld San Antonio Season Opener
A splashy season opener takes place each spring at this park with animal attractions and more than 25 shows. Call (210) 523-3611 for more information.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas Season Opener
Themed rides, roller coasters, attractions and shows await at the 200-acre Six Flags theme park. Call (210) 697-5050 for more information.
Cinco De Mayo
At April’s end extending into May, the Battle of Puebla between French and Mexican forces is celebrated at Market Square. Call (210) 207-8600 for more information.
Fiesta Arts Fair and Fiesta San Antonio
In mid-April, the Southwest School of Art and Craft presents a festival with over 100 artists, food provided by local restaurants, live entertainment and children's activities, all in preparation for the annual 10-day city-sponsored Fiesta San Antonio featuring parades and many activities that draw crowds from all over the country. Call (210) 224-1848 for more information.
Annual Feast with the Beasts
The San Antonio Zoo presents a family evening of food and wine tasting. Call (210) 734-7184 for more information.
Viva Botanica Festival
This outdoor festival celebrates spring with a plant sale, children’s gardening activities and gardens, food and music. Call (210) 829-5100 for more information.
Bluebonnet Picnic and Fly-In - L-Bird Gathering
In late April, Cannon Field in south San Antonio hosts a fundraiser featuring food and flying contests, with a special invitation to L-Bird pilots who flew the WWII liason aircraft and their friends. Call (210) 902-0372 for more information.
Annual Alkoran Shrine Picnic
For more than a half century, the Alkoran Shrine Temple has hosted an annual Memorial Day weekend picnic. Call (210) 222-1511 for more information.
From ballet and tap to ethnic and improvisational, the merry month of May is an annual homage to dance, with groups from across Texas gathering in San Antonio to perform at various sites. Call (210) 222-2787 for more information.
To benefit the performing arts, the Floating Feast-ival is a gourmet progressive tasting of fine food on the river cruisers circling San Antonio’s River Walk. Call (210) 226-2891 for more information.
God & Country Concert
In the middle of May, on Armed Forces Day, Medical Center Church at 7015 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio honors U.S. troops, and hosts a fundraiser to benefit the Church's pantry, children's ministries and the Community Outreach Fund, featuring food, games and kids' activities, and live music by Southern and Black gospel groups. Call (210) 232-0007 for more information.
Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Fair
Shopping along the River takes on festive arts / crafts appeal during Memorial Day weekend. Call (210) 227-4262 for more information.
Return of the Chili Queens
Celebrants herald a return to that colorful, historical time in Market Square. Call (210) 207-8600 for more information.
Soul Food Festival
Families gather each year for a day of soulful taste sensations and other fun. Call (210) 207-8618 for more information.
Advent of the spring season is celebrated with young choral voices and guest artists at the Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. Call (210) 826-3447 for more information.
Tejano Conjunto Festival
For nearly a quarter century, Tejano and Conjunto music have been celebrated at this festival, now featuring more than 20 bands performing over three days at Rosedale Park. Call (210) 271-3151 for more information.
Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Show
Over Memorial Day weekend, a free arts and crafts show of items handmade by the vendors is held on the River Extension near the Chamber of Commerce. Call (210) 227-4262 for more information.
A Mexican rodeo with traditional dress, music and events unfolds at San Antonio Charro Ranch. Call (210) 846-8757 for more information.
Food, culture, music and art take the stage for a two-day celebration in Market Square. Call (210) 207-8600 for more information.
Texas Folklife Festival
Texan cultures in cuisine, music, dance and crafts are showcased at the Institute of Texan Cultures in HemisFair Park. Call (210) 458-2224 for more information.
Contemporary Art Month
During an annual, month-long citywide celebration of the contemporary arts, this annual event showcases San Antonio’s diverse arts community. Call (210) 207-6700 or (800) 447-3372 for more information.
Fourth of July
Festivals, concerts and fireworks help celebrate America’s freedom. Activities include the Freedom Fest at Market Square, an arts / crafts fair along the river and extravaganzas at local theme parks. Call (800) 447-3372 for more information.
National Latino Family Expo
Over a weekend in mid July, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio hosts hundreds of exhibitors, programs, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, as well as the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference, in the nation's largest free Hispanic cultural festival. Call (210) 212-4454 for more information.
Art Tour and Wine Tasting
In the middle of July, AT&T Center hosts over 200 Texas artists and their works, where you can meet the artists and sample wines on all four floors of the arena. Call (210) 444-5147 for more information.
Cactus Pear Music Festival
This chamber music festival takes place at a number of churches in the San Antonio area. Call (210) 838-2218 for more information.
San Antonio Conjunto Shootout
This two-decade old extravaganza revitalizes the old custom of mano-a-mano – competition between two groups to determine supremacy. More than 25 local entertainers are paired during the two-day event featuring food, street dancing and more. Call (210) 207-8600 for more information.
Encanto Flamenco Festival
At the end of July and beginning of August, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (GCAC) hosts workshops, panels, lectures on Flamenco culture and performances of Flamenco dance. Call (210) 271-3151 for more information.
American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Central San Antonio
Over the first weekend in August, the community comes together at Olmos BasinPark to join the fight against cancer, featuring the unsual car bash, where a donated car representing cancer is smashed with a sledgehammer. Call (210) 269-3455 for more information.
A Mexican rodeo with traditional dress, music and events unfolds at San Antonio Charro Ranch. Call (210) 846-8757 for more information.
Feria de Agosto
Market Square is the site of a daytime celebration of summer. Call (210) 207-8600 for more information.
Texas Deer Association Convention
The Texas deer industry sponsors a convention of 125 exhibitors and deer enthusiasts from around the state, at the Westin La Cantera in northwest San Antonio. Call (210) 767-8300 for more information.
Concert Under the Stars
San Antonio Botanical Gardens presents a concert under the stars with picnic box suppers that must be pre-ordered. Call (210) 829-5100 for more information.
San Antonio stages its own version of the Grand Ole Opry at Blue Bonnet Palace. Call (210) 341-8372 for more information.
Annual Guadalupe Festival & Street Parade
Floats, marching bands and more are part of this family-oriented event going strong for nearly a quarter century. Call (210) 223-3151 for more information.
Mexico’s independence from Spain is commemorated at Diez y Seis de Septiembre. Call (210) 207-8605 for more information.
Labor Day Fair / El Mercado Anniversary
Festivities hail the debut anniversary of the present-day Market Square. Call (210) 207-8600 for more information.
Cycle for Life - The La Vernia Wild West Hammer Fest Bicycel Race
Family oriented games, food and beverages, and live entertainment are featured at the annual cycle race which offers 35, 53, or 65-mile course options, at La Vernia City Park. South of U.S. Highway 87 on San Antonio Road. Call (210) 829-1953 for more information.
Panchanga del Rio
Opportunity to sample fare from 20 River Walk restaurants in a single evening comes with the annual Pachanga del Rio. Call (210) 227-4262 for more information.
Sept. 11 2001 Remembrance
Events of Sept. 11, 2001 are memorialized during ceremonies at the American Legion’s Fred Brock Post. Call (210) 223-0637 for more information.
At the end of September, beginning of October, the city of San Antonio hosts a festival featuring beer and food from all over the world, with proceeds to benefit Bike MS: Valero Alamo Ride to the River. 14732 Bulverde Road. Call (210) 402-2829 for more information.
Taste of San Antonio
During the first week in October, San Antonio’s culinary diversity is showcased at La Villilta Assembly Hall with more than 80 participating restaurants and clubs, organized by the San Antonio Restaurant Association. Call (210) 734-7663 for more information.
Valero Texas Open at LaCantera
Early in October, this PGA tour event, among the nation’s oldest professional golf tournaments, takes place at La Cantera Golf Club. Call (210) 341-0823 for more information.
Gardens by Moonlight
An evening under the stars at the San Antonio Botanical Garden includes live music and gourmet fare. Call (210) 829-5100 for more information.
German culture combines with Texas fun at this festival. Call (800) 221-4369 for more information.
At the end of October, around Halloween weekend, lots of holiday food, live entertainment, games and candy for the kids will be found at the Windsor Park Assembly of God Church, 7620 Ray Bon Drive in San Antonio. Call (210) 655-4261 for more information.
Ladies First Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Over Halloween weekend, Ladies First and First Assembly of God Church present an exhibition of hand-made and home business-based craft vendors where you can find that unique holiday gift. 13435 West Avenue. Call (210) 375-1493 for more information.
National Basketball Association
Toronto, Canada was the site of the National Basketball League's first game on Nov. 1, 1946, with the Huskies hosting the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens. Thirteen original rules were drafted by Dr. James Naismith, creator of basketball. Pro basketball suffered in popularity in the early 1950's, but one rule change -- that of the 24-second clock -- transformed the sport from a dull, stalling game to an exciting, offensive showcase. Icons along the way, from Bob Cousy and Wilt Chamberlain to Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, have immortalized what's now the National Basketball Association's game, creating long-standing rivalries from coast to coast.
First devised by James Naismith in 1891, with the first recorded collegiate game in 1893, legions testify there’s no sound so soothing as a basketball whooshing through the net after a flick of the wrist. NCAA basketball brings grass roots hoop dreams to an entirely new level each fall, building toward March Madness, the NCAA Division Basketball Championships.
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El Dia De Los Muertos
San Antonio’s Day of the Dead reflects Mexican cultural traditions where families welcome back departed loved ones. Creative altars are set up around town. Cemeteries, where poetry readings are popular, are decorated with marigolds, pan de muerto (dead bread) and sugar skulls. Call (210) 222-2787 for more information.
Texas Wine & Herb Festival
At nearby Cibolo Ranch to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, festival events include herb seminars, hay rides and river barge rides, longhorn feeding, a Kiddie Corral playground and a grape stomp so participants can leave their imprint on festival t-shirts. Call (210) 829-7267 for more information.
San Antonio Marathon of the Americas
San Antonio’s official 26.2 mile marathon starts and finishes at the Alamodome. Call (210) 246-9652 for more information.
Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony
Decorated, illuminated floats circle waters of the River Walk in a spectacular parade to mark holiday season. Call (210) 227-4262 for more information.
Devine Fall Festival
Thirty or so miles southwest of San Antonio, the Devine Fall Festival, starring Devine avocados, features a parade, car show, bazaar, carnival, two entertainment stages, and more. Call (830) 663-2739 for more information.
65 Roses CF Gala: A Toast to Paris - A Night in the City of Light
Over the first weekend in December, the Westin Riverwalk hosts the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Lone Star Chapter's annual fundraising gala, featuring dinner, live entertainment, dancing and auctions. Call (210) 224-6500 for more information.
Santa's Holiday Depot
Moonlit train rides, hayrides and Christmas music performed every night by the San Antonio Ragtime Society are featured at the Texas Transportation Museum during the month of December. Call (210) 490-3554 for more information.
San Antonio’s authentic German outdoor holiday market has seasonal music, food, drink, craft and entertainment at the Beethoven Halle and Garten. Call (210) 222-1521 for more information.
Christmas Along the Corridor
American history, heritage, horses and holiday customs are celebrated at Fort Sam Houston Field. Call (210) 362-5220 for more information.
Holiday weekend celebrations at Market Square include blessing of the animals. Call (210) 207-8600 for more information.
Mexico’s finest folk art is displayed for pleasure and purchase at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Call (210) 978-8100 for more information.
A Christmas candlelight service takes place each year entirely in German with prayers, poetry, choral and instrumental music at the Christ Chappell Lutheran High School. Call (210) 341-8372 for more information.
The Alamo Bowl features Big 12 and Big 10 schools at the Alamodome. Call (210) 226-2695 for more information.