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Schedule of San Antonio Events

This page contains a few scheduled San Antonio events and other notices of things of interest for tourist and local alike.  It's a constant battle to stay up to speed on this type of thing and I profess that I don't do a very good job of it.  I mention here some of the either more important or more to my liking type of events.  For a really thorough listing of events I suggest you check out the Links page for links to event schedule pages of other web sites which post San Antonio events.

Recurring San Antonio Events

The Evening of the First Friday of each Month    Known locally as "First Friday", this is an evening happening in Southtown (an indeterminately defined area south of downtown, essentially along South Alamo Street starting from the intersection of South St. Mary's St. down to Blue Star Arts Complex.  There are street vendors selling their wares and multiple store front art galleries exhibiting mostly local artists.  Unless you want local flavor I suggest you skip this event.  Don't get me wrong, I like to go there every so often, but it's primarily for locals who have plenty of time to do the Riverwalk anytime they choose.  If you're not pressed for time then take it in.  Check this link for upcoming events in Southtown.

 

Future Events

2012

February

3rd-20th  San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

April

Normally 1st week of monthRound Top Antique Fair.  The big city of Round Top (pop. 81) plays host to a semi-annual antique fair.  Although Round Top is roughly 2 1/2 hours from San Antonio, I would be ashamed of myself if I didn't at least tell you about this fair, if only for those dyed in the wool antiquers.  This festival has been going on for almost 30 years.  People plan their vacations around this fair.  No one actually knows how big this event is as it's spread over several surrounding towns and in everyone's front yard that fronts along the country roads.  Their last claim was over 2,500 Vendors, that's with a capital "V", participate.  If they don't have it, you don't want it.

7th-17th Fiesta Of course, this is the granddaddy of events.  Brings 'em in from miles around.  The Fiesta holiday, which has now turned into a 10 day bash, originally began with the Battle of Flowers Parade, which is always the Friday of Fiesta week.  This parade is meant to celebrate the victory of the Battle of San Jacinto, the battle of the Texas Revolution where Santa Anna's Mexican forces were defeated and assured Texas of independence.  The Battle of Flowers Parade has taken place every year, except for the war years of WW I and II, since 1891!  The Battle of San Jacinto occurred April 21st and as a consequence, Fiesta is always celebrated [except for 2011 which moved it up a week] during the week that includes the date of April 21. (Stick that into your little bit of trivia you'll never need to know.)
You will want to check out:
Cavalier River Parade, Always Monday evening of Fiesta week.  The original river parade!
Battle of Flowers Parade, Always last Friday noon of Fiesta week.
Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade, Last Saturday night of Fiesta week.
NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio) Last Tuesday-Friday of Fiesta week.  Suggestion: Get there at opening, otherwise it will literally be elbow to elbow by 7pm.

11th-17th Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. One of the oldest professional golf tournaments takes place at TPC San Antonio.

June

8-10thTexas Folklife Festival. The annual four-day celebration of the diverse ethnic and cultural groups that settled our state. Some 45 groups bring their stories, crafts, music, dances, and foods to share with visitors in a vibrant blend of education and entertainment. Institute of Texan Cultures.

After the Folklife Festival there's really not too much going on in town for the rest of the summer.  It's just too hot for any major event.  The Folklife Festival itself used to be in August for most of its existence but we finally got smart and moved it into June.

September

12-13th Dos XX Taste of the Riverwalk  A Riverwalk gorge fest.  As in eating.  Sample the fare at most of the Riverwalk restaurants.

20-23rd JazzíSAlive. Two days of performances from the nationís top jazz entertainers, along with regional and local talent. Travis Park. City of San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department and San Antonio Parks Foundation. Free.

October

Normally first week of the month Round Top Antique Fair.  The big city of Round Top (pop. 81) plays host to a semi-annual antique fair.  Although Round Top is roughly 2 1/2 hours from San Antonio, I would be ashamed of myself if I didn't at least tell you about this fair, if only for those dyed in the wool antiquers.  This festival has been going on for almost 30 years.  People plan their vacations around this fair.  No one actually knows how big this event is as it's spread over several surrounding towns and in everyone's front yard that fronts along the country roads.  Their last claim was over 2,500 Vendors, that's with a capital "V", participate.  If they don't have it, you don't want it.

November

11th San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon  The City's official marathon.

23rd Holiday Lighting of the Riverwalk and River Parade  The River Walk stays lighted by Christmas lighting through New Year's Eve.

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