Fiesta® with a Family: A Guide to Kid-Friendly Events

Fiesta® is April 18–28, with Easter falling right in the midst of it all on April 21. You’ll notice a few events are scheduled before the official kickoff. So grab your favorite colorful attire, lather your kiddos in sunscreen, and hang on to this handy list of family- and kid-friendly Fiesta events! You might be surprised by how many there actually are, and each year new ones pop up. 

These tips might also help you survive and thrive during the San Antonio festival known as Fiesta:

  • First, don’t forget that thanks to Fiesta—er, the Battle of San Jacinto—most kids have a school holiday on Friday, April 26.
  • When attending outdoor events (which most of them are), stay hydrated!
  • Make transportation and parking a little easier by using VIA Park & Ride. Check their Less, Traffic, Más Fiesta webpage for details.
  • Tickets for many events, including the parades, can be purchased at The Fiesta Store® on Broadway.
  • For the full Fiesta schedule and all the details, visit the official site.
  • You can watch much of the action from the comfort of your home on KSAT-12. They will broadcast all three Fiesta parades. 

Be sure to click on all THREE tabs below for the full list – and scroll to the bottom for our printable Fiesta planner!

Friday, April 12

Alamo Heights Night, 5:30–11:30 P.M. at University of the Incarnate Word | Adults $15, ages 12–17 $5, active duty and reserve military and children under 12 are FREE.
Activities will highlight food from some of San Antonio’s leading restaurants and caterers. Two stages will feature live music throughout the evening from bands such as Hotcakes, Skyrocket, Finding Friday, Brandon Michael Band, Biohazard Brass Band, a mariachi band, and more. The festive atmosphere will be family-friendly as the carnival midway will captivate kids of all ages with activities such as laser tag, rock climbing, hamster balls, slides, rides, face/hair painting, and more. Multiple free parking and Park & Ride locations. 

Saturday, April 13

Southwest Olympic Fiesta, 8:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M. at Southwest ISD Sports Complex | FREE!
Southwest Olympic Fiesta is a track and field event featuring students with special needs paired with a “buddy.” This event provides an opportunity for exceptional children and their families to enjoy San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration in an accepting environment. Community information booths are located throughout the venue, offering information to families with children with special needs. There are also many food and carnival booths for the community to enjoy. Proceeds from the booths support participating district clubs and activities. 

Earth Day, 10:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Lake | FREE!
Earth Day is a time to get outside, create, explore, and celebrate environmental stewardship. The event informs residents of San Antonio how to protect the resources that are essential to the well-being of our communities. There will be a variety of booths, educational activities, delicious vegetarian and vegan food, environmental speakers, live music, outdoor games, giveaways, a raffle, and fun for the whole family.

Celebrations of Traditions Pow Wow, 11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Gymnasium | FREE!
All who attend have the opportunity to view and participate in the American Indian culture and traditions of dance and music at an official Native American Pow Wow. The pow wow promotes tribal traditions, culture, and the opportunity for native people to gather in celebrating their rich heritage with one another. 

Sunday, April 14

Fiesta de la Familia, 11:00 A.M.–8:00 P.M. at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church | FREE!
Celebrating its 26th year, this is a family-oriented event with no entry fee, food, beverages, games, a live/silent auction, and music for your enjoyment. 

April 18–28—Fiesta San Antonio

Fiesta Carnival, hours vary at Alamodome | FREE admission; prices vary for games and rides
Thrills and chills fill the air at one of the best carnivals in the land. Glittering lights, exciting rides, and a wide assortment of foods in the heart of San Antonio make the Carnival a perennial favorite of Fiesta-goers. Game and ride prices vary. 

Thursday, April 18

Fiesta Fiesta, 3:00–9:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
This event has grown and is back in a big way for 2019. The footprint is bigger, the music offerings are more diverse, and the culinary scene has gone international. Experience live music on a mainstage, barter for Fiesta® medals from your favorite Fiesta events, lounge with your family in a kid-friendly atmosphere, shop locally made arts and crafts, and taste creations from San Antonio’s culinary talents all under the shade of San Antonio’s skyline.

Friday, April 19—Good Friday

Saturday, April 20

Zeta Fiesta Track Meet, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex | FREE admission
Annual track meet for youths ages 5–12 that provides children with an opportunity to develop good sportsmanship and gain a feeling of accomplishment while participating in a healthy multicultural activity. All kids receive certificates of participation, and winners receive ribbons. There is a $3 registration fee per participant. 

Viva Botanica, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | FREE with garden admission
A family-friendly, alcohol-free event that includes hands-on activities, culinary presentations, and the best selection of native plants and trees to take home to adorn your garden. Guests can visit the plant sale from 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. and choose from a variety of more than 200 native specimens.  

Fiesta de los Niños, 10:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at Port San Antonio | FREE!
This is a party for the “pint-sized folks.” A parade will lead the way through Port San Antonio at noon, and there’s lots more to do. Children can enjoy games, STEM activities, and rides, all in a safe, alcohol-free environment. There will be music and room for dancing for adults, plus food vendors with all your favorite treats.

Mission Reach Flotilla Festival, 11:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio River Mission Reach | FREE!
Presented by the San Antonio River Foundation, in partnership with the San Antonio River Authority. The flotilla water parade is a costume contest where you and your pet dress up and paddle down the San Antonio River for prizes. Afterward, the whole family will love playing water games—you don’t even need to have your own kayak to join in the fun! Enjoy fabulous live music and dance, delicious local food vendors, and a craft mercado.

Piñatas in the Barrio, 12:00–10:00 P.M. at Plaza Guadalupe |FREE!
Features live entertainment, delicious food, and fun for the whole family. Two-thousand nineteen will prove to be a spectacular year with the unveiling of the “Barrio’s Largest Piñata,” San Antonio’s record-sized piñata! Rey Feo will crown the Senior Citizen King and Queen of the Barrio at this official Fiesta event.

April 20 & 21

Fiesta Arts Fair, Saturday, 10:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M., and Sunday, 11:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. | Admission is $15 for adults at the gate (two-day entrance); $5 for children 5–12; FREE for children 5 years and under.
Art lovers from far and wide convene at this event, now in its 46th year, on the picturesque and historic grounds of Southwest School of Art. Located along San Antonio’s renowned River Walk, the festive two-day event offers visitors the opportunity to interact with artists and purchase high-quality contemporary and traditional art and crafts from approximately 115 exhibitors. Guests are treated to live regional music, food and beverage booths, and an interactive children’s art area.

Sunday, April 21

Deco Fiesta, 12:00–11:00 P.M. at Deco District | FREE!
Local residents and tourists come together in San Antonio’s historic Deco District. This outdoor festival offers performances by local and national musicians of all ages, a diverse food and drink menu, local art vendors, and community spirit for all to enjoy.

A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada, 3:00 P.M. at Rancho del Charro | Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 6–12. Cash only.
Explore the distinctive culture that upholds deep-rooted customs, tradition, and family as a way of life. This family event features food, drinks, pony rides for the kids, Ballet Folklorico performances, and live mariachi music. Gates open at 1:00 P.M. Additional charreada on April 28.

Monday, April 22

Texas Cavaliers River Parade, 7:00–9:00 P.M. at San Antonio River Walk | Tickets are $14–$26
Each year hundreds of thousands of people line the banks of the San Antonio River to view this parade. This year’s theme, “Magnificent Missions,” promises an evening of family fun with live music, celebrities, and lights. More than 50 festively decorated floats with live music and costumed participants. King Antonio XCVII will reign over the evening’s festivities as he will lead the parade in his custom-made King’s Cruiser and wave and dance all along the parade route. Monies generated through the parade are donated to local children’s charities through the organization’s Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation.

Tuesday, April 23

Children’s Texas History Forum, 9:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. at Casa Navarro | FREE!
This year, events will be held at Casa Navarro, the home of Jose Antonio Navarro, the truest of Texans. Born in San Antonio, Navarro was a statesman, revolutionary, politician, rancher, and merchant. Students are taken back in time by reenactors and hostesses dressed in period clothing. Presentations of flags flown throughout San Antonio and Texas history are presented in a way that is educational and entertaining.

Fiesta Especial Celebration Day, 10:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Alamodome, Parking Lot C | FREE!
A community-based education program and carnival experience for children and adults with disabilities to participate in along with their schools, programs, and families. Advance registration is required, and no general admission will be allowed at the entrance gate. 

Thursday, April 25

Family Fiesta, 5:00–9:00 P.M. at Colonial Hills United Methodist Church | FREE!
Fun for kids of all ages in an alcohol- and smoke-free environment. This popular event has been providing laughter and excitement since 1991 and features food, inflatables, train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, a balloon clown, cascarones, regalia, and games for all ages. An entertainment stage operates throughout the evening providing shows with puppets, cloggers, mariachis, and CHUMC’s contemporary Christian music praise bands. Parking and entertainment are free. Some attractions and food cost $1–6.

Battle of Flowers Association Band Festival, 6:30–9:30 P.M. at Alamo Stadium | Tickets $7–20
Event features choreographed music presentations by more than 30 local high school bands. Marching bands and color guards will participate in the famous “Parade of Bands” while being judged on marching, musicality, and crowd appeal. In between the two Parade of Bands, two to three feature bands will perform their winning UIL competition routines, followed by an awards ceremony. Concluding the evening, more than 5,000 students will take to the field and join together in a mass band presentation, performing a medley of songs and showcasing their music and color guards in tandem to a fantastic fireworks finale. Gates open at 5:00 P.M. 

April 25–27

Fiesta San Fernando, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 A.M. at San Fernando Cathedral | FREE!
Each year the cathedral hosts a celebration of family, food, and fun. Live entertainment daily and beautiful arts and crafts booths for your enjoyment. Take part in a Fiesta event rooted deep in the city’s history, where “fiestas” started more than 260 years ago. 

Friday, April 26

Battle of Flowers Parade, 9:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M. at Parade Route (begins at E. Grayson & Broadway) | Tickets $12–25
The Battle of Flowers® Parade honors the heroic spirit of the patriots of the Alamo, commemorates the victory of San Jacinto, and celebrates the diversity and heritage of Texas and our nation. The Battle of Flowers Parade holds the distinction of being the first celebration to be held in Alamo Plaza and is considered the founding event of Fiesta San Antonio. The parade has run each year since 1891, except during World Wars I and II. The parade is broadcast by KSAT-12.

April 26–28

Fiesta Pops, Friday & Saturday, 8:00 P.M., and Sunday, 2:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets $10–81 (various discounts available)
This annual Fiesta Pops concert features the music, dance, and culture of Mexico and Latin America through the local talents of San Antonio. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of Campanas de America and a colorful corps of dancers with the Guadalupe Dance Company. 

Saturday, April 27

Fiesta Pooch Parade, 7:45–11:00 A.M. at Alamo Heights Swimming Pool | FREE to watch; registration fee to participate
Spend a Saturday morning with your favorite furball on a 2.6-mile walk through the tree-lined streets of Alamo Heights, presented by Therapy Animals of San Antonio. Come early for exhibits and presentations; then the ever-popular Canine Costume Contest starts at 8:15 A.M. (you must be registered to enter). Advance registration is $25 for individuals and $30 for families.

King William Fair, 9:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at King William Historical Neighborhood | Admission is $15 for adults; children 12 and under are FREE!
A family fair with art and craft vendors, live music and dance on five stages, food and beverage booths, a Kids’ Kingdom play area, and a small but quirky parade, all on the streets of the historic district with its stately homes and gracious gardens. 

United Way Kids Festival, 11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Lockwood Park | FREE!
More than 65 booths (nonprofits, school districts, and city services) will provide information, activities, and entertainment focusing on the celebration and promotion of early childhood development. There will be a large variety of activities offered for children of all ages. Kids Festival will have an event stage hosting numerous entertainment acts along with mascot characters. City officials will welcome participants and attendants throughout the day. 

Fiesta Flambeau Parade, 6:45–10:00 P.M. at Parade Route (Broadway) | Tickets $18.50–35
This year’s theme is “Reflections of Music Past.” The Flambeau is the largest illuminated night parade and the highlight of Fiesta®. Leading the parade for its 71st year is its premier band, The University of Texas Longhorn Band, followed by spectacular themed floats; marching units; local, out-of-town, and out-of-state bands; dance groups; equestrian units; and many other attractions that create a memorable night of illuminated entertainment. Tune into KSAT-12 or for live coverage.

Apri 27–28

Festival de Animales, 9:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at San Antonio Zoo | FREE with standard Zoo admission
Celebrate the animals, culture, and food of Latin America! Started in 2016, Festival de Animales highlights the Zoo’s conservation efforts in Latin America and educates guests on the animals native to Latin American that call the San Antonio Zoo home. Amazing up-close animal interactions, culinary delights, entertainment, and authentic merchandise from Latin America are sure to delight while guests immerse themselves in South American culture. A visit to Festival de Animales will help further the Zoo’s vision to secure a future for wildlife through loving, engaging with, acting for, and protecting animals and the places they live.

Sunday, April 28

San Jose MissionFest, 10:30 A.M.–11:00 P.M. at Mission San Jose | Admission is $5 beginning at 2:00 P.M.; children ages 12 and under are FREE!
A Southside tradition for generations, an estimated 10,000 people will be in attendance. Festival begins with an outdoor Mariachi Mass at 9:00 A.M. Great food, entertainment, children’s corner, carnival, county store, treasures and trinkets, and plenty of fun. Musical entertainment will include performances by various Tejano, Conjunto, jazz, and country artists. Free parking. No outside containers allowed on all church and national park premises. Bring your own lawn chair. 

Festival de Cascarones, 1:00–8:00 P.M. at Texas A&M San Antonio | FREE!
Celebrate the final day of Fiesta San Antonio with Texas A&M University. Now in its eighth year, the culmination of the city’s most vibrant celebrations of culture will take place at one of the fastest growing universities in the state. Live music, food, games, and fun for the whole family! 

A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada, 3:00 P.M. at Ranch del Charro | Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 6–12. Cash only.
Explore the distinctive culture that upholds deep-rooted customs, tradition, and family as a way of life. This family event features food, drinks, pony rides for the kids, Ballet Folklorico performances, and live mariachi music. Gates open at 1:00 P.M. Additional charreada on April 21.

Heather was born and raised in San Antonio and became a mom in 2013 and again in 2018. She never imagined she'd be raising two sons but is grateful for the opportunity! Heather enjoys the outdoors and even mowing her own lawn. She and her husband Santiago look forward to raising two feminist boys who will hopefully be better at Spanish than she is. Her professional experience since graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Art History includes working for a variety of arts and cultural nonprofit organizations, from grassroots to governmental. She spent a few years as a stay at home parent and is easing her way back into the workforce. Her dream job would be to work for Sesame Workshop, or President of the United States. In the meantime, Heather enjoys filling her family's weekends with the diversity San Antonio has to offer. Favorite Restaurant: La Tuna Favorite Landmark: Hemisfair Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Breakfast tacos