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Major Events & Festivals

November 2014

Nov. 1: Diwali San Antonio; Festival of Lights
Diwali is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in India and for the sixth year is being celebrated in the Alamo City. Event starts at 5:00 p.m. Experience this colorful event filled with Indian music, dance, food and a special lighting ceremony as a thousand tea lights are released into the fountains at Alamo Plaza.

Nov. 2: El Dia de los Muertos
Translated literally as "the Day of the Dead," this Mexican cultural tradition is a celebration in which the family welcomes back departed loved ones, sharing the joys of life with them as their memories live on. Creative and respectful altars are set up around town at galleries, cultural centers, cemeteries and restaurants to commemorate loved ones who have passed on. Poetry readings, and calavera processions (participants dress as skeletons) are typical events as well. Citywide. Some events have an admission charge. Admission.

Nov. 7-8: Luminaria - Arts Come To Light
All manner of creative endeavors — art, music, poetry, performance, light shows — explode across San Antonio. Luminaria is San Antonio's annual celebration of art and artists. Overseen by San Antonio's creative leaders, it is free of charge and showcases all art forms in an outdoor setting and inside various venues downtown.

Nov. 7-16 : Wurstfest
A unique celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun! During this 10-day salute to sausage, you’ll find a variety of entertainment options including a polka contest, games, rides, food and drinks on the Wurstfest Grounds in Landa Park as well as special events throughout New Braunfels and Comal County. New Braunfels at Landa Park. Admission.

Nov. 15-Dec. 20: Hecho a Mano/Made by Hand
This fine art exhibit and sale is open to individual artists selling their own original work. In order to maintain a high quality of traditional and contemporary crafts sold every year, Hecho a Mano/Made by Hand is a juried show. Each year an invited panel of jurors selects the participating artists. Sponsored by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

Nov. 16-22: Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza
Experience the best of mariachi music during the holiday season with the world renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. San Antonio's 20th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza features numerous free and ticketed events.

Nov. 22-Jan. 6: Light the Way at the University of the Incarnate Word
A million twinkling lights will illuminate the night sky at the University of the Incarnate Word to celebrate the holiday season in style. This walking or driving experience has been going on for more than two decades and is truly a San Antonio-style holiday event. Free.

Open Select Days Nov. 22- Dec. 31: SeaWorld San Antonio Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld San Antonio is decking the halls for its annual Christmas Celebration, a magical holiday program offered on scheduled operating days. Enjoy stunning live shows in this wintery, watery wonderland. Immerse your family in the spirit of the season, sip hot cocoa as you stroll through a sea of sparkling Christmas lights and share laughs with a jolly Santa.

Nov. 28: Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony
The day after Thanksgiving, our river parade kicks off the holidays as decorated floats wind through the river in one of the country's only nighttime river parades. Enjoy the beauty of over a million lights illuminating the River Walk trees and bridges throughout the holiday season.

Nov. 28- Dec. 23: Morgan's Wonderland – A Wonderland Christmas
Make Morgan's Wonderland a part of your holiday tradition. On Friday and Saturday evenings, have your picture taken with Santa, listen to Christmas carolers in the park, stop by the petting zoo, and enjoy all the rides open at night.

Nov. 28- Jan. 4: Six Flags Fiesta Texas – Holiday in the Park
It’s the most wonderful time of the year as Six Flags Fiesta Texas celebrates Holiday in the Park. Experience the park transformed into a winter wonderland.


December 2014

Dec. 6: Tamales! Holiday Festival at Peral
The restored Pearl Brewery, the city's newest culinary star, celebrates all things tamale. Sample dozens of tamales, from traditional to dessert, plus enjoy storytellers, dancing, live music and, finally, fireworks.

Dec. 7: San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon
This one-of-a-kind marathon features live music along each mile of the course that passes several historic missions and wraps up at the Alamodome.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Dec.: Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias  
Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 Luminarias. Warmly glowing candles in sand-filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the "lighting of the way" for the Holy Family. This centuries-old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

Weekends in December: Santa's Railroad Wonderland
Enjoy moonlight train rides and hayrides and Santa sightings at this family friendly event at the Texas Transportation Museum.

Alamo Helicopter's Holiday Lights Tours
Enjoy San Antonio's holiday lights in a new and breathtaking way.

Dec. 20-21: Cowboy Christmas at Enchanted Springs Ranch
Experience the season "Old West" style with a cowboy Santa (and his reindeer) at a working ranch.
 
Dec. 31: Celebrate San Antonio
Ring in the New Year San Antonio style! Enjoy spectacular fireworks, live music on multiple stages, food booths, family activities and more. On S. Alamo between Durango and Market streets; La Villita and Hemisfair Park. Free.


January 2015

Jan. 2: 22nd Annual Valero Alamo Bowl
Major college football comes to the Alamodome during this post-season collegiate bowl game featuring the #1 Pac-12 and Big 12 teams.

Jan. 3: U.S. Army All-American Bowl
The game showcases the nation's top high school football players. A week of festivities leads up to the big game day.

event_cocktail-conference.jpgJan. 15-18: San Antonio Cocktail Conference 

San Antonio's own Cocktail Conference is the first of its kind in Texas, bringing together top bartenders for four days of educational seminars, guided tastings and cocktail parties.

Jan. 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Rally
Honoring the civil rights leader, this is one of the largest people's marches in the country. Other events throughout the city include a rally, art exhibits, workshops and candlelight vigils.


February 2015

Feb. 21: Asian Festival
This family friendly event features Asian-American music, cultural performances, food, fashion, crafts and other products.

Feb. 12-March 1: San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
Held at the AT&T Center, this event features great entertainment with star-studded artists during all 20 PRCA rodeo performances, plus shopping, a carnival and livestock centers.

TBD: SeaWorld San Antonio Opens for 2015 Season
SeaWorld San Antonio’s combination of unique animal attractions, entertaining shows and thrilling state-of-the-art coasters make this park an exciting place to be!

Feb. 28: Six Flags Fiesta Texas Opens for 2015 Season
Check out themed rides, thrilling roller coasters and attractions and shows for every age, including opportunities to meet the Looney Tunes characters, throughout the visually stunning 200-acre park.


March 2015

Month: Contemporary Art Month
This monthlong celebration of contemporary arts features more than 400 exhibitions and involves more than 50 venues, including galleries, museums, neighborhoods and studios.

Mar. 6-8: Remember the Alamo Weekend
Visitors can witness reenactments, live firing of black powder rifles, muskets and a cannon. See what life was like in 1836 during the 13-day siege of the Alamo.

TBD: Aquatica at SeaWorld San Antonio Opens for 2015 Season
The South Seas meet South Texas at Aquatica, a whimsical, one-of-a-kind waterpark only SeaWorld could create.

TBD: Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort Opens for 2015 Season
The original Schlitterbahn, just 20 minutes north of San Antonio in New Braunfels, has over 65 acres of tube rides, water slides and uphill water coasters.

Mar. 14-15: St. Murphy's St. Patrick's Day River Parade & Festival
A family friendly festival of music, food and fun! Floats release 110 pounds of environmentally friendly green dye into the San Antonio River, transforming it into "The River Shannon."

event_big-league-weekend.jpgMar. 20-21: H-E-B Big League Weekend
Two Major League Baseball teams will battle it out for two games at the Alamodome.

Mar 23-29: Valero Texas Open
The VTO has been played in San Antonio since it began in 1922. It has been one of the top-three most charitable PGA tournaments on TOUR for the last several years.
 


April 2015

Apr. 10-12: Poteet Strawberry Festival
Located just south of San Antonio, the Poteet Strawberry Festival includes concerts, dancing, rides, gunslingers, rodeo performances and, of course, lots of strawberries.

Apr. 16-26: Fiesta San Antonio!
More than 100 unique events satisfy every taste and interest and draw spectators from around the city, nation and world. Come celebrate Fiesta San Antonio! More than half of the events are FREE.
 


MAY 2015

event_schlitterbahn.jpgMay 2: Splashtown San Antonio Opens for 2015 Season
Splashtown San Antonio is 20 landscaped acres of cool, clean water excitement just three minutes north of downtown.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo
Celebrations commemorate the Mexican Army's defeat of the invading French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Events include a festival with music and food at historic Market Square, concerts and other commemorations.

May 14-16: Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio
Features live performances by more than 20 of the best musical groups from traditional Conjunto to progressive Tejano. Rosedale Park. Admission.

event_culinaria-(1).jpgMay 13-17: Culinaria - A Wine and Culinary Arts Festival
This festival celebrates San Antonio as a premier wine and food destination and an important culinary and cultural gateway to Mexico and Latin America.

May 16: America's Armed Forces River Parade
On Armed Forces Day, professionally decorated floats will travel down the River Walk, themed according to their participants — all branches of service, veterans of recent conflicts, military support groups and more.

event_jazz.jpgTBD: San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival
This is a free, three-day event featuring an outstanding lineup of local and nationally known jazz artists, an arts & crafts fair and delicious local foods.

TBD: Fiesta Noche Del Rio
A San Antonio tradition, this performance features songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas and occurs Friday and Saturday evenings at the River Walk’s historic Arneson River Theatre.
 


event_folklife-festival.jpgJune 2015

June 13-14: Texas Folklife Festival
Hosted at the Institute of Texan Cultures, this three-day cultural extravaganza brings more than 40 ethnic groups together in one place to showcase their authentic food, traditional music and dance and authentic crafts.
 


July 2015

event_fourth-july-(1).jpgJuly 4: Fourth of July Celebration
Enjoy festivals, concerts and fireworks at locations across San Antonio, including Freedom Fest at Market Square, an arts and crafts show along the River Walk and extravaganzas at local theme parks.

TBD: Balcones Heights Jazz Festival
This free concert series takes place each July and August on Friday evenings at the spectacular outdoor Amphitheater at Wonderland of the Americas.
 


August 2015

TBD: Ford Canoe Challenge
Over 90 canoe teams, including local celebrities, city officials, corporate teams, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts compete on the San Antonio River.

TBD: Festival People en Español
San Antonio is home to this weekend celebration of Latino culture, featuring concerts by top name artists, celebrity appearances and family activities.
 


September 2015

All month: FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA
Explore exhibits showing traditional photographs, digital images and photography based works at art centers and exhibition spaces throughout San Antonio.

Sept. 12: International Accordion Festival
A vibrant celebration of all things accordion, this festival takes place in La Villita Historic Arts Village.

Sept. 16: Diez y Seis Events
Marking Mexico's independence from Spain, San Antonio celebrates with special events all over town, including a street parade with floats and marching bands, a gala and celebrations in Market Square.

TBD:  Jazz'SAlive
Some of the nation's top jazz entertainers, along with regional and local talent, take over Travis Park and dazzle the crowd with their smooth sounds.
 


OCTOBER 2015

TBD: Oktoberfest San Antonio
Head over to the Beethoven Halle und Garten to celebrate the ultimate German festival with music, food and dancing, plus German specialties, like bratwurst, reubens and beer.

TBD: SeaWorld San Antonio Howl-O-Scream
Each weekend in October, enjoy kid-friendly shows during the day, but beware... the later you stay, the more you'll scream!

TBD: Six Flags Fiesta Texas Fright Fest
Don’t miss out on spooktacular live entertainment, chill-inducing rides and spine-tingling excitement for the whole family that will surely keep you on the edge of your seat.

TBD: AT&T Championship
The tournament includes 54 holes of stroke play competition without a cut.

Oct. 31: Morgan's Wonderland: More Delightful Than Frightful
With greater emphasis on fun rather than fright, Morgan's Wonderland will be open on Halloween evening.