Sure, San Antonio has the world-famous River Walk, Alamo and Natural Bridge Canyons. But did you know the city bursts with color this spring as it awakens from winter with a flurry of new and annual festivals that are perfect to invite out-of-town family and friends to visit?
Whether you’ve lived in San Antonio for a short time or you’re a lifelong resident, you’ll want to discover these 11 fun-filled events in the upcoming months to savor the best music, food and fun the city has to offer.
- Festival of India: This free event takes place on March 30th and celebrates the rich culture of India through live performances, delicious cuisine and a parade. You can even get a henna tattoo and have your face painted and a saree fitted at this colorful day-long event.
- Poteet Strawberry Festival: Savor the sweet scent of strawberries when you attend the annual Poteet Strawberry Festival from April 5 to 7. Although this event is just outside the city (about 30 miles away), it attracts thousands of San Antonio residents every year. You’ll get the chance to purchase strawberries, enjoy carnival rides and sing along to one of the many concert performances.
- 7th Annual San Antonio Book Festival: Ignite your love for literature at the seventh installment of San Antonio’s book festival. On April 6th, over 100 authors will gather to host a variety of signings, talks and panels. Whether you’re an aspiring writer or literary aficionado, feel inspired at this free event.
- Alamo Heights Night: On April 12, party the night away at this vibrant event. Alamo Heights Night serves up a taste of Texas with fajitas, mouthwatering barbecue and chicken on a stick. Don’t forget the always delectable funnel cake! You can also enjoy craft beer, live music and carnival festivities.
- Fiesta San Antonio: Arguably one of the biggest events in San Antonio this spring, Fiesta takes place from April 18 to 28. What started as a one-day event in 1891 has evolved into an 11-day extravaganza. Make some new memories as you experience fireworks, a carnival, river parades, culinary masterpieces and much more.
- Festival de Animales: Take a step on the wild side from April 28 to 29 at the San Antonio Zoo. This two-day event showcases animals from Latin America. There will also be pop-up booths and a culinary tour of Latin American cuisine.
- Seven Seas Food Festival: Taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April 19 through May 27h, this festival brings the most delicious foods from around the world to one festival at SeaWorld San Antonio. Delight in 180 different tantalizing dishes, over 70 craft brews and 50 wines and spirits. The event also features live concerts and culinary markets.
- Tejano Conjunto Festival: With nearly two-thirds of San Antonio’s population being of Hispanic origin, the city loves to celebrate its rich cultural roots. Discover the sounds of Conjunto music from May 15 to 19. This five-day festival features about 30 of the best Conjunto bands.
- Zoo La-La! A Taste of San Antonio: If you’re wanting an all-encompassing foodie experience, Zoo La La! is your perfect choice. On May 23rd, 50 of San Antonio’s best restaurants will be serving food at the San Antonio Zoo. There will also be craft beer and wine as well as live music at this 21-and-over event.
- Brews and Blooms: Soak in the best of spring at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. May 25th marks the 14th semi-annual Brews and Blooms event. Enjoy the beautiful flowers and live music as you sip on craft beers and try some scrumptious food truck fare.
- Texas Folklife Festival: From Korean barbecue to bluegrass bands, the 48th Texas Folklife Festival immerses you in cultures found around the world from June 7 to 9. Check out six stages of performances and 100 different types of food. You can also shop at one of the many artisan stands at this colorful event brimming with diversity.
Whether you want to feed your appetite, mind or soul, San Antonio offers an array of events to revel in this spring. Make the most out of the upcoming season by visiting one of the many festivals and occasions.
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