Battle Of Flowers Parade Kicks Off Fiesta Today

SAN ANTONIO CACTUS & XEROPHYTE SOCIETY SHOW & SALE • SAN ANTONIO GARDEN CENTER, | 9 AM – 5 PM

Vendors with thousands of cacti, succulents, and pottery for sale. Cactus and succulent experts offering advice and information, view educational displays to increase your knowledge of cacti and succulents. Raffle plant drawings held every hour. Silent auctions of dish gardens, pottery, and related cactus and succulent items on Thursday and Friday. Live auctions of unique and landscape plants on Friday and Saturday at 2 pm. Purchase our special Fiesta medals at this official Fiesta Event! Join us and get STUCK on cactus and succulent plants.

BATTLE OF FLOWERS® PARADE | VANGUARD AT 9:05 AM | PARADE AT 10 AM

The Battle of Flowers® Parade honors the heroic spirit of the patriots of the Alamo, commemorates the victory of San Jacinto and celebrates the diversity and heritage of Texas and our nation. As the second largest day parade in the U.S., the Battle of Flowers® Parade supports the educational, artistic, social and philanthropic achievements of our community’s youth. The Battle of Flowers® Parade holds the distinction of being the first celebration to be held in Alamo Plaza and is considered the founding event of Fiesta® San Antonio. The parade has entertained our city every year since 1891, except during World Wars I and II. This parade is the only parade in the nation produced entirely by volunteer women and affords non-profit organizations the opportunity to raise funds with over 45,000 parade seats sold by charities along the parade route each year.

The 2019 Battle of Flowers Parade will travel through Texas to discover what liest at the core of the State boasting the biggest heart with the theme, “For the Love of Texas!”

Admission is $12 – $25.  Tickets available for purchase at www.battleofflowers.org and at The Fiesta Store®.

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.

FIESTA® SAN FERNANDO • SAN FERNANDO CATHEDRAL | 11 AM – 12 AM

Each year the cathedral hosts Fiesta San Fernando, a celebration of family, food and fun. Live entertainment daily and beautiful arts and crafts booths for your enjoyment.

Take part in a Fiesta event rooted deep in the city’s history, where “fiestas” started more than 260 years ago.

FREDSTOCK MUSIC FEST • SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE, LOT 7 | 12 – 10 PM

Fredstock is an annual family-friendly music festival that brings in an array of fans to hear a variety of music styles from performing artists. Guests can walk through the sponsored booths of arts and crafts, participate in games, sample delights from food vendors, and admission is all free! Lawn chairs and ice chests are welcomed.

10TH STREET RIVER FESTIVAL | 10, 10TH ST .| 12PM – 12:30 AM

Make our festival your family event for Fiesta 2019! Thanks to the Museum Reach improvements on the San Antonio River, the 10th Street River Festival has truly lived up to its name. Enjoy Fiesta on the beautiful, historic grounds of the VFW Post 76. The 19th Century mansion is located on 10th Street and B Avenue, and is a place for great fun, food, cold drinks and entertainment that exemplifies the cultural diversity of San Antonio. With live music being the focus, musical groups will entertain Fiesta revelers with the sounds of Tejano, Oldies, Blues, and Country Western. VFW Post 76 is the oldest functioning VFW in Texas and proceeds from this event support maintenance of the century-old building, renovation projects, veteran programs, and scholarships for local high school students.

FIESTA® World Class Jazz Concert • St. Mary’s University, One Camino Santa Maria | 1 – 10 pm

Enjoy the great sounds of national, regional and local jazz artists at this year’s Annual Fiesta World Class Jazz Concert. This event is sponsored by the Music Department at St. Mary’s University. The evening concert precedes outstanding University and Junior College jazz bands along with area jazz groups beginning at 1 p.m. Our main guest artist takes the stage at 8:30 pm.

NIOSA® (A NIGHT IN OLD SAN ANTONIO®) | LA VILLITA | 5:30 – 10:30 PM

“A Night in Old San Antonio®” is a four-night festival in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio that celebrates the city’s diverse culture through the magic of 200-plus food and drink booths; 14 continuous live musical acts and bright and festive decorations in 15 themed areas: Mission Trail, Arneson Theatre, China Town, Clown Alley, French Quarter, Froggy Bottom, Frontier Town, Haymarket, International Walkway, Irish Flats, Main Street USA, Mexican Market, Sauerkraut Bend, South of the Border, and Villa Espana. Admission for adults is $12 advance and $15 at the gate; children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

FIESTA® GARTENFEST |BEETHOVEN HALLE AND GARDEN | 5 PM – 12 AM

Make plans to join the Beethoven Maennerchor and celebrate Fiesta German-style. Come early and enjoy the lively Biergarten as it fills with sounds of German entertainment and Gemuetlichkeit. Enjoy German food and beverages as well as entertainment provided by the 50-piece concert band and other performers. The dance band plays until midnight.El Rey Feo makes his official visit Wednesday and King Antonio makes his on Thursday. Admission is $8 pre-sale and $10 at the gate; children 12 and under are free

DANCE WITH THE KING FIESTA® SQUARE DANCE • TRI-POINT YMCA | 7 – 10 PM

Dance with the King Fiesta Square Dance is where King Antonio and his court learn how to square dance. It’s a night of good, wholesome, family-oriented fun and good for the community.

FIESTA® POPS | THE TOBIN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | 8 PM

Our annual Fiesta Pops concert features the music, dance and culture of Mexico and Latin America through the local talents of San Antonio. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of Campanas de America and a colorful corp of dancers with the Guadalupe Dance Company. This program is sure to get you in the Fiesta spirit!

FIESTA CARNIVAL | ALAMODOME | 11AM-Midnight

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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