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SAC MULTICULTURAL CONFERENCE | SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE | TIMES VARY

SAC celebrates our 23rd annual Multicultural Conference, bringing together writers, artists, musicians, scholars, and professionals together to illuminate multicultural issues within education and society. This year’s theme, “25 Years of Education as Revolution” includes student and community activities showcasing various cultural, artistic, and academic forums, which may challenge contemporary or traditional points of view.

BLAST FROM FIESTA PAST | WITTE MUSEUM | 10AM – 5PM

It was the spring of 1969 and San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration captured the spirit of the day. Fiesta gowns from the Order of the Alamo’s Court of Time and Space will have you reaching for the stars with designs inspired by the science and technology that helped the United States put a man on the moon in July of that year. Visitors are invited to separate science fact from science fiction with fiesta gowns and costumes inspired by comic books, film and art. From the Queen of Soul to El Rey Feo, 1969 was also a time when Fiesta royal traditions began to evolve to reflect the atmosphere of the civil rights movement and embrace the beauty and diversity of San Antonio. Learn how Fiesta royalty in 1969 helped pave the way for fiesta royalty today.

Adults: $12; Seniors (65+): $11; Children (4-11): $9; Children (0-3): Free

FIESTA® DE LOS REYES AT MARKET SQUARE | 4PM-MIDNIGHT

Combine Rey Feo–a cherished Fiesta icon, with Market Square–a historic center in the heart of the city, and San Antonio gets 10 days of free, quality entertainment! This is one of the largest FREE Fiesta celebrations and has something in store for the entire family! Experience daily live entertainment from multiple stages featuring a variety of music, from the best in Tejano. Cumbia, and Conjunto to rocking cover bands! Enjoy Fiesta staples such as funnel cakes, agua fresca, turkey legs, fajitas and much, much more. Your taste buds will have a Fiesta as you enjoy food from over 30 delicious food booths.

11 AM | AIR FORCE AT THE ALAMO | ALAMO PLAZA

Air Force at the Alamo has demonstrations and performances by United States Air Force units. The event will include a Military Working Dog demonstration and others. The Military Working Dogs demonstrate their skill in patrol, obedience and detection. Another highlight of the day is the Drum and Bugle Corps from JBSA-Lackland. The members are young men and women who have been in the Air Force less than eight weeks. This is a special-duty assignment in addition to the rigorous demands of basic military training. Admission is free

MISS MARGARET’S VICTORIAN HOUSE TOUR | MARGARET GETHING HOUSE | 1 – 4 PM

Enjoy a tour of the unique Miss Margaret’s Victorian House. This home was open for tours during Fiesta® in the 1940s and the tradition continues today. This is an antique lover’s delight–a trip back in time to the gracious life in old San Antonio.

The late Margaret Allan Gething was an early conservationist and advocate for the preservation of the King William historic district in the 1940s.

Admission is $5

4 PM | PILGRIMAGE TO THE ALAMO | ALAMO PLAZA

Every year since 1925, the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center walk silently to the Alamo. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place. The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony. Admission is free.

7 – 9 PM | THE TEXAS CAVALIERS RIVER PARADE | SAN ANTONIO RIVER

Each year hundreds of thousands of people line the banks of the San Antonio River to view the most unusual parade in America…the Texas Cavaliers River Parade! This year’s parade, entitled “It’s Showtime in San Antonio” promises an evening of family fun with live music, celebrities and lights. More than 50 festively decorated floats (that actually float!) with live music and costumed participants. King Antonio XCVII will reign over the evening’s festivities as he will lead the parade in his custom made King’s Cruiser and wave and dance all along the parade route. Monies generated through the parade are donated to local children’s charities through the organization’s Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation. Admission is $14-$30.

FIESTA CARNIVAL | ALAMODOME | 6PM-11PM

Thrills and chills fill the air at one of the best carnivals in the land. Glittering lights, exciting rides and a wide assortment of foods in the heart of San Antonio make the Carnival a perennial favorite of Fiesta®-goers. Revenue from this event helps support the activities of Fiesta® San Antonio

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