The Best Food and Drink Festivals Happening in San Antonio This Spring 

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What can we say? We like to eat and drink, and know you do too. Hit up these local food and booze fests for all the good grub and drink you could ever want.
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Brews and Blooms
$15-$65, May 19, 7pm, 555 Funston Pl,
This totally changes the concept of a beer garden (ba dum tss). Head on over to the San Antonio Botanical Garden for an evening of food booths, live music and, best of all, craft beer sampling.
Photo via Instagram / theheadlessstylist
Culinaria Festival Week
Prices vary, May 17-20, multiple locations,
If a single day festival isn’t enough for you, hit up Culinaria. The annual fest brings you four days of food events – from food trucks to haute cuisine and beer to champagne.
Photo via Instagram / culinariasa
Taco Fest: Music y Mas
$20, April 14, noon, 418 Villita St,
Slated to be one of the most SA festivals ever, the inaugural Tacofest will satisfy our hunger for tacos and love of music. Enjoy all kinds of tacos (we ain’t got no type) while jamming to tunes from the likes of La Santa Cecilia, Girl in a Coma, Femina-X, and Piñata Protest.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
Poteet Strawberry Festival
Free admission, April 13-15, 9199 N State Hwy 16, Poteet,
Head south to our neighboring Poteet – aka the strawberry capital of Texas. Now in its 71st year, the 3-day fest brings all things strawberry – shortcake, cheesecake, nut bread, lemonade, dipped in chocolate, ice cream, paired with cream, brownies, and plenty of regular fair food too. Plus, enjoy tunes from David Lee Garza, Ramon Ayala and more.
Photo via Instagram / liveitupsa
Barbacoa & Big Red Festival
$5-$10, May 20, 10am, 18086 Pleasanton Rd,
Can you name a more puro San Anto combo? Nope. Head to the Southside for our favorite meal (Sunday or any day of the week) and enjoy the Barbacoa & Big Red Festival, now in its eighth year.
Photo via Instagram / mandastar
San Antonio Beer Week
Prices vary, April 7-14, multiple locations,
Craft brew snobs, this one’s for you. Take in all the booze you can (responsibly, of course) and enjoy tastings, parties, beer dinners, pub crawls, tap takeovers, educational seminars and special releases – even of a collaboration brew!
Photo via Instagram / sabeerweek
Festival de Animales
$18-$21 (admission price), April 28-29, 9am-6pm, 3903 N Saint Marys St,
Celebrate the animals and culture of Latin America, oh and the food too! The culinary tour of sorts will let you eat as you explore the grounds, from select zoo restaurants to pop-ups.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniozoo
A Night In Old San Antonio
$12-$15, April 24-27, 5:30pm, 227 S Presa St,
This four-night fest is known for all sorts of shenanigans, but be sure to show up for plenty of food booth fare. Do it for the chicken-on-a-stick.
Photo via Instagram / anightinoldsa
VFW Post 76’s Taco Truck Throwdown
Free admission, May 27, noon, 10 10th Street,
Hit up this riverfront VFW/bar for its 8th annual taco truck throwdown. Get in free and enjoy $1 al pastor tacos, live music from Los #3 Dinners and tacos from more than 25 food trucks.
Photo via Instagram / ereijerse
Taste of the Northside
$85-$100, April 25, 5:30pm, 901 Club at Sonterra,
Considered the most exclusive (translation: bougie) events of Fiesta, Taste of the Northside offers tastings from more than 60 Northside eateries as well as tasting from more than 40 beer and wine vendors.
Photo via Instagram / luci.alma
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United We Brunch
$40-$75, June 9, noon, 210 W Market St,
Benefitting the Briscoe Western Art Museum, this foodie event bring together San Antonio’s best spots that know how to do brunch right. Turn up for brunch samples, breakfast cocktails and live music.
Photo via Instagram / the.weekend.foodie
Texas Salsa Festival
$40+, May 26, 1pm, 434 S Alamo St,
Prepare for things to heat up when salsa-makers come out to Hemisfair Park to win it all. From restaurants and vendors to locals, these salsas will be paired with live music, salsa dancing (duh), and plenty of beer, wine and aguas frescas.
Photo via Instagram / texassalsafestival
Oyster Bake
$30-$39, April 20-21, 1 Camino Santa Maria,
Okay so Fiesta offers plenty of food events, but are any better known than Oyster Bake? Nope. The two-day fest takes over St. Mary’s University for a (mostly) nostalgic music lineup and a whole lot of oysters and booze.
Photo via Instagram / oysterbake
Seven Seas Food Festival
$39, April 20-May 28,
SeaWorld will offer a taste and toast around the world every weekend through Memorial Day beginning 4/20. From the Pacific Rim to the South Atlantic to the Mediterranean, you’ll be able to sample flavorful dishes paired with exotic wines, craft cocktails and imported beers.
Photo via Instagram / theofficial_sincerelymommy
Queso Bowl
$15-$60, May 3, 5:30pm,
Back for a fifth year, the YTAC Queso Bowl brings you beer and flavorful queso recipes from 8 insanely-talented chefs from throughout San Antonio. They’ll battle for the winning queso, and you’ll be in your happy place. Don’t miss it.
Photo via Instagram / stacyrose16
Texas Ladies State Chili Championship
Free, April 21, 12:30pm, 1412 River Drive East, Seguin,
More than 200 ladies from across the state will bring their best bowl of chili to win it all. Best of all, you will truly be a judge and contribute to which female will hold the title (or you can just enjoy the grub). There will also be games, craft vendors, raffles and kids activities.
Photo via Eventbrite / 48th Annual Texas Ladies State Chili Championship
Ragin’ Cajun Festival
Free admission, April 14-15, 12:30pm, 9333 SW Loop 410,
A day full of Cajun music and dancing will make for good entertainment while you enjoy crawfish, gumbo and bread pudding. Sounds scrumptious, so bring plenty of cash.
Photo via Instagram / tradersvillage
The Eastside Food Truck Festival
$5-$15, May 26, noon, 200 Noblewood Dr,
Feast on a wide range of cuisine – from Mexican and barbecue to Cajun and African – from some of the best food trucks in the city. There will also be live music, vendor booths and a play area for the kiddos.
Photo via Eventbrite / The Eastside Food Truck Festival
Shrimp Festival
Free admission, June 2-3, 11am, 9333 SW Loop 410,
Love shrimp? Hit up Traders Village for treats like shrimp gumbo and shrimp etouffee. Walk it off and shop around.
Photo via Instagram / tradersvillage
Turkish Festival at Alamo Plaza
Free, April 14, 10am, 300 Alamo Plaza,
In the mood to taste something new? Head on out to Alamo Plaza for authentic Turkish fare. Complete your cultural experience with array of performing arts, dance, family activities.
Photo via Eventbrite / 8th Turkish Festival at Alamo Plaza
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Brews and Blooms
$15-$65, May 19, 7pm, 555 Funston Pl,
This totally changes the concept of a beer garden (ba dum tss). Head on over to the San Antonio Botanical Garden for an evening of food booths, live music and, best of all, craft beer sampling.
Photo via Instagram / theheadlessstylist

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