Mark your calendars and pin your medals, Fiesta is coming to Hemisfair! The beloved citywide celebration has returned and Hemisfair will host several family-friendly events throughout the famous commemoration beginning March 31.
With deep roots leading back to 1891, Fiesta has evolved into an annual San Antonio tradition and non-profit organization taking pride in celebrating the diverse heritage, culture and spirit of San Antonio. Beginning as a group of citizens who planned to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto with a Battle of Flowers parade, Fiesta has always been a success.
The 2022 Hemisfair Fiesta medal is modeled after the Yanaguana Garden gondolas. Here are both of them.
Fiesta Officially Kicks off at Hemisfair
To mark the start of the annual festivities, Hemisfair plays host to Fiesta® Fiesta, the official Fiesta San Antonio kickoff party. This opening ceremony will be celebrated with various food, beverage, live entertainment, a people’s parade, military salute and dazzling fireworks finale with free admission. It’s also the best place to see the city’s finest Fiesta medals, available for purchase and trade along East Nueva Street. Don’t forget your sash or vest to show off your pins!
Chaparral Music and Heritage Festival
Following the fun is the 4th Annual Chaparral Music and Heritage Festival hosted by the San Antonio Parks Foundation. This festival takes place on Saturday, April 2 from noon-11:00 p.m. Admission is free to the public with VIP experience options available. There will be fun and excitement for guests of all ages, including your furry friends, as it is a pet-friendly event. The Chaparral Music and Heritage Festival celebrates the remarkable south and central Texas heritage. Here, the community can indulge with a vendor market, various food and beverage options, live music and more. The free concert will feature sounds from established and up-and-coming Texas music artists John Wolfe, Gary P. Nunn, The Last Bandoleros, Kaitlin Butts, Madelyn Victoria and Night Watch.
NIOSA Crosses the Street
A Night in Old San Antonio, or NIOSA, takes place April 5-8. As a celebration for preservation, San Antonio’s diverse culture will be honored through a medley of food, music, and charming ornamentation that converts La Villita and Hemisfair into 14 striking areas. Due to ongoing construction at La Villitas’ Maverick Plaza, Hemisfair gets to join in on all the fun this year. Hemisfair and South Alamo Street will be transformed into Clown Alley, Irish Flats, the French Quarter and Frontier Town. Clown Alley is the perfect place to go back in time with nostalgic fun. Irish Flats will feature plenty of Irish beer for all brew enthusiasts. Hear soulful jazz music in the French Quarter while enjoying fluffy beignets or escargot. Boot-scoot-and-boogie to country music in Frontier Town, then enjoy Steer-on-a-Stick or Shypoke Eggs to re-energize. Tickets to NIOSA are $20 each and can be purchased here or at the door.
We’re delighted to host these events, and we hope to see our Lavaca neighbors at Hemisfair celebrating all the fun, tradition and community that Fiesta has to offer.
The big Fiesta kickoff party will be at Hemisfair this year, and it will wrap up with a dazzling fireworks display.
Introducing the 2022 Hemisfair Fiesta Medal
If you’re like us, you’ve missed the traditional Fiesta celebrations over the past two years. We’re ecstatic to welcome San Antonio’s favorite Spring celebrations back to the park. What better way to commemorate the Fiesta-vities than with a 2022 Hemisfair Fiesta Medal? With your $15+ donation to the Hemisfair Conservancy, we will send you our 2022 Fiesta medal as a thank you while supplies last (no charge for shipping!) This year’s medal is modeled after the gondolas featured in Yanaguana Garden, a favorite spot for taking a break from playtime (or taking a selfie or two). Snag yours before they’re gone by donating here.
Kate Hernandez is a Spring 2022 Marketing Intern at Hemisfair