Taste of New Orleans
5 p.m. to midnight April 21-23 at Sunken Gardens
Who says you need to leave San Antonio to experience the best of New Orleans? This three-day fest brings the tastes and sounds of Nawlins to us. Devour Creole and Cajun dishes like red beans and rice, boudin, crawfish and gumbo while swingin to smooth rhythm and blues. A brass band will lead a parade through the grounds, so feel free to join the party or watch.
Photo by Gabby Mata
3-9 p.m. April 23 at Maverick Park
Tribute bands and retro games with dance and costume contests. Need we say more?
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A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada
3 p.m. April 23 & 30 at Rancho del Charro
Get in touch with country side of Mexican culture with deep-rooted customs, tradition and family. The event includes pony rides for children, Ballet Folklorico performances and mariachi music.
Photo by Chris Garcia
A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA)
5:30-10:30 p.m. April 25-28 in La Villita
Each year the historic downtown village of La Villita takes center stage as 85,000 visitors gather for four nights to celebrate the city's unique heritage at "A Night in Old San Antonio." More than 250 elaborately decorated food and drink booths and more than a dozen nonstop entertainment stages represent the diverse cultures and customs of our city in 15 heritage-themed areas.
Ford Mariachi Festival & Kickoff
6:30-10 p.m. April 25-27 on the River Walk
Fiesta isnt complete without music, and whats more appropriate than mariachi music? Mariachi groups from local middle and high schools perform on floating barges on the San Antonio River to kick off the three-day festival.
7 and 10 p.m. April 25-27 at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
Never lost in the deep sea of Fiesta events, Cornyation is more than a seasonal favorite its a hyper-local rite of passage that packs a lasting punch not unlike a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (experience it at least once or youll inevitably be left out of conversations for the rest of your days). Since its launch as a straight-up spoof of the exclusive Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo, Cornyation has seen wild ups and downs morphing with changing times, broadening its focus (from high society to politics and beyond) and eventually establishing itself as a major fundraiser for HIV/AIDS charities. Inheriting a title inaugurated in 1951, James Lawnmower Sales and Service proprietor Jeffrey James steps in the royal role of King Anchovy LII to rule over the Court of Insane Privilege during three nights of outrageous lampoonery. Guests lucky enough to score tickets to the first of Cornyations three nights can expect the bonus of live soul and blues courtesy of Austin-based vocalist/pianist Nakia, known best as a season one finalist on The Voice.
Photo by Julian P. Ledezma