Art, music and culture are three main staples of any San Antonio event. Blending together these three ingredients, San Antonio gives you the chance to experience annual festivities like no other city in the US. Any event you attend will leave you well acquainted with the fact that locals here love to celebrate loud and big! That is just the San Antonio way. Below are some of the major annual events that you should be on the lookout for:
- Ford Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony
San Antonio ushers in the holiday season at the River Walk, one of the most scenic and picturesque spots in town. The Ford Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony is a floating parade that lasts for an hour. It features 30 well-lit floats, all decorated to the tune of the year’s theme. Locals dressed in themed costumes stand on the floats as they wave to 50,000 event guests all cheering along the river banks.
- San Antonio Fiesta
Fiesta (Spanish for party) is an annual event that was created in 1891 in honor of the Battles of San Jacinto and Alamo heroes. This is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in San Antonio, TX. The event lasts for 10 days, and it features extravagant festivities and parades. There are 5k runs, night parades full of sparkling lights, as well as floating parades. The ‘Battle of Flowers’ is the events grandest spectacle. This is the only parade in the entire country that is directed and planned entirely and exclusively by women!
- San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
Buff up your best cowboy boots and bring out your favorite bolo tie in preparation for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo! Every February, this event welcomes over 2M guests. Here, you will be treated to livestock shows, cowgirls whipping barrels as they ride on horses, as well as cowboys wrangling their steers. The music line-up, however, is the highlight of this event.
- Dia de los Muertos
This festival, featuring more than 20 events, sees men and women alike paint their faces (as if to imitate catrinas) and don elegant outfits in celebration. The festivities start off with a free event that includes live concerts at the Hemisfair. What follows is the Catrinas Parade and the last part of the celebrations is a family-friendly event that entails face painting, piñata smashing and sugar-skull decorating.