Annual Events

On-Going Events

First Friday: First Friday highlights Downtown and Southtown during the First Friday of each month. A themed pub crawl takes place downtown while Southtown hosts an ArtWalk with open galleries tucked throughout the area as well as street vendors selling local handmade goods and the tunes of local bands.

Fitness in the Park: Fitness in the Park is a citywide program that offers a wide variety of free exercise and fitness classes all over San Antonio!  Events take place at local parks, community centers, and libraries.

PechaKucha: PechaKucha is a storytelling event where local people use 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each, to tell a story. These events started in Tokyo but now happen in over 900 cities around the world.

Second Saturday: This event is an art walk featuring local artists, galleries, and musicians. The event is centered around the Lone Star/Collins Gardens neighborhoods and features several galleries, restaurants, and breweries in the area.

Siclovia: Síclovía is a free event that turns major city streets into safe places for people to exercise and play. The streets become temporarily car-free for about 5 hours on Sundays for people to run, ride bikes, take exercise classes and enjoy their city streets.

Travis Park: Travis Park, located in the heart of downtown, has a multitude of events throughout the year including dinners, fashion shows, movies, fitness classes, and festivals. Be sure to keep up to date with this calendar!

Trivia Night: San Antonio features many different trivia nights with events throughout the city including Live Trivia and Geeks Who Drink.

Worth Repeating: Worth Repeating is an event put on by Texas Public Radio. This event allows storytellers 7 minutes to tell a story within the month’s theme. This event is a great way to meet the community.

Annual Events

Celebrate San Antonio: Ring in the New Year Downtown! Experience the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks extravaganza in Texas. With live music on three stages, carnival games + rides, and delicious festival food, this downtown fiesta is the place to celebrate the New Year.

San Antonio Cocktail Conference: Each January this cocktail festival brings together top bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts for educational seminars, guided tastings, and cocktail parties. One of a kind in Texas, and now in its seventh year, the San Antonio Cocktail Conference donates 100 percent of its profits to benefit children.

Asian Festival: The Institute of Texan Cultures hosts the Asian Festival each February. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities showcasing their unique culture and traditions. The event features music, cultural performances, food, fashion, and crafts.

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo: This event has grown into one of the largest events in San Antonio, with over two million visitors entering the grounds each February. While the Rodeo is the heart of this event there are concerts, fairgrounds, petting areas, and so many delicious eats.

Contemporary Art Month: During Contemporary Art Month (CAM), San Antonio artists, performers, and curators present the best our community has to offer art galleries, museums, performing arts spaces, schools, artist studios, and various unconventional locations around the city.

Fest of Tails: Fest Of Tails is a free kite festival and dog fair featuring kit demonstations, pooch parade, pet adoptions, live entertainment, various food options, and a variety of vendors. A tail wagging, good time for all!

St. Patrick’s Day River Parade & Festival: This festival kicks off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations by dyeing the River Walk green followed by a river parade with floats filled with bagpipes and drummers, Irish step dancers, music, and Kelly singers. Green beer is sold along the route along with various activities and Irish food.

H-E-B Big League Weekend: H-E-B Big League Weekend is an annual two-game Major League Baseball spring training exhibition hosted at the iconic Alamodome in downtown San Antonio. In addition to the two games each year, there are several other events surrounding the weekend that make it special for any baseball fan.

Fiesta: The festival began in 1890 as a single event, the Battle of Flowers Parade, to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. Since that time Fiesta become San Antonio’s signature event. Fiesta is an extravagant 11-day citywide party that benefits local charities and organizations. The event consists of many parades, festivals, events, food, and drinks that all raise money for charitable local causes. This event is one you should not miss!

Poteet Strawberry Festival: Poteet is recognized as the “Strawberry Capital of Texas” and each year the city holds a festival. In addition to strawberries, you can enjoy a variety of activities, food, and musical performances. This event is the perfect way to celebrate spring.

Valero Texas Open: San Antonio’s only PGA TOUR event. First played in 1922, the Valero Texas Open is the 3rd oldest PGA TOUR tournament. This event takes place in April each year on the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

Book Festival: The San Antonio Book Festival is a free festival at the downtown public library that celebrates all things books with events author panels, book signings, interactive play stations, and, of course, food.

Cinco de Mayo: The commenoration of the Battle of Puebla where the Mexican Army defeated the invading French is celebrated at Market Square with food, music, and more.

Lavender Festival: The Lavender Festival takes place in Blanco each June. Visit local lavender farms and browse the lavender market at the historic courthouse and enjoy live music, food, and local beer and wine.

Folklife Festival: This three-day event showcases the Lone Star State’s diversity and rich heritage through a wide variety of ethnic food, music, dance, arts, and crafts.

Day of the Cowboy: Enjoy a full day of family fun with free admission to the Briscoe and indoor/outdoor activities for all ages.  There is live music, games, and chuck wagon cooking. Learn the craft and skill behind cowboy arts like rawhide braiding and leather tooling.

Wine Stomping: Every year, in the heat of the Texas summer, wineries throughout Hill Country host wine stomping events. Most include some form of memorabilia, wine, and eats. You will need to plan ahead, but it is a fun time.

San Antonio Restaurant Week: San Antonio Restaurants are on display in August showcasing the finest Alamo City Cuisine. Restaurants offer special three-course prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner at a discounted rate throughout the city.

Whiskey Business: This tasting event will allow you to discover the best in whiskeys, bourbons and select scotches—from locally-produced bourbons to single malts from Scotland, from small batches to single grains, from the new to the classics. You will also sample dishes from local restaurants, enjoy live music, craft beer, wine and much more.

Alamo City Comic Con: Alamo City Comic Con celebrates the artists providing entertainment through comics, movies, TV, gaming, and cosplay.

Ford Parade of Lights: Each year the River Walk is home to this parade where ten beautiful 26-ft-long boats are filled with large illuminated lanterns floating throughout the downtown section of the River Walk.

Jazz’SAlive: Jazz’SAlive is San Antonio’s official jazz music festival featuring award-winning national, regional and local talent with diverse styles of jazz. Guests will enjoy live music, festival food, local craft vendors, and more!

World Heritage Festival: The World Heritage Festival is an annual collaborative event to celebrate and promote our San Antonio Missions, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and raise funds to preserve, maintain, promote, and connect.

Dia de Los Muertos: The annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration hosts a variety of activities ncluding the largest open altar exhibition in the city. Events are free and open to the public including live music at Arneson River Theater; original Day of the Dead art; living altar; dance, drum and puppet procession; live poetry and more!

Mala Luna Music Festival: This two-day hip hop and EMD music festival brings fans together for a truly unique, cultural experience that combines not just national headlining music performers, but celebrates our talented homegrown musicians, artists and merchants as well.

Oktoberfest: Oktoberfest is held each October in downtown, Fredericksburg, Texas on Marktplatz. The Fest celebrates including German music, food and drink, artisans, children’s area and family fun. Oompah at its best!

San Antonio Beer Festival: The Annual San Antonio Beer Festival includes over 400 premium and craft beers from more than 150 breweries from around the world with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the San Antonio Food Bank. Beyond beer, the festical also features live music, interactive games, a wine garden, food trucks, food booths, local vendors and more.

Luminaria: Luminaria is a weekend-long event immersive public arts festival where artisits transform building, streets, and more into place of imagination that honor the art of San Antonio. The festival is free to attend.

Ford Holiday River Parade: The San Antonio River comes to life during the holiday season and the Ford Holiday River Parade kicks-off the season the day after Thanksgiving. The parade and river lighting ceremony features lavishly decorated floats including lights, costumed float riders, holiday music as well as over 100,000 lights illuminated on the River Walk.

Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon: San Antonio’s mild winters and picturesque downtown serve as an ideal place for the Rock’n’Roll Marathon. Run your 1st or 50th marathon, half-marathon, 10k or 5k. Not a fitness junkie? There are always volunteer opportunities!

Tamale Festival: The tamale festival is at the heart of the holiday season. Guests can find the best tamale makers in San Antonio along with live music performances and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy.

Valero Alamo Bowl: The Valero Alamo Bowl showcases two of the premier conferences in the country, featuring the #1 Pac-12 team against the #1 Big 12 team after the College Football Playoff selections.