San Antonio Festivals

San Antonio is home to some of the most exciting and unique attractions in Texas. The historic River Walk winds almost three miles through the heart of San Antonio. One of San Antonio’s, and the United States’, most photographed attractions is The Alamo, and should not be missed by anyone visiting the city. The museum tells the story for The Alamo’s fall and displays interesting historical artifacts. For more history, La Villita (the Little Village) in the heart of San Antonio has been restored to look as it did when the Spanish built it in the 1700s. Of course, San Antonio has much more to offer than historical sites. Outside San Antonio sits the Schlitterbahn Waterpark, rated as the country’s best water park by the Travel Channel. Sea World San Antonio is loved by marine fans and offers shows, rides and a vast animal park. San Antonio’s mix of historical landmarks and exciting attractions makes it a great destination for travelers of all ages.

Tejas Rodeo

May - San Antonio, Texas; Tel. 210.227.5191
This yearly event presented by the Tejas Rodeo Company will run until May 19th, 2007. Get your tickets now to experience the genuine Texas rodeo tradition with food, fun, events, and festivities for everyone in the family to enjoy. The rodeo, held every Saturday through the duration of the event, allows locals to get together and visitors to San Antonio to be a part of the community. Events include jaw-dropping bull riding, exciting calf scrambles, rodeo clowns, dining, dancing, and live musical performances. The Tejas Rodeo is a genuine Texas tradition and a must-see for everyone in San Antonio.

Diez y Seis Events

September 16 - San Antonio, Texas
The day marks Mexico's independence from Spain. San Antonio celebrates September 16 with special events all over town, including a street parade with floats and marching bands, a gala, Market Square celebrations, festivals, dance presentations and more.

Dyeing O' the River Green and St. Patrick's Day River Parade

March 17 - San Antonio, Texas; Tel. 210.227.4262
A variety of events mark St. Patrick's Day in the Alamo City including a street parade and a river parade on the River Walk which follows the Dyeing O' the River Green. Also take in a more solemn ceremony at the Alamo that honors fallen heroes. This is event is free to the public.

El Dia de los Muertos

Early November - San Antonio, Texas; Tel. 210.432.1896
A city-wide event in San Antonio, El Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) is a historic and important festival in the Mexican cultural tradition. A celebration in which families welcome back departed loved ones, Dia de los Muertos is about sharing the joys of life as the memories of those that have passed live on. Beautiful, creative and respectful altars are set up with ofrendas around town at galleries, cultural centers, restaurants and elsewhere commemorating loved ones. Cemeteries are popular with families decorating graves with some of holiday's staples of marigolds, pan de muerto (Dead Bread), sugar skulls and other traditional items. Poetry readings, and calavera processions (participants dress as skeletons) are typical events as well. Some events will have an admission charge. For more information, please contact the Office of Cultural Affairs; Tel. 210.432.1896.

Festival of Films

Early October - San Antonio, Texas; Tel. 210.736.FILM
Produced by Texas Independent Filmmakers, the San Antonio Festival of Films is a 2-day festival that starts off with a Free Public Kick off Party at Cadillac Bar, located at 212 S. Flores. The second day of the event is held at Santikos Northwest 14 Theatre, 7600 W IH10. Filmmakers' independent movies are shown and workshops are held. Please call for more info.

Festival of Flowers

Alzafar Shrine Hall, 901 N. Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, Texas
Green-thumbed San Antonians love this all-gardening event where they can see beautiful flowers and plants. The festival allows attendees to shop for plants, products and services while also picking up ideas and advice from other gardeners. An herb cooking demonstration, floral design challenge and rain barrel demonstrations liven things up a bit at the festival along with a Texas wine sampling.

Fiesta San Antonio

April - San Antonio, Texas; Tel. 210.227.5191
Every April, San Antonio has a citywide festival to celebrate the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, as well as the diverse cultures in San Antonio, with more than 100 events. More than 3.5 million people from all over attend the 10-day event, making Fiesta San Antonio a great American festival in every sense. A parade on the San Antonio River and participation of almost 100 nonprofit organizations create a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Foto-Septiembre USA - International Photography Festival

333 West Olmos Dr. #103, San Antonio, Texas
International artists have the chance to display their photography and attendees of the SAFOTO International Photography Festival can take in art that can be found nowhere else in the world. Exhibits in which artists present and profit from their photographic works take over the whole month of September during the Fotoseptiembre. The festival showcases eclectic works and is an important destination for the photography art community. There’s no better place than San Antonio to host such a festival and with Fotoseptiembre running through the entire month, there’s plenty of time to see all the art.

International Accordian Festival

Early October - San Antonio, Texas; Tel. 210.573.6984
This free event in San Antonio is 3-day festival of music, dancing, food and fun celebrating the versatility of the accordion and accordion-based styles of music.

San Antonio New World Wine & Food Festival

November - San Antonio, Texas; Tel. 210.822.9555
More than 30 of the top chefs from Texas and Mexico converge to be a part of the culinary scene in San Antonio. The Wine and Food Festival is a nonprofit organization to promote San Antonio as a fine wine and cuisine destination as well as a cultural gateway to Latin America. New World regions showcased at the festival include Texas, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Chefs highlight the various regions’ old world culture and roots in their cuisines that are served alongside wines from the same regions.

San Antonio Underground Film Festival

Aztec Theater, 201 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, Texas; Tel. 210.977.9004
Screening movies for a weekend festival, the San Antonio Underground Film Festival shows films at the Aztec Theater on the Riverwalk and at San Antonio College. Many of the films that are submitted from around the world are from up-and-coming filmmakers looking to get their break into the industry. The San Antonio Underground Film Festival is a must for film lovers of all kinds.

Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio

340 Dartmouth, San Antonio, Texas
Outside dancing, live music and plenty of food and drink make the Tejano Conjunto Festival one of San Antonio’s most exciting events. The music festival has all kinds of conjunto bands playing everything from the traditional to a progressive interpretation of the positive musical style. Accordion workshops are also offered at the festival for those that need some help on their conjunto.
-- San Antonio festival reviews by Alanna Lee & Avital Binshtock