More Big Events During Fiesta San Antonio
These events may be a little smaller in size or attendance than the most-popular events we've already gone over here; or perhaps they just haven't yet gotten the buzz of other events. But they are among the favorites of locals and continue to grow in popularity each year. (The full and complete list of Fiesta San Antonio events can be viewed here.)
2009 Dates: April 15-26
Time: Fridays and Saturdays noon-1 a.m.; Sundays 1 p.m.-midnight; weekdays 4 p.m.-midnight
Location: Alamodome, 100 Montana Street
In Brief: This traditional street carnival runs throughout Fiesta and offers free admission. It generally begins on weekdays at 4 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m., and on weekends it generally begins around noon and run until 11 p.m. or midnight; specific times may vary on specific days, so check the offical Fiesta calendar before making plans. Located in Parking Lot C on the Alamodome grounds, east of I-37 across from Downtown.
2009 Dates: April 17-27
Time: 10 a.m.-midnight daily
Location: Market Square (a k a El Mercado), 514 W. Commerce
In brief: Running for the entire ten days of Fiesta, this free event gives both tourists and natives even more reason to flock to this popular visitors' destination. Six stages feature folkloric dancers and a variety of music, including Tejano and Conjunto music, jazz and country western. Food booths line the courtyard walkways offering such items as spicy Mexican cuisine, Cajun shrimp, hamburgers, fresh fruit drinks and funnel cakes. The gorditas and lemonade are particularly commendable.
Paseo del Rio Children's Festival
2009 Date: April 18
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: River Walk between San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Rivercenter Mall
In Brief: The Children's Festival is a day for the kids. Admission is free, and parents can bring their children for live entertainment, interactive games, face painting, clowns, story telling, mascot interaction, putt-putt golf and wildlife exhibits. As the Paseo del Rio Association says, "From an inflatable moon bounce to lively dancers, this event is designed to entertain!"
2009 Dates: April 16-25
Time: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. daily
Location: Cattleman's Square, corner of W. Houston and N. Frio Streets
In brief: The festival formerly known as La Gran Jamaica was renamed a couple years ago to better express what it's all about. Explosion is an apt term - the event features accordion-tinged Tejano bands for seven hours a day for nine days running. If you're low on funds, get there before 6 p.m., as admission is free in the first hour after the gates open.
Fort Sam Houston Fiesta Ceremony & Fireworks Extravaganza
2009 Date: April 19
Time: 1-10 p.m.
Location: Fort Sam Houston MacArthur Parade Field
In brief: The preliminaries to the fireworks finale include continuous live entertainment, a kiddie carnival, food and drink booths, aerial acrobatics and military pageantry. The highlight of this event, of course, is the fireworks finale. The bleachers fill up early as attendance usually hits 20,000. However, you have the option of bringing your own lawn chairs and blankets (and even picnic baskets, if you like your fireworks with food), and setting up around MacArthur Field. At that point, all you have to do is look up to be wowed.
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