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Festival and Parade Planner

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If you’re new to San Antonio, you need to know that one thing we do extremely well is party. Here’s a list of some of our biggest and best parades and festivals so you can start planning for them now.

February: San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
AT&T Center
sarodeo.com

It’s not just about the barrel races and bull riding (though it’s mighty fine, if you’re into that kind of thing), the rodeo has a number of kid friendly activities along with vendors and live music. While you just missed this year’s festivities, mark your calendar for early February next year, and be prepared for weeks of events.

April 10-27: Fiesta San Antonio
Downtown
fiesta-sa.org

Fiesta began as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto but has transformed into a 18-day megaparty. Fiesta is now a citywide celebration including a variety of events including pageants, art shows, fashion shows, parades and more. It’s virtually inescapable, so you might as well embrace it.

April 25: Battle of Flowers Parade
From Broadway at Josephine to Martin at Santa Rosa
battleofflowers.org

The Battle of Flowers Parade is the oldest event and largest parade of Fiesta. It is also the only parade in the United States to be entirely produced by women volunteers. This parade brings San Antonio together with music, candy, flowers and fun.

April 26: King William Fair
Downtown
kwfair.org

As Fiesta wraps up, you can still go to one last celebration, the King William Fair. This is the primary fundraising event for the King William Association, a non-profit organization that works to preserve the oldest historic district in Texas and promote the cultural heritage of San Antonio. This event consists of parades, arts and crafts, live music and dance, and manages to merge the neighborhood’s funky flair with plenty of family-friendly activities.

May 16-18: Tejano Conjunto Festival
Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park
guadalupeculturalarts.org/tejano-conjunto-festival

Celebrate Tejano and conjunto music by attending star-studded performances by Conjunto Music Hall of Fame award-winning artists, as well as international conjunto musicians. This year the festival will feature 35 of the world’s greatest conjunto bands.

June 7-8: Texas Folklife Festival
HemisFair Park
texancultures.com/festivals_events/texas_folklife_2014

If you love Texas, then you will probably love the Texas Folklife Festival. This is a two-day event modeled on the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival that brings people together to celebrate Texas heritage with traditional music, dance and crafts representing the wide diversity of Texan culture.

Nov. 28: Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony
Location: River Walk
Online: thesanantonioriverwalk.com

The Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony is something truly unique to San Antonio. The day after Thanksgiving, the city lights up our river with strings of illuminating lights in the trees and decorative floats. Kick off the holidays with one of the country’s only nighttime river parades.

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