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Festivals In San Antonio, Texas To Get Excited About

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Mira Milla
Updated: 9 February 2017
With sights like the River Walk and the historic Alamo, San Antonio is a hot destination for tourists —there’s so much to see and even more to do. On top of the large amount of restaurants and attractions San Antonio offers, there are yearly festivals that are worth attending, and when planning what to do as a resident or visitor, keep these festivals in mind.



Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day River Parade and Festival

Get dressed up in your best green attire and head over to the River Walk! The Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day River Parade and Festival started in 1968 and has been a success ever since. Green beer will be sold at the Arneson River Theatre along with Irish (and other ethnic) foods, and the river itself will be dyed green.
When: March 12th-13th, 2016
Where: The River Walk, San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Seven Seas Food Festival

SeaWorld brings you the Seas Food Festival, where sipping and tasting delicious international foods, wines and beers is the name of the game. This will be a experience that your taste buds will be thanking you for days on end.
When: April 9th-May 15, 2016
Where: SeaWorld San Antonio, 10500 Sea World Dr, San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Fiesta! San Antonio

Fiesta! San Antonio is kicking off their 125th annual festival this year. What started as a one day event in 1891 is now San Antonio’s biggest festival, with more than three million people participating each year. Clear your calendars for a week filled with music, food, parades (including a boat parade at the River Walk), and much more.
When: April 14th-24th, 2016
Where: San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Culinaria – A Wine and Culinary Arts Festival

A festival dedicated to food — why would you want to miss this? Prepare to celebrate for four straight days with all the options of food trucks to many tastings and experiencing the best of Mexico and burgers, barbecue AND beer. Rain or shine, this event will happen.
When: May 19th-22nd, 2016
Where: La Cantera Hill Country Resort, 16641 La Cantera Pkway, San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Soul Food Festival & Gospel On The Plaza

Enjoy some gospel music while chowing down on the best soul food served by local vendors (from fried fish to peach cobbler, you will not be disappointed). There will be exhibits of local arts showcasing the importance of the African American heritage and culture. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned foods, and all donations will be sent to the San Antonio Food Bank.
When: May 20th-21st, 2016
Where: Maverick Plaza at La Villita, 418 Villita St, San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Texas Folklife Festival

Sponsored by The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures, the Texas Folklife Festival is an annual event that celebrates the many ethnicities and cultures that make up the state of Texas. Enjoy the diversity and variety of foods, music, arts and cultures this festival has to offer.
When: June 10th-12th, 2016
Where: University of Texas at San Antonio, 801 E César E. Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX, USA
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This unique, visually appealing month-long festival was created to celebrate and showcase photography and photography-based art forms. It will feature countless photography exhibits in art galleries and other venues all around the city.
When: All month
Where: San Antonio, Texas, USA
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If you love jazz music, this is the festival for you. It will feature nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians on two stages performing all styles of jazz for you to sit back and enjoy.
When: TBA
Where: Travis Park, 301 E Travis St, San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Bud Light Halloween Fest

Join others in a costume and celebrate Halloween early at the River Walk! There will be a parade on the river for you to enjoy along with music and drinks, so if you love beer and costume contests, you’re going to want to be at this festival. The grand prize for the costume contest is $1,000.
When: October 29, 2016
Where: River Walk, San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias

This beautiful festival lights up the river at night with more than 6,000 Luminarias, a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern consisting of a candle set in sand inside a small paper bag. If you miss it the first weekend, don’t worry — this event happens every weekend in December.
When: December 2nd-4th, 2016 | December 9th-11th, 2016 | December 15th-18th, 2016
Where: River Walk, San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Tamales! Holiday Festival at Pearl

You’d be surprised how many different types of tamales there are! Tamales. Holiday Festival is going on its 6th year, and with more than 40 different tamales vendors — sweet and spicy — you’re bound to eat something you’ll love. The event is free and also includes live music and performances.
When: December 6, 2016
Where: Pearl, 303 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, Texas, USA
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