2016 Fiesta Events You Don’t Want To Miss

Time to get cracking cascarones! Fiesta season is here, which means eating some delicious oysters, drinking plentiful beverages and witnessing some of the best parades in America.

April 14 through 24 marks the 125th year of Fiesta in San Antonio, and the city is preparing to celebrate the special occasion with big bashes and plentiful parties.

Fiesta originated in 1891 as a salute to the heroes of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. The Battle of Flowers Association was formed, and participants in the first Battle of Flowers event pelted one another with flowers as they rounded Alamo Plaza. By 1895 an elaborate weeklong celebration surrounded the Battle of Flowers Parade, and the first queen was chosen.

If you aren’t a San Antonio native and are simply looking for a condensed to-do list of the best Fiesta events this year, you’ve come to the right place. CKC’s handy must-attend list outlines the festivities you will want to check out. Click on each title for more about the event.

 

VIVA FIESTA!

Official Opening Ceremonies: Fiesta At The Alamo

April 14 from 5-9 p.m. at the Alamo Plaza

Admission is free.

fiesta opening ceremony san antonio

Photo courtesy of http://www.fiesta-sa.org/

 

Fiesta Oyster Bake

April 15 and 16 from 5-11 p.m. at St. Mary’s University

Admission is $25 at the door; children under 12 are free.

oyster bake fiesta san antonio

Photo courtesy of http://www.fiesta-sa.org/

 

A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

April 19-22 from 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Admission is $15 at the door; children under 12 are free.

niosa san antonio fiesta

Photo courtesy of http://www.fiesta-sa.org/

 

Fiesta Cornyation

April 19-21 at the Charline MCombs Empire Theatre

Admission is $15-$35.

cornyation fiesta san antonio

Photo courtesy of http://www.fiesta-sa.org

 

Battle of Flowers Parade

April 22 from 12:20-4 p.m. in Downtown San Antonio

Admission is $12-$25.

battle of flowers fiesta san antonio

Photo courtesy of http://www.fiesta-sa.org

 

King William Fair 

April 23 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at King William Historical District

Admission is $10; children under 12 are free.

king william fair fiesta san antonio

Photo courtesy of http://www.fiesta-sa.org

 

Fiesta Flambeau Parade 

April 23 from 6:30-10 p.m. in Downtown San Antonio

Admission is $15-$25.

fiesta flambeau parade san antonio

Photo courtesy of http://www.fiesta-sa.org

 

You will find that the week and a half of Fiesta is one of the liveliest in San Antonio – aside from Spurs playoff season, of course. San Antonians decorate their houses with flower wreaths and bright colors and collect special medals from local businesses. Plan out which events you will be attending, and remember, if you drink, don’t drive.

CKC Custom Homes is knowledgeable about all things related to our beloved city – from topical events to the best neighborhoods in San Antonio, we stay relevant and informed.

 

 

Sources

http://www.mysanantonio.com/fiesta/article/10-big-Fiesta-events-you-shouldn-t-miss-this-year-7213646.php#photo-9790693

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/4-fiesta-san-antonio-events-you-cant-miss

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/lkf02

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