The time is almost here! One of our favorite times of the year is finally happening and we are oh so excited for it! Even though it will be a little different this year, we are just happy to VIVA FIESTA! If you’re new to San Antonio and haven’t gotten to participate, the team at SA Social Calendar has selected our top picks for these must do events.
Fiesta Fiesta at Hemisfair! – Enjoy live music, barter for Fiesta® medals, lounge with your family in a kid-friendly atmosphere, shop locally made arts and crafts, and taste creations from San Antonio’s culinary talents all under the shade of San Antonio’s skyline. On June 17 we come together for a night of just that at Fiesta® Fiesta at Hemisfair!
Crown the King! Public Crowning of Rey Feo – Enjoy an evening of free Fiesta fun for the entire family with the crowning of the 72nd Rey Feo Thomas Aguillon! You will be treated to the sound of mariachis, folklorico dancers and learn more about the history of the Rey Feo tradition! Enjoy a chance to meet members of his royal court, former Reyes Feos, members of the Consejo and other Fiesta royalty! The Rey Feo Educational Foundation is a membership-based organization of former Reyes Feos and other business and civic leaders. The members uphold the traditions and support the fundraising efforts to further the educational activities of the LULAC Rey Feo scholarship program. Rey Feo was founded by LULAC Council No. 2 in 1947.
Rey Feo Crown Celebration & Reception – After the public crowning of Rey Feo 72 Thomas Aguillon, Fiesta royalty, members of the Consejo and special guests will follow the King to celebrate. This is one of the hottest tickets during Fiesta! Event will sell out! Featuring live music, great food and spirits — making this one of the most sought-after tickets in town. Founded by Rey Feo XXXII Logan Stewart in 1982, the Rey Feo Consejo is a membership-based organization of former Rey Feos and other business and civic leaders. The members uphold the traditions and support the fundraising efforts to further the educational activities of the LULAC Rey Feo program. Rey Feo was started in 1947 by LULAC Council No. 2 and has provided more than $7 million in scholarships.
Mission Reach Flotilla Fiesta – Enjoy a day on the water at the Mission Reach Flotilla Fiesta! In partnership with the San Antonio River Authority, the San Antonio River Foundation invites you to participate on Saturday, June 19th, at Mission County Park Trailhead from 10am to 2pm. This Official Fiesta event allows attendees to paddle the San Antonio River with FREE kayaks provided by Mission Kayak.
Investiture of King Antonio – The investiture ceremony, which dates back to 1927, honors the memory of the matchless heroes who fell at the Alamo and also recognizes new members inducted into the Texas Cavaliers each year. By tradition, this highly celebrated investiture ceremony is held in front of the Alamo on the first Saturday evening of Fiesta. With the Shrine of Texas history as a backdrop, the new ruler of merriment is administered the oath of office and “crowned” with the plumed hat of King Antonio by his immediate predecessor.
The Texas Cavaliers River Parade – The Parade helps the Cavalier Charitable Foundation raise money for Children’s Charities. The Foundation has given over 10,000,000 to help children’s charities since its inception. The Zoo School is this year’s Charitable Honoree. The Cavaliers have raised over $1,000,000 to help fund the new zoo school. Get your tickets here!
NIOSA ( A Night In Old San Antonio) – NIOSA occurs in the heart of downtown San Antonio on the grounds of La Villita Historic Arts Village District, with its nearly five acres of historic buildings, cobblestoned streets, limestone walls and fountains. A Night In Old San Antonio pays homage to the city’s diverse culture with food, music and décor that for four nights transforms the village into 14 distinct cultural areas, 160+ food, drink and atmosphere booths and 9 entertainment stages with continuous live music. Get your tickets here! June 22 – 25, 2021. 5:30pm to 10:30pm.
Fiesta Gartenfest – Founded in 1867, the Beethoven Maennerchor is dedicated to the preservation of German music, language, culture and customs. Our organization is the oldest active singing society in Texas. Celebrate Fiesta German-style in an authentic, family-friendly German beer garden. German food available for purchase, including Bratwurst, Reuben sandwiches, Leberkäse and Bavarian-style soft pretzels. More than 20 beers available on tap, including traditional German favorites (Paulaner, Spaten, Bittburger, Hofbräu, Weihenstephaner and Warsteiner) and American craft beers. Musical entertainment includes the 50-piece Beethoven Concert Band, the Beethoven Big Band, German choirs (the Maennerchor men’s choir and the Damenchor women’s choir) and many other musical and dance groups. Official appearances by Fiesta royalty, including King Antonio and El Rey Feo and their courts. June 25, 5pm to 11:59pm. $10 tickets at the gate.
A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada – Explore the distinctive culture that upholds the customs and family traditions of Mexican Horsemanship as a way of life. This family event features food vendors, concessions, ballet folklorico performances, and live mariachi music during the season opening of our charreada — Mexico’s official sport predating, and inspiring, the American Rodeo. The oldest Charro association in the United States, established in 1947, the Asociación de Charros de San Antonio aims to preserve the skill of charreria, a centuries old tradition, and educate future generations and the general public. Tickets are $20 and available to purchase the day of the event at the gate. Gates open at 11:00am & stands are full by 3:00pm. June 27.
We hope you all make a little time and visit some of these events put on by various non-profit organizations in our beautiful city. These events help raise funds needed to keep their programs open to those that need them.
Please note that because each Fiesta event is unique and organized by its appropriate Participating Member Organization (PMO), COVID-19 safety protocols will be different for every event. To find each event’s COVID-19 safety protocols, click on the event you would like to attend and the protocols for the event are listed at the bottom. VIVA FIESTA!