Get Ready to Fiesta in San Antonio!

Fiesta in San Antonio is kind of a big deal. Parades, parties, live music, sports, exhibits and more all come together over 10 days in the springtime when San Antonio residents get together and celebrate. The history of Fiesta is rich and storied and dates all the way back to 1891, when it was originally called the Battle of the Flowers. A parade was formed when a group of citizens in the area wanted to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto with a Battle of Flowers, according to the Fiesta website, and parade participants pelted each other with flowers.

More than 100 years later, Fiesta is bigger and better than ever in San Antonio. Similar to Mardi Grad in New Orleans, Fiesta is a multi-day party that celebrates the city’s unique heritage and culture. The celebration involves Fiesta royalty, carnival rides and jubilant gatherings. Fiesta San Antonio is family friendly and a great space to kick up your heels and have a little fun, Texas-style!

Five fun activities to check out at Fiesta San Antonio 2023

  1. Fiesta Fiesta, April 20, 4-10 pm. Kick off Fiesta 2023 with a bang at Fiesta Fiesta on opening day. Enjoy pin pandemonium, live music, event exclusive member zone and fireworks. This event is free and open to the public.
  2. Fiesta Especial Inclusion 5K Run & Parade, April 22, 7 to 11:30 am. Dress in your festive best (costumes are encouraged!) and get your workout on! Dash through the streets for this fast, fun 5K and stick around for the parade afterward. Run ticket prices are $25-$35.
  3. Fiesta De Los Ninos, April 23, 10 am- 5 pm. Admission is free to kids’ day, and kids of all ages will enjoy learning about and engaging with STEM activities. Carnival rides, science activities, video games… All this and more await kiddos at this free, fun-filled event.
  4. Battle of the Flowers Parade, April 28, 9:30 am- 12 pm. You won’t want to miss the 132nd Battle of the Flowers Parade, both the largest parade at Fiesta and the largest parade in the city run entirely by women volunteers. More than 500,000 visitors from around the world visit this event, the founding event of Fiesta San Antonio.
  5. Festival De Animales, April 30, 9 am- 7 pm. Animal lovers, this one’s for you! Head over to the San Antonio Zoo for this fun-filled event that is fun for all ages. Learn about the animals, culture and food of Latin America while enjoying live music and more throughout the zoo.

San Antonio lodging

There’s no question that, during Fiesta, San Antonio will be the place to be in Texas. And if you aren’t local, you’ll want to find a comfortable place to stay after you live it up at all the parades and local festivities. Look no further than Sun Outdoors Traveler’s World in San Antonio for all your local lodging needs. Located just three miles from the Alamo, this spot has everything you need to enjoy some time in San Antonio. With a playground, pool and game room, Traveler’s World is welcoming to all ages and has plenty of amenities onsite to make your nights there as fun as your days spent living it up at San Antonio Fiesta.


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