Parades and Festivals are what San Antonio is all about in the spring. Whether stationed at Randolph AFB, Lackland AFB, or Fort Sam Houston, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Old San Antonio. So get ready to get out and about and make this spring one to remember!
Out & About San Antonio Spring Edition
Fiesta! San Antonio!
If there were one event to define San Antonio, it would be Fiesta. Started in 1891 to honor the fallen soldiers of the battle of San Jacinto, the festivities consist of concerts, 5k runs, a military parade, and much more. Visit the official Fiesta website to check out their events and set your schedule.
Fiesta at Hemisphere
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 4-9 PM –434 S Alamo St, San Antonio
Join crowds of locals and tourists as they celebrate the kickoff of the 2018 Tricentennial Fiesta. Attendees can expect food, music, and fun at this free to the public event!
JBSA-Lackland Fiesta Military Parade
Friday April 20, 2018 9:00- 10:00 A.M. – JBSA-Lackland Parade Field – 4783 Andrews Ave, San Antonio
This Annual salute to Fiesta is free and open to all authorized DOD identification card holders and invited guests.
Taste of New Orleans
Friday, April 20, 2018, 5:00 PM- 12 AM – Japanese Tea Gardens – 3875 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio
A three-day event, Taste of New Orleans serves up food and music from ‘Nawlins. Admission is $12 presale, and the event is free for kids under 10
Fiesta Oyster Bake
Friday, April 20, 2018, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm – St. Mary’s University Campus – 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio
Celebrate the 102nd anniversary of this event which features over 100,000 oysters are served up raw, baked, and fried, along with live music and a full carnival. Admission is $27.00 kids under 12 attend free.
Battle of the Flowers Parade
Friday, April 27th 9:30 A.M.- 2:30 P.M.
The parade supports the community by giving to nonprofit organizations and is the only in the nation organized solely by female volunteers. The event in 2018 is exceptional as San Antonio is celebrating its tricentennial anniversary, Admission is $12 – $25. Tickets available for purchase at www.battleofflowers.org and at The Fiesta Store®.
Fiesta Events Showcasing our Military
All free and open to the public. Alamo Plaza – 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
Air Force at the Alamo– Monday, April 23, 2018, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Marines at the Alamo- Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Navy Day at the Alamo- Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
All Veterans Memorial Service
Sunday, April 29, 2018 1:00 P.M. – Veterans Plaza – Houston & Jefferson St., Downtown San Antonio
Even though Fiesta takes center stage in the springtime, there are many other, family-friendly events taking place in and around Military City USA.
Poteet Strawberry Festival
April 13-15, 2018 – 9199 TX-16, Poteet
Located south of San Antonio and 45 minutes from both Lackland and Fort Sam, in the tiny town of Poteet, the Poteet Strawberry Festival includes live music, carnival rides, rodeo events and of course food and drink featuring you guessed it- strawberries!.
Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2018 – Market Square – 514 W Commerce St, San Antonio
Celebrations commemorate the Mexican Army’s defeat of the invading French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Events include a festival with music and food at historic Market Square.
6th Annual San Antonio Book Festival
April 7, 2018 – Central Library – 600 Soledad St, San Antonio
The San Antonio Book Festival is a family-friendly and free all day event that celebrates literacy and the contributions made to our culture by authors on the local and national level.
Yellow Ribbon Project
Sunday, May 6, 2018 – Saturday, May 19, 2018 – San Antonio Riverwalk – 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio
Ahead of the Armed Forces River Parade occurring on May 19th, participants will hang yellow ribbons on trees along the downtown Riverwalk in the name of those who have served. Ribbons may be purchased online April 6-27, 2018 and will be displayed May 6- May 19, 2018. Proceeds from the ribbon sale are used to fund the Armed Forces River Parade.
Armed Forces River Parade
Saturday, May 19, 2018- time TBD – San Antonio Riverwalk – 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio
A parade for patriots! Dedicated to the men and women who have served or are serving and featuring over 20 floats this parade is one of the largest each year on the riverwalk and viewable from anywhere on the river.
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