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San Antonio Festival & Events

Thorough effort has been made to provide accurate information. However, to avoid inconveniences, please reconfirm dates, ticket information, and other details. Changes and cancellations, though infrequent, do occur. While in town, visitors are invited to stop by the Visitor Information Center at 317 Alamo Plaza, or the visitor information kiosks at the San Antonio International Airport. Here is a sampling of some of our city's wonderful events and festivals:


Cinco de Mayo Events.
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, concerts and other commemorations.
Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio

A five-day festival featuring live performances by more than 25 of the best musical groups from the traditional Conjunto to the progressive Tejano. Highlights include a national poster contest and exhibits; inductees into the Conjunto Music Hall of Fame; accordion students' recital; food booths, games and plenty of dancing! www.guadalupeculturalarts.org
The Return Of the Chili Queens

A return to that historical and colorful time in Market Square when the Chili Queens set out their tables in the open plazas and served their traditional foods and chili con carne.
Dance Month.

Perhaps it has to do with the idea of the Maypole, perhaps not. Whatever the reason, May is dance month in San Antonio. Dancers and dance groups from all over the state flock here for our annual Homage to the Dance. Every style imaginable from Ballet to Modern to Jazz to Tap to Ethnic to Improvisational can be seen in a wide variety of performance spaces. Dancers perform in adjudicated competitions. A wheelchair dance troupe turns disability into marvelous mobility. If you didn't bring your dancing shoes with you, at least enjoy the fleeting forms of those who did.


Texas Folklife Festival
The annual four-day celebration of the diverse ethnic and cultural groups that settled our state. Some 45 groups bring their stories, crafts, music, dances, and foods to share with visitors in a vibrant blend of education and entertainment. University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio.

Observances throughout the city, including a picnic, festival, Freedom Fair, and cultural celebrations honoring the date in 1865 that Texas slaves received word of the Emancipation Proclamation.

July :

Contemporary Art Month
The only month-long contemporary arts festival in the nation features more than 400 exhibitions and involves more than 50 venues. Events take place in galleries, museums, neighborhoods and studios. This special month is a celebration with a focus on Contemporary Art in San Antonio. Some events have an admission charge.
Annual San Antonio Conjunto Shootout.

A celebration that revitalizes an old custom of 'mano-a-mano,' a form of competition between two conjunto groups to determine who is best. This event utilizes a similar concept except the conjuntos are on opposite stages facing each other. More than 25 local entertainers are paired during the three-day event. Food and refreshments, working artists, street dancing. On Market Square. Free.
Fourth of July.

Festivals, concerts and fireworks at locations across the city celebrate America's freedom.

San Antonio Botanical Garden
San Antonio Botanical Garden

San Antonio Botanical Garden
San Antonio Botanical Garden



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