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50+ Free Fiesta Events for Families (2017)

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More than 50 FREE, family-friendly events at Fiesta San Antonio in 2017

Fiesta San Antonio, the Alamo City’s biggest and most colorful celebration, offers more than 50 free events for families to attend! San Antonio Mom Blogs brings you a comprehensive guide to all of the FREE fun your family can have during Fiesta San Antonio 2017.

Admission to the the events listed below is free, but some events do have additional charges for food, drinks, and related activities. Most offer free parking. This list may not be exhaustive so if you know of a family-friendly free Fiesta event I’ve missed, please leave a note in the comments.

San Antonio Mom Blogs makes every effort to keep this list up-to-date by adding any event cancelations or changes due to inclement weather (and any other reasons). However, we may miss updates to events that appear on our large list below. Please be sure to click through to each event to be sure they are taking place as planned before heading out. Thank you!

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Saturday, April 15

UTSA Football Fiesta Spring Game, Dub Farris Stadium, 1:00 p.m.
Attend this free game to see UTSA’s offense and defense during spring training.

Wednesday, April 19

Fiesta Mariachi Mass, San Fernando Cathedral, 115 W. Main Plaza, 12:00 p.m.
The 21st annual Fiesta Mariachi Mass blesses everyone involved with Fiesta (royalty, commissioners, and participants).

Thursday, April 20

Fiesta Fiesta at the Alamo, 434 South Alamo St., 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The official kick off to Fiesta in Alamo Plaza, complete with entertainment, Fiesta pins, cascarones, special guests, and more. Viva Fiesta!

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Saturday, April 29), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Friday, April 21

Fiesta UTSA, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Food, games, music, entertainment on the campus of UTSA

Crown the King! Public crowning of Rey Feo, Main Plaza in front of San Fernando Cathedral, 5:30-6:30 pm

Fiesta Pops Simulcast with the San Antonio Symphony, River Walk Plaza at the Tobin Center
The evening kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with pre-event Fiesta activities at the Tobin Center River Walk Plaza. Activities include its inaugural Fiesta Medal Extravaganza encouraging locals to trade, sell or purchase Fiesta medals including the Symphony’s official 2016 Fiesta medal. The River Walk Plaza opens at 7:00 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8:00 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets. No outside food, drinks, or pets allowed.

¡Viva La Salud!, Wayland Baptist University, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a fun-filled day with Zumba, Capoeira, live music from local artists, including high school mariachi bands, singer Jessie Dominguez and Malia Barker. Entertainment for children and families with a fun backdrop for photo opportunities, book readings, sing and dance-along activities, tasty food trucks, and so much more.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 30), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Cumbia and more) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Saturday, April 29), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Saturday, April 22

Women’s and Co-ed Soccer Tournament (runs through Sunday, April 23 and is free for spectators), STAR Soccer Complex, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. & Schertz Complex, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Texas Corvette Association Car Show (free for spectators), Main Plaza in Boerne, Texas, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Southwest Olympic Fiesta, SWISD Spring Sports Complex, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Designed to enhance the lives of special needs individuals, and hosted by Southwest Independent School District, this free, family-friendly event provides games, food, and entertainment as well as track and field events for special needs kids.

Earth Day, presented by City of San Antonio, Woodlawn Lake Park, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
San Antonio’s Earth Day celebration takes place during Fiesta, with entertainment, education sessions, and vegetarian food.

Fiesta Lacrosse Invitational, St. Mary’s Hall, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The oldest team athletic event in Fiesta, Lacrosse is showcased as JV and middle school teams from San Antonio and Austin compete to hone their skills. Free for spectators to attend.

Zeta Fiesta Track Meet, Sam Houston High School, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This annual track meet for kids ages 5 – 12 helps kids develop sportsmanship skills while competing in an athletic event. Free for spectators, $3 for participannts. All kids receive certificates of participation. Winners receive ribbons.

Celebrations of Traditions of Pow Wow, Woodlawn Gymnasium, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
View and participate in the American Indian culture and traditions of dance and music at an official Native American Pow Wow.

El Rey Fido Coronation, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
This year’s four-legged king of Fiesta is crowned! Dogs and their humans compete prior to Fiesta to raise funds for the San Antonio Humane Society. The pair who raises the most money reigns as ambassadors for the Humane Society for the next year. Admission is free.

Fiesta de los Niños, Port San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This Fiesta event is all about the kids! Rides, games, music, dancing, food, a parade, and more, are all presented at this alcohol-free Fiesta event. Free admission.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 30), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Cumbia and more) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Saturday, April 29), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Fiesta Festival, San Antonio State Supported Living Ctr., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presented by the San Antonio State Supported Living Center, Fiesta Festival is a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration with free admission. Take in the parade at noon, enjoy food, entertainment, arts and crafts, and more.

San Jacinto Victory Celebration, The Alamo, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Commemorate the Battle of San Jacinto during a ceremony to honor the Texas victory. Historians will be on hand to describe and discuss the battle and, afterward, enjoy food and music. Perfect for young history buffs and anyone wanting to learn more about this important time in our history.

Piñatas in the Barrio, Guadalupe Theater, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
A family-friendly, all-day festival that includes the unveiling of San Antonio’s record-size piñata and the crowning of the Senior Citizen King and Queen of the Barrio by El Rey Feo.

This Hallowed Ground, The Alamo, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tour the original perimeter walls of the Alamo with members of the San Antonio Living History Association.

Investiture of King Antonio, The Alamo, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 23

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 30), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Cumbia and more) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Saturday, April 29), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Women’s and Co-ed Soccer Tournament (free for spectators), STAR Soccer Complex, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. & Schertz Complex, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fiesta de la Familia, St. Gregory Catholic Church, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Entertainment, food, games, rides, and auctions, all geared toward families.

Deco District Arts & Music Festival, 1800 Fredericksburg Road, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This free event highlights the cultural, economic and social vitality of the Deco District. Performances by local and national musicians of all ages.

Ft. Sam Houston Fiesta Ceremony and Fireworks Extravaganza, 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Carnival rides, food and drink vendors, live music, games, children’s activities, and fireworks. Enjoy live music, plenty of fun activities for kids, and a military equipment display. The event ends with a fireworks display.

Monday, April 24

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 30), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Cumbia and more) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Saturday, April 29), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Air Force Day at the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Musical performances and military working dog demonstrations by young men and women who have been in the Air Force less than eight weeks.

Pilgrimage to the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This memorial tribute to Alamo heroes begins with a wreath bearing procession from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center at 3:30 p.m. to the Alamo where a brief memorial service takes place. The ceremony ends with Taps.

Fiesta Flower Show, (runs through April 25) The Woodward House, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Take in the beauty of Fiesta flower arrangements at this 100-year+ tradition at the Women’s Club of San Antonio.

Tuesday, April 25

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 30), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Cumbia and more) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Saturday, April 29), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Children’s Texas History Forum, Casa Navarro, 9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This event is free to attend but does require reservations (make yours: For reservations or additional information contact 210-736-2344 or tamez4@msn.com.). Members of the Alamo Couriers Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas present heroes and heroines of the Alamo Siege.

FIESTA ESPECIÁL Celebration Day, Alamodome, Parking Lot C, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This alcohol- and tobacco-free event, which offers special accommodations for individuals with disabilities provides rides, games, food, crafts, and more. IMPORTANT NOTE: Free admission but requires advance reservations (no general admission at the gate). Register for free admission: 210.656.6674 | fiestaespecial@rmihomes.org | www.FiestaEspecial.com

Fiesta Flower Show, The Woodward House, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Take in the beauty of Fiesta flower arrangements at this 100-year+ tradition at the Women’s Club of San Antonio.

Army Day at the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy patriotic music performed by some of the Army’s finest musicians.

Fiesta in Blue, Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
A musical salute to the community performed by the United States Air Force Band of the West.

Ford Mariachi Festival, (runs through April 27) San Antonio River Walk, 6:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m.
On the first night of the event only, April 25 the event will begin at 6pm for a kick-off ceremony at the Rivercenter Lagoon. Local middle and high school Mariachi students perform on floating barges, entertaining visitors to the River Walk.

Wednesday, April 26

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 30), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Cumbia and more) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Saturday, April 29), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Ford Mariachi Festival, (runs through April 27) San Antonio River Walk, 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Middle and high school mariachi bands perform throughout the night on river barges along the San Antonio River.

Marines at the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Concert by the Marine Corps field band. This year’s event is extra special as the US Marine Corps Reserve, which the 4th Recon Battalion is a part of, is celebrating it’s Centennial of defending our Nation!

Fiesta San Fernando, San Fernando Cathedral in Main Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (runs through Saturday, April 29)
Music festival featuring live entertainment as well as food and arts and crafts booths.

Thursday, April 27

Ford Mariachi Festival, (runs through April 27) San Antonio River Walk, 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Middle and high school mariachi bands perform throughout the night on river barges along the San Antonio River.

Fiesta San Fernando, San Fernando Cathedral in Main Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (runs through Saturday, April 29)
Music festival featuring live entertainment as well as food and arts and crafts booths.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 30), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Cumbia and more) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Saturday, April 29), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

San Antonio Cactus & Xerophyte Show & Sale, (runs through Saturday, April 29) San Antonio Garden Center, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For cactus-loving kids and families! Includes educational displays, rare and hard-to-find cactus and succulents, and other plant-related materials for sale.

Senior Fiesta, Wonderland of the Americas Mall, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Free admission for seniors and their families at this event, the only one designed specifically for people 55 and older. Live entertainment, door prizes, guest appearances, dancing, and vendors with free promotional items celebrate seniors in San Antonio.

St. Phillip’s College CultureFest and Rib Cookoff, St. Phillip’s College, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The campus comes alive with music, arts and crafts, and food to celebrate the diversity of our community.

Navy Day at the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Meet members of the Navy who’ll demonstrate some of the work they perform on the ocean while serving aboard ships.

10th Street River Festival, (runs through Saturday, April 29) Post 76, VFW Headquarters, on the stretch of the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Live music is the focus of this event with Tejano, oldies, blues and C&W bands performing. Lawn chairs welcome but no outside food or drink.

Family Fiesta, (runs through Saturday, April 29) Colonial Hills United Methodist Church, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This alcohol- and tobacco-free family-friendly celebration has food, game booths, and kid-friendly entertainment.

Friday, April 28

Ford Mariachi Festival, (runs through April 22) San Antonio River Walk, 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Middle and high school mariachi bands perform throughout the night on river barges along the San Antonio River.

Fiesta San Fernando, San Fernando Cathedral in Main Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (runs through Saturday, April 29)
Music festival featuring live entertainment as well as food and arts and crafts booths.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 30), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Cumbia and more) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Saturday, April 29), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

San Antonio Cactus & Xerophyte Show & Sale, (runs through Saturday, April 29) San Antonio Garden Center, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For cactus-loving kids and families! Includes educational displays, rare and hard-to-find cactus and succulents, and other plant-related materials for sale.

10th Street River Festival, (runs through Saturday, April 29) Post 76, VFW Headquarters, on the stretch of the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Live music is the focus of this event with Tejano, oldies, blues and C&W bands performing. Lawn chairs welcome but no outside food or drink.

Family Fiesta, (runs through Saturday, April 29) Colonial Hills United Methodist Church, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This alcohol- and tobacco-free family-friendly celebration has food, game booths, and kid-friendly entertainment.

Fiesta World Class Jazz Concert, St. Mary’s University, 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy outstanding jazz performances by musicians from across the U.S.

Dance with the King Fiesta Square Dance, Tripoint YMCA, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
“Square Dancing is Friendship Set to Music.” Join Fiesta Royalty as they enjoy the fun of square dancing at this lively event.

Saturday, April 29

Rancho de las Cabras, 375 County Road 144, Floresville, 78114, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Take a break from Fiesta activities in San Antonio to join park rangers for a morning of exploration at Rancho de las Cabras! The site, which is part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, was the ranch associated with Mission Espada. This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn why the site is protected by the National Park Service. Experts will lead three programs during the event, but the public is also welcome to explore on their own! Fiesta de las Cabras is free and family-friendly. Participants should bring water and snacks and dress for the weather. Parking on site is limited, carpooling is encouraged. The event is weather permitting.

Fiesta San Fernando, San Fernando Cathedral in Main Plaza, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (runs through Saturday, April 29)
Music festival featuring live entertainment as well as food and arts and crafts booths.

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 30), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Cumbia and more) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Saturday, April 29), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

San Antonio Cactus & Xerophyte Show & Sale, (runs through Saturday, April 29) San Antonio Garden Center, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For cactus-loving kids and families! Includes educational displays, rare and hard-to-find cactus and succulents, and other plant-related materials for sale.

10th Street River Festival, (runs through Saturday, April 29) Post 76, VFW Headquarters, on the stretch of the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Live music is the focus of this event with Tejano, oldies, blues and C&W bands performing. Lawn chairs welcome but no outside food or drink.

Family Fiesta, (runs through Saturday, April 29) Colonial Hills United Methodist Church, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This alcohol- and tobacco-free family-friendly celebration has food, game booths, and kid-friendly entertainment.

Fiesta Jazz Band Festival, St. Mary’s University Campus, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
More than 500 middle school, high school, and college jazz students perform for this free, family-friendly event.

United Way Kids Festival, Lockwood Park, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This free event for kids and families brings together more than 65 booths featuring nonprofits, school districts, and city services with information, activities, and entertainment for kids.

Sunday, April 30

Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square (runs through Sunday, April 30), Market Square, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
One of the largest free Fiesta events. Live music (Tejano, Conjunto, Cumbia and more) from several stages and 30 food booths.

Fiesta Carnival, (runs through Saturday, April 29), Alamodome, Parking Lot C
Rides, games, and food. Admission is free. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited rides.

Fiesta Nueva, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church across from La Villita, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mariachi Worship Service at 10:30am followed by a family-friendly festival with Fiesta food, games, rides, and music until 3:30 p.m. There is limited free parking so come early.

San Jose Mission Fest, Mission San Jose Church, 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Free for everyone before 2:00 p.m. After 2:00 p.m., admission for adults (18 and over) is $5. Food, live music, and a Children’s Corner with activities and arts and crafts. Festival begins with an Outdoor Mariachi Mass at 9:00 a.m. Entertainment will feature original members of Emilio’s Grupo Rio with special guest Tejano Legends performing all the hits and video tribute. ONCE IN A LIFETIME ACCORDION LEGEND JAM featuring: Living Legends Flaco Jimenez, Santiago Jimenez, Nick Villarreal & Mingo Saldivar. Along with James Keith, Hunter Chavez Y Los Casadorez, Garrett & The Hipsters. San Jose MissionFest proceeds benefit Mission San Jose Church, a now living World Heritage Site. Free Parking. No outside containers allowed on all church and national park premises. Bring your lawn chair.

All Veteran’s Memorial Service, Veteran’s Plaza, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Pay your respects to all veterans at this ceremony salute to the dedication and sacrifices of the brave men and women who have served and those who are serving in the U.S. military to protect American freedom.

Tom C. Clark Funday Sunday, Tom C. Clark High School, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fiesta’s shortest parade lead by the Clark band in addition to food, fun, and music for the whole family.

Fiesta de Cascarones, Texas A&M San Antonio, 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This event, which benefits TAMU-SA Alumni Relations, offers food trucks, music, dancing and family-friendly activities at the Texas A&M-San Antonio Main Campus. Free admission and free parking.

Healthy Choices Conference, Robert E. Brown Educational Building, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This free health conference, created by the members of the San Antonio Metropolitan Chapter of Top Teens of America, brings health professionals before teens to discuss topics including diabetes, sickle cell anemia, birth defects, eating habits and nutrition, drug and alcohol awareness, dental hygiene, and more.

9th Annual Fiesta Symphonic Band Concert, Concordia Lutheran Church, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Performance by the San Antonio Symphonic Band, designated by the San Antonio City Council as the official band of the Alamo City in 1986.

Praise Dance Celebration, Carver Community Cultural Center, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The 15th annual Praise Dance Celebration showcases groups ranging across age and gender from local schools and organizations.

Music from St. Mark’s, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This free concert features the music from the English Cathedral Tradition with the choirs of St. Mark’s joined by orchestra.

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