The single Fiesta® event that most fully portrays San Antonio’s history and diversity is “A Night in Old San Antonio®,” or NIOSA® for short. Set in La Villita, a historic village above the River Walk that began as quarters for Spanish soldiers in the 18th century, NIOSA recreates 15 different historic cultural neighborhoods from the city’s past, complete with delicious food and music characteristic of each ethnic area’s culture.
Villa España, Irish Flat, Mexican Market, Sauerkraut Bend, Chinatown and French Quarter are just some of the areas within NIOSA that entertain crowds as they gobble up a vast array of tasty treats sold at 250 booths. Here, revelers also buy cascarones – hand-colored, hollow eggshells filled with confetti—to break over their friends’ heads. (All in good fun, of course.)
Seafood lovers will be in heaven at the Fiesta Oyster Bake, featuring more than enough of the delectable shellfish—raw, baked and fried—to satisfy every taste. While enjoying five stages of continuous music ranging from country to jazz, you can also chow down on fajitas, fried chicken, turkey legs and other festival fare. Past headliners have included the Dixie Chicks, Pat Green, The Drifters, Los Lonely Boys and Robert Earl Keen. There’s a special entertainment for the kids, as well as a carnival area with rides and games.
One of our nation’s other cities renowned for its unique food and music takes center stage at A Taste of New Orleans. You’re sure to have big fun sampling gumbo, red beans and rice, shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffee, beignets and more as you listen to great New Orleans-style music at the Sunken Gardens in Brackenridge Park.
For a complete list of Fiesta events with descriptions, see our Fiesta Trip Idea and visit www.fiesta-sa.org.