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Major Events & Festivals

January 2014


Jan. 4: U.S. Army All-American Bowl
The game showcases the nation's top high school football players. Spot the talent who will be tomorrow's college and NFL superstars. A week of festivities leads up to the big game day.

event_cocktail-conference.jpgJan. 16-19: San Antonio Cocktail Conference 

Modeled on the wildly popular Manhattan Cocktail Classic and New Orleans' Tales of the Cocktail event. San Antonio's own Cocktail Conference is the first of its kind in Texas. It is bringing together top bartenders for four days of education seminars, guided tastings and cocktail parties. Conference proceeds will benefit HeartGift San Antonio.

Jan. 20: 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 2014


Feb. 1: SeaWorld San Antonio Opens for 2014 Season
SeaWorld San Antonio’s combination of unique animal attractions; entertaining shows that combine artistry, emotion and marine animals into amazing performances; thrilling state-of-the-art coasters; and educational experiences for all ages make this park an exciting place to be! Admission.

Feb. 1: Asian Festival
This family friendly event features music, cultural performances, food, fashion, crafts and other products. Guests can enjoy authentic Asian-American food from 15 vendors, offering Japanese, Korean, Thai, Laotian, Philippine and other delectable cuisines.

Feb. 6-23: San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
event_city-yellow-roses.jpgA tradition for over 60 years, this event features great entertainment with star-studded country, rock 'n' roll and Latin artists during all 20 PRCA rodeo performances. This spectacular of fun also includes shopping, a carnival and livestock centers. AT&T Center. Admission.

Feb. 7-16: City of Yellow Roses
Already one of the world’s most romantic destinations, San Antonio is going all out for Valentine’s Week by transforming into the “City of Yellow Roses” complete with special packages and promotions. Roses mean romance, but in San Antonio it’s only natural that the color of romance be yellow, not red.


March 2014


event_contemporary-art.jpgAll Month: Contemporary Art Month
This month-long celebration of contemporary arts features more than 400 exhibitions and involves more than 50 venues. Events take place in galleries, museums, neighborhoods and studios. Some events have an admission charge.

Mar. 1: Six Flags Fiesta Texas Opens for 2014 Season
Let the fun begin. 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. Admission.

Mar. 7-9: Remember The Alamo Weekend
San Antonio Living History Association interpreters portray the events of the famous Battle of the Alamo. Visitors will witness live firing of black powder rifles, muskets, and cannon. See what life was really like in 1836 during the 13 day siege of the Alamo.

Event Dates: Reenactment March 8-9, 2014 (10am - 5 pm) Fandango March 7 (7pm - 9 pm) This event includes a period encampment on the nights of March 7 & 8.

Mar. 8: Aquatica at SeaWorld San Antonio Opens for 2014 Season
The South Seas meet South Texas at Aquatica, a whimsical, one-of-a-kind waterpark only SeaWorld could create. Aquatica blends up-close animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high-speed thrills and white-sand beaches. Admission.

Mar. 8: Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort Opens for 2014 Season
The original Schlitterbahn, just 20 minutes north of San Antonio in New Braunfels, wins recognition year after year as the world's top water park. With over 65 acres of tube rides, water slides and uphill water coasters, there is plenty of fun for the whole family. Admission.

Mar. 17: St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
Make sure to get a good spot on the River Walk for the St. Patrick's Day River Parade, and then head over to the Alamo for solemn ceremonies to honor the fallen heroes. Free.

Mar 24-30: Valero Texas Open
event_big-league-weekend.jpgThe third oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR, the Valero Texas Open 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. 72-hole. Admission. (210) 491-5800.

Mar. 27-29: H-E-B Big League Weekend
The Rangers and the Astros bring their rivalry to San Antonio for two games during Big League Weekend, March 28 & 29 at the Alamodome. 


April 2014


Apr. 4-6: Poteet Strawberry Festival
More than just a celebration of the strawberry, this festival is one of the oldest, most popular events in the state and is recognized as the largest agricultural festival in Texas. Located just south of San Antonio, the Poteet Strawberry Festival includes concerts, dancing, rides, gunslingers, rodeo performances and, of course, lots of strawberries.

Apr. 10-27: Fiesta San Antonio!
More than 100 unique events satisfy every taste and interest and draw spectators from around the city, nation and world. Since 1891 when the first Fiesta event, the Battle of Flowers, honored the memory of our Texas heroes, Fiesta has expanded the initial commemoration to include the recognition and celebration of San Antonio's rich and diverse cultures. Come celebrate Fiesta San Antonio! More than half of the events are FREE.


May 2014


May-September: WNBA – San Antonio Stars
Go Silver Stars Go! San Antonio’s WNBA team will continue to rock the AT&T Center as they kick off their 2014 season. AT&T Center. Admission.
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May 3: Splashtown San Antonio Opens for 2014 Season
Splashtown San Antonio is 20 landscaped acres of cool, clean water excitement just three minutes north of downtown on IH-35 at the Splashtown exit. Admission.

May 3 - 6: Shen Yun
Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture.  It's stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired.
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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 14-18: 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 14-18: Culinaria - A Wine and Culinary Arts Festival
Giving wine and food aficionados one more thing to be thankful for this May, the Festival will showcase the Alamo City's finest restaurants and chefs as well as celebrity guests from Mexico, Miami, Manhattan and all over Texas as it celebrates San Antonio as a premier wine and food destination and an important culinary and cultural gateway to Mexico and Latin America.

May 17: America's Armed Forces River Parade
A river parade dedicated to the men and women of the Armed Forces. On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 17th, 2014, approximately 25 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, etc. The floats will feature live entertainment from military groups, as well as local artists who wish to dedicate their talents to honor the troops.

event_jazz.jpgMay 30-June 1: San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival
One of San Antonio’s best jazz festivals returns for its 12th season!  The San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival 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.

May 9-August 9: 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.


June 2014


event_folklife-festival.jpgJune 7-8: Texas Folklife Festival
Join in the celebration of all things Texas at the 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. Come celebrate your heritage and share in a Texas tradition. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located in Hemisfair park, a short walk from the Alamo and the River Walk.

June 13- August 8: Dive-in Movies at Splashtown San Antonio
On Friday nights, visitors can enjoy family-friendly movies while hanging out in Splashtown San Antonio’s wave pool.

June 20- 21: Juneteenth
Observances throughout the city, including a picnic, festival, Freedom Fair, and cultural celebrations honoring June 19, 1865, the day that Texas slaves received word of the Emancipation Proclamation.


July 2014


event_fourth-july-(1).jpgJuly 4: Fourth of July Celebration
Enjoy festivals, concerts and fireworks celebrating Independence Day at locations across San Antonio. Some highlights include July 4th Stars & Stripes over San Antonio downtown, Freedom Fest at Market Square, an arts and crafts show along the River Walk and extravaganzas at local theme parks.

July 11, 18, 25 & August 1: Balcones Heights Jazz Festival
The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival has been captivating South Texas jazz fans for nearly 20 years. The free concert series takes place each July and August, on Friday evenings at the spectacular outdoor Amphitheater at Wonderland of the Americas.


 August 2014


Aug. 2: FORD Canoe Challenge
Over 90 canoe teams, including local celebrities, city officials, corporate teams, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts compete in the Ford Canoe Challenge. River Walk.

kidcation2014.jpgAug. 8-17: Kidcation Week
For one week, San Antonio will turn into a citywide playground featuring hotel packages designed with kids in mind, free entertainment, deals at attractions, shopping offers, special kid's menus at restaurants, sports/active lifestyle events and more.

Aug. 16-23: Culinaria: Restaurant Week
Get great deals on amazing meals at San Antonio's top restaurants.

Aug. 30-31: Festival People en Español
(Labor Day Weekend) San Antonio is home to this weekend celebration of Latino culture, featuring concerts by top name artists, celebrity appearances, and family activities.


September 2014


Aug. 23-Sept. 27: FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA
This annual international photography festival is a unique and eclectic month-long celebration of the photographic arts. Dozens of exhibits showing traditional photographs, digital images, photography based works, photographic installations, funky camera,and alternative processes are presented in galleries, museums, art centers and other exhibition spaces throughout San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country and in the festival’s web galleries.

Sept. 9-11: Taste of the River Walk
Ticket holders enjoy sampling culinary offerings from 20 participating River Walk establishments from 6:00pm until 8:30pm. Then all partygoers are encouraged to go to the post-party.

Sept. 13: International Accordion Festival
Celebrate San Antonio's love of the accordion and join us for this FREE annual all-star celebration on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the historic downtown La Villita in San Antonio, Texas. You don’t want to miss out on this day of diverse musical styles and the inspiration of vibrant celebrations of cultural roots, cultural exchange and cultural connection from around the globe and right here in Texas. It's big, it's outdoors and it's dancing and fun for the whole family.

Sept. 16: Diez y Seis Events
Marking 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 other special activities.

Sept. 20-21:  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. Travis Park. Free.

Sept. 26- 28: Alamo City Comic Con 
San Antonio’s biggest pop culture event is back, and it’s bigger and better. With comics, video games, costumes and so much more, this convention has everything you need. Special guests include big names from film and TV and superstar creators from your favorite comic books.

Sept. 27-Oct. 31: SeaWorld San Antonio Howl-O-Scream
The spooks start early with fun for the whole family. Each weekend in October, enjoy kid-friendly shows during the day, but beware... the later you stay, the more you'll scream! 6 p.m. is the witching hour, and you never know what ghoulish creatures will come up from the graves!


October 2014


October 3-4 & 10-11: Oktoberfest San Antonio
Head over to the Beethoven Halle und Garten to celebrate the ultimate German festival! Music, food and dancing, plus German specialties like bratwurst, reubens and beer will be available to help put you in the spirit! Suggested donation is $5 at the gate.

Oct. 4- Nov 2: Six Flags Fiesta Texas Fright Fest
Each weekend in October, 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.

October 18: San Antonio Beer Festival
Current presents the beer festival of the year with over 55 beers on tap, live entertainment throughout the day, and giveaways from sponsors such as title sponsor Bud Light.

Oct. 20-26: AT&T Championship
The 30th Annual AT&T Championship returns to the AT&T Canyons Course at TPC San Antonio. 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. Children ages 12 and under and special-needs individuals of all ages can wear their more-delightful-than-frightful Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating while they enjoy the 25 acre theme park and all its attractions that are accessible to everyone.


November 2014


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. 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 Hemisfair park.

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. Held in March and 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. 22: 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.

Nov. 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. 

Open Select Days Nov. 22- Dec. 30: 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 sea lion.

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. 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.

TBA: 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.

TBA: 22nd Annual Valero Alamo Bowl
Major college football comes to the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Valero Alamo Bowl is an annual post-season collegiate bowl game featuring the #2 Pac-12 Conference selection (after the Rose Bowl) and the #3 Big 12 pick (after the Fiesta and Cotton Bowls). The Bowl has quickly become one of the most popular bowls in the country, producing some of the most-watched bowl games in ESPN history while selling out in many years past.

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 Helicopters 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.